The School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School Admissions

Admissions Policies and Procedures

Details on the policies, preferences, criteria, factors, and procedures used in the admission process. Data appear as originally submitted by this school.

WUSM seeks to enroll bright, energetic, compassionate students who want to learn to practice medicine at the edge of what is known. The recruitment and selection process seeks to identify people who are personally and academically accomplished and who are energized by interacting with and improving the well being of others. For more information, please go to http://medicine.wustl.edu/admissions/

Admissions Information

Director of admissions Dr. W. Edwin Dodson
Application fee $65
AMCAS application accepted Yes
Applications accepted June 15 (Begins)
December 1 Application deadline
Secondary application required Yes
Personal interview required Yes
Regular application acceptance notification November 1 (Begins)
August 15 (Ends)
Students must respond to offer of admission within (weeks) 2
Deferred entrance available Yes
Deposit to hold place in class due at the time of offer
Early decision plan offered No
Early decision application period N/A
Early decision plan notification date N/A
Starting month (class of 2013-2014) August

Admissions & Enrollment

MCAT Scores, GPA, and Coursework Requirements

Average undergraduate GPA 3.85
Oldest MCAT considered 2009
Average MCAT scores 12.4 MCAT composite score
13.0 biological
12.9 physical sciences
11.2 verbal reasoning
Q writing
Required undergraduate coursework
biology mathematics
organic chemistry calculus
inorganic (general) chemistry general chemistry
physics

Combined Degree Programs

Combined degree programs offered M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.P.H., M.D./M.S., M.D./M.A.
Combined college/M.D. program offered Yes
Number of years to complete combined college/M.D. program 8
Combined college/M.D. program URL http:/​/​uscholars.​wustl.​edu

Medical School Academics

Program Offerings

AIDS internal medicine
drugs/alcohol abuse pediatrics
family medicine rural medicine
geriatrics women’s health

Student/Patient Interaction

How often do first-year students come into contact with patients through the school curriculum? Very frequently
Are there opportunities for first- or second-year students to work in community health clinics? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during the course that teaches basic clinical skills (e.g., history taking/physical diagnosis)? Yes
Do all students spend time with community practicing physicians in community-based, ambulatory settings during an introductory course aimed at introducing students to medical practice? Yes

Stress Relief Services Offered

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Services
expanded-hour gym access
peer counseling
professional counseling
religious support
support groups

Faculty

Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.5:1 – High
Full-time faculty 1,722
Part-time faculty 122
Full-time faculty in basic sciences 154
Part-time faculty in basic sciences 6
Full-time faculty in clinical program 1,568
Part-time faculty in clinical program 116

2011 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Grants

NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $372.3
NIH-funded grants received by medical school and affiliated hospitals 678
Principal investigators (PIs) 418
Full-time faculty working on NIH research grants 912

Teaching Hospitals

Primary teaching hospitals affiliated with this medical school where clinical teaching or training is carried out.

Hospitals
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Curricula Descriptions

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school.)

Four-year program curriculum
The Washington University School of Medicine curriculum offers a core experience that presents the principles, methods of investigation, problems and opportunities in each of the major disciplines of medical science and medical practice. The required elective program helps students decide where major interests lie. For more information, go to http://medschool.wustl.edu/admissions/

Medical School Ranking

#6 Best Research
#40 Best Primary Care

(4) Ranking by Specialties

#10 in Drug and alcohol abuse
#7 in Internal medicine
#8 in Pediatrics
#11 in Women’s Health

Research Ranking Scores

Score 81
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.6
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 4.6
NIH funds granted to medical school and affiliated hospitals (in millions) $372.3
NIH research grant funds per faculty member (in thousands) $216.23

Primary Care Ranking Scores

Score 64
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.0
Residency directors assessment score (out of 5) 3.8
Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 31.0% – Low

Ranking Admission Statistics

Average undergraduate GPA 3.85
MCAT composite score 12.4
Acceptance rate 10.1% – Medium
Full-time faculty-student ratio 3.5:1 – High
Total medical school enrollment 490

Medical School Student Body

Student Body

Total medical school enrollment 490
In-state students 8.0%
Minority students 40.4%
Underrepresented minority students 11.0%
International students 1.0%
Non-traditional students 42.0%

Medical School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Bridget O’Neal
Financial aid phone (314) 362-6671

Expenses

Tuition
Full-time: $50,510
Required fees $0
Room and board $11,015
Average indebtedness of 2010 graduates who incurred medical school debt $111,058

Financial Aid Availability

Students receiving any financial aid 89%
Students receiving loans 51%
Students receiving grants/scholarships 77%
Students receiving work study 0%

Medical School Residency

Residency Program Admissions (Class of 2011)

Graduates admitted to their first-choice residency program N/A
Graduates admitted to one of their top three choices of residency programs N/A
Most popular residency and specialty programs (2010 and 2011 classes)
anesthesiology orthopaedic surgery
dermatology pediatrics
emergency medicine psychiatry
internal medicine radiology – diagnostic
ophthalmology surgery – general

Primary Care and In-State Residencies

Graduates entering primary care specialties (2009-2011 average) 31.0% – Low
Graduates accepting in-state residencies (2010 and 2011 average) 28.5%