To foster a greater sense of community amongst fellows from all subspecialties in the Department of Medicine.

The council will develop and implement programs to promote fellow well-being, networking, learning and career development opportunities, and support interdisciplinary collaborations and social events.

Board of council members

Gayathri Krishnan, MD

Infectious Disease: Professional Development and Curriculum Chair

“Fellows Council is a wonderful platform for all of us to come together, learn from each other, meet outside of the EPIC chats and work environment and truly form everlasting connections with other subspecialties! The council has been so helpful for my career development and network formation.”

Alice Zhou, MD, PhD

Hematology/Oncology: Social activities Chair

“This is a great space for fellow trainees to chat, vent, ask about random but important things like insurance, where to get free food when on call, and where the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant is. I love the camaraderie with this group and it’s wonderful having a platform to advocate for things that we feel are important to our trainee experience.”

Raya Saba, MD

Hematology/Oncology: Membership Chair

“The transition from residency to fellowship can be tricky. All of a sudden, the size of your class shrinks, and you are separated from colleagues in other subspecialties. I’ve truly enjoyed the Fellows Council as a platform to bring Internal Medicine fellows together, allowing for a productive exchange of ideas, and filling in departmental gaps of communication. I can’t wait to see it grow and flourish with time and leadership support!” 

Gaurav Rajashekar, MD

Nephrology: Membership Chair

“Fellow’s council is an excellent platform to meet and network with other specialties. Its primary purpose is to welcome fellows to St. Louis, introduce them to Wash U/Barnes cultural atmosphere, support them during their fellowship training and prepare them for the future.”

Lolwa Al-Obaid, MBBChB


“The fellows council has been a great way to focus on professional development, social opportunities and fellows’ wellness. I believe it will become a great resource for collaboration between fellows in different medicine subspecialties in the future.”

Aisling Doyle, MD

Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine

“The fellows’ council is an invaluable forum for addressing issues particular to fellows’ training. Furthermore, it provides a much needed support for new fellows joining our institution and allows all trainees to meet regularly and learn from each other.”

Petra Krutilova, MD


“The thing I value the most about the Fellows’ Council is the opportunity to meet and get to know some fellows from other specialties. I think this is particularly nice for fellows who did not do their residency at WashU and do not know many people on the campus, like me.”

Philip Wiener, DO


“I enjoy the open communication and camaraderie exemplified by the fellows council and its members.”

Director of Fellows Support:
Amy Riek, MD (Endocrinology)
Abby Spencer, MD, Vice Chair of Education
Administrative Coordinator:
Julie Byington, C-TAGME


Past events