Trainees join an extensive, supportive community of physicians and scholars, learning from national leaders in neurology and every related specialty. Mentors are plentiful, ready to help you find your path and launch a successful career. 

Learn about our supportive learning environment and our fun, affordable city.

Residency training

Three programs offer abundant clinical and research training opportunities.


A four-year categorical program providing comprehensive training with generous elective time


A large, multidisciplinary program with abundant clinical and research opportunities

Physical Medicine
& Rehabilitation

Four- and three-year options, run in partnership with Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship training

Trainees choose from fellowships in every neurological subspecialty and gain exposure to excellence across the field. 

“Our collaborative culture spills over into training. Our faculty and trainees work with colleagues from all related specialties, and we all learn from each other. It makes for better patient care, and it prepares our trainees for collaborative medicine right from the early stages of their careers.”

Robert Bucelli, MD, PhD, Professor of Neurology, Vice Chair of Education; Program Director, Neuromuscular Fellowship Program
Postdoctoral research training

Postdoctoral research training is available in our many research laboratories.

Medical student education

The department offers training in all four years of medical school.

Our culture is what sets us apart.

At WashU, collaboration is the norm, colleagues are your friends, and guidance is abundant.  

Training environment

David Gutmann, MD, PhD, speaks with patient Sarah Bess and Stephanie Morris, MD, at the Neurofibromatosis Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Gutmann has received a grant to study the roots of the diversity of symptoms experienced by people with the genetic disorder. (Photo: Robert Boston/School of Medicine)

Clinical environment

A large, diverse patient population and comprehensive strengths make WashU an enriching place to learn the art of medicine.

A research team led by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis will scan the brains of kindergartners to centenarians to capture the changes that occur as brains develop, mature and age over the lifespan. The above image shows a compilation of healthy adult brains at rest, to illustrate the brain's functional connections as captured by MRI.

Research environment

WashU offers a staggering breadth and depth of expertise across biomedicine and excels in multidisciplinary collaboration.

Quality of life

  • Trainees work at just one location — Washington University Medical Campus. The arrangement fosters personal friendships and professional cross-discipline pollination. 
  • Living in St. Louis is fun, affordable and easy.
  • Our training programs support work-life balance.

Supportive approach

Mentoring is built into our culture at all levels. Whether your interests lie in clinical medicine, research, medical education, entrepreneurship or some combination, you’ll have the guidance and resources you need to succeed. 

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values throughout our missions. We work to ensure everyone is valued and heard.  

We have a culture of family, in which fellow residents become your lifelong friends, and faculty are here to support you.

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Career development funding

Our trainees have among the nation’s highest success rate in receiving NIH K Awards, which fund early stage faculty career development. Why? Because our training sets them up to acquire the expertise and research data they need for a successful submission.

Living in St. Louis

There’s a reason why we draw people from both coasts. St. Louis is a fun, affordable, livable city that’s perfect for singles, families, sports fans, foodies, outdoor adventurers and music lovers.  

Washington University School of Medicine is part of the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (GME) Consortium, a collaborative partnership between the institutions to provide advanced medical education. The GME Consortium oversees more than 80 training programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and more than 40 programs in specialties with no accrediting oversight.