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. Incoming medical students are studying with a curriculum which integrates the basic sciences with clinical sciences and allows students to interacting with patients on ward rotations halfway through their second year of medical education. In addition, the GW M.D. curriculum prepares 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 Scholarly Concentration, overseen by the Scholarly Concentration Program and Office of Student Professional Enrichment (OSPE), 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.