The School of Medicine strives to graduate physicians who manifest in their personal and professional lives an appreciation of 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
- Awareness of medicine’s limitations
- Appreciation of the role of non-medical factors in a patient's state of well-being or illness
- Behavior that is mature, well-balanced, and professional
- Commitment to self-directed and lifelong learning
- Respect for relationships between patients, families and friends as well as respect for the relationship between humankind and God
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.
SLU participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP), which annually matches students with their preferred choice for residency.
The School of Medicine Class of 2017 matched into residency programs that included Yale, Harvard, Mayo Clinic, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt, Case Western Reserve, Stanford and UCLA, as well as programs at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital” to “The School of Medicine Class of 2018 matched into some of the best residency programs across the United States, as well as some of the best regional programs at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital.
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.