A Year in Perspective

A Year in Perspective: PGY-3

by Bhuvic Patel, MD 

Bhuvic Patel, MD

The neurosurgical training program at Washington University caught my interest when I was a first-year medical student at Washington University. The department’s faculty are dedicated to providing excellent clinical and research training, and there is no shortage of mentors within the department. During my clinical rotations as a third- and fourth-year medical student, it became very clear to me that the rigorous training provided by the program produced excellent physicians attuned to every detail of their patients’ care. I was also impressed by the level of camaraderie among the residents and the faculty’s responsiveness to resident feedback. Having completed a year of training in the program, my initial impression of the program is unchanged, and I couldn’t be happier with the selection I made.

The structure of the program, and particularly of intern year, allows for ample time for residents to explore St. Louis. Despite being familiar with the city from my experience here as a medical student, I still discovered new restaurants to visit. Newcomers to St. Louis will find that it is a safe and pleasant place to live. There are a number of free or inexpensive attractions to visit, and housing is very affordable. Many residents buy homes within 10 to 15 minutes of walking or driving to the hospital. I quickly grew to love living in St. Louis when I moved here from the Northeast as a medical student, and I am looking forward to completing my training here.

Fun interests: Intramural sports, taekwondo, computers and technology