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Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
1402 South Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63104
(314) 977-9870
Email address
School Information
"Saint Louis University School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in teaching, research and patient care. Established in 1836, the school has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. Today, about 550 faculty members, 700 medical students and 550 residents in 48 graduate medical education programs, including residencies, subspecialty residencies and fellowships, call SLU home. The school is a leading center of research in five key areas: cancer, infectious disease, liver disease, aging and brain disorders, and heart/lung disease" (Source:
General Information
The School of Medicine engages in numerous anti-racist and DEI initiatives. Namely, DICE (the Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement) was created and hosts its Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series, covering anti-racism as a core topic. DEI resources are also offered by DICE. The School of Medicine is additionally home to the Diversity and Social Equity committee, promoting minority recruitment and retention. The committee also hosts numerous DEI events. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The School of Medicine's Diversity and Social Equity Committee will "enhance the integration of diversity and inclusion-related discourse into the education and training of students, residents, faculty, and staff with relevant knowledge and experience about cultural and individual diversity as it relates to the field of family, community, and behavioral medicine."
  • The Division of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement's goal to "establish a culture of inclusive excellence, equity, and human flourishing for all members of Saint Louis University and our connected communities through education, elimination, and transformation" is accomplished by its Diversity and Inclusion Webinar Series which covers "whiteness, anti-blackness, and anti-racism in society" in efforts towards "achieving social justice and racial equality through the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The school's 2022-2027 Strategic Plan Executive Summary states, "Our hospitals and clinics serve a diverse urban population. Principles of social determinants of health and health equity are integrated into medical education. [Pg. 4]"
Program and Research Funding
  • In February of 2017, Saint Louis University's News section published an article titled "SLU Family Medicine Residency Program Honored for Improving Racial Equality, Social Justice" which stated that "In 2016, SLU received a five-year $1.87 million primary care training and enhancement award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to train family medicine residents and medical family therapy doctoral students in a behavioral health curriculum." The program was honored "as one of four organizations making a difference in the St. Louis community by improving racial equality and social justice."
  • The School of Medicine has a Diversity and Social Equity Committee which will "provide guidance and resources to faculty, students, and staff when diversity and inclusion-related questions or concerns arise related to marketing and recruitment materials, policies and procedures of the department and associated clinics, interpersonal relationships, the climate of the learning environment in the department, and retention of faculty and students who occupy minority identities."
  • DICE offers numerous resources for DEI.
  • On June 5, 2020, Saint Louis University's News section published an article titled "SLU Med Students, Faculty Participate in White Coats for Black Lives Protest." According to the article, one of "WhiteCoats4BlackLives’s" goals is "developing national medical school curricular standards that educate current and future medical professionals on the history and current manifestations of racism in medicine, principles of anti-racism, and strategies for dismantling structural racism."
  • The School of Medicine Strategic Plan's stated mission is "To pursue excellence in education, research, clinical care, and improving the health of our community through professional development, collaboration, and social justice, grounded in our Jesuit values."
  • The school's Leadership Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (LCME) outlines its many objectives and initiatives and states, "This council’s work will go well beyond LCME; it will include work and solutions that lead to a more diverse, equitable and inclusive School of Medicine. The council is charged with developing goals, outcome measures, and monitoring processes related to diversity, equity and inclusion and crucial to driving impactful change across our academic and administrative operations."
Symbolic Actions
  • SLU's School of Medicine has hosted numerous events on "Diversity and Social Equity."
  • The School of Medicine's Diversity and Social Equity committee will "match underrepresented faculty, staff, students, and residents with mentors with relevant knowledge and experience for promoting faculty and student retention and success."
  • The Diversity and Social Equity committee hosts many events and programs related to DEI.
  • Saint Louis University School of Medicine offers the “Undergraduate Diversity in Medicine Summer Research Internship” program, which is intended to support the “recruitment and retention of students who are underrepresented in medicine.” This program is being offered in 2023.
Last updated July 30th, 2023
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