Message from the Dean

Thank you for your interest in Washington University School of Medicine, a vital community of students, faculty and staff dedicated to excellence in patient care, medical education, and research. Our medical school is an exciting place to be - the atmosphere is one of collegiality and collaboration fueled by the talents and energy of people who accept the challenge to lead in advancing health care delivery.

Currently ranked among the top five medical schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Washington University School of Medicine is the most selective in terms of student quality. The School's faculty members are the staff physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children's Hospital. These two fine hospitals, perennially recognized for excellence in patient care, also provide a superb atmosphere for training students, residents and fellows. Washington University also operates the nation's largest medical scientist training program, a combined M.D./Ph.D. program dedicated to educating the next generation of physician-scientists.

Along with the quality of its graduates, faculty members are primarily responsible for the School of Medicine's international reputation. Peer-reviewed, published research is one hallmark of an outstanding institution, and, by that yardstick, the School is extraordinary. It currently ranks as the fourth-largest recipient of NIH research funding, and rarely does a week go by that the School's researchers are not represented in one of the leading scientific journals.

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Larry J. Shapiro, M.D.
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean
Washington University School of Medicine