In the 20 years since our last curriculum renewal, the world has been transformed by technology, scientific discovery, and our understanding of education science’s role in training physicians.

More importantly, healthcare delivery and our understanding of health and its social determinants is continuing to evolve rapidly. We are at the forefront of scientific discovery and clinical medicine. We have gained a deeper understanding of the cognitive sciences and their influence on learning. We are working hard to transform health and end disease through research, innovation, community engagement, and advocacy. We are making critical investments in informatics and technology.

But there is much still to do. St. Louis and the world are plagued by poverty, disease, and disparities in care. The Gateway Curriculum will ensure that our students are not only exceptional physicians, but prepared to lead the transformational changes needed to improve our future. No school is better positioned to develop the academic leaders needed to advance health locally, nationally, and internationally than Washington University. We must ensure our curriculum and educational programs achieve that goal.

Now is the time.