Douglas Schuerer, MD, left, director of trauma, discusses cases with surgical residents. Schuerer and colleagues are leaders in developing state-wide regulations and practices for emergency and trauma care.

Throughout our department’s 100-year history, education has been a central part of our mission. Our training model initially was comparatively passive: “See one, do one, teach one.” Today, our approach is more structured, and with the intensive growth of surgical specialization, options are numerous. Our programs lead national trends in simulation training, competency-based advancement and early specialization. Trainees treat large, diverse patient populations at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children’s Hospital and other centers.