I am originally from Bangladesh but I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I rec...
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I am originally from Bangladesh but I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. I received my undergraduate degree from University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and from there I moved to Saint Maarten to attend medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. After doing many of my clinical rotations in NYC and Detroit, I never expected that I would end up in Saint Louis (much less Wash U) but it has honestly been quite a blessing. I quickly made friends, especially with my fellow classmates, and explored the city. My favorite part of the city is all of the amazing restaurants that are located nearby and the fact that I can live in a great, affordable apartment less than a mile from the hospital!
The best thing about this program are the faculty members. They are all down-to-Earth, easy to talk to, and extremely intelligent. We have the opportunity to see and learn from hundreds of patients each year in a variety of settings including, inpatient, outpatient, ECT, TMS, and in an eating disorders facility which is something I did not see with many other programs. Additionally, resident feedback is taken seriously and great strides are made to take everyone's opinion into account.
I hope that this helps and I wish you luck in your journey to obtain a psychiatry residency!
In short, and to loosely quote one of the faculty members on my interview day, i...
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In short, and to loosely quote one of the faculty members on my interview day, if you want to (learn how to) practice 21st century Psychiatry, this is the place to be! Be it robust diagnostics, research, evidence based medicine, neurosciences, or psychotherapy (yes... I said psychotherapy), you're guaranteed an education that will go great lengths.
Not only the above, but St. Louis is awesome! Live music, theater, opera, art, food, drinks, parks... you name it! There is an abundance of residents from all PGYs that are frequently out and about together. We're also quite a diverse bunch so you're bound to find someone who shares common interests with you.
Originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, I came to the United States to attend high...
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Originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina, I came to the United States to attend high school and college in Connecticut before moving to St. Louis eight years ago to join the MD/PhD program at WashU. I thought I would surely return to New England upon graduation. Nevertheless, after strongly considering that prospect, I decided to stay at WashU for residency training. The same things that were adjustments about St. Louis, such as less congestion, are exactly the things I love about this city now. It is so remarkably EASY to live here - no traffic, fewer lines at events, cheap real estate and friendly people. Not to mention the winters are less harsh and my dogs live next to Forest Park, a majestic urban park, where they can chase squirrels and rabbits galore. There are many East Coast and West Coast transplants at the medical school and it is remarkable how many of us have fallen in love with the 'Lou. In the intern class of 2017, five of us from the WUMS Class of 2013 decided to stay for residency, and we got some amazing co-residents from other medical schools. One of my favorite things about WashU is the informal atmosphere and a very supportive community. The psychiatry department has a historical emphasis on basic science and genetics research. I studied a Drosophila neuroendocrine scaling transcription factor for my PhD, and now wish to expand on my background in genomics by applying it to psychiatry. All these things together are the reason why I chose WashU Psychiatry and Saint Louis.
Having spent all my life in Chicago, I was a bit worried about coming to St. Lou...
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Having spent all my life in Chicago, I was a bit worried about coming to St. Louis for residency. I would be leaving my lifelong friends, as well as leaving various activities outside of the hospital, like league soccer, that living in a city like Chicago had afforded me. While coming to Wash U. provided the expected huge amount of learning and research opportunities, (it is Wash U after all), what came as a pleasant surprise was the amazing community that you join and the people you meet when you work here. The attendings, who in addition to their research and vast medical knowledge, also have a variety of out of hospital interests. It was actually through getting to know the very down to earth and friendly attendings that I have resumed playing league soccer and discovered, to my embarrassment, that much like in psychiatry, they are much better than me at it! Furthermore, my fellow residents, both within psychiatry and in other specialties, come from diverse backgrounds, which has allowed me to try new things like homemade Korean barbecue and the sport of Cricket. Coming to Wash U has been a wonderful experience that has helped me grow and experience more as both a physician and as a person.