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Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Excellence in Medical Education

Saint Louis University's School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in medical school, graduate medical education and graduate education. Established in 1836, the school has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River and is proud to be part of the 450-year tradition of Jesuit education.

The SLU School of Medicine trains physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research and provides health services on local, national and international levels. Beyond the important objective of training competent physicians who are scholars of human biology, we strive to graduate physicians who manifest in their personal and professional lives an appreciation for what may be called humanistic medicine.

Grounded in Jesuit values, we serve our community. Our region faces challenges of poor health indicators, education, poverty and racism. The School of Medicine continues to work for health equity and the well-being of our neighbors.

We embody cura personalis (“care for the individual person”). Our work at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine goes beyond training physicians to be scholars of the human body. We graduate doctors who appreciate humanistic medicine, concern themselves with the sanctity of human life and commit to dignity and respect for all patients. In short, the medicine we practice is changing lives for the better.

The medicine we practice is changing lives for the better.

2022-2027 Strategic Plan

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The School of Medicine recently completed the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan results from many conversations and input from community members across the School of Medicine, drawing on our strengths and addressing new opportunities.

Learn More About the Strategic Plan


Academic Areas

By the Numbers

Clinical and Basic Science Departments


Undergraduate Medical Students


Graduate Medical Education Students/Residents


Ph.D., Masters, and Post Baccalaureates students across multiple departments