Postgraduate Training

Residency training

Postgraduate residency training in an approved hospital is considered essential preparation for the practice of medicine. Most Washington University graduates serve three or more years of residency training, and many will gain additional experience as postdoctoral fellows.

To aid students in obtaining desirable residency appointments, an active counseling program is maintained. Students in their preclinical years can participate in a career counseling workshop in which they are given specific information about subspecialties. They are encouraged to look at their own interests, attributes and priorities and, with this information, begin to make decisions about the specialty best suited for them. In addition, small group conferences are held for students to meet with faculty members from a variety of the specialty divisions at Washington University to learn more about the fields that they are interested in.

During their third and fourth years, students interact closely with the Career Counseling Office, which provides them with individual counseling to help plan for the residency application process. Students receive general background information about the kinds of residencies available, special issues concerning certain extremely competitive residencies and help identifying faculty members for further assistance. The Career Counseling Office maintains a web site ( where students can find information regarding 20 residency specialties. The number of U.S. seniors applying in the match each year has been steadily increasing. The match process continues to be competitive, and students must make their choices with considerable care. The School of Medicine participates in the National Resident Matching Program, which offers distinct advantages to applicants.

Results of these efforts have been consistently gratifying. The first-year post-graduate (PGY-1) residencies selected in the most recent residency matching (2016) are identified in the Alphabetical List of Students in the Register of Students section of this web site.

The School of Medicine maintains an active interest in its graduates and is pleased to assist them in subsequent years as they seek more advanced training or staff appointments in the communities in which they settle.

Postdoctoral training

Those departments that offer postdoctoral fellowships individualize such educational activity up to a maximum of 36 months of academic time. Such fellowships lead integrally to certification by the appropriate specialty and/or subspecialty boards of the American Medical Association.

Fellowship and other funds

Alexander and Gertrude Berg Fellowship Fund. Created in 1952 through the bequest of Gertrude Berg to provide a fellowship in the Department of Molecular Microbiology.

Glover H. Copher Fellow in Surgical Research. Established in 1971 to support a postdoctoral fellow in surgery.

William H. Danforth Loan Fund for Interns and Residents in Surgery. Provides financial assistance in the form of loans for postdoctoral students in surgery.

Ron and Hana Evens Fellowship. Established in 2014 to support a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology.

Antonio Hernandez, Jr. Fellowship in Pediatric Cardiology. Established in 1987 as a memorial to Dr. Hernandez.

Leopold and Theresa Hofstatter Fellowship. Established in 2000 from the estate of Leopold and Theresa Hofstatter to be used to support fellowships in neurological research.

J. Albert Key Fellowship Fund. Provides a stipend for a fellow in orthopaedic surgery.

Louis and Dorothy Kovitz Fellowship Fund. Established in 1970 by an alumnus and his wife to provide support for research by qualified residents or students interested in surgery, at the discretion of the Head of the Department of Surgery.

Carol B. and Jerome T. Loeb Teaching Fellowships at the School of Medicine. Established in 2004 to honor and thank St. Louis-area physicians with clinical excellence to encourage teaching that excellence to residents and students.

Stephen I. Morse Fellowship. Established in 1980 by Carl and Belle Morse in memory of their son; awarded to predoctoral or postdoctoral students pursuing research careers in microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases.

William D. Owens Anesthesiology Research Fellowship. Established in 2000 in honor of William D. Owens, MD. This fund will allow an individual to do a clinical or basic research fellowship for a two-year period.

The Esther and Morton Wohlgemuth Foundation Fellowship. Established to support a fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases.

Continuing medical education

The study of medicine is a lifelong process with continuing medical education being an integral component of the continuum. Since 1973 the School of Medicine has supported this learning endeavor through the operation of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program. The Program’s mission is to collaborate with teams of healthcare professionals and / or individual members of the healthcare team to provide opportunities for educational renewal and advancement in order to facilitate life-long learning, maintenance of professional competencies, and enhancement of knowledge and skills to improve performance, clinical care and patient outcomes.

Pursuant to this mission the objectives of the CME program include the following:

  • Enable the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for the delivery of quality patient care
  • Translate the results of research to clinical diagnosis and treatment for healthcare practitioners
  • Apply educational approaches in support of continuous quality improvement and patient safety in health care delivery
  • Integrate clinical outcome measures into the educational process
  • Assist with adaptation to changing health care delivery environments
  • Support faculty development as postgraduate medical educators and leaders
  • Evaluate and refine educational activities

Each year more than 160 symposia and more than 180 recurring academic rounds and conferences as well as videos, monographs, and self-directed learning are provided with CME credit by this office. About 9,000 registrants attend these courses annually and receive more than 110,000 hours of instruction. CME-Online provides educational programs via the Internet. Since starting in 2000, the CME online program has grown to include more than 250 hours of available CME credit. The educational program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and provides credits to physicians pursuant to the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association, as well as various other types of state and specialty recertification and relicensure activities.