The Department of Medicine at Saint Louis University continues to be a leader in health sciences research, furthering a tradition dating from its early history. During the early 20th century, SLU's achievements came in fields including anatomy, psychiatry; and ear, nose and throat surgery. Dr Edward Doisy, a biomedical researcher at the School of Medicine, shared the Nobel Prize in 1943 for his work on the discovery and isolation of vitamin K.
Currently, the Health Sciences Center is organized into multiple Institutes and Centers for Excellence including: the Institute for Molecular Virology (the first of its kind in the nation), the Anheuser-Busch Eye Institute, the Saint Louis University Pediatric Research Institute, the Center for Vaccine Development, the Surgical Research Institute, Liver Disease, and the Center for AIDS research. The Department is one of only four institutions that comprise an important new initiative to protect the United States against bioterrorism–the Midwest Regional Center for Excellence in Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research.
The Department of Medicine is ranked in the top third of all academic medical centers in Federal (NIH) funding with more than 26 million dollars of annual support. During the past 5 years the Department of Medicine faculty have published more than 1100 papers in hundreds of clinical and basic biomedical journals including, the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Nature, and Science.
Accordingly, research opportunities for residents are abundant. Indeed, more than 70% of our graduates will have published a case report, abstract or manuscript during their training. Presentation of research findings at local, regional and national meetings is strongly encouraged and supported by the Department. For example, in the past 2 years our housestaff have presented original data at the American College of Physicians meeting, the American Heart Association meeting, the American Society of Nephrology meeting, the American Gastroenterological Association meeting, and the Liver meetings. The School of Medicine MD/Ph.D. program furthers the collaborative relationship of the Department with the basic sciences.
Additionally, our senior residents are required to prepare an academic state-of-the-art presentation which they deliver to an audience of peers and faculty during noon conference prior to their graduation.