Saint Louis University School of Medicine (SLUSOM) is a private, American Medical School within Saint Louis University. Located in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, Saint Louis University School of Medicine was established in 1836 and has the distinction of awarding the first M.D. degree west of the Mississippi River.
The school comprises about 700 medical students, 550 faculty members and 550 residents in 48 graduate medical education programs including residencies, subspecialty residencies and fellowships. The School is a pioneer in geriatric medicine, chronic disease prevention, cardiovascular disease, organ transplantation, neurosciences and vaccine research among others. It is a leading center of research in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disorders, and heart/lung disease.
It provides health services on a local, national, and international level while conducting medical research and training physicians and biomedical scientists of the future. Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University Hospital are the two main affiliated teaching hospitals of the school.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine was established in 1836 as the Medical Department of the University and had the distinction of awarding the first M.D. degree west of the Mississippi River in 1839. Several affiliated doctors of national importance include William Beaumont, whose pioneering studies of the human digestive system opened a new world of research, and Daniel Brainerd, who later founded Rush Medical College (then part of the University of Chicago). Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and Saint Louis University Hospital are the two main affiliated teaching hospitals of the school.
The Know-Nothing movement, an anti-immigrant and subsequently anti Catholic movement that surged through the United States in the 1840s and 1850s eventually led to the separation of the University’s Medical Department from the University in 1854. Since 1994, the students and physicians of the School of Medicine have been committed to providing free primary healthcare services in an academic environment through their Health Resource Center. They currently operate 8 free clinics throughout the Saint Louis area including an adult clinic, pediatric clinic, well woman clinic, cardiology clinic, diabetes clinic, homeless health clinic, extended services clinic, and their most recent addition, the asthma and allergy clinic.
In 2007, a new research center was added to the university. Made of glass and steel in just 522 working days, the 10-story tower now stands at the northern gateway to the University’s Medical Center. This 206,000 square-foot building is named after the late Dr. Edward Adelbert Doisy, who was not only a Nobel Laureate but also a professor at Saint Louis University for five decades. “The University’s $82 million Edward A. Doisy Research Center is now the new home of Saint Louis University researchers working in five key areas of scientific discovery: cancer and molecular biology; liver disease; cardiovascular disease; neurosciences and aging; and vaccine development”.
Saint Louis University School of Medicine is currently ranked 63rd for research by the 2016 edition of U.S. News and World Report of the 149 fully accredited U.S. medical schools (by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association). Additionally, Saint Louis University School of Medicine was recently ranked 54 among the nation’s 130 medical schools surveyed and the school’s geriatrics program was ranked number 13 in the nation.