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Top 10 Reasons to Choose Washington University in St. Louis

10. Rich Culture: Evolving Arts, International Foods and an Exciting Sports Scene

With the eclectic mix of old and upcoming neighborhoods, St. Louis has much to offer. There is something for all ages –vast food and dining selections, the 100–year–old Muny, the St. Louis Symphony, the soon to be Union Station Aquarium, City Museum, and the world–famous St. Louis Cardinals and most recently, the Stanley cup winners, The Blues! Visit Explore St. Louis for details.

9. Affordability

Housing in St. Louis is extremely affordable, the average housing price is $225K compared to a national median average of $325K. Everything from dining out to major attractions in St. Louis – all are affordable on a resident’s budget.

8. Forest Park

Across the street from Barnes–Jewish Hospital is a 1,400 acre green space, which is home to the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Science Center, the Missouri History Museum, and the St. Louis Art Museum – all free to the public. During the warmer months, you can enjoy outdoor festivities including Shakespeare in the Park, musicals at the Muny, the Great Forest Park Balloon Race and much more! For more information, visit Forest Park Forever.

7. Central West End

The Central West End (CWE) is a newly refurbished neighborhood that is located just a quick walk from the medical campus. The CWE is full of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes. You can stroll over to the STL Library or grab some food to go from Whole Foods Market before heading to work. Visit Central West End for more details.

6. Global Health Opportunities

Washington University has growing connections with hospitals and medical schools in countries all around the world. The Global Health Scholars in Medicine program provides housestaff with the opportunity to not only learn about the needs of the global health community, but also to experience the practice of medicine in one of our partner sites.

5. Research Opportunities

With more than $318M in research funding provided by the NIH alone, Washington University ranks among the top institutions for breakthrough research in the basic, translational and clinical sciences. Our housestaff have ample opportunities to be at the forefront of medical research.

4. The Hospital

Consistently ranked a top hospital by US News and World Report, Barnes-Jewish Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center for a several hundred mile radius within the Midwest regional, ensuring you learn how to manage everything from the common CHF exacerbation to the rarely seen hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. It is also the largest provider of medical services for the uninsured and underinsured in the metropolitan St. Louis area, providing significant exposure for those interested in the underserved and primary care aspects of medicine.

3. Amazing Support Staff

Earning Magnet status for a nursing staff has never meant more than it does at Barnes-Jewish Hospital where, together with the outstanding clinical pharmacists, the BJC team continuously supports the housestaff in an exceptionally friendly and nurturing manner.

2. Exceptional Faculty

Barnes-Jewish Hospital employs a diverse set of specialized clinical practitioners world-renowned in their fields of interest who are not only outstanding clinicians, but also dedicated teachers and mentors, who are always approachable.

1. Co-Residents and a Culture of Solidarity

You will join a group of highly qualified and motivated individuals from a diverse background with a wide range of interests. You will develop long lasting friendships while learning from each other.