Dear Members of the WUSM Class of 2019,

Larry J. Shapiro, MD
Larry J. Shapiro, MD

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Washington University School of Medicine.

We are honored that you chose to pursue your medical education here and think you’ll find that our program is designed to provide an outstanding learning experience that supports your unique goals.

You are a highly talented and diverse group with extraordinary abilities and achievements. As you embark on this new journey together, you are sure to bring out the best in each other and form friendships that last a lifetime.

At the School of Medicine, the highest standards for medical student education are strengthened by an enduring commitment to provide a welcoming and supportive environment. You will learn from a truly superlative faculty who are passionate about sharing their time and talents. You will find your place in this community of scholars committed to the advancement of science and the service of others.

The school’s mission is to conduct groundbreaking research, provide skilled and compassionate patient care and prepare the next generation of leaders in biomedicine. We are therefore committed to helping you acquire the knowledge and skills you’ll need to achieve your full potential.

As you become entrenched in the school’s proud history, you have the opportunity to help shape its extraordinary future. The study of medicine will challenge you and enrich your life. We want you to relish the experience of learning and discovery. As a WUSM graduate of 1971, I wish for each of you all of the happiness that I have known in being part of this great school.

Best Wishes,

Larry J. Shapiro, MD
Executive Vice Chancellor for Medical Affairs and Dean