A Message From Dean Wilmott
School of Medicine Graduates,
The end of a challenging year is upon us, but we also celebrated many accomplishments at the School of Medicine. I hope you take a moment to reflect on the contributions, sacrifices, and achievements you have made this year—to yourself, your family, and your workplace.
In August, we welcomed 183 M1 students to the class of 2024. Our student body is impressive and diverse. Fifty-five percent of our M1 class is female, and 11.5% of the class are underrepresented minorities (the national average is 9.5%). These students join the professional medical community in a time of uncertainty and trepidation, but we are also on the brink of hope, understanding, and the promise of vaccines. Our students embrace this opportunity to train under these circumstances, and I am confident they will accept the challenges that lie ahead.
On September 1, we celebrated the opening of the new SSM Saint Louis University Hospital. Over 730 medical students, 550 residents, and 550 faculty members utilize this space for teaching, learning, research and patient care. This space provides the technology and facilities for us to live and work our mission and, located in the heart of downtown, our students will learn to be healthcare providers for all people. We anticipate this partnership between SSM Health and Saint Louis University will lead to dramatic improvements in the educational experience for SLU’s medical students, residents, and fellows. We are excited about what this hospital means for medical education.
In October, we received a secretariat letter from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). In this letter, we received notification that the Saint Louis University School of Medicine updates were reviewed, and all outstanding issues have been resolved. The school is now fully compliant. This is the best result that we could have obtained. There are no requirements before the next full survey in the academic year 2024-25. We will continue to improve the undergraduate medical education program and prepare for the next survey well before the deadline.
In the coming weeks, I hope you take the time to seek joy in everything you do and reflect on the areas in your life that bring you happiness. As you adjust to managing pandemic life this season, my wish for you is that this time is filled with health, happiness, warmth, and resilience.
Robert Wilmott, M.D.
Dean, School of Medicine
Vice President for Medical Affairs