Letter From the Chief Residents

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our residency program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Our training occurs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children which all reside on the Washington University in St. Louis Medical Campus in the Central West End neighborhood of St. Louis. Our hospitals are consistently ranked among the top in the nation, boasting over 1500 hospital beds and over 90 operating sites. Also under construction is a state-of-the-art Women and Children’s hospital which is slated to open in 2017 with 15 additional operating suites and 132 neonatal critical care rooms. Being a top-ranked tertiary care facility, we routinely receive some of the sickest patients in the country from surrounding states, as well as across the country and internationally. Given the complexity of our patients, we are on the forefront of modern medicine with our recently opened E-ICU which provides remote critical care physician and nursing clinical support in our surgical and cardiothoracic ICUs.

Our program offers rigorous training in all anesthesiology subspecialties and fellowship programs in abdominal organ transplant, cardiothoracic, critical care, obstetrics, neuroanesthesia, pain medicine, pediatrics, regional and trauma anesthesia. Our faculty, representing regions from around the world, are leaders in research and education. We have a multitude of options to pursue basic, clinical or translational research for all interested residents. For those who want structured, dedicated research time, we offer two specialized tracks – our ASAP and Scholars Programs.

Our educational program is multi-faceted - consisting of weekly educational lectures, online tutorials and question banks, PBL sessions, journal clubs, Grand Rounds, M&M, and training in our various simulation centers located on campus. We also focus on intraoperative learning from our patients and their complex pathophysiology.

Looking beyond residency, we have a robust network of alumni. Our residents go on to fellowship training as well as private or academic practices throughout the nation. Whichever path you wish to pursue, our residents are well trained and confident anesthesiologists as they leave our doors.

While we are certainly proud of our educational and clinical experience, one of our most cherished assets is our residency community. Though anesthesiology can sometimes be a lonely practice - we work in our individual operating rooms during the day - we always strive to help each other out. Whether this means assisting other residents during complex cases, helping co-residents respond to codes, or making sure someone having a rough day at home has support at work; we are always here for one another. Our department sponsors monthly events where residents and families are all invited to relax and socialize outside of the hospital. Our children have play dates, our significant others know each other and are involved in our lives, we run marathons together and sometimes even go on vacations together. We are a fun and eclectic group of people who have become close friends and confidants through residency.

St. Louis is truly a hidden gem - the city boasts a lively mix of urban and rural environments. Our hospital campus is located in the Central West End, which is home to numerous restaurants, shops and pubs. Across the street is Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country which hosts the world-famous (and free!) St. Louis Zoo, multiple museums and golf courses as well as extensive biking and running trails. Downtown offers a multitude of nightlife hotspots and is the home to Busch Stadium and the hometown-favorite Cardinals. And come April, fountains throughout the city are colored blue when the St. Louis Blues are in the NHL playoffs. For those looking to escape the bustle of the city on days off, a short drive will introduce you to the laid-back attitude of rural life - vineyards, county fairs, rodeos and small historic towns to explore. Our centralized location in the Midwest lends itself to quick weekend getaways - Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and Indianapolis (to name a few) are all within driving distance; and our international airport can take you anywhere in the world.

We are extremely proud of our residency and our community. We hope you will take the time to learn more about our program.