About the School of Medicine

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Washington University School of Medicine — Advancing Human Health

Washington University School of Medicine is a leader in improving human health throughout the world. As noted leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty members have contributed many discoveries and innovations to the field of science since the founding of the School of Medicine in 1891. The School of Medicine is one of seven schools of Washington University in St. Louis.

Patient Care

Washington University Physicians is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine and provides care for more than 430,000 children and adults at 49 clinical sites each year. Washington University provides clinical services in partnership with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital — both nationally-recognized, world-class teaching hospitals on the campus of Washington University Medical Center.
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The School of Medicine is a robust research enterprise and received more than $596 million in gifts and grants during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010. Our faculty, staff and students are committed to advancing the application of research discoveries to clinical care through multidisciplinary collaborations, such as BioMed 21. Our clinical faculty experts oversee a wide array of clinical trials, which offer patients the opportunity to participate in the evaluation of innovative treatments and prevention strategies.


Our students have the opportunity to learn from master clinicians and researchers while pursuing their studies in a wide array of academic departments and programs. Our MD program, as well as our programs in occupational therapy, audiology and communication sciences, and physical therapy, are among the highest ranked in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Our faculty members are actively engaged in the local, regional and global community. Their efforts to improve human health range from studying and remedying disparities in health care, to educating local populations on disease risk, to affecting change in public health policy. Multidisciplinary efforts, such as those coordinated through the Institute for Public Health, are leading efforts to positively impact human health.