Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has a rich history in research, education, and patient care. The School of Medicine pioneered bedside teaching and was a leader in the transformation of empirical knowledge into scientific medicine.

U.S. News & World Report ranks WUSM among the top five in the nation and first in academic selectivity. Eighteen Nobel laureates have trained, taught, or carried out research here. Thirteen faculty members are fellows of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences; 24 belong to its Institute of Medicine, and six are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. WUSM is fourth among the 121 U.S. medical schools in grants received from the National Institutes of Health.

The clinical practice group comprises more than 900 physicians representing more than 50 specialties and subspecialties. The School of Medicine offers four programs leading to the MD degree: a four-year program, a five-year program, the MA/MD degrees program, and the MD/PhD degrees program. The MD/PhD degrees program, known as the Medical Scientist Training Program, is the largest in the country.

To meet the challenge posed by the current revolution in the biomedical sciences, WUSM has devised a bold strategy called BioMed 21 to support translational research, catalyze emerging forms of bioresearch, and rapidly convert knowledge of the genetic blueprint into effective, individualized treatments. The university has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to the project, including both private support and NIH funding.

Renovations that began in 1996 provide the 130-acre WUSM campus with the most modern clinical and research facilities, and complete the medical center's campus integration project. Our hospitals were recently joined by a 302,000-square-foot Southwest Tower, which houses an emergency and trauma center and 28 operating rooms. The 650,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Medicine is home to the prestigious Siteman Cancer Center. Recent additions to our research facilities include the 11-story McDonnell Pediatric Research Building. The new six-story Farrell Learning and Teaching Center houses all of the school's teaching spaces and individual student area. The outstanding contiguous facilities provide broad clinical and/or research experiences for all students and trainees.

With its historic success, immense resources, and deep commitment, WUSM is responding to the challenges of leading an emerging era of academic medicine and improved health care.

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