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About St. Louis

St. Louis is a major metropolitan city on the western border of Missouri along the Mississippi River. The greater St. Louis area is home to nearly 3 million people. There has been a vast amount of growth in St. Louis and, as a result, our Orthopaedic department sees a variety of patients from the surrounding areas. St. Louis is an affordable city that is accessible and easy to navigate. We have a variety of sporting teams, city attractions, museums, natural parks, a major airport, and shopping. As a group of residents, we have a great deal of diversity regarding our previous educations, hometowns, future career/fellowship choices, but there is a good sense of camaraderie amongst us. We take our surgical training seriously, but we do make time for barbecues, nights out on the town, float trips, and conferences across the nation. St. Louis is a great town to raise a family in, obtain a quality surgical education, and have an active social life.

Chief Resident

Chief Residents

Chief's Corner

 "Having grown up in a small town in the deep south, I was initially very nervous about moving to a large city in the Midwest for my residency. However, St. Louis has quickly grown on me since making the move in 2016. While it is a metro area of over 2 million people, I have found that St. Louis has all of the perks of a big city without ever feeling too big. There is always plenty to do, with plenty of parks in the city, excellent nightlife in Soulard and the Central West End, and many other must see attractions that are unique to St. Louis such as City Museum and the Arch. In contrast to other large cities, St. Louis is a very easy and affordable place to live. I and several of my co-residents have been able to purchase homes straight out of medical school. Traffic is never too much of a hassle, and you can get almost anywhere in the city with less than a 15 minute drive.

We receive a strong operative experience and diversity of cases in our program, and our leadership are continually looking for ways to improve our training. But the best part of St. Louis and the SLU residency program, in my opinion, are the people. I have found the people of St. Louis to be exceptionally welcoming and friendly, which has made the move from so far away much easier. Our faculty are very approachable and willing to teach. And my co-residents have quickly become my friends. I believe that St. Louis is an excellent place to live and train, and I believe that anyone who comes through this program has the chance to be an excellent orthopaedic surgeon in the end."

-Dusty Baker

‘The St. Louis University Orthopedic Residency program is an ideal destination for those seeking a career as a well-trained surgeon. We boast a close knit group of residents from diverse backgrounds who have come together to achieve a common goal. Under the leadership of Drs Howard Place, Jasmin McGinty, and David Greenberg, our attending physicians are truly invested in preparing each of us to excel individually in our future careers as the next generation of Orthopedic Surgeons. The setting is urban, with a heavy trauma population that will provide unparalleled learning opportunities and early operative experience. From a lifestyle standpoint, it is extremely affordable with a myriad of social activities for all, whether married or single."

-Jon Behrens

"As a long-time resident of St. Louis, I believe there is something for everybody here. We have free museums, zoos, active nightlife, and lots of music and sporting events. People commonly describe St. Louis as a "small" big city, and I agree with that, as you can get almost anywhere in the city in 20 minutes. From an orthopaedic standpoint, residents are fortunate to see a great variety of pathology during our residency with plenty of surgical opportunities. We also have a very diverse group of faculty and residents from across the nation, and this makes our program unique. I am glad I chose St. Louis because of the quality training we receive here and because of our residents' camaraderie."

-Jay Patel

"St. Louis is a great city. It has all the benefits of a big city with a small town feel. There are plenty of restaurants, breweries, and neighborhoods to explore. We have residents who live in the suburbs and also downtown or the central west end. St. Louis airport makes it easy to get out of town on breaks or for a weekend."

-Paul Mahle