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Washington University School of Medicine

The Office of Medical Public Affairs

doi: 10.1097/01.ACM.0000222275.75458.47
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Washington University

St. Louis, Missouri

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has a rich, 114-year history in research, education, and patient care. The School of Medicine pioneered bedside teaching and was a leader in the transformation of empirical knowledge into scientific medicine.

U.S. News & World Report ranks WUSM among the top five in the nation and first in academic quality. Eighteen Nobel laureates have trained, taught, or carried out research here. Thirteen faculty members are fellows of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, 24 belong to its Institute of Medicine, and eight are Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. WUSM is fourth among the 121 U.S. medical schools in grants received from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The clinical practice group comprises more than 900 physicians representing more than 50 specialties and subspecialties and generates more than $400 million in revenue.

The School of Medicine offers four programs leading to the MD degree: a four-year program, a five-year program, the MA/MD degrees program, and the MD/PhD degrees program. The MD/PhD degrees program, known as the Medical Scientist Training Program, is the largest in the country.

To meet the challenge posed by the current revolution in the biomedical sciences, WUSM has devised a bold strategy called BioMed 21 to support translational research, catalyze emerging forms of bioresearch, and rapidly convert knowledge of the genetic blueprint into effective, individualized treatments. The university has dedicated more than $300 million to the project, including both private support and NIH funding.

Renovations that began in 1996 provide the 130-acre WUSM campus with the most modern facilities. The 302,000-square-foot Southwest Tower, opened in January 2005, houses an emergency and trauma center and 28 operating rooms. The 650,000-square-foot Center for Advanced Medicine, the 11-story McDonnell Pediatric Research Building, and the six-story Farrell Learning and Teaching Center—which houses all of the school’s teaching spaces and individual student areas—complete the medical center’s campus integration project.

The school’s largest affiliate, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is a 1,374-bed facility and the biggest hospital in Missouri. With a premier reputation in patient care and community service, the hospital has been ranked among the nation’s best academic hospitals and has been on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll since 1993. The medical staff is composed exclusively of full-time or voluntary WUSM faculty physicians. The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at the School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital recently received the National Cancer Institute’s highest recognition as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital, also staffed exclusively by Washington University faculty physicians, is ranked in the top ten nationally by Child magazine. It provides a full range of services for children and their families.

With its historic success, broad resources, and deep commitment, WUSM is responding to the challenges of leading an emerging era of academic medicine and improved health care.

For more information about WUSM, please visit 〈medicine.wustl.edu〉.

The Office of Medical Public Affairs

Washington University

St. Louis, Missouri

© 2006 Association of American Medical Colleges