Goals:

  • Enhance the WashU GME Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts to include a focus on IMG well-being
    • Create an institutional support, advocacy, and network system for IMG trainees
    • Create an intergenerational and peer mentorship program for IMG trainees and faculty
    • Provide IMG trainees with informational presentation sessions to address unique challenges they may face

Upcoming events:

  • Farewell to graduating trainees
  • Welcome event for new interns
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Who we are:

A group of residents, fellows and attendings across multiple medical specialties who aim to improve the well-being of IMG residents at WashU. Our current leadership team includes:

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Can Misel Kilciksiz

Can Misel Kilciksiz

Dr. Can Misel Kilciksiz is an international medical graduate (IMG) from Koc University School of Medicine in Istanbul (Turkey). He is currently a PGY-4 psychiatry resident and has experienced the challenges of being a minority and immigrant in and outside of the hospital and academia. Can Misel aspires to use his experience and passion to create a support and advocacy system for co-residents and fellows in the hospital to enhance their well-being.

Rawan Safa

Rawan Safa

Dr. Rawan Safa is an international medical graduate (IMG) from American University of Beirut (AUB) in Beirut, Lebanon. She is currently a Chief Resident in the Emergency Department at Washington University. Rawan was born in the US and moved to Lebanon during her early years, making her understand the difficulty and culture differences and try to use her experience to provide a supportive system to her colleagues.

Callie Torres

Callie Torres

Dr. Callie Torres, while not an IMG, is the wellness champion and a chief resident in the Department of Pathology, where up to one third of the trainees are IMGs. Through working with and developing friendships with her IMG co-residents, she has been exposed to some of the unique difficulties they experience. Thus, she aims to help establish resources and other such opportunities for the well-being of her own co-residents and IMGs across the WashU campus.

Nadia Wattad

Nadia Wattad

Dr Nadia Wattad is an international medical graduate and a second-year fellow in the pediatric pulmonology division. She moved with her family from Israel 3 years ago. She completed her residency in pediatrics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has been adapting to a new culture and this process has been challenging given the lack of special support she needed. After passing through this experience, she has a goal to deliver the tools she acquired to her IMG colleagues starting their medical career in the US, to make their experience better.

Discord & Social Media

Stay up to date with upcoming meetings and connect with fellow IMGs

WhatsApp: a free messaging application for users to connect. Link to join: https://chat.whatsapp.com/DWNQMnhmZXfFddM08S0qyk

Transition Resources

We are working to develop a relocation guide for IMGs. In the meantime the link to WashU’s current relocation guide may be found here.

Mentorship Programs

Stay tuned- work in progress

Past meeting information and resources

Access the slides and recordings from previous meetings here.

Wellness Resources

Please follow this link to GME’s current wellness resources.

Additional Resources

The Office for International Students Scholars has many resources relevant for international trainees. Including information on life in St. Louis, taxes, banking, drivers licenses etc…

Please follow this link to GME’s current resources.

Contact us:

Dr. Jennifer Duncan: duncan_j@wustl.edu

Dr. Can Mişel Kılçıksız: ckilciksiz@wustl.edu