Advancing human health by training physicians to create the future of medicine, science and society.

Enriched by a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity, our students will go on to:

  • Change the face of medicine through discovery and innovation;
  • Reimagine health care to make high quality care accessible to all; and,
  • Educate and inspire generations to come.

In alignment with our mission, we are committed to addressing racism in education.


The Washington University School of Medicine’s MD program is nationally accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). For details, see the Bulletin.

Purpose & Vision

The world has been transformed by technology, scientific discovery, and our understanding of education science’s role in training physicians.

More importantly, healthcare delivery and our understanding of health and its social determinants is continuing to evolve rapidly. We are at the forefront of scientific discovery and clinical medicine. We have gained a deeper understanding of the cognitive sciences and their influence on learning. We are working hard to transform health and end disease through research, innovation, community engagement, and advocacy. We are making critical investments in informatics and technology.

But there is much still to do. St. Louis and the world are plagued by poverty, disease, and disparities in care. The Gateway Curriculum ensures that our students are not only exceptional physicians, but prepared to lead the transformational changes needed to improve our future. No school is better positioned to develop the academic leaders needed to advance health locally, nationally, and internationally than Washington University. We must ensure our curriculum and educational programs achieve that goal.

Now is the time.