As a tried and true Texan, I knew it would take a lot for me to leave my home st...
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As a tried and true Texan, I knew it would take a lot for me to leave my home state for residency. On my interview day, I was impressed by so many things within the residency program. The faculty were friendly and passionate, and the residents were knowledgeable, well-rounded, and happy. The opportunities within the program are endless, and the quality of training here is top-notch. And even though I miss having a local NBA team, Whataburger, and real Mexican food, I can say with certainty that I love living in the Central West End.
A St Louis native, I attended WashU for medical school, and enjoyed the psychiat...
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A St Louis native, I attended WashU for medical school, and enjoyed the psychiatry rotation so much I chose to stay here for residency. Since starting residency, I have become even more appreciative of all WashU and Barnes-Jewish Hospital have to offer, including amazing faculty, dedicated ECT and eating disorder rotations during second year, all the research opportunities one could want, and perhaps most importantly, wonderful co-residents, many of whom have become close friends.
When not at the hospital, I try to enjoy the many things St Louis has to offer, including running in Forest Park, eating out at restaurants (Pastaria and Mai Lee are favorites!), spending time at the Art Museum and attending Cardinals' games. Of course, I also enjoy spending time with my husband, family, and friends!
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. I think 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. There is somebody here working on everything, and however you want to develop your career, this place will foster it.
A Benjamin Srivastava
I am originally from the Midwest - I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I ...
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I am originally from the Midwest - I was born and raised in Indianapolis, and I did my undergraduate work at the University of Michigan - Go Blue! I then ventured south to the University of Florida for medical school, though I absolutely refuse to cheer for the Gators. One of the most formative experiences I had in medical school was doing research in behavioral neurology under Dr. Kenneth Heilman, one of the world's foremost and most celebrated behavioral neurologists, who taught me to think about pathological variants in behavior in terms of brain structure and how these properties are altered in disease. Though I ultimately ended up choosing psychiatry, Dr. Heilman's teachings stayed with me and have shaped the way in which I view psychiatric illness - as organic brain pathology. When it came time choose where to apply, interview, and ultimately rank, the Chair of Psychiatry at Florida and personal mentor, Dr. Mark Gold, loaned me his copy of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience by Drs. Zorumski and Rubin, a revolutionary text grounded in years of basic science research and clinical practice that presents clear and elegant explanations for the underlying neurobiology of psychiatric disease. Interestingly, the first chapter is almost entirely based on some of Dr. Heilman's work. I knew then, that if I wanted to train in a program that would push me to think differently and on a deeper level than I could ever think possible, Wash U would be that very program. I am grateful to be able to train in such a world class department at one of the world's great academic medical centers. I absolutely love living in St. Louis - it is a great place for food, sports, arts, and culture - with one of the world's great symphony orchestras. And as a seasoned distance runner (from 5Ks to marathons), I cannot describe how much I love having Forest Park as my front yard!