A Message from the Dean

On behalf of the faculty and administration, it is with great pleasure that I welcome your interest in Washington University School of Medicine.

David H. Perlmutter, MD

David H. Perlmutter, MD

It is our privilege that you might choose to further your medical education at Washington University. By joining our community of scholars, you will further enhance our already outstanding student body, considered one of the best in the nation.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion in medical education is sincere and longstanding. We know that, by bringing together teachers and learners from varying backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, we can develop richer solutions to complex scientific questions and train culturally sensitive clinicians and scientists.

Washington University School of Medicine is committed to developing culturally competent leaders in medicine. The Office of Diversity Programs was formed in 1996 to recruit students from groups underrepresented in medicine, including economically disadvantaged students, and to provide opportunities for all our students to develop the skills needed to provide care for an ethnically and racially diverse patient population.

As educators, we strive to create a curriculum that evolves to meet the needs of our ever-changing society. We are developing strategies to increase medical students’ exposure to learning in community and ambulatory settings, and we are integrating health promotion and disease prevention throughout the four years of medical school.

The Office of Diversity Programs focuses on the recruitment, retention and career advancement of students from diverse backgrounds, as well as on providing support services for these students throughout their academic journeys. In keeping with the school’s commitment to individualized career mentoring, the Office of Diversity Programs facilitates the opportunity for students to connect with an accomplished and diverse faculty of physicians and scientists.


Read a message from Associate Dean for Diversity, Will Ross, MD, MPH »


Despite the challenges U.S. medical schools face in their efforts to boost minority medical student matriculation, we have maintained a steady enrollment of students of color and other groups underrepresented in medicine. We are pleased with the progress made over the years, but we continue striving to do better.

We are strongly committed to your success and to ensuring that your individual career goals are realized. I encourage you to apply to Washington University School of Medicine. Should you choose to visit, I hope you will have a chance to experience for yourselves our welcoming, collaborative community.

Sincerely,

David H. Perlmutter, MD

Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean