Clinical Training


Our students and faculty pride themselves on their shared pursuit of clinical excellence and revel in the joy and privilege of clinical interactions with the people for whom they care.

Clinical learning brings together and emphasizes

  • The scientific underpinnings of medicine
  • Cultural competence and appreciation of diversity
  • Effective two-way communication
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Preventive care and health maintenance
  • Compassionate caring and health care delivery

Early bedside clinical learning

Under the watchful eyes of seasoned clinicians, medical students begin learning to take histories and to examine patients within the first month of medical school.

  • Extensive resources for honing clinical skills
  • Simulation center
  • Standardized patients
  • Videotaping and feedback of patient encounters

Washington University School of Medicine provides an environment where exceptional clinical training occurs. Students play an integral role in hands-on patient care, working in small groups with master clinicians, residents and fellows. World-renowned resources that help learners become their best selves include

  • Extraordinary clinical facilities
  • Large and diverse patient population
  • Superlative clinical teachers

Diverse Patient Population

As a Washington University medical student, you will learn medicine at the bedside of one of the largest and most diverse patient populations in the country. You will come face to face with the full spectrum of medical issues, from the ordinary to the most rare and complex.

Clinical Volume Statistics

Patient Facts

  • From nine surrounding states and beyond — urban, suburban and rural
  • A full range of ages and ethnic and socioeconomic groups
  • Culturally diverse city and region
  • St. Louis is a major national refugee placement center, second in the nation for the density of new arrivals to America