Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis (WUSM)

  Washington University School of Medicine in St.Louis (WUSM)  

About Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) was established in 1891. It is located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Clinical Service

The clinical service is provided by Washington University Physicians, a comprehensive medical and surgical practice providing treatment in more than 75 medical specialties. Washington University Physicians are the medical staffs of the two teaching hospitals – Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. They also provide inpatient and outpatient care at the St. Louis Veteran’s Administration Hospital, hospitals in the BJC HealthCare system and 35 other office locations throughout the greater St Louis region.


Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is currently ranked 6th for research by the U.S. News and World Report. Moreover, it has been ranked first in the whole U.S.A in student selectivity.

Programs Offered by Washington University School of Medicine

    Medical Studies

        Doctor of Medicine (MD)

        Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/ Ph.D.)

        Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Engineering (MD/ Ph.D.)

        Doctor of Medicine and Master of Arts (MD/MA)

        Doctor of Medicine and Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MD/MSCI)

        Doctor of Medicine and Master of Population Health Sciences (MD/MPHS)

        Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health (MD/MPH)

    Audiology & Communication Sciences

        Audiology (AUD)

        Speech and Hearing Sciences (Ph.D.)

        Deaf Education (MS)

    Clinical Research, Public Health & Consulting

        Applied Health Behavior Research (MS)

        Biostatistics (MS)

        Clinical Investigation (MSCI)

        Consulting — Business of Health Care (MBA Concentration)

        Genetic Epidemiology (MS)

        Population Health (MPHS)

        Public Health (MPH)

    Biology & Biomedical Sciences

        Computational and Systems Biology (Ph.D.)

        Developmental, Regenerative and Stem Cell Biology (Ph.D.)

        Evolution, Ecology, and Population Biology (Ph.D.)

        Human and Statistical Genetics (Ph.D.)

        Biochemistry, Biophysics & Structural Biology (Ph.D.)

        Immunology (Ph.D.)

        Molecular Cell Biology (Ph.D.)

        Molecular Genetics and Genomics (Ph.D.)

        Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis (Ph.D.)

        Neurosciences (Ph.D.)

        Plant and Microbial Biosciences (Ph.D.)

    Occupational Therapy

        Rehabilitation and Participation Science (Ph.D.)

        Occupational Therapy (MS)

    Occupational Therapy (OTD)

        Physical Therapy

        Movement Science (Ph.D.)

        Physical Therapy (DPT)

Admission Process


    Washington University School of Medicine is extremely competitive, and therefore, the admission standards are high. The applicants who possess high character, aptitude, and determination along with strong personal attributes like good communication skills, extramural accomplishments have a very high chance of getting selected.

Academic Requirements

    The Entry Test – MCAT

    Tall the candidates have to take the Medical College Admissions Test as it is a must requirement. Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) accepts MCAT scores of a test taken in the past three years at the time of application. Moreover, every applicant has to provide their MCAT scores in the primary application. Also, it is recommended that a student takes MCAT in the spring of Junior year or almost 18 months before the year they wish to enroll in medical school.

    Undergraduate Study

    All the applicants must have studied a minimum of 90 semester hours in an approved college or university before they get enrolled in Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM).

    Required Coursework

    The coursework that should be completed by an applicant at the time of matriculation is given below.


        General or inorganic chemistry

        Organic chemistry (one semester can be substituted by one semester of biochemistry)


        Calculus through integral and differential equations (substitution = one semester of calculus)

    In all of the above-given subjects, a minimum of one year (or equivalent advanced placement) is necessary. Furthermore, note that a course in biochemistry is not required, but is preferred.

    Undergraduate Major

    There is no requirement of a particular major in the undergraduate study of an applicant. Therefore, students who have majored in humanities, social sciences or the arts are welcomed alike as the ones who have majored in science, engineering or math.

    International Students

    Washington University School of Medicine welcomes International students without any discrimination. However, non-US citizens or those who are not permanent residents of USA must read the School’s policy related to the financial documentation that is required by Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) for the issuance of a Visa by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Visa Services.  The policy applies to all applicants who are not permanent residents or citizens of the US, and DACA students.  However, all the students who are accepted in Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) (including International and DACA students) are considered for merit scholarships.


    To check all the important dates regarding the admission process,visit their official website.


    It is advised that Interested candidates apply as early as possible as the early application is a significant advantage.

    Application (Primary)

    A candidate can apply to Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) by filling out the online application on AMCAS. All the instructions, related to the application filling and submission, are provided on the portal of AMCAS.

    Supplemental Application

    The supplemental applications are submitted online. The deadline for the supplemental applications is also given on the AMCAS website. However, additional application is based on invitation only.

    Letters of Recommendation

    The primary application also requires the letters of recommendation. These letters should be submitted to the Admissions Committee before the deadline.

    Application completion

    An applicant can check whether their application is complete or not. Visit here periodically to determine when your application is complete.

    Selection Process

    The Admissions Committee carefully reviews all the applications. Their selection process has many stages. The factors considered by the Committee on Admissions include the following:

    1.    Rigor of curriculum

    2.    Academic performance (GPA and/or MCAT marks)

    3.    Extracurricular activities (Work, Community Involvement, Research, Leadership skills, Interests, Sports and hobbies)

    4.    Other achievements

    5.    Essay/ personal statement on AMCAS application

    6.    Unique life experiences (challenges and hardships overcome)

    7.    Recommendations


    After the thorough analysis of applications, the top-ranked candidates are invited to visit the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). The visit allows them to meet current medical students at the School and to interview with the members of the Committee on Admissions.

    The Admission Committee considers the following factors in the Interview.

        Communication skills

        The motivation for the study of medical science



        Professional bearing and communication

        Hobbies and interests

        Accomplishments (professional, research, volunteerism, management)

        Insight into the field of medicine

        Inventiveness and efficiency

    Checking the Application Status

    A candidate can view the status of their application by visiting the portal.

Transfer Students

Each year, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) accepts some transfer students into its third-year class. The transfer seats are limited and are completely dependent on the availability of seats. A candidate who wishes to transfer into the third year must apply through application forms.

    Transfer Requirements

    Transfer applicants should be well-qualified second-year students, and they need to be enrolled in an LCME-accredited U.S. medical school with good standing. The candidates must also have a sound personal explanation for requesting a transfer. Also, the approval of the dean of their current school is also essential. Accepted transfer students are also required to take the USMLE Step 1 examination with good scores. More information can be taken by contacting:

    Third-Year Class Transfer Program

    Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8077

    660 S. Euclid Ave.

    St. Louis, MO 63110-1093

    Phone: (314) 362-6844

    Fax: (314) 362-4658

Tuition Cost

The cost of education at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) includes the tuition fee as well as the living expenses. At Washington University, there is a single tuition fee with no additional charges. Therefore, healthcare, hospitalization or disability insurance is not charged.

Moreover, there are no equipment or laboratory charges. Furthermore, the tuition fee is fixed through all four-year program of study. This allows students and their guardians plan better for the educational expenses.

Financial Aid

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is committed to assisting students with their medical study. Therefore, the school has a financial aid department that arranges scholarships as well as loans for students. The financial aid department at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is also responsible for familiarizing students the efficient ways to manage their expenses. 


    Merit-Based Scholarships

    Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) awards scholarships based on the merit. The grant funds of this scholarship program vary. The selection process is based on the personal and academic accomplishments of a candidate. Moreover, the program also considers a student’s apparent potential to contribute to the field in the future. Students do not have to apply for the scholarship as all the accepted students are considered for merit-based scholarships without additional applications.

    Moreover, The Mr. and Mrs. Spencer T. Olin Fellowships for Women targets the female students at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) and provides them with full-tuition scholarships for graduate and professional school study.

    Need-Based Financial Aid

    The Washington University School of Medicine provides need-based financial assistance in the form of scholarships as well as loans. The need-based assistance is only for those qualifying medical students who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Moreover, those students who receive merit-based awards may also apply for the need-based financial aid.

    The amount of financial aid depends upon the amount that the student or heir family can contribute to the student’s education. The income and assets of the student and their family are verified. You can visit the Office of Student Financial Planning for more information.

    The information for the application of financial aid can be found on the Washington University School of Medicine’ Office of Student Financial Planning website. For International students, Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) does not provide financial assistance.

Academic Departments & Programs

The education system at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is highly organized. The departments are created for the smooth functioning of classes. The departments at the School of Medicine are:


    Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics

    Cell Biology & Physiology

    Developmental Biology

    Emergency Medicine Division


    Medicine (previously Internal Medicine)

    Molecular Microbiology




    Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

    Orthopedic Surgery


    Pathology & Immunology



    Radiation Oncology




The faculty at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is extremely talented, and all the members are leaders in their field. There are 18 Nobel laureates associated with the school of medicine. Moreover, almost 67% of faculty members also treat patients. There are 11 faculty members who are fellows of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences and 24 faculty members belong to its Institute of Medicine. Moreover, 25 faculty members of the Washington University School of Medicine are elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded 93 teachers for the individual career development awards. Plus 53 members of Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) faculty are career development award holders from non-federal agencies and 12 have accomplished coveted NIH MERIT funding status.

Learning Opportunities at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)

    Research Opportunities for Students

    The Washington University provides abundant opportunities for research. Therefore, almost 95 percent of the students take on research projects. In the Washington University, the research enterprise is one of the most extensive in the world. There are faculties Investigators that are always ready to help students in research. There are many areas of investigation such as:

        Cardiovascular diseases

        Developmental biology


        Genetics and genome science



        Infectious disease


    Students are given the flexibility to do as little or as much research as they like. Therefore, there are summer research programs as well as year -long research opportunities.

    Summer Research Opportunities

    The Summer Research Program (SRP) at the School of Medicine provides the second-year medical students with high-quality training in basic and clinical research.

    The program is funded, and the students are given some stipends for covering living expenses.

    For details, please see the Student Research Opportunities brochure (PDF).

        The summer research opportunities include amongst other:

        Clinical Research Training Center Pre-Doctoral Program

        Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology

        NIH-Supported Short-Term Training for Medical Students

        Siteman Cancer Center

    Year – Long Research Opportunities at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM)

    The School of Medicine also offers research opportunities that last a year (12-18 months).  The most notable ones are:

        Biostatistics Master of Science

        Clinical Research Training Center Pre-Doctoral Program

        Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship Program

        Fogarty International Fellowships

        Howard Hughes MA/MD

        J. Max Rukes Fellowships in Endocrine or Metabolism

        Master of Science in Applied Health Behavior Research

        Master of Population Health Sciences

        Master of Science in Clinical Investigation

        NIH Clinical Research Training Program (at NIH)

        Other custom-tailored MA/MD programs

    For more details about the year-long research programs, visit the Office of Medical Student Research.

    Organizations and Clubs

    At Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), besides the formal curriculum, a great way to learn is through participation in student-initiated, student-run organizations. There are more than 50 clubs all of which are formed by students. All these groups focus on real-world issues on national and global platforms. These organizations pursue interests outside of the field of medicine.

    Research and Education Centers

    The school has formed many research and educational centers so that students have a smooth learning experience. Students can broaden their horizons and pursue the specific field of Interest.

        Aging Center

        Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Knight (ADRC)

        Cancer Center Alvin J. Siteman

        Clinical Imaging Research Center

        Clinical Studies Center

        Diabetes Research Center (DRC)

        Genome Institute

        Health Economics and Policy Center

        Hope Center for Neurological Disorders

        Human Nutrition Center

        Informatics Institute

        Molecular Imaging Center (Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology)

        Neurofibromatosis (NF) Center

        Pain Center

        Tuberous Sclerosis Center

Affiliated Hospitals / Clinics

Washington University Medical Center provides an exceptional learning environment. To provide students with the best of clinical practice, it has one of USA’s top-tier academic medical centers. Moreover, the WUSM’s hospital affiliates provide 1,547 beds. The affiliated hospitals are:

    Barnes-Jewish Hospital

    The Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the largest hospital in Missouri. The hospital is staffed by Washington University faculty physicians. Moreover, due to its outstanding services, it has been awarded the magnet status of ‘nursing’s highest honor for clinical excellence.’

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital

    St. Louis Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in the area and amongst the best in the nation. This hospital too is staffed by Washington University faculty physicians. The hospital has been offering extensive services in almost all of the pediatric medical and surgical specialties. In this regard, it has also been recognized as one of USA’s top children’s hospitals (U.S. News & World Report).

    The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center

    The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is an international pioneer in cancer treatment. Moreover, it also leads to cancer research, prevention, education, and community outreach. Siteman is regarded as the top cancer treatment facility in Missouri and among the best facilities in the nation.  The center treats nearly 9000 newly diagnosed cancer patients annually.

    The Center for Advanced Medicine

    The Center for Advanced Medicine (CAM) is a one-of-its-kind facility. It works to provide patients “one-stop-shopping” with wide-ranging outpatient care and ancillary facilities all in one center. There are various clinical components within CAM for the smooth experience of patients. Namely, they are:

        Joanne Knight Breast Health Center

        Cervical Spine Institute & Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Center

        Diabetes Center

        Ear, Nose and Throat Center

        Eye Center

        Gastrointestinal Center

        Heart and Vascular Center

        Maritz Lung Center

        Medicine Multispecialty Center

        Neuroscience Center

        Neurosurgical Cervical Spine Institute

        Orthopedic Surgery Center

        Pain Management Center

        Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Center

        Radiation Oncology


        Siteman Cancer Center

        Spine Center

        Surgery Center

        Urologic Surgery Center

        Women’s Health Center

Facilities for Students


    Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) assists students with personal and academic guidance through its advising programs. The two notable ones are the Preclinical Counseling and Career Counseling Program. Besides these programs, the accessible and student-friendly faculty members are always glad to assist students with any inquiry.

    Counseling for Diversity Students

    In the School of Medicine, the Office of Diversity Programs works to create an environment that promotes the personal achievement and development of students, who belong from diverse backgrounds. All around the year, the school community actively participates to organize academic, cultural and social activities that help with the multicultural familiarity and sensitivity. Thus the environment of school supports cultural competence and celebrates diversity.

    Becker Library

    Bernard Becker Medical Library is regarded as one of the oldest yet most wide-ranging medical libraries in the nation. The library functions as an information-services center for the medical students of Washington University. It provides the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) scholars with a broad range of electronic course materials as well as supplementary educational resources. Moreover, the library is also a hub for the information technology services.

    The library provides comprehensive resources to the students. There are 300,000 volumes, 26 biomedical resource databases, 82,170 print books, and 20,912 e-books. Moreover, the total number of full-text e-journals is 6,303 while 5,899 print journals and 2,320 audiovisual items are also present.

    Dr. Najeeb lectures

    Besides the library, another important supplementary learning resource at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) is the video lectures. The reason is simple, the medical curriculum isn’t easy. It requires a lot of effort and determination and so, many times a medical student feels that they need more help in studying.

    Dr. Najeeb’s Lectures are a secondary resource to help students with their medical study. The video lectures cover all the topics of medical and clinical sciences. Almost all the topics that are a part of the curriculum of the U.S.A’s medical schools are included in Dr. Najeeb lectures. Therefore, these lectures are amongst the most popular medical lectures in the USA. Also, currently, students from medical schools from 190 countries subscribe to the lectures. Dr. Najeeb Lectures help students to a great extent as they are time-efficient i.e. a student can watch them without the bound of time. Plus, students can watch as many times as they like as the subscription is for a lifetime. Moreover, all the new videos that will be added in Dr. Najeeb lectures’ video library in the future will be accessible for the existing subscribers. Currently, the video library has more than 800 lectures on topics such as Gross Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Embryology, Histology, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics and, Pathology.

    Furthermore, Dr. Najeeb is an extremely qualified doctor and so teaches all the lectures himself. He teaches in very plain English language and the content of the lectures is very easy to follow. He explains all the concepts (even the toughest ones) in layman terms. He always uses teaching aids especially illustrations so that a student understands it easily. The video lectures are very affordable for students because the subscription price is minimal. Moreover, you can try some free lectures before you become a subscriber.

    Housing / Accommodation for Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) Students

    St. Louis is not a very expensive city to live in.  Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) students who are not locals of St. Louis can either live on campus or they can find apartments, houses, condos, lofts and short-term in the immediate area. The School’s on-campus dormitory is called the Olin Residence Hall. Olin Residence Hall can house approximately 168 single men and women. Olin Hall accommodates medical students and paramedical sciences students. The facilities of Olin Hall include shared cooking facilities, a gym, a laundry room and a penthouse with a leisure area and television with a satellite system.  Moreover, if students want to find off-campus accommodation, then they can check out this Dis-Orientation Guide to find housing in St. Louis.

Life in St. Louis

St. Louis is a peaceful city with affordable neighborhoods. It has many world-class arts and other attractions.  Locals take pleasure in the outstanding culinary scene of the town. The nightlife, sports teams, miles of green space, and a gleaming national park in the heart of downtown are the main attractions of the city. There are world-class museums, gardens and arts centers in the city that showcase award-winning performances and exhibitions.  Moreover, there are endless career and cultural opportunities in St. Louis. In short, St. Louis provides a big city convenience with a low cost of living.

For more inquiries, please write to mdadmissions@wustl.edu.


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