The St. Louis Medical College was established as an
independent school in 1842 and became the medical
division of Washington University in 1891. In 1899 the
Missouri Medical College became part of Washington
University as well. The Medical Center is located on
the eastern edge of Forrest Park in St. Louis and
includes the School of Medicine and a number of teaching hospitals.
4-year modern. The goal of the curriculum is to provide students having diverse backgrounds and interest
with the basic knowledge and skills essential for further professional development. The education is
through lectures, small group sessions, problem-based
exercises, and self-directed learning. Students must
learn the interrelationship between the basic and clinical sciences and how old knowledge is reevaluated and
new knowledge acquired. The curriculum includes a
core experience based upon a sequence of courses during the first and second year that introduce the
panorama of medicine. The major medical disciplines
are presented in the third year in a way that allows all
students to select the career most suited for them. The
fourth year consists of electives. It provides students an
opportunity to expand their knowledge in a wide range
of specialties. The extent of their exploration into specific areas is determined by their depth of interest.
Recruitment of underrepresented minority students is
facilitated by the school’sAssociate Dean for Diversity
Programs. Other degree programs: 5-year MD-MA
program offering a year of research training, and 8-year
combined MD-PhD program in various basic sciences.
Required courses include the basic premedical sciences
and differential and integral calculus. Transfer and
advanced standing: Third-year class positions are
available to well-qualified individuals enrolled in U.S.
medical schools who have compelling personal reasons
A Pass/Fail grading system is used for the first year.
Thereafter, the grades are Honors, High Pass, Pass, and
Fail. In the third and fourth years, grades are accompanied by comments characterizing each student’s
performance. Promotions are made by committees on
academic evaluation of students. Taking Steps 1 and 2
of the USMLE is recommended.
Teaching: The Farrell Learning and Teaching Center
provides state-of-the-art facilities introducing formal
lecture halls and wet and dry labs. Every workstation
in the Center is equipped with power and data connections, and for after-hours learning, the building also
includes computer rooms and study carrels. Enclosed
walkways connect Farrell to the Medical School-affiliated hospitals Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s
Hospital, which together provide 1624 hospital beds.
Patient-centered outpatient care takes place in the multispecialty Center for Advanced Medicine. Library:
The 8-level Library and Biomedical Communication
Center houses more than 290,000 volumes including
more than 5400 journal titles, and provides on-line
links to more than 2600 journals. Housing: Available
in the Olin Residence Hall for approximately 250 students; abundant, reasonably priced apartments are
within easy walking distance.