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.
Choosing the psychiatry residency program at Washington University was one of th...
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Choosing the psychiatry residency program at Washington University was one of the best decision I ever made. The training is rigorous and no compromise is made in terms of education, exposure to a variety of psychiatric illnesses. At Barnes-Jewish hospital (BJH), there is plenty of opportunity to work with the seriously mentally ill population in and around St. Louis. Being part of the BJH system, there is an excellent interface of psychiatry with other specialties that have impressive facilities themselves. There are plenty of opportunities for supervised and independent decision making. The amount of supervision is well matched to the level of training. I have learned much from insightful attendings and outstanding colleagues.The best part of the training, I feel is that the faculty and residents are friendly and are willing to work as a part of the team.
The faculty represent all areas of expertise and are some of the best in the field, yet they are very approachable. There are plenty of opportunities to pursue special interests within psychiatry and being at Washington University, there is no shortage of academic activities.
Living in St. Louis is quite cheap and resident's salary goes a long way. Getting around the town is easy and most places are easily accessible. There are plenty of outdoor activities, theater, music, ethnic food, family-centered activities etc., more than one has time for during residency.
I wish the prospective residents good luck in the search for a residency program.
After spending four years in a cosmopolitan city on the other side of the world ...
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After spending four years in a cosmopolitan city on the other side of the world (Sydney) and subsequently spanning the entire country on an extensive interview trail, I decided that there's no place like St. Louis. The people are friendly, the property is cheap, the traffic is benign, and the Cardinals are about to win the World Series again. For those of you East/West Coast people who think that St. Louis is dull, you clearly haven't been here yet.
But despite the merits of the city, I came here for the program and was most certainly not disappointed. Even though I'm still only in my first year, it's pretty clear that the training here is second to none, as you would expect from a place with such a strong tradition of academic medical excellence. We study mental illness to a depth that I didn't even know was possible. We learn approaches to care that I hadn't even considered before. And we work with leading experts in every field of cutting-edge neuroscience research. If you're excited about the new BRAIN initiative, this is the place to be.
And if you're not sold yet, consider the fact that a great psychiatry program going into the future is dependent on two things: having a diverse patient population and allowing you to manage complicated patients with medical comorbidities. St. Louis's patient population is about as diverse as they come - we have everything from super-rich to super-poor, super-urban to super-rural, super-American to international refugee (for instance, the biggest Bosnian population in the US), etc... allowing you to learn about how psychopathology affects all sorts of different people.
And we have one of the few psych units that accepts all sorts of medically complicated patients... in the last two weeks, I've diagnosed people admitted to the psych unit with HONKC as the primary cause of mental status change, hypoglycemia rather than "catatonia," cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome secondary to stroke, mania secondary to synthetic cannabinoid abuse, and mania secondary to steroid use. I had a chance to manage each of those conditions as well as several other acute/chronic medical problems, often with the help of a medical consult team that treated me just like any other doctor managing a medical conditions. And each of those experiences will make me a better psychiatrist.