Orientation Information — Visiting Students


First-day reporting information

Students will be provided with first-day reporting information for the clinical elective (time, location, and name of primary contact) by email after payment of the application processing fee.

On your first day

On the first day of the elective, students must visit the Electives Office to complete the visiting student registration process, obtain a visiting student ID badge, and receive temporary access codes necessary for the elective experience. Visiting students may be asked to report for service before the Electives Office opens; report as instructed on the first day, but make sure to visit the Electives Office during the first available break period. 

Systems Access

The Electives Office provides temporary access codes for visiting students to utilize the standard systems necessary for clinical rotations. The confidential codes will be provided to students upon their registration in the Electives Office. Students experiencing login issues while on campus should contact the BJC Information Services Customer Support Center at 314-362-4700.

Scrub and locker room access

Visiting medical students participating in perioperative services will be given ID access to scrub machines. Visiting students should expect to receive instructions for accessing scrub machines via email one to two weeks prior to the elective start date. You will have access to the locker room, but you will not be assigned a locker.

Travel to the Medical Center

Visit the School of Medicine website for information about air travel and public transportation.

Campus maps

Visit the School of Medicine website for campus maps.


Housing is not provided for visiting medical students, but a limited number of short-term stay rooms are available in The Core Apartment Residences, located on the WUSTL Medical Campus. For additional information, please visit The Core property website or email thecore@wustl.edu. Students may also visit rotatingroom.com for short-term housing options close to WUSM campus.

Transportation and parking

Campus parking

Visiting medical students may purchase a monthly parking permit for the approximate cost of $70.00 per month. Permits may be purchased at the Facilities Integrated Service Center, located on the first floor of the Olin Residence Hall (4550 Scott Avenue). Hours of operation are 7:00 am-7:00 pm Monday through Saturday.

Campus shuttles

Complimentary shuttle bus service is provided for employees and students throughout Washington University Medical Center.

Public transportation

St. Louis provides bus and light rail train (MetroLink) service to the St. Louis region. The School of Medicine is served by the Metro Bus Gold Line, and the MetroLink’s Central West End station is located on our campus, at the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Children’s Place. More information about Metro Transit St. Louis can be found at metrostlouis.org.   

Campus dining

Several dining options are available on WUSM Campus and at our affiliate hospitals.

  • Shell Café: First floor lobby, McDonnell Medical Sciences Building (view menu)
  • Farrell Café: First floor lobby, Farrell Learning and Teaching Center (view menu)
  • WUSM Official Bookstore: First floor, Mid Campus Center – 4590 Children’s Place (grab-and-go snacks)
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital: Visit the Barnes-Jewish Hospital website for the locations of cafeterias, coffee bars, vending, and nearby restaurants
  • Edison Café: Lower level, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • Food Trucks: A dedicated food truck location with outdoor seating is located at Scott Avenue and Taylor Avenue.
  • Kaldi’s Coffee at MCC: Second floor, Mid Campus Center – 4590 Children’s Place (view menu)

Blood and bodily fluids exposure

Washington University School of Medicine adheres to CDC guidelines, and strives to facilitate necessary treatment of exposure in an expeditious manner. In the event of an exposure, wash the area immediately with soap and water. If you suffer a splash to the nose, mouth, or skin, flush the area with water immediately. If you suffer a splash to the eyes, irrigate with water or sterile irrigant immediately.

After cleansing the area, contact our Student Health Services office at 314-362-3523 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-4:00 pm). If the exposure occurs after hours, please contact the Occupational Health 24-hour pager at (314) 871-2966. When reporting, identify yourself as a visiting student and have required information: patient’s name, date of birth, social security number and/or hospital identification number, and patient risk factors.