On most Wednesdays from mid-October through mid-February, we’re hosting optional sessions for those invited to interview so you can learn more from faculty, staff, and current students about particular elements of the WashU medical student experience.  

Couldn’t make a session?  We’ve got you covered.  The session recordings, usually available by the Monday following a session, are hyperlinked below (note that some sessions will not be recorded due to their breakout structure).

October 19

The Gateway Coaching Program was the focus on October 19. The session was led by some veteran faculty coaches.

October 26

“Why WashU Wednesdays” continued with a panel of M4 and M5 students, reflecting on their WashU student experience and future professional plans.

November 2

A panel of M3 students was featured, with the discussion focused on the clinical training they are experiencing this year, as well as their overall WashU student experience.

November 9

Clinical Immersions in Phase One of the Gateway Curriculum was the focus of this discussion, presented by Steve Lawrence, MD, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Clinical Sciences, and Kaytlin Reedy-Rogier, MSW, Ambulatory Immersions Co-Lead and Co-Lead for Community Engagement.

November 16

A virtual activities fair, featuring 10 of our 60+ medical student organizations, was the structure of the 11/16 Why WashU Wednesday.  The event was held on “Gather”, a video chat platform. Due to the nature of the event, it was not recorded.

November 30

The Gateway Curriculum was the topic of the 11/30 session.  The discussion was led by Tom De Fer, MD, FACP, Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and Professor of Medicine.

December 7

The Dec 7 session was hosted by Will Ross, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Diversity and Washington University School of Medicine’s Principal Officer for Community Partnerships, and an Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine. Dr. Ross will reflect on his WashU experience:  he is a 1984 MD graduate and has served on the faculty as a nephrologist and in diversity affairs since 1996.  Dr. Ross also discussed topics relating to health equity and justice

December 14

Dual degree opportunities at WashU were featured at this “WWW”.  These are masters degree programs that are designed to be completed in one additional year, in combination with the MD degree. The program included a short introduction of a new dual degree option launching in 2023, the MD-MBI (Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics).

January 4

After a winter break, our sessions resumed with a panel of M4/M5 students, reflecting on their WashU student experience and future professional plans. (Note that this session was not recorded; if you have interest in hearing from this group of senior students, please see the Oct. 26 session recording, above).

January 11

The Gateway Curriculum’s EXPLORE component and its four academic pathwaysResearch, Education, Advocacy/Global Health, and Innovation, were the focus of the session. The EXPLORE director and faculty directors of each of these pathways were on hand to lead the discussion.

January 18

Health Equity, Justice, and Community in the Gateway Curriculum were the focus of this session, which was moderated by WashU’s Director of Health Equity and Justice and included perspectives of three current WashU students.

January 25

WashU’s Medical Scientist Training Program was the focus of the discussion. A panel of current MD/PhD students, throughout all phases of training, hosted the event. The discussion focused on the research environment at WashU, and highlighted these students’ research and clinical educational experiences here, to date.

February 1

The session described the distinctive Phase 3 of the Gateway Curriculum. A faculty panel discussed the philosophy in building these final 16 months of the curriculum, which is termed “Gateway to Specialization”. The panel included the two co-directors of the required Internal Medicine Subinternship, as well as a faculty member who leads one of the Keystone Integrated Science Courses (KISCs). The session was moderated by Steve Lawrence, MD, MSc, Assistant Dean for Curriculum and Clinical Sciences.

February 8

Uniquely St. Louis“: A panel of 1st year medical students shared favorite discoveries of their new city, from its livability, affordability and ease of commute to neighborhoods, restaurants, events, and attractions.

February 15

This session featured the new 2023/24 Dis-Orientation Guide and part of its creative student team.

February 22

No session will be held this week.

March 1–special start time of 6pm CT

The LGBTQ Med community at WashU will be featured. A student panel will reflect on being LGBTQ+ at WashU and in St. Louis from a personal, scholarly and advocacy perspective. LGBTQ Med is the Washington University School of Medicine student-run interest group dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) identity and health.