Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s doctoral medicine program trains students to become excellent physicians. The medical education and opportunities open to you at SLU will serve you well no matter what specialty and career path that you follow.


About the Program

SLU’s medical education is built around your academic and personal success. Our goal is that every student we admit will achieve:

  • Excellent performance on the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
  • Success in matching into competitive residency programs across the country
  • Personal health and well-being
  • A passion for a medical speciality or related-area

SLU’s School of Medicine has an excellent track record in each of the above areas. Our students consistently perform above the national average on the USMLE Step. Our clinical training provides outstanding preparation for residency and our students match each year at some of the strongest, most competitive programs in the country. Just as importantly, graduates from SLU’s School of Medicine are concerned for the sanctity of human life, have a commitment to dignity and respect in the provision of medical care to all patients and a devotion to social justice, especially regarding inequities in the availability of health care.

About Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Saint Louis University School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Established in 1836, the school has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. Today, about 550 faculty members, 700 medical students and 550 residents in 48 graduate medical education programs call SLU home.

The school is a leading center of research in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disorders, and heart/lung disease.

Led by Robert Belshe, M.D., SLU’s Center for Vaccine Development has conducted extensive research on biodefense, influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and tuberculosis vaccines.

The Saint Louis University Liver Center provides national leadership in the field of hepatology and has one of the world's largest hepatitis C practices in the world, treating more than 800 patients annually.

Saint Louis University researchers also are leading the way in aging and brain disorders research. Numerous Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis trials are currently underway at SLU, as well as a groundbreaking study to map the brain injuries of combat veterans and civilians.

Program Highlights

Medical school can be a stressful and dispiriting experience, but it doesn’t have to be. At Saint Louis University, we’ve made a number of changes to the curriculum that are consistent with the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person — mind, body, heart, and spirit — including:

  • Changing from a tiered grading system to pass/ fail grading in the first two years.
  • Instituting longitudinal electives that span the first two years. On average, one full day every two weeks is set aside for electives.
  • Developing learning communities in service and advocacy, research, global health, wellness, and medical education.
  • Instituting a required resilience and mindfulness curriculum for first-year students.
  • Expanding extracurricular events to promote wellness.

These curricular changes have resulted in substantially improved mental health of our students.

Curriculum and Program Details

Saint Louis University’s medical school faculty teach both the science and the art of medicine. Every aspect of the curriculum encourages independent inquiry while introducing you to an array of skills necessary for a lifetime of critical evaluation and learning.

Throughout your four years here, you will explore the basic and clinical sciences through small group activities, computer-based instruction, and case-based tutorials. SLU’s Clinical Skills Center lets students interact with trained standardized patients and practice selected clinical procedures on simulated models and mannequins before participating in the care of actual patients.

During third- and fourth-year clinical rotations, you will continue to develop your diagnostic and treatment competencies in a variety of supervised inpatient and outpatient settings.

Careers

SLU School of Medicine graduates are well-prepared to practice medicine in a variety of settings. According to the Bureau of Labor, the median annual salary for physicians and surgeons in 2015 was $187,200.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Saint Louis University School of Medicine offers $5,000 and $10,000 renewable scholarships for up to four years. To receive these scholarships, students must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), preferably before the priority date of June 1. You should include parental information on the FAFSA to maximize your eligibility.

SLU School of Medicine also offers two scholarships for fourth-year students who plan to travel internationally to provide health care in developing countries:

  • The Everett M. Sugarbaker Scholarship awards up to $2,000. Preference will be given to students attending the Sugarbaker Memorial Clinic in Nyeri, Kenya.
  • The Dr. Tom Dooley Memorial International Elective Scholarship Program helps defray travel expenses for medical students participating in an international externship, and is awarded at the completion of the elective. The amount is to be determined.
Some medical students fund their education through scholarships from the U.S. Armed Forces, the National Health Service Corps and other sources. Learn more about these opportunities at SLU School of Medicine’s scholarships page. 

Applicant Criteria

Specific academic requirements include a minimum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) in undergraduate arts and sciences courses. Virtually all accepted applicants complete a baccalaureate degree of at least 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university. In all cases, the committee on admissions is more concerned with the quality of the applicant's education than with the number of hours or years of pre-medical training. Students who have received their education at a foreign school must complete at least one academic year of science course work in an accredited North American college or university prior to making application.

Course requirements include (credit hours in parentheses):

  • General Biology or Zoology (8)*
  • Inorganic Chemistry (8)*
  • Organic Chemistry (8)*
  • Physics (8)*
  • English (6)
  • Other Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (12)

*A laboratory course is required in these sciences.

Apart from academic characteristics, SLU recognizes a responsibility to consider applicants as individuals, particularly in the evaluation of the breadth of their educational experience, their personality traits, maturity level, and appropriate motivation and commitment to a career in medicine.

Transfer Students

Saint Louis University School of Medicine accepts applications for transfer with advanced standing into the third year only from students currently enrolled and in good standing in allopathic medical schools located in the United States and accredited by the LCME. Applications from students enrolled in foreign medical schools will not be accepted.

The School of Medicine does not reserve any places for transfer students, and the number of places that become available through attrition is normally small. Preference will be given to applicants faced with extreme personal hardship necessitating transfer to the St. Louis area and to applicants whose spouses must relocate in this area.

The deadline for application with advanced standing is April 15. Applications must be supported by a letter from the student's present dean.

Personal interviews are required for all candidates. Applicants must perform well on Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Applications from students who have failed coursework or have been terminated for any reason at another medical school will not be considered.

To be considered for admission at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, your application must include the following:

Application Requirements
MCAT All applicants must submit the results of this test to the committee on admissions. The test must be completed by September 2016. The Committee does not consider MCAT scores prior to 2013.
Application Fee A service fee of $100 is charged to all applicants. An AMCAS fee waiver is required to waive the fee.
Photograph A passport-size photograph is required. This .jpg photo will be uploaded into the application system.
Letters of Recommendation If your school has a pre-medical advisory committee, a letter from the committee is sufficient. If your school does not have a committee, please request letters of evaluation from three of your college or university teachers. Be sure at least one of these individuals teaches science. Remember, an insightful and in-depth evaluation by someone who knows you is of greater value than just a recapitulation of your academic work. Letters from others who know you, in addition to the basic recommendations, are welcome as well. It is your responsibility to ensure that all necessary documents reach the committee on admissions. Please remember that your application is not complete until all letters of recommendation have been received.
Interview Applicants are carefully selected for an interview with a member of the committee. The interview itinerary includes a luncheon with students and faculty, financial aid information and a tour of the School of Medicine.

Saint Louis University is one of many medical schools participating in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), and you will complete your application there. The application will become available in the spring. The deadline for submission of materials to AMCAS is Dec. 15. 

Requirements for International Students

Application Deadlines

All required materials should be submitted as early as possible.

  • AMCAS deadline for submission: Dec. 15, 2016.
  • Saint Louis University Supplemental Application deadline: Jan. 15, 2017.
  • Decision deadline for applicants holding multiple acceptances: April 30, 2017.

Review Process

Communications of admission decisions will be sent via email. Every effort is made to be sure each applicant receives notification by April 30, 2017, whether that decision is accepted, not accepted, or placement on the alternate list.