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Meet our new PGY-1 Housestaff Liaison Committee Members!

We’d like to introduce and welcome the newest PGY-1 members of our Housestaff Liaison Committee!

The Housestaff Liaison Committee is a committee within our program made up of resident representatives, chief residents, associate program directors and our program director which meets monthly. These meetings are a structured time where resident representatives can provide the administration feedback on behalf of the residency, and the administration can run ideas by resident representatives for potential changes within the program. These meetings are key to maintaining our program’s transparency and communication!

Hunter Cochran

Hometown: Neenah, WI

Medical School: University of Arkansas

What is your favorite part about St. Louis? I love being able to walk to Forest Park in 5 minutes and it’s so beautiful! I also love that there are two professional sports teams here. My favorite thing, though, is that there are so many diverse restaurants and bars for anyone’s taste and personality.

What drew you to WashU? My favorite part about Wash U was their particular focus on diversity and inclusivity, which I believe to be crucial in today’s world. They had so many opportunities for any interest or career path one could want. The overarching themes from the residents were down-to-earth, friendly, fun, genuine, and intelligent.

David Leander

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Medical School: Dartmouth

What is your favorite part about St. Louis? I love Forest Park in the summer! There are also several frozen custard/ice cream places to try-still trying to figure out my favorite although Ted Drewes is the classic choice.

What drew you to WashU? Several things: the focus on career and professional development, the 4+2+2 rotation structure, and a continuity clinic experience that engaged residents as PCPs. As well, the faculty/staff I met seemed super supportive and residents seemed down to earth.

Kelly McDermott

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

What is your favorite part about St. Louis? All of the green space! From Forest Park to Tower Grove Park and all the beautiful community and private gardens in between, there’s always a reason to get outside and enjoy it!

What drew you to WashU? I was looking for an established academic center (with a primary care program) and genuine leadership/residents in a medium-large city. WashU had all these qualities, plus the “good vibes” on interview day.

Greg Wong 

Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Next step after his prelim year: Neurology residency at the University of California San Francisco

What is your favorite part about St. Louis? I love that St. Louis gives you the perks of living in a city without the negatives. There are tons of different places to eat, museums and parks to visit, and diverse people to meet, without the traffic and high cost of living.

What drew you to WashU? I was drawn to WashU because I knew it would provide me rigorous training in an incredibly supportive and collaborative environment.

Congratulations and welcome to all of our new members!