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.
Laura Lee is a resident in the Urology residency program. From Seattle, Washington, Dr. Lee received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington, a BA in Medical Anthropology-Global Health and BS in Microbiology. She also attended University of Washington for medical school.
Why was WashU the best fit for you?
WashU had the right balance of academic opportunity, excellent surgical training, community, personal and career mentorship, and resident camaraderie I was looking for in a program.
What makes WashU attendings special? Is there a memorable moment with a mentor you could share?
I love our attendings. They have such a variety of styles, personalities, backgrounds and career goals. That variety makes it easy to find mentorship in the OR and beyond. I’ve had so many experiences that could be called out as memorable. For example, Dr. Alana Desai has been a wonderful mentor. She has helped me gain confidence with endoscopy and stone management, encouraged me while at yoga together, and shared her advice about balancing being a surgeon and a mom.
What do you like most about your fellow residents?
I love the genuine sense of community we’ve built here, the way we can tease each other and the knowledge that any one of us would go above and beyond to help the team when the need arises.
What is your favorite resident team bonding/event/outing and why?
I always love when the residents go out together after interview dinners or after graduation for an after-party. It’s such a special time to celebrate with all of your friends.
What is your favorite thing about living in St. Louis? What are your top three places to visit there?
So much do do and so affordable. I love the historic vibe, the unique neighborhoods, the amazing food scene. My three favorite places are the restaurant Vicia, the City Museum, and the zoo!
Is there anything about St. Louis that surprised you?
I had no idea there was so much to do here, it’s a great place for families and single people alike. My family loves to come visit us.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
Knitting, walking my Bernese Mountain Dog or trying the latest recipe from Cook’s Illustrated.