Day in the Life of a Medical Student

A Program for Family and Friends

"A Day in the Life of a Medical Student" is an all-day event held every two years to give family and friends of medical students an insider's view of their student’s lives and experiences here at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The program is organized by a student committee representing all four years of medical school and includes sample lectures, hands-on activities, small group discussions, a luncheon and a mini-commencement ceremony.

The next Day in the Life is on April 13, 2019 and will be held in Ross Hall.

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8:00 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast
Morning Session Welcome followed by elective sessions

12:30 p.m.

Join your medical student for lunch at Sequoia on the Georgetown Waterfront

2:30 p.m.

A Classroom Experience with faculty lecturers

4:00 p.m.

Commencement Activities and Farewell

Elective Choices

  • All Stitched Up - Think you have what it takes to be a surgeon? Try your hand at the most basic of surgical skills: sutures and knot tying.
  • Around the Clerkship Clock - Ever wonder what your 3rd or 4th year student does all day on rotations? Come see!
  • Chief Complaint - Time to put on your white coat and interview your patient. It’s your turn to be the doctor and figure out the diagnosis!
  • Code Blue - Learn the basics of CPR so that when duty calls, you’ll be ready.
  • Compliment Your Health -Rebalance your “qi” and learn about the latest therapies in complimentary and alternative medicine such as reiki, acupuncture and yoga.
  • Gone in 60 Minutes: Escape Room – Ready to put your skills to the test? Save your patient before time runs out!
  • Gray's Anatomy - Tour the gross anatomy lab and learn about the human body first hand.
  • Hey Baby - Can’t make it to the hospital in time? Learn how to deliver a baby using our simulated patient.
  • IV and Intubation - Airway. Breathing. Circulation. Learn the basics of placing IVs and breathing tubes to keep your patients alive.
  • Matchmaking - From medical school to residency, what exactly is “The Match”?
  • Oliver Mann - Walk through the case of Oliver Mann, every GW Med student’s first patient.
  • Fact or Fiction? - Sharpen your medical IQ by debunking the most common medical misconceptions.
  • Short Coats to Long Coats - Hear from a panel of physicians at various stages of their career.
  • Sim Man - How well will you fare with the Sim Man, our robotic patient who breathes, bleeds, and feels pain? Test your medical skills with the most advanced technology.
  • Skin Deep - Explore the human body with the use of non-invasive ultrasound technology. Use ultrasound probes as a window to see beating hearts, abdominal organs, and more!
  • Is there a Doctor in the Room? - Ever wonder what to do when someone calls for a medical professional? Learn what you can do to help.
  • Vitals R Vital - Heart rate. Blood pressure. Respiratory rate. Learn the basics of the physical exam and how to use them.
  • What Would You Do? - Experience the ethical dilemmas doctors face every day.