Mentors profiles stories about the life-long impact of mentoring at Washington University School of Medicine.

Episode Six: Anatomy is a rite of passage. Between 1983 and 2017, first-year medical students undertook this rite of passage with a revered couple: Dr. Glenn Conroy and Dr. Jane Phillips-Conroy. In this episode, we say goodbye to two recently retired mentors who left an indelible impact on thousands of physicians.

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Thanks to Bob Boston for supplying several photos featured in episode 6!



Episode Five: At her 2017 Commencement address, Leana Wen, MD ’07, Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, urged MD graduates to “tackle society’s injustices.”

“WashU changed the entire course of my career. I met some of my most important mentors when I was a medical student at WashU,” says Dr. Wen.

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Episode Four (Part 1): Student groups at WUSM enable students to explore their interests, enhance their medical education and develop leadership skills to mentor others. By participating in community service projects and class fellowship activities, students are able to experience the full breadth of everything that the medical school has to offer. These groups are only made possible by the generosity of alumni and former house staff. Student groups profiled in this video include:
• Forum for International Health & Tropical Medicine (est. 2002)
• Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (est. 1997)
• Young Scientist Program (est. 1991)
• Arts Commission (est. 2005)
• Med School Musical (est. 2005)
• MedBall (est. 1996)
• Geriatric Outreach Group (est. 2004)
• Connections (est. 2014)
• LGBTQ MED (est. 2002)
• CHOICES for Youth in Detention (est. 2016)

Episode Four (Part 2): Student groups are able to fill a need for those who seek self-edification through exposure to different aspects of medicine. By developing and executing their own projects under the tutelage of mentors, students learn the importance of leadership, self-governance, and continuous education. These groups are only made possible by the generosity of alumni and former staff house. Please consider making a gift to the School of Medicine Annual Fund today.


Episode 3: The Academic Women’s Network (AWN) was established in 1990 by women faculty at Washington University School of Medicine to mentor women in science and medicine. AWN provides members with opportunities to network, advocate, inspire and learn. Please visit to learn more. Mentors in order of appearance:

•Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, PhD, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Developmental Biology, Department Head
•Sarah K. England, PhD, Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Professor of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
•Cynthia E. Rogers, MD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
•Lynn Cornelius, MD, Winfred A. and Emma R. Showman Professor of Dermatology in Medicine, Division Chief
•Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, Sydney M. and Robert H. Shoenberg Professor of Plastic Surgery, Division Chief
•Vicky Fraser, MD, Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, Department Head
•Jessie L. Ternberg, MD, PhD, Professor Emerita, Pediatric Surgery (In Memoriam)


Episode 2: The Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC) opened on January 11, 1997 as a free clinic for uninsured adults, run by medical students and staffed by volunteer physicians. The clinic continues to provide a valuable community service and serve as an incubator for mentoring – clinical students mentor pre-clinical students, volunteer physicians mentor all students and faculty advisor Dr. Will Ross provides oversight and insight for the operations. Did you know that gifts from alumni and former house staff support student groups like the SNHC?

“Every patient has a story and deserves to not only be taken care of, but to feel taken care of.”
– Maria Schwabe, MD Class of 2019

“This is an opportunity to give back to the Saint Louis community while learning how to mentor younger students.”
– Emily Slat, MD Class of 2017

“So much of our education involves delaying the gratification of eventually treating patients. SNHC allows us to provide a service for both the community and for ourselves. We get to play a role in offering medical care to some of St. Louis’ most vulnerable populations and, at the same time, we begin to experience how rewarding it is to make a positive difference in a patient’s life.”
– Brian Hickman, MD Class of 2019


In Episode 1, Dr. Mort Smith shares his experiences as both a mentee and mentor during his 54 years at the School of Medicine. As a resident, Dr. Smith was inspired by his mentor, Dr. Bernard Becker, to enter academic medicine.


Supporting Mentorship

The Annual Fund empowers the mentoring of students, residents and fellows in many ways:

  • Students receive scholarship support to study under world-renowned professors.
  • Preceptors provide informal tutelage during student enrichment activities, like the Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic.
  • Residency directors and attendings oversee the training, research and education for residents and fellows.
  • Faculty and students work side-by-side in one of our seven Interdisciplinary Research Centers to understand fundamental biological processes.

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