Beyond the important objective of training physicians who are scholars of human biology, the School of Medicine strives to graduate physicians who manifest in their personal and professional lives a special appreciation for what may be called humanistic medicine.
We regard humanistic medicine as a constellation of ethical and professional attitudes, which affect the physician's interactions with patients, colleagues, and society. Among these attitudes are concern for the sanctity of human life; commitment to dignity and respect in the provision of medical care to all patients; devotion to social justice, especially regarding inequities in the availability of health care; humility and awareness of medicine's limitations in the care of the sick; appreciation of the role of non-medical factors in a patient's state of well-being or illness; and mature, well-balanced professional behavior that derives from comfortable relationships with members of the human family and one's Creator.
Saint Louis University conducts medical training at the SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, a 365-bed tertiary care facility and Level I trauma center. Other affiliated institutions include SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Mercy Hospital, St. Mary's Hospital, St. Anthony's Medical Center, and the St. Louis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. A portion of electives may be taken at other academic and clinical institutions.
The Medical Scholar Program at Saint Louis University is an exclusive opportunity for first-time freshmen who plan to attend medical school. Certain programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, Doisy College of Health Sciences, Parks College of Engineering and the College of Public Health and Social Justice are approved for Medical Scholars.
If a student meets the program requirements, including maintaining a 3.65 cumulative and math/science GPA, they can apply early to the SLU School of Medicine.