Emphasizing education through cooperation and collaboration, and using state-of-the-art educational facilities, GW’s M.D. curriculum prepares graduates for residencies in a variety of concentrations. Starting in fall 2014, incoming medical students will be presented with a revised curriculum, which will integrate the basic sciences with clinical sciences and allow students to start interacting with patients on ward rotations almost a half year earlier than before. In addition, this curriculum will prepare GW students to be expert in the use of public health and population health that will be required of physicians who will practice in 21st Century health care systems.
Unique Student Opportunties: Local Service in D.C., Health Policy in the Nation’s Capital and International Electives
Located in Washington, D.C., SMHS offers students a wide array of opportunities to enhance their medical education by getting involved in service activities in the Washington D.C. community; direct interactions with national health policy leaders in Congress, professional organizations and agencies. Our students also have the opportunity to get involved in research, internships and activities with international health care organizations and to participate in formal international electives. The Office of International Medicine Programs leads medical missions and cultivates global partnerships to provide life-changing opportunities to build the capacity of other countries and share the latest advances in medicine and health care.
Medical research is a key facet of the GW experience. Whether in a lab on campus or at one of the many world-renowned organizations nearby, students can pursue cutting-edge research in diverse and exciting fields that will have an impact on the prevention and treatment of disease and enhance the practice of medicine.
During the program, SMHS M.D. students spend time at a variety of GW’s affiliated local clinics and community hospitals, as well as the area’s large military hospitals and facilities.
The Track Program, run by the Office of Student Opportunities (OSO), is an educational program designed to enrich students' experiences and opportunities, and expose them to various concentrations of study. SMHS believes this program will further students' medical careers by providing a broader health care perspective and exposure to leadership opportunities.
GW maintains a national reputation for placing graduates into quality residency programs, including world-renowned facilities in the D.C. area and throughout the nation. Fourth-year medical students extended their streak in 2012 by matching for residencies at a rate above the national average and will continue their training at some of the finest hospitals in the country.