Pre-Medicine Academic Enhancer Programs

The Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences offers two pre-medicine academic enhancer programs for candidates interested in applying to medical schools, physician assistant programs, or biomedical sciences Ph.D. programs. Both programs are designed to enhance competitiveness of applications to medical school or physician assistant programs or to transition to an advanced graduate degree in the biomedical sciences.

Based on their level of readiness for admission in a health professional school, applicants apply to either:

Both academic enhancer programs have a clinically oriented curriculum with a problem-based learning approach that focuses on basic medical sciences taught to first-year medical or physician assistant students. Since the GCATS program constitutes the first year of the M-ATS curriculum, GCATS students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 can submit an application to transfer their 18 credits from GCATS to the M-ATS program.

An MCAT preparatory course is offered in both pre-med programs.

Each program has its own deadline and application process, as detailed on their web pages. All inquiries about the programs should be sent to Dr. Rosalyn Jurjus, director of GCATS and M-ATS, and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

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Option 1: Graduate Certificate Program in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (GCATS)

Spring 2018

Apply to GCATS

Summer 2018

Apply to medical or physician assistant (PA) schools

GCATS Fall 2018


GCATS Spring 2019

Interviews | Matriculation into medical or PA schools

End of Spring 2019

GCATS Graduation

Fall 2019

Medical or PA school begins

Option 2: Master of Science in Anatomical and Translational Sciences (M-ATS)

Spring 2018

Apply to M-ATS

M-ATS Fall 2018
(equivalent of GCATS Fall)

MCAT preparation

M-ATS Spring 2019
(equivalent of GCATS Spring)


Summer 2019

Apply to medical school

M-ATS Fall 2019

Medical school interviews 

M-ATS Spring 2020

Medical school interviews | Matriculation into medical school

End of Spring 2020

M-ATS Graduation

Fall 2020

Medical school begins