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Diversity in Admissions

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences believes a diverse and inclusive community of students enhances the educational experience and advances our mission of creating physicians able to improve the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities. The Committee on Admissions also seeks a diversity of varied attributes such as the rich breadth of human experiences, talents and unique traits in our class each year, as well as gender, race, ethnicity and socioeconomic background.


We promote diversity by recruiting students who appreciate and learn from each other’s differences and broad range of experiences and backgrounds. GW actively seeks, through its recruitment efforts, applicants who self-identify as "underrepresented" in the medical profession. For more details, visit the SMHS Policy on Diversity and Inclusion.


The Office of Admissions has partnered with Morgan State University, an HBCU located in Baltimore, MD, to encourage interest in medicine and the health sciences, through formal and informal recruiting events, advising support, and ongoing communication between university leaders. 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves DC high school students through both the DC HAPP and Upward Bound programs.

Additional partnerships serving local high school students include: Camp Cardiac, Camp Neuro, and Team KiPOW.


Early Selection program agreements with Chaminade University, a Title III Native Hawaiian Serving Institution designated by the U.S. Department of Education, and with Morgan State University, an HBCU, allow select undergraduate sophomores to explore other areas of interest and experiences during their undergraduate academic careers.

The METEOR Program matches select matriculating underrepresented students with mentors who specialize in clinical or translational research. This is a research fellowship opportunity with a stipend to allow students to engage in research for two summers at GW, as well as complete the Clinical and Translational Research Scholarly Concentration requirements.

The Summer Prematriculation Program for select matriculating students who identify as underrepresented-in-medicine, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or as first-generation college students, provides exposure to preclinical content to ease the transition to the M.D. Program curriculum.

Student Organizations:

  • Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
  • Latino Medical Students Association
  • American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)
  • Jewish Medical Professional Association
  • Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA)
  • Asian Pacific American Student Association (APAMSA)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Association
  • GW Out for Health (LGBT+ organization)
  • and more!

Michelle D. 
MD Class of 2017
University of California - Berkeley

Why GW? Because I can comfortably be out as a lesbian of color.  At GW, I have learned to view my intersectional identity and life experiences as an asset to the practice of medicine thanks to an inclusive curriculum and faculty that understand and champion diversity in our colleagues as well as our patients.  I have also had the opportunity to put these values into practice by serving as the 2014-2015 co-president of GW Out for Health (GWOFH), which is an LGBT+ and Ally professional health student organization, and participating in the Medical Education Leadership Track Program.

SMHS Office of Diversity and Inclusion