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Washington University School of Medicine is one of the world’s largest and most respected academic medical research centers. For 120 years, the School has been dedicated to excellence in patient care, research and education.

Washington University receives roughly $370 million a year in research funding from the National Institutes of Health. The School of Medicine has 1,898 faculty members, including physicians who conduct clinical research and care for patients, and laboratory scientists who study basic science in laboratories.

The faculty conducts world-class research in arthritis, bone and mineral diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, child health, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, genetics, genome sequencing, imaging, immunology, infectious diseases, molecular design, neuroscience, ophthalmology, pediatrics, pulmonary disease, renal disease, thrombosis and surgery. Seventeen Nobel Prize winners have been associated with the School.

Through research, the School has made significant contributions in improving medical diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Clinical studies are essential to developing these advances. Right now at Washington University, more than 1,500 clinical studies are underway, and about 1000 new clinical studies begin every year.

The School provides outstanding health care in every area of medicine. Its physician practice group, Washington University Physicians, is one of the five largest academic clinical practices in the country, made up of 1,242 physicians in more than 76 specialties. In fiscal year 2011, more than 350 Washington University physicians were named in Best Doctors in America.

Providing outstanding medical training is also a key mission for the School of Medicine. U.S. News and World Report currently ranks the School sixth in the nation and places it first in student selectivity, a measure of students’ academic quality.

Please visit medicine.wustl.edu for more information.

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