Saint Louis University School of Medicine is proud to be part of the 450-year tradition of Jesuit education. The School of Medicine trains physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health services on a local, national, and international level. Beyond the important objective of training competent physicians who are scholars of human biology, the School strives to graduate physicians who manifest in their personal and professional lives an appreciation for what may be called humanistic medicine.
We regard humanistic medicine as a constellation of ethical and professional attitudes that reflect the Jesuit spirit and values and which affect the physician's interactions with patients, colleagues, and society. Among these attitudes are concern for the sanctity of human life; commitment to dignity and respect in the provision of medical care to all patients; devotion to social justice, especially regarding inequities in the availability of health care; humility and awareness of medicine's inherent limitations in the care of the sick; appreciation of the role of non-medical factors in a patient's state of well-being or illness; and a mature and well balanced professional behavior that derives from comfortable relationships with members of the human family and one's Creator