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A Message From Interim Dean Jacobs

Acting Dean Jacobs

Dear School of Medicine Alumni,

We are pleased that our faculty, staff and students have returned to campus for in-person education and research. Our focus is on the pursuit of excellence and on collaboration: excellence in clinical care, education and research and collaboration between departments at the School of Medicine, across SLU, with our SSM Health partner and with our community.

We celebrated the one-year anniversary of SLU Hospital and the Center for Specialized Medicine. These facilities have been tremendous for our patients, our faculty and staff and exciting for our learners. We are excited to collaborate with SSM at an even greater level as we announce the opening of a new ambulatory surgery center in early 2023. With a $25 million investment from SSM, this state-of-the-art facility will replace the outdated Anheuser Busch Institute. It will house six operating rooms, two procedure rooms and 24,000 feet of programmatic growth space. We will break ground later this fall.

SLU SOM’s excellence in education will be furthered by our developing Center for Lifelong Learning with the help of a seed grant from a SLU SOM alumnus. This center will increase collaboration between undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty development and continuing medical education. Our Medical Anatomy and Physiology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program is growing to increase the pipeline of students for our School of Medicine and our Master of Anatomy program.  

In August, we welcomed 181 students in the SLU School of Medicine Class of 2025. Our students were selected from 8220 applications; 43 were SLU undergraduates, 36 are from Missouri, 36 are from Illinois, 12 are first-generation college students, 52% are female and 12% are underrepresented minorities in medicine. 

This year we will grow our basic and clinical research. Guided by our Research Growth Steering Committee, we will hire new faculty researchers, strengthen our research operations and support our current researchers with opportunities for collaboration and mentoring.

We are happy to share these clinical, education and research excellence initiatives at the School of Medicine and hope you will visit to experience them firsthand.


Acting Dean Jacob's signatureChris Jacobs, M.D.
Interim Dean, School of Medicine