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.