Students identify and develop their professional and academic interests, strengths, growth areas, and values to support their career interests.
We recognize just how rigorous the curriculum at Washington University School of Medicine is. It is important for students to take special care of their intellectual health in such a challenging environment. As one step to support academic health and reduce stress, the school has made both first and second year pass/fail. Many other forms of academic support are available, including:
- General and career advising to guide you through each year of medical school, including choosing specialties, planning curriculum, and applying to residency programs.
- Mentorship from faculty and from your fellow students.
- Tutoring, learning specialists and test prep are available to all MD students, setting you up for success every step of the way.
- Research opportunities in nearly every area of biomedicine, helping you gain a richer understanding of how scientific discoveries influence practice at the bedside, and vice versa.
- Clinical shadowing opportunities to immerse yourself in the day-to-day operations of a physician’s practice and learn about patient/physician relationships.
- The Gateway Coaching Program groups you with a faculty mentor and several peers to synthesize curriculum, build relationships and explore personal journeys up to and throughout your medical education.
As a result, our students are highly successful in obtaining their chosen residency positions at top university-affiliated hospitals and medical centers across the country. Read more about our student outcomes.