Students who are currently enrolled in the MD program at Washington University School of Medicine have a variety of activities and opportunities within and outside of the university to choose from.
Orientation: Washington University School of Medicine Plunge (WUMP)
Before medical students hit the books, they hit the streets of St. Louis, where their ideals meet face-to-face the realities of health care in America.
Part of the first-year course, the Practice of Medicine I, the Washington University Medical Plunge (WUMP) is a four-day orientation program. It provides first-year medical students with an overview of health care and public health in St. Louis through lectures, site visits and public health service projects. WUMP introduces students to the social determinants of health, highlights the message of culturally competent health care and offers an excellent opportunity for service learning.
The Diversity Retreat makes up another pat of the Practice of Medicine I course. It gives first year medical students the opportunity to learn about different patient populations that they will serve and to explore ways to communicate in cross-cultural situations through small group discussions and interactive exercises.
Current students may be eligible to apply for internship or fellowship programs.
There are a number of graduate programs offered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS).