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Diversity and Student Affairs

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is committed to the importance of diversity. We seek to immerse our medical students and graduate medical residents in a training atmosphere that prepares them for the practice of medicine in a multicultural America.

Medical school classes at Saint Louis University have matriculated students from around the nation and the globe. As a Jesuit institution, we strive to prepare our physician graduates to serve and practice excellence throughout the communities of the world.

Diversity and Student Affairs is a student-centered resource center for all, with special emphasis on matriculants who are underrepresented or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The office emphasizes prevention rather than crisis intervention. Our charge is to support and enhance the academic, educational and cultural interests of our diverse constituency and to maximize all student abilities in the pursuit of a medical career.

The Tenets of Diversity and Student Affairs


Our office seeks to empower medical students by teaching them the skills to deal with multicultural health issues and diverse populations. Students who graduate from Saint Louis University School of Medicine are comfortable taking care of all patients, particularly those who are from underserved populations. We encourage and support the development of the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary in assisting patients to move through the stages of change to demonstrate healthy lifestyle behaviors and successful preventive self-health care.


We will be a global-oriented department, which encourages and assists students in finding experiences that contribute to the health of both local and foreign communities. Students, residents and faculty members will find the office helpful in meeting their service needs and desires. We encourage collaborations with agencies to increase student exposure and experiences.


The Office of Diversity and Student Affairs will contribute to the development of physicians who are truly multicultural, having both trained and practiced medicine within a diverse community. We encourage culturally competent practice patterns among all physicians and health care providers. This is accomplished by the recruitment and maintenance of a diverse training atmosphere fostered by a multicultural faculty and curriculum.


The Office of Diversity and Student Affairs seeks to inspire all physicians in training for service and a feeling of urgency to benefit the science and humanitarian aspects of health care medicine. This goal should be pursued with compassion and respect for the patient's perspective of their illness.

Read our Diversity Support Statement

Programs for Dedication to Diversity

Medical School Programs

Summer Research Apprenticeship is an eight-week program designed to give students from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine an opportunity to gain valuable experience in a laboratory setting.

Michael Railey, M.D.
Diversity and Student Affairs
1402 South Grand Blvd.
Caroline Building, Room 100
St. Louis, MO 63104

High School Programs

Summer Scholars

Summer Scholars is a three-week program for rising sophomore, junior and senior high school students designed to motivate them to pursue a career in medicine. Activities include participation in practical anatomy workshops, preparing for college, a group research project and more.

What to expect:

  • Interaction with medical students, professors, doctors, nurses and other health care professionals
  • Lectures by guest speakers
  • Information on planning a medical education and what students can expect as a pre-med major
  • Learning and developing interview skills
  • Hands-on training in medical school simulation labs
  • Basic introduction to human anatomy
  • Introduction to medical facilities, labs and classrooms
  • Introduction to various fields within medicine
  • A day at Adventures in Medicine and Science (AIMS)

The three-week program begins in June. Sessions are held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. Regular attendance is expected. Transportation is needed to and from the medical school. A parent and student orientation is required.

Program coordinators are second-year medical students. Guest speakers include professionals from a wide range of medical fields.

For more information, call 314-977-8730.

Summer Scholars 2019 application

Health Career Clubs

Health Career Clubs at area high schools have been created to offer students the opportunity to further expand their knowledge, abilities and interest in the medical field. Activities include educational enrichment, leadership opportunities, team building, community service and college preparation.

For more information, call 314-977-7564.