Jordan Cole, MD
Where I am from: I grew up in the suburbs on the Kansas side of Kansas City. I did undergrad in Physiology at University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, and then headed back to the Midwest for medical school here at Wash U.
Where I am going: After PGY-5, I will be staying here at Wash-U to complete a one-year fellowship in Neurogenetics with a focus on application to neurodevelopmental disorders. I plan to pursue a physician-scientist career with a research focus on understanding and overcoming inequities in the care of children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
Why I am here: Even as a medical student I felt incredibly welcomed and supported by the peds neuro faculty. I absolutely wanted to stay for residency training because the program has everything I was looking for. Some unique things that we have here that I love include: the extremely collaborative culture among our attendings and residents; the ability for us as residents to follow subspecialty patients in our own clinics; the structure of the inpatient neurology service where we get to function as “fellows” during the 4th and 5th years; the patient population (including urban, suburban and rural patients and patients across multiple cultural demographics); the fact that we function as both a tertiary referral center with a wide catchment area and a local hospital (so we often get to be the first to see and diagnose incredibly rare and unique disorders); our phenomenal neuroradiology colleagues (whom we have weekly meetings with to discuss interesting cases, and also call all the time to discuss images with); our own neurology-specific pharmacist; and our amazing in-hospital neurorehab program, to name a few!