The Excellence in Learning program helps high school students cultivate skills for an ongoing and independent style of aggressive learning. Students experience patient-based learning the same way our medical students do – through shadowing and interacting with health care professionals and participating in clinical simulations.

The program exists through a partnership among the MU School of Medicine, the MU Sinclair School of Nursing, the MU School of Health Professions, the Washington University School of Medicine and participating St. Louis high schools.

After the Saturday Scholars program at Washington University, selected students and one teacher from each school are invited to visit our Columbia campus for an intensive two-day medical education experience.

Program Schedule

The Excellence in Learning program will be held April 3 – 4, 2022. All MedPrep programs are subject to the changing conditions of the Covid-19 response and may be conducted online as needed.


  1. Leave St. Louis Sunday Morning
  2. Lunch with Mizzou Med Students
  3. Patient-Based Learning Workshop
  4. Dinner & Medical Student Panel
  5. Clinical Skills Workshop
  6. Late-Night Snack


  1. Breakfast
  2. Shadowing Health Professionals
  3. Lunch with Mizzou undergraduate students
  4. Health Professions Explorations
  5. Leave for St. Louis
  6. Arrive in St. Louis around dinner time

How to Apply

Students currently participating in Washington University’s Saturday Scholars Program (SSP) will receive an invitation to apply. Based on their high school teachers’ recommendations and SSP attendance, students will be accepted and invited to participate in Excellence in Learning.