Katherine Bligard, MD, MA
1st year Fellow year Fellow, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Undergrad: Louisiana State University
Medical school: Washington University
Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University
What are your career goals? I plan to pursue a career in academic medicine with a focus on ultrasound and genetics
How are you listed in PubMed?: KH Bligard
Awards & Honors: University Medalist, Louisiana State University, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Chief Administrative Resident, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Kody Kuna Resident Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program, Medical Student Teaching Award, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program
Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
What are your hobbies? musical theatre, LSU sports
Family info: Greg – husband, Andrew – son
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? I was a Mardi Gras Queen in college
Why did you choose your MFM fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine? Having done residency at WashU, I knew the clinical training and research infrastructure were second to none here.
What impact have you had on the Fellowship? I drafted the antenatal testing protocol and coordinated a QI project to ensure appropriate follow-up for patients with 3rd and 4th lacerations.
How has your opinion of the Fellowship changed since starting your training? Despite the struggles of the pandemic, our faculty has been extremely supportive cooking us food and offering moral support to us despite the stresses of their job.
What are the greatest opportunities you have had to make a difference? As fellows, we draft the division protocols, design and implement QI projects, and take leadership of resident education giving lectures at formal didactics and teaching on the job on L&D and in clinic. I also designed my own prospective research project and applied for and received my own grant to fund it. The grant money goes to paying research staff to recruit and run the project for me while I focus on clinical duties.
LIFE IN STL
What do you love about St Louis? I’ve lived in St Louis for almost 10 years and have loved it. It has everything you’d find in a big city with a smaller town feel!
What is one thing people don’t know about St. Louis/Washington University? Forest Park has an outdoor theatre that does 7 musicals during the summer with free seats.