Updated COVID Activity Guidance

WUSM Specific Updated Activity Guidance (effective November 5, 2021): Updated Guidelines: Masking: Masking is required in all indoor spaces, including cubicles, regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed while alone in non-clinical private spaces (offices, private meeting spaces, break rooms, labs, classrooms, meeting rooms). Masks may be removed while eating or drinking with appropriate […]

A Message from the Dean Concerning COVID-19 Activity and Masking Guidance

Dear School of Medicine Community: Today changes were announced to the COVID-19 activity and masking guidance. We recognize that there are likely some lingering questions that relate to this announcement. Below are more detailed instructions about what is and is not allowed. We recognize that this is a major transition and that you may have […]

Eva and Kaytlin’s Excerpt April 2021

Trauma – depending on your context, this word may evoke different connotations or have different implications. We want to recognize that the dual pandemic (systemic racism and COVID-19) coupled with escalating violence and national rhetoric laced with racism are tantamount to trauma for many in our community. While the challenges of the last year are […]

Eva’s Excerpt March 2021

I am going to do something I rarely do—share a personal story. I am writing this while returning from vacation, my first in more than a year and the first real vacation my husband and I have taken alone in over 20 years. Unfortunately, while I was away, my grandmother passed away, likely from complications […]

Eva’s Excerpt January 2021

Looking Ahead As an anchor institution and major economic driver in St Louis, Washington University School of Medicine is uniquely equipped to help heal some of the wounds of our nation that are currently on full display. Now is an opportunity to own the role our actions have played in leading to this moment and […]

Medical Education Research Unit

The Medical Education Research Unit (MERU) in the Office of Education conducts and supports education research and scholarship at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). The MERU was established in 2015, by Dr. Alison Whelan, WUSM’s previous Senior Associate Dean for Education, Dr. Dorothy Andriole, and Dr. Donna Jeffe who was the inaugural Director of […]

Thank You Dr. Klingensmith and Welcome Dr. Spencer

Late last spring, Dr. Klingensmith told me that she would need to step down from the role of Director of the Academy of Educators. As many of you know, Mary is the Vice Chair for Education in Surgery and the Mary Culver Distinguished Professor of Surgery, in addition to her role as Inaugural Director of […]

Office of Education Welcomes New Team Members

Welcome to the following new members of the Office of Education team. Aaron Baker, Standardized Patient Program Educator Aaron Baker is assuming the role of SP Educator, working with SPs in case portrayal and quality assurance of standardization of portrayals. He will also be involved in on-boarding activities for new SPs. Aaron has worked as […]

Statement Regarding Events on Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Dear Students, On Wednesday, we saw an event of domestic terrorism unfold that likely shook many of us to our core. It was meant to thread fear into the fabric of our nation and to shutter a democratic process foundational to the transition of leadership. As a country and as a community, we cannot and […]

Eva’s Excerpt December 2020

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” — William Arthur Ward I came across this quote in contemplating my words for this month’s excerpt. It struck a chord on a number of levels but it especially resonates right now in this incredibly challenging moment we are facing […]