My Life as a Locum Tenens: Creve Coeur (St. Louis), MO

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Population: 308,000 (2019)
Locum Assignment: Pediatric/Newborn Hospitalist (~10 days per month x 6 months)
10 Things to Do, in the Lou: 1) Anheuser Busch Brewery, 2) St. Louis Zoo, 3) Gateway Arch, 4) Missouri Botanical Garden, 5) City Museum, 6) Ballpark Village, 7) Creve Coeur Lake, 8) Forest Park, 9) City Garden, 10) St. Louis Science Center

Creve Coeur Lake

My heart is sad to leave this one. It was an honor to have a chance to work at such a cool stand alone private children’s hospital, and timing for the end of my assignment happened to surreptitiously fit some other life changes, but I learned a lot and made some great friends! Twelve-hour shifts (mainly) doing 0-18year olds and Level 1 Healthy Newborn Nursery went by really fast here. I had never been to St. Louis before and was so shocked to see all of the fleur-de-lis that reminded me so much of my missed New Orleans. The weather is erratic, but the BBQ is great and the people are nice. I don’t have a lot of text for this one despite thinking about this for so long, I just know I miss everyone I worked with. Also, Panera Bread apparently was founded here and is actually called St. Louis Bread Co. – Since I stopped there literally every morning for Cold Brew, I became very close to this place.

From the St. Louis Zoo, to the Anheuser Busch Brewery to Clementine’s Naughty and Nice Ice Cream, there’s endless things to do and endless foods to try. Unfortunately, I ended up not planning this very much and got too dedicated to work to do/see all the things, but what I did do and see was fantastic and definitely can’t wait to go back to finish off the list.

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