Points of Pride at SLU School of Medicine

Second and third-year Saint Louis University medical school students note the top 20 reasons they are proud to be part of SLU as it embarks on a series of actions to address concerns raised by the accrediting body for medical education in the U.S.

The students tout the school’s history, prestige, demonstrated success, commitment to service, innovation and academic strength.

Led by class officers, students asked to create the document and actively participate in the process of remediating issues that led to SLU School of Medicine’s probationary status. The school remains fully accredited and has committed to addressing all issues in the shortest possible time.

  1. The Saint Louis University School of Medicine was the first medical school west of the Mississippi River (1836).
  2. In 1943, Dr. Edward Doisy was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for his work determining the chemical nature of vitamin K.
  3. In 1972, SLU surgeons performed the first heart transplant in the Midwest.
  4. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked SLU’s Medical Program in the top 50 in the United States. Our medical research program is in the top 70.
  5. A SLU medical education is in high demand. For this year’s incoming class, we received approximately 8,000 applications for 175 places. That same level of interest continues for next fall’s class.
  6. On March 17, our fourth-year students were matched with some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the country, including:
  7. The School of Medicine builds strong physicians well prepared for residency. A survey of residency directors regarding the quality of our graduates during their intern year found a greater than 95 percent satisfaction rate in all 19 areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  8. In February, renderings of the new $550 million SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital were released to the public. It will be a state-of-the-art hospital and a great training facility for our medical students.
  9. SLU medical students are servant leaders. Through Casa de Salud, the students’ monthly Chinese clinic and SLU’s Mobile Health Initiative, among others, students lead and participate in numerous initiatives to provide medical screenings and basic health services to immigrant and underserved populations throughout the St. Louis community.
  10. The Health Resource Center (HRC), SLU’s interdisciplinary student-run free health clinic, served almost 1000 patients in the St. Louis area over the last year. The HRC has continued to expand, now offering assistance with social work and insurance navigation as well as on-site physical therapy and phlebotomy services. The HRC also offers specialized care in geriatrics, women’s health, cardiology, diabetes, asthma and allergy, and foot care.
  11. SLU medical students are dedicated to the community. In 2016-2017, the interdisciplinary student-run vision screening service, SLU Sight, performed over 400 vision screenings and provided 120 pairs of glasses for adults and children in need.
  12. The School of Medicine’s Family Medicine Residency Program is being honored by FOCUS St. Louis for making a difference in the St. Louis community by improving racial equality and social justice.
  13. Medical students serve the community around them through a multitude of public health interventions, ranging from providing health and wellness sessions for women in transitional housing at the local YWCA to serving as mentors for students at an area STEM high school.
  14. The School of Medicine is a national leader in medical student mental health and wellness. An AAMC survey found that SLU excelled beyond national averages in areas of student quality of life, perceived stress and exhaustion. Since 2009, the school has witnessed staggering decreases in levels of anxiety and depression among students after implementing a series of changes focused on the first and second-year curriculum.
  15. Founded in 2015, MEDLaunch is a student-led biomedical incubator where students develop creative solutions to clinical problems while receiving invaluable guidance and mentoring from area clinical experts, industry professionals, and experienced entrepreneurs. MEDLaunch received $225,000 for its pilot operations and has to-date produced nine student teams, filed for three provisional patents, and yielded two successful start-up companies.
  16. SLU is a leader in vaccine research as one of only nine NIH Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEU) in the country. In 2015, SLU was also selected as one of two VTEU sites to conduct omics assessments on multiple potential vaccines and other interventions to protect against infectious diseases. The vaccine center is conducting a phase 1 safety trial of an investigational vaccine designed to prevent Zika virus infection.
  17. The School of Medicine is fully accredited, just like every other medical school in the country. Our probation will not impact our students’ placements or post-degree opportunities. Our faculty provide an excellent medical education to our students; and, as noted above, our graduates are placed in outstanding medical centers around the country.
  18. This accreditation decision does not affect our ACGME approved residencies and fellowships.
  19. An extensive review of the medical school is being conducted and will include both internal review and external advisement.
  20. Medical students are represented on the working groups that have assembled to remediate the identified LCME. Their perspectives will be well-incorporated and are critical to this process.