Q&A with Theresa Tharakan, T32 resident

Tharakan and family at medical school graduation

Theresa Tharakan, MD, is a resident in the physician-scientist training (T32) program, which prepares trainees for a successful research career in academic otolaryngology. What attracted you to WashU’s residency program? WashU’s friendly residents, broad surgical experience, and research support are what drew me here.  What do you like most about being a trainee here? The […]

Residency applicant numbers continue to rise

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The residency program in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University reached an all-time high of 516 applicants this year. The increase highlights an acceleration in the past few years of a subtle trend that has been ongoing for two decades. Residency Program Director Judith Lieu, MD, acknowledged there may be many reasons for the […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Andrew Skillington

Andrew Skillington, MD, MSCI, is one of five chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University. Here he shares his plans for fellowship training and desires for an international stage for more personal interests. Why Washington University? I was drawn to WashU by their excellent surgical training and abundant research opportunities. I really […]

Chief residents secure top fellowships

Four of the chief residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University have been selected for some of the most prestigious fellowship programs in the country. They are pursuing careers in otolaryngology surgical sub-specialties of neurotology and head and neck cancer. Almost 80 percent of WashU’s recent ENT graduates pursue fellowship training, compared to […]

Residents gain experience in surgical simulation lab

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One of the unique advantages of surgical training for residents in ophthalmology, neurosurgery and otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis is their multidisciplinary surgical simulation lab. The lab has become an increasingly beneficial tool for resident training as more and more surgical specialties adopt hands-on training in the lab as a routine part of […]

Q&A with T32 resident David Lee

David Lee, MD, is a resident in the physician-scientist training (T32) program, which prepares trainees for a successful research career in academic otolaryngology. He has just finished his second year as a resident in otolaryngology. Why did you choose Washington University for residency? WashU’s incredible research environment, high surgical volume, and great culture are what […]

Learning the art of taking charge

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Taking charge of a medical emergency can be a stressful task. But it’s one that second and third year residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University in St. Louis have learned to handle thanks to completion of their annual Induction Course. According to Resident Program Director Judith Lieu, MD, MSPH, the Induction Course […]

Q&A with resident Stephanie Youssef

photo of Youssef family dining in Chicago

Why did you choose Washington University for residency training? I have just started the first few weeks of my PGY-2 year. I Initially chose WashU because of the strong operative experience afforded by the prominent surgical faculty in the department, remarkable facilities, and high volume of patients. At the time I was applying, I was […]

ENT interns impressed by depth of training and professional support

As they approach the end of their first rotations as residents in the Department of Otolaryngology at Washington University, we checked in to see how things were going with our new interns. Their responses indicate a strong appreciation for the depth of training and collegial support they have encountered. Amrita Hari-Raj, MD Rotation: St. Louis […]

Q&A with Chief Resident Pawina Jiramongkolchai

Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI, is a chief resident and surgeon-scientist in the Department of Otolaryngology. As she begins her final year of training at Washington University, she reflects on her work and reveals her outside interests. How long have you been a resident here and what attracted you to WashU’s program? I am in the […]