Saint Louis University


ST. LOUIS - As first year medical students begin classes this week, William Sasser, M.D., adjunct associate professor at Saint Louis University and longtime surgeon has a few words to share from his experience: Treat every patient as family.

 A strong medical education outside the classroom starts with a mentor, according to Sasser. 

"Every student should have a mentor, someone who is their trusted guide and inspiration." 

In this video, Sasser also highlights the importance of giving the best to patients and putting their needs before everything else. 

"Treat every person as you would want to be treated,"  Sasser said. "And never go back on your word to the patient. If you told them you would call them at 5 p.m., then call them at 5 p.m."

Watch the above video to learn more about Sasser's advice to medical students.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.