The GW Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is a leader in international medical education and training. We offer programs for both GW and international scholars, on campus in Washington, D.C., as well as across the globe. Knowing that international experience plays an increasing role in the personal and professional development of future medical leaders, IMP is one of the oldest institutions to offer clinical electives, residencies, observerships and fellowships that cover undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. GW medical scholars return from time abroad, whether in rural clinics or urban hospital settings, with a deeper understanding of complex global health issues and hands-on experience in their fields. International medical scholars gain similar expertise, as well as invaluable motivation to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the medical and healthcare needs of their home country.
Explore each program for more information on the curriculum, eligibility requirements and admissions process.
Global Health Track
The Global Health Track is designed to increase GW medical students' awareness about international health systems, global diseases and assessment techniques for the specific health needs of countries at various stages of development.
International Clinical Electives
International Clinical Rotations and Medical or Surgical Missions are designed to provide GW medical students with an opportunity to enrich and diversify their medical education in a different physical and social setting.
MD Program for International Students
The goals of this four-year program are to provide international students with a superb medical education, and to prepare them to return to their home countries to practice medicine while advancing the SMHS mission to improve the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities.
Summer Research and Medical Enrichment Program
This five-week summer program offers the opportunity for talented 3rd and 4th year international students in health sciences to participate in a 5-week summer research and medical training program. Through this program, students will have access to medical and research enrichment opportunities with GW faculty members and gain exposure to the US medical education, research, and healthcare system.
International Clinical Electives
International Clinical Rotations are designed to provide international students with an opportunity to enrich and diversify their medical education in a U.S. healthcare system setting.
Observer Training Program
The Observer Training program is designed for all international medical graduates who wish to update their clinical and educational skills in a particular specialty.
Medical Research Fellowship
The Medical Research Fellowship Program is intended to provide international medical graduates with the skills necessary to enhance their research careers and pursue graduate medical education (residency training) in the U.S.
The goal of this program is to provide international medical graduates with a strong clinical experience as well as a basic overview of the American medical system as it is carried out at SMHS.
This program is designed to allow international physicians to increase their knowledge and skills of a particular subspecialty beyond that of a Residency Training Program.