St. Louis University, established by the Jesuits in 1818,
was the first university chartered west of the Mississippi. The School of Medicine was opened in 1836. It
is one of the university’s 6 professional schools, the others being Business, Law, Theology, Nursing, Public
Health, and Social Service. During the last half of the
nineteenth century political developments forced the
separation of the medical school from the university.
Reintegration took place in 1963. It was at that time that
many distinguished physicians also joined the faculty.
Phase1:ConsistsofaFundamentaloraBiomedicalSciences course, a Health Information Resources course to
develop computer skills and proficiency in gathering
information on various aspects of human disease and
patient care, and a Patient, Physician, and Society course
that includes such units as ethics, communication skills,
and physical diagnosis. Phase 2: Includes an organ and
systems approach. Phase 3: Incorporates year III and
year IV with an added clerkship in Family Medicine and
opportunities to design individualized programs, including electives. Ambulatory care activities have been
Minority admissions: The School of Medicine is committed to diversity in the classroom and in the clinics
so that all of our students understand and learn from
each other about the practice of medicine in a diversified environment. Other degree programs: Combined
MD-PhD programs are available in the basic medical
sciences and in molecular virology. Combined MDMPH and MD-MBA programs are available.
In addition to the basic premedical science courses,
requirements include 1 year of English and 12 credits
of humanities and behavioral science courses. Recommended courses include calculus and biochemistry.
Seventy-five percent of each class are nonresidents.
Transfer and advanced standing: Applicants from
accredited U.S. medical schools are considered for the
second- and third-year classes.
The system used is Honors/Pass/Fail. Overall achievement and the promise of students is taken into
consideration in deciding promotion. Students must
record a passing total score on Step 1 of the USMLE for
promotion to the third year and on Step 2 for graduation.
Teaching: The school consists of a medical sciences
building, Doisy Hall, Caroline Building, Anheuser
Busch Institute, and Doisy Learning Resources Center.
Clinical facilities consist of: Saint Louis University
Hospital, Cardinal Glennon Memorial Hospital for
Children, Bethesda Cancer Research Center, St. Mary’s
Health Center, and Wohl Memorial Mental Health
Institute. Several other hospitals are affiliated with
the school. Other: Laboratory facilities are available at:
The University Hospital, School of Medicine, Pediatric
Research Institute, and Institute for Molecular Virology. Library: The Medical Center Library has a
collection of 112,109 volumes and receives 1421 periodicals. Housing: A medical fraternity offers housing.
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