Ask the Residents: What Advice Would You Give Medical Students Applying for Residency?

Residents in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are part of an academic program with diverse surgical training, strong research opportunities and mentors who are national leaders in their fields.

With residency programs in General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery, residents in every specialty have access to world-class training. What makes each of these programs truly special is the community and camaraderie.

Choosing a residency program is an important decision—one that determines where a person will spend the next five or more years of their life training to become a surgeon. Residents at the School of Medicine are eager to help facilitate that decision by answering some of the most frequently asked questions about the residency programs in the Department of Surgery.

With residency recruitment moving to a virtual platform, surgical residents share advice for medical students applying for residency. From finding the right fit to trusting your instincts, Washington University residents have firsthand experience with the challenges of the application process.

Vivi Abud, MD

General Surgery PGY-2

Nimrod Barashi, MD

Urology PGY-2

Trina Ebersole, MD

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery PGY-6

Annie Hess, MD

General Surgery Lab Resident

Momodou Jammeh, MD

Vascular Surgery PGY-3

Paul Kepper, MD

General Surgery PGY-3

Helen Kim, MD

Urology PGY-1

Laura Lee, MD

Urology PGY-3

Hannah Phelps, MD

General Surgery PGY-2

Affan Zafar, MD

Urology PGY-5

Ema Zubovic

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery PGY-4