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About the School of Medicine

Advancing human health

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is committed to advancing human health throughout the world. As noted leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty has contributed many discoveries and innovations to the field of science since the founding of the School of Medicine in 1891.

Located on the Washington University Medical Center campus, it is one of seven schools of Washington University.

Patient care

Washington University Physicians is the clinical practice of the School of Medicine. The 1,250 clinical faculty members provide care for more than 430,000 children and adults annually and serve as the medical staffs of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital — both nationally recognized, world-class teaching hospitals on the campus of Washington University Medical Center (2014 data).

Washington University clinicians also treat patients at 35 additional office locations in the greater St. Louis region and at these BJC facilities: Barnes-Jewish West County HospitalBarnes-Jewish St. Peters HospitalChristian HospitalMissouri Baptist Medical Center and Progress West Hospital.

Research

The School of Medicine is a robust research enterprise and received more than $536 million in gifts and grants during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.

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 additionally oversee a wide array of clinical trials, which offer people the opportunity to participate in studies evaluating the effectiveness of investigational treatments and disease prevention strategies.

Education

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.