Teaching Facilities

Aerial view of medical campus showing Forest Park in foreground

Experience a broad patient base in an intimate mentoring environment

Washington University Medical Center provides an outstanding environment in which to learn. One of the nation’s largest academic medical centers, the campus covers 186 acres, and the on-site hospital affiliates provide 2,040 beds. Two large components of the medical center — nationally ranked Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital — are members of BJC HealthCare, the first integrated health care system in the country to couple academic teaching hospitals with community hospitals.

Completed in 2005, the six-story Farrell Learning and Teaching Center provides flexible and functional space dedicated to medical student and graduate student teaching. It houses several resources including:

  • Student carrels, which promote group learning
  • The Wood Simulation Center, one of several simulation facilities on campus that provide the latest in simulation training
  • State-of-the-art lecture halls and small group meeting rooms

Despite the large size of the medical center, clinical education occurs largely at individual patients’ bedsides and in one-on-one or small group settings. It’s the best of all circumstances: a broad patient base that provides exposure to wide-ranging clinical conditions, but in an intimate mentoring environment.