I lived on the East Coast for most of my life and did some training on the West Coast, but had not really spent any time in the Midwest. I first visited St. Louis when applying for fellowship and was very pleasantly surprised! So much, in fact, that I sought it out for my first career as a physician and the rest is history! St. Louis has been a wonderful place to live and to raise a family. Even though I have been here for several years now, I am still finding new restaurants and new things to do every weekend. Your life and your friends inside and outside of the medical school will keep you balanced; seek them out. And remember that there are many people willing to help you whenever you need help — myself included. Don’t hesitate to come by the office or shoot me a message if you every need anything. That is why we are here!

Michael Awad, MD, PhD
Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Program Director, General Surgery Residence
Director, Office of Medical Student Education