Brandon Roberts

One of the things I appreciate most about training at Washington University is the diversity in our patient population — socioeconomic, ethnic and geographic. There is also a commitment to diversity at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which ensures that our medical care remains culturally sensitive. This commitment is displayed in the hospitals’ medical and ancillary staffing and in the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence, which strives to reduce health-care disparities. Another strong point of our residency program is the early exposure to subspecialties. Within the first year of training, we gain experience in pediatrics, obstetrics, pain management, trauma, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, critical care, vascular surgery and transplant. I also appreciate the opportunities for research and the many mentors available to help me reach my career goals. I wanted to train at an institution in which the environment was collegial among residents, between residents and attendings, and between the surgical specialties and the anesthesiology department. I have found this to be the case at Washington University. Despite the prestige of the university and the medical center, I have found the staff and leadership of our department to be extremely humble, friendly, and helpful. During my undergraduate experience at Washington University, I enjoyed the wide variety of recreational and cultural opportunities in St. Louis. In fact, I elected to defer my enrollment to medical school for a year to work as an academic coach at Vashon High School in St. Louis City. During this time, I had the opportunity to immerse myself in St. Louis. I enjoy the beautiful parks and museums, the plays and concerts, the professional sports teams, the intercollegiate sports at the Danforth Campus, and the ease of transportation when my wife and I travel. St. Louis is a hard-working Midwest city with an extremely affordable cost of living that has now become a second home to me. Brandon Roberts, MD, resident BA, Washington University [2003] MD, Case Western Reserve University [2008]