M.D. Program & Admissions
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences seeks to graduate “Physician Citizens” committed to local, national, and global public service through excellent patient care, leadership, advocacy for change and innovation, and scholarly inquiry. This goal will be achieved through a robust and flexible curriculum and by leveraging the School’s unique position as part of a major university located in the heart of the nation’s capital, surrounded by major institutions and leading domestic and international health authorities.
To meet this goal, the M.D. program is dedicated to admitting a well-rounded group of students who will be prepared to meet the broad and disparate needs of patients and their communities.
The committee will review applications to identify those individuals best suited by personal attributes, experiences, and academic achievement to become the Physician Citizens of tomorrow. In so doing, the following characteristics will be considered essential for the successful applicant:'
- A commitment to lifelong learning: Practice-based learning
- Altruism, integrity, respect, maturity, reliability, dependability, adaptability, and
- Sustained and effective leadership: Professionalism
- A commitment to advocacy and innovation to achieve change: System-based
- Personal balance, self-awareness, and resilience in the face of challenges:
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate well with others:
Interpersonal and communication skills
- Sustained and meaningful service to others through clinical or non-clinical experiences, particularly those that develop an awareness of the unique challenges of a career in medicine;
- Experiences with different populations that demonstrate sensitivity to others, cultural competency, and the ability to work collaboratively in a team or community environment
- Academic Achievement
- Success in the Biomedical and Social Sciences that is essential to the practice of medicine;
- Scholarly curiosity, including research or educational achievements in health services, public or global health, health policy, clinical care, humanities, or basic biomedical sciences.
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