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Graduate Testimonials

Cassie Shaw, M.D.
Cassie Shaw, M.D.

Class of 2016
Associate Program Director - Internal Medicine Residency Program

When I was selecting residency, I put all of my focus on finding a program where I could simply get along with the people; I counted on our country’s residency governing bodies to ensure I was actually trained. I don’t think I’ve ever been so wrong in thinking these reasons were enough to choose SLU. I didn’t just get along with my colleagues - three years after completing residency, they remain my lifelong friends, confidants and mentors. In residency, my co-residents and attendings pushed me clinically and academically to stretch into places of discomfort, places which they recognized as untapped strengths, places that SLU allowed me to hone into skills which continue to serve me as an academic attending physician and hospital leader. Not only was I wrong about the depth of the relationships I would be able to form, I was wrong about ACGME alone guiding my education. SLU’s residency leaders are innovative and thoughtful in their approach to education. They consider resident needs and learning style. Further, outside of didactics, I was pushed clinically, caring for sick, underserved populations with just the right amount of autonomy. This balance allowed me to create my own style of medicine and be confident in taking excellent, evidence based and humanistic care of patients in my practice now. I would choose SLU over and over again for residency, although, this time, I would be more informed about the interpersonal, clinical and academic training that SLU can uniquely provide. 


Nikhil Malhotra, M.D.
Nikhil Malhotra, M.D.

Class of 2019
Cardiology Fellow

I really loved my time at SLU. The residents are supportive, fun-loving, and eager to learn and I made lifelong friends during my time there. Sure, residency was tough at times, but I think that's a necessary part of training to be a confident and capable doctor. Now, as a fellow, when the service gets busy and the patients are really sick, I'm able to reassure myself that I can handle it because I've done it before. Being able to fall back on that reassurance is so valuable.


Elie Ghoulam, M.D., M.S.
Elie Ghoulam, M.D., M.S.

Class of 2020
Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellow

As a SLU graduate, I am grateful that the Internal Medicine program allowed me to become comfortable with acute and long-term, complex patient care, and exposed me to diverse pathology in a tertiary university hospital setting. The program’s main goal is to train well-rounded internists with a solid foundation in evidence-based, high value care medicine, but it also offers the platform for research and mentorship from experts in subspecialty fields. Program leaders are constantly working in the residents’ best interests, and this is evident in the immediate response and action to feedback. At the risk of sounding corny, I genuinely feel that the support and culture offered by the program makes the residents feel like a close-knit family that can count on each other in and out of the hospital.