About the School of Medicine
Our faculty, students, trainees and staff are pushing the bounds of medicine and improving health in our community and around the world.
Washington University School of Medicine is committed to advancing human health in a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity. As international leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty has contributed major discoveries and innovations in the fields of science and clinical medicine since the school’s founding in 1891.
Our faculty members are recognized nationally and worldwide as leaders in their fields. On campus, they’re also known as committed mentors and collaborators. Scientists, physicians, and experts in policy and public health, their countless efforts to advance knowledge, improve care and save lives range from the molecular to global, the biological to social.
Our faculty currently includes 15 National Academy of Sciences fellows, 22 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 10 investigators with NIH MERIT status. They have earned 91 individual and/or institutional NIH career development awards and 52 career development awards from non-federal agencies. In addition, 19 Nobel laureates are associated with the School of Medicine.
Education and training
Our students learn from master clinicians and researchers while pursuing their studies in a wide array of academic departments and programs. Students select Washington University for the culture of camaraderie and support, a flexible curriculum and outstanding opportunities after graduation. Our programs in medical education (MD), occupational therapy, audiology and communication sciences, and physical therapy are among the highest ranked in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
In addition, over 1,300 residents and clinical fellows train with our faculty in nearly 200 specialty and subspecialty training programs.
Our students and trainees care for patients and gain experience alongside our faculty at our nationally ranked teaching hospitals, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, where our faculty members serve as the medical staff. We see and treat patients at dozens of additional locations across the St. Louis region as well.
The School of Medicine’s clinical practice, Washington University Physicians, includes more than 1,700 clinical faculty members. One out of every three Top Doctors in St. Louis is a Washington University Physician, according to the 2021 Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List.
A robust research enterprise, the School of Medicine received more than $762.3 million in faculty grants and contracts during the 2021 fiscal year. Our faculty, staff and students advance the application of research discoveries to clinical care through multidisciplinary collaborations.
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.
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