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Graduate Medical Education

The physicians trained through Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s graduate medical education programs are among the finest.

Graduate Medical Education

SLU trains more than 600 residents, subspecialty residents and fellows in 63 programs throughout our affiliated network of teaching hospitals and other partners. Our residency programs and subspecialty residency programs are approved and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and are subject to board and subspecialty board certification.

Fellowship programs are defined as recognized postgraduate research or clinical programs that have not yet had accreditation standard and specific subspecialty board requirements developed. These programs are approved by the Graduate Medical Education Committee of the School of Medicine.

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Applying to Our Programs

Most of our programs use the Electronic Residency Application Service and the National Resident Matching Program.

Saint Louis University provides an impressive scope of teaching, research and clinical care that makes postgraduate training here an invaluable preparation for the practice of private or academic medicine. More than 580 practicing physicians and scientists bring together years of specialized training and experience on our campus. In addition, we have a supportive community of individuals who look beyond the technology of modern medicine, primarily focusing on its human dimension.

We welcome your inquiry into the resources available to you at SLU.

International Applicants

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), through its program of certification, assesses whether international medical graduates are ready to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ECFMG certification is a requirement for international medical graduates who wish to enter our programs.

ECFMG certification assures directors of ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs, and the people of the United States, that international medical graduates have met minimum standards of eligibility. ECFMG certification does not, however, guarantee that these graduates will be accepted. The number of applicants each year exceeds the number of available positions.

ECFMG certification is also one of the eligibility requirements for international medical graduates as part of the three-step United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Medical licensing authorities in the United States require that international medical graduates be certified by ECFMG, among other requirements, to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine.

ECFMG and its organizational members define an international medical graduate as a physician who received a basic medical degree or qualification from a medical school located outside the United States and Canada. Citizens of the United States who have completed their medical education in schools outside the United States and Canada are considered international medical graduates; non-U.S. citizens who have graduated from medical schools in the United States and Canada are not considered international medical graduates.

Visa Applications

Saint Louis University sponsors J1 visa applications through and in accordance with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. In addition, the Saint Louis University School of Medicine does sponsor H1B training visas; however, this is at each program's discretion.

Graduate medical education information for applications can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Medical Education at Saint Louis University School of Medicine or from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates at

About Our Graduate Medical Education Program Accreditation

Saint Louis University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The mission of the ACGME is to improve the quality of health care in the United States by ensuring and improving the quality of graduate medical education experiences for physicians-in-training. The ACGME establishes national standards for graduate medical education by which it approves and continually assesses educational programs under its aegis. It uses the most effective methods available to evaluate the quality of graduate medical education programs. It strives to improve evaluation methods and processes that are valid, fair, open and ethical.

School of Medicine Mission and Aims

The Mission of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine is the pursuit of excellence in education, research, clinical care, and community engagement through professional development, collaboration, and social justice. 


1. Become a learning organization that demonstrates continuous quality improvement, maintains a professional culture of accountability, and demonstrates our cura values.

2. Attract and develop reflective learners who become leaders in advancing the Quadruple Aim.

3. Advance scientific knowledge and practice in the pursuit of health and well-being.

4. Foster collaboration and service to the region and our professions.

5. Become financially strong and an excellent steward of resources and investments.

6. Become the preferred regional Academic Health Center employer and healthcare provider for faculty, staff, learners, and patients.