My walk to work every morning
Having spent the bulk of my life on the East Coast, I was a little nervous about moving to St. Louis by myself. How would I fit in? Would I find friends in the Midwest? Would there be fun stuff to do when I'm off work? Thankfully, Saint Louis has been everything I could ask for in a city, and the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology has been everything I could ever hope for and more as a residency program.
Let's talk about the city first, or more specifically, the microcosm that is the Central West End. The entirety of the BJC campus that you will be working on is located in one of the coolest suburbs I've ever lived in. From my apartment, two blocks north of the hospital, I have Forest Park right across the street, along with a Whole Foods, a movie theater, and 20+ bars, restaurants, and coffee shops within a two block radius. Being so close to so many fun activities makes it really easy to have a social life during residency. Even after a long days work on the wards or in the OR, I still find time to grab dinner with friends or hit up the driving range in Forest Park 3-4 times during a typical work week. When I'm working night shift, I take advantage of the $5 matinee movie tickets offered at the Chase Park Plaza Cinema to catch up on the latest theater releases. The new addition of a Whole Foods Market in the Central West End has also made it possible to get my grocery shopping done after work, making it entirely possible to live in the Central West End without needing a car. It's really difficult to find a residency program or hospital out there that offers such a wide variety of attractions and activities so close to the hospital that you will be working at, and I truly believe that you won't find another Anesthesiology residency program that has a hidden gem like the Central West End at its doorstep.
Steep Left Lateral Trendelenburg Perfect for... robotic appendectomy??
As far as the residency program is concerned, you'll be hard pressed to find a program with as well-rounded of a curriculum and clinical experience. From our transitional intern year to our sub-specialty anesthesiology rotations, our program offers a broad and diverse clinical experience all under one roof. In addition, the research opportunities at this university are virtually limitless, and if you have any interest in building an academic career, our department has the mentoring and guidance to help you. Perhaps more importantly; however, is that you'll be having tons of FUN during your training here! The Department has done a wonderful job in cultivating a culture of hard work, camaraderie, and collaboration between the residents, surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists, nursing staff, and research staff. This culture makes it a blast to come to work every day and makes it easy to immerse myself in both patient care and learning the art of medicine.
Getting creative with the World's tiniest bottle of propofol
Ultimately, having been in your shoes two years ago, I realize how important the decisions you make this year as a graduating medical student will be in crafting your future career. Whether you have interests in academic medicine or private practice, general anesthesiology or sub-specialty care, the Washington University Department of Anesthesiology will give you the tools you need to become an excellent perioperative physician, while simultaneously allowing you to enjoy all the fun and excitement that Saint Louis and the Central West End have to offer.
Marko Slobodan Todorovic, MD
BS, University of Virginia 
MD, University of Virginia