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Resident Features 

Anita Sadhu, Class of 2018
Medical School:  Case Western University

Why did you select Washington University for your training?
I knew of a resident at Washington University since we graduated from the same medical school, and he had nothing but good things to say about his training experience. When I interviewed, I met world-class surgeons who were also very welcoming and resident-focused. The residents were clearly happy to be there and work with each other.

What opportunities has your training provided you as you prepare for a fellowship and your career as a surgeon?
Washington University has provided me with superior clinical training — it is an academic program that gives hands-on training for any situation. I feel very comfortable in all facets of orthopedics. There are unlimited resources for my special interests in research or clinical preparation. Most importantly, there is valuable mentorship that not only made me feel supported during residency but also allowed me to match at the fellowship of my choice. I got way more out of my time as a resident than I could have predicted. I am excited to move forward with my training but will always remember my time here fondly.

How would you describe the culture of the residency program?
Everyone from attendings to staff to residents believes in Washington University Orthopedics. We believe in the tradition of excellent patient care and education. Standards are high, but we are very open and friendly with each other.  The residents' views are respected and leadership is sensitive to our needs.

What have you enjoyed about living in St. Louis during the last five years? 
St. Louis is a very livable city. I live in a great apartment. I love going for a run in Forest Park. I love going to see the St. Louis Symphony play the score of a classic movie as it plays on a movie-sized projector — an awesome experience!  I keep finding new things to enjoy in the city and my time is almost up!

Robert Owen, Class of 2019
Medical School:  Emory University

Why did you select Washington University for your training?
I spent time here as an extern, and while working with the chief residents, I was continually blown away by their confidence and skill in the operating room, their clinical and academic knowledge, and their professionalism. I was told this was a resident focused program, and while many places say that, it became obvious to me that it was true here. The commitment of faculty to resident education in lecture, clinic, and the OR was incredibly impressive. My experience here as a resident has mirrored what I saw as an extern, and I could not be happier with being given the chance to train at Washington University. 

What opportunities has your training provided you that will benefit you as a surgeon?
The biggest surgical opportunity provided to all the residents here is a guided approach to learning how to operate with graduated independence. While case volume and independence in the operating room are very important, so are developing best practices. Now in the second half of my training, I am extremely grateful for the guided approach to surgical independence I’ve had on each rotation. As a senior resident, I am now more independent; and yet the guiding principles that were established as junior resident are always in the back of my mind. I truly believe I am receiving the best training, and I am very grateful for it. 

How would you describe the culture of the residency program?
The culture of this program is one of great camaraderie and support. Everyone works hard and expects the best from themselves and their peers. But at the end of the day it’s just a great group of friends pushing each other to succeed, and trying to have a fun time while doing it.

What is your favorite part about living in St. Louis?  
My wife and I love exploring the restaurants in St Louis which has a really impressive food scene for a city this size! We also love going to concerts and this city has no shortage of great music halls. One of our favorites is an old blues bar on the riverfront where you can get Cajun food and listen to live blues almost any night of the week. 


Mitch Obey, Class of 2022
Medical School: Mayo Clinic

Why did you select Washington University for your training?
I chose Washington University because I believed the program provided the perfect balance between academics and hands-on training that I was seeking. Residents graduating from the program were not only exceptional surgeons, but are also very involved in scholarship and research that contributed cutting edge knowledge and advancements to the specialty of Orthopaedic Surgery.  

How would you describe your intern training so far? 
So far, my intern year has been excellent, and everything I had hoped it would be. On day one I was immediately exposed to a very diverse level of orthopedic pathology in both pediatric and adult patients. Faculty and senior residents have provided guidance and teaching in combination with the appropriate level of independence in the operating room, clinic, and consults. Interns are given a significant amount of responsibility as part of each service we rotate on. We also partake in a wide variety of overnight and weekend and call assignments that provide unique and extra learning opportunities to the overall intern year experience. 

Everyone in the program in very approachable, and willing to help in a supportive environment. There is never a moment when I felt alone, or left to struggle through something. 

What is your favorite part about living in St. Louis?   
St. Louis provides endless opportunities to grow personally, professionally, and socially. There is something for everyone in St. Louis. Personally, I enjoy trying new restaurants and breweries, playing in sand volleyball leagues, and attending professional athletic events in my free-time.