Rachel Furuya, MD

Rachel Furuya, MD



Undergraduate School: Colgate University
Medical School: Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Why did you choose WashU for your residency?
There are many reasons why I choose WashU! Diverse patient populations (from within St. Louis and way beyond), opportunities for advocacy in the hospital system and community, incredible clinical and surgical training, great mentorship, and many research opportunities. It’s also a very affordable city and was a great choice for couples match. Most importantly, I had an amazing feeling during and after interview day!

What are you looking forward to the most by being a resident here at WashU?
Meeting my co-residents, working with patients, learning more about obstetrics and gynecology, advocating for reproductive justice, and the OR!

What goals do you hope to accomplish during your residency?
So many! To name a few, develop my skills as an obstetrician and gynecologic surgeon, improve my teaching skills, get involved with more research, and grow as a mentor.

What are your research interests?
Still developing. In medical school I worked on a project to develop a community based, trauma-informed Ob/Gyn clinic for previously incarcerated individuals. I’ve also been involved in a few Gyn Onc projects.

Awards & Honors

Gold Humanism Honor Society
Graduation with Distinction in Community Engagement
Student Leadership Award


Hometown: Williston Park, NY

What do you do outside of work?    
Spend time with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors especially when the weather is good (run, hike, go to the beach or park), explore different neighborhoods, travel when I can, visit new restaurants/breweries/wineries, and check out local shops (love a good book store or thrift shop).

What’s something that most people don’t know about you?
I’ve rewatched Breaking Bad at least 4 times. The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones have also been rewatched more than a few times.

We know it’s early, but do you have any fellowship plans for after residency?
I’m interested in Gyn Onc right now, but who knows what will happen.

What advice would you give medical students applying for a residency in OBGYN?
Be kind to yourself and do your best not to compare yourself to others. Curate a good pump up playlist for your sub-is. Tell your own, unique story and let your authentic self shine during interviews. Don’t get hung up on a weird or awkward moment during an interview (we’ve all had them)! Enjoy 4th year!!!