Welcome to St. Louis and Washington University’s School of Medicine! Here you will find helpful information in planning your relocation to St. Louis or as you settle in.
Hiring, retaining and promoting a top team of innovative, dedicated and motivated physicians and scientists is a priority at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), and we are committed to helping our faculty achieve optimum work-life balance and career satisfaction. This brochure provides an overview of key resources and benefits that can help faculty accommodate the demands of career and personal life, including:
- Family Care
- Work-Life Balance
- University Services
Featured professional associations
Association of American Medical Colleges
The AAMC leads and serves the academic medicine community to improve the health of people everywhere. Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the AAMC is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations.
Academic Women’s Network
The Academic Women’s Network was established in 1990 by women faculty at WUSM to promote professional interactions and career development and to assist and mentor women in science and medicine.
Washington University Medical Center Housestaff Auxiliary
WUMCHA (wümchä), a department of Barnes Jewish Hospital, has acted as a support group to address the unique needs of spouses, partners, residents, fellows, and attending physicians affiliated with the Medical Center since 1982. These people, the majority of whom have relocated to St. Louis, have special life stresses that WUMCHA strives to address.
The 4444 Forest Park Building opened in 1976 and is a 6-story building. Pediatrics occupies 10,168 square feet of the 5th floor. The Department’s space contains all of the necessary core support including a cold room, tissue culture room, dark room, microscopy room and autoclave.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH) is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, BJH has a 1,700-member medical staff. Like St. Louis Children’s Hospital, BJH holds the Magnet Award for nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
The Bernard Becker Medical Library provides information resources and technology in support of the educational, research and patient-care objectives of the School of Medicine. The library serves the medical school, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Holdings consist of physical and digital books, journals and databases, many available remotely. The library has a staff of 50, including librarians and information technology specialists. Becker librarians maintain several informational blogs, and a rare books archive is home to one of the nation’s finest collections of historical medical materials.
The largest building ever constructed on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine is the BJC Institute of Health at Washington University, the home base for BioMed 21 — the University’s innovative research initiative designed to speed scientific discovery and apply breakthroughs to patient care rapidly. Started in 2007, the building is supported by a $30 million gift to Washington University’s medical school from BJC Health Care and added 240,000 square feet of research space. As a hub for BioMed 21, the building provides space for five Interdisciplinary Research Centers (IRCs).
The Center for Advanced Medicine is the outpatient clinic location for many of the adult specialties represented at Washington University School of Medicine. Here patients receive multidisciplinary consultation, diagnostics, medical treatment, same-day surgery and other support services — all in one setting. This building houses the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, an international leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education and community outreach. It is the only cancer center in Missouri and within a 240-mile radius of St. Louis to hold the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Siteman offers the expertise of more than 350 Washington University research scientists and physicians who provide care for more than 7,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients and more than 32,000 follow-up patients each year. These scientists and physicians currently hold nearly $150 million in cancer research and related training grants.
The Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) is a premier meeting and event facility on the Washington University Medical Campus. EPNEC is easily accessible by car and only a 20-minute ride from Lambert St. Louis International Airport. EPNEC is a 21,000 sq ft, full service, ADA accessible conference center. Equipped with ergonomically appointed furnishings to make your attendees comfortable for 1-hour or all day long.
The McDonnell Pediatric Research Building (MPRB) is our 11-story facility with 227,000 square feet of space and provides six floors of pediatric research laboratories for new programs and the expansion of existing ones. Common core facilities support more than 200 physician-scientists and trainees. The McDonnell Pediatric Research Building is a focal point for state-of-the-art investigations into the biology of childhood diseases and serves to stimulate the application of basic science and technology discoveries to the clinical care of children. Located on the first floor of the MPRB, the Farmstead Cafe is a rustic yet modern cafe serving locally sourced breakfast, coffee, soups, salads and sandwiches.
The eight-level Northwest Tower opened in September of 2006. This 200,000-square-foot facility provides faculty and staff office space atop the St. Louis Children’s Hospital garage. The PatientOriented Research Unit occupies the tenth floor of the Northwest Tower. The 22,100 sq ft tenth floor has four conference rooms, 40 faculty offices, 118 staff and fellow cubicles, and various drug storage and copy/work areas.
Founded in 1879, St. Louis Children’s Hospital is one of the premier children’s hospitals in the United States. It serves not just the children of St. Louis, but children across the world. The hospital provides a full range of pediatric services to the St. Louis metropolitan area and a primary service region covering six states. As the pediatric teaching hospital for Washington University School of Medicine, the hospital offers nationally recognized programs for physician training and research.
Why we love St. Louis
Here you’ll find charming neighborhoods, vibrant culture and culinary scenes, and plenty of fun for nature-lovers and urbanites alike – all packed into an incredibly affordable city.