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Q&A with Chief Resident Pawina Jiramongkolchai

Jake Lee, MD, MSCI, Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI, Ari Filip, MD (WashU Emergency Medicine Toxicology Fellow), and Amit Walia, MD, enjoy a casual meal at Katie's Pizza and Pasta.

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.

Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, MSCI

How long have you been a resident here and what attracted you to WashU’s program?

I am in the T32 Physician Scientist Training Program and I am in my seventh and last year of training. My career goal is to be an independently funded physician scientist. I was drawn to Washington University by the exceptional research and clinical opportunities.  

What do you like most about your work here? Have you developed a stronger interest in any one sub-specialty?

Without a doubt, it’s the people! There is such strong collegiality among the faculty and house staff. I have decided to specialize in neurotology, so I am currently applying for fellowships in that sub-specialty. 

When did you develop an interest in becoming a doctor?

Residents Katrina Han, MD, Avi Ettyreddy, MD, Ben Wahle, MD, and Pawina Jiramongkolchai, MD, celebrate after a run in Forest Park.

I was born and raised in Woodland Hills, a suburb north of Los Angeles. I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by my family. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my co-residents, who are some of my closest friends. You can often find us exploring the local food scene. 

What is at the top of your bucket list, and why?

I would love to travel to all 50 states and see the national parks. I really enjoy hiking and spending time outdoors. 

What would most surprise your colleagues to learn about you?

I love hosting brunches and baking scones. It’s my jam (pun intended)!