About the SSM Health/Saint Louis University School of Medicine Residency Program
On July 1, 2023, SSM Health became the sponsor of the Saint Louis University School of Medicine Graduate Medical Education program, to be known as the SSM Health/Saint Louis University School of Medicine Residency Program. The program is a world-class university-based residency program, with SSM employing all residents and fellows. Saint Louis University and SSM have a long-standing relationship and are excited to deepen this partnership to advance health quality, strengthen medical education and improve the health of the St. Louis community and beyond.
The physicians trained through the SSM Health/Saint Louis University School of Medicine Residency program are among the finest.
The SSM Health/SLU SOM Residency Program trains more than 600 residents, subspecialty residents, and fellows in 63 programs throughout our network of teaching hospitals and other partners. Our residency programs are approved and accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and are subject to board and subspecialty board certification.
Applying to Our Programs
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.
Through its certification program, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) assesses whether international medical graduates are ready to enter residency or fellowship programs in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). ECFMG certification is required 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 U.S. that international medical graduates have met minimum eligibility standards. 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 U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). Medical licensing authorities in the U.S. 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 outside the U.S. and Canada. Citizens of the U.S. and Canada are considered international medical graduates; non-U.S. citizens who have graduated from medical schools in the U.S. and Canada are not considered international medical graduates.
Saint Louis University sponsors J1 visa applications through and in accordance with the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. In addition, the SLU 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 SLU School of Medicine or from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates at ecfmg.org.
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 U.S. 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.