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DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP)

Due to the institution's response and guidelines to COVID-19 and the DC HAPP 2021 Summer Experience will take place virtually.  

  • Monday, June 28 - Thursday, July 22, 2021: DC HAPP Summer Experience
  • Thursday, July 22, 2022: DC HAPP Summer Experience Closing Ceremony 
  • On-going: Relationship with the GW community maintained

2021-2022 DC HAPP Application Process

The deadline to submit all application forms and materials is Friday, April 2, 2021. If you have any questions please email, Students will receive their application notification via email in mid-April. The following forms are required for a complete student application:

  • Student Application Click Here
    • The student application must be completed and reviewed by both the student and their parent(s)/guardian(s).
  • Teacher Evaluation Form Click Here 
    • To the applicant, ask a teacher who has taught you during high school (ideally a math or science subject) to fill out this evaluation. If both of your evaluators are teachers, use this form twice.
  • Non-Teacher Evaluation Form Click Here
    • To the applicant, ask an adult who knows you well to fill out this evaluation. This adult cannot be a person who is related to you. You should, ideally, ask an adult who has observed you in a structured setting and knows about your interest in pursuing a medical profession. For example, your guidance counselor, employer, religious leader, club/activity advisor/leader, athletic coach, internship director, or tutor, are all great adults to ask.


2019 - 2020 DC HAPP Cohort

DC HAPP is a pipeline program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion to increase access to healthcare careers and foster diversity in the medical field. Sixteen rising 12th-grade students attending Washington, DC area public schools are selected to participate in the four-week summer experience based on their passion and potential for medicine. Students participate in a four-week summer experience and clinical shadowing.

DC HAPP scholars gain exposure to healthcare professions, learn hands-on medical skills, develop public health projects, and prepare for college applications and college life. Medical and public health students, physicians, and other medical professionals serve as mentors, facilitators, and teachers.

DC HAPP seeks to:

  • Identify, recruit, and nurture talented District of Columbia area public school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who have an interest in pursuing careers in the healthcare professions
  • Establish connections between healthcare professionals community, including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers
  • Provide support and resources for program scholars to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the healthcare field
  • Build relationships between scholars and the George Washington University community

DC HAPP Articles

More Information

  • 2021 - 2022 DC HAPP Mentor Application (GW medical students)
    • Friday, January 29th - Priority deadline
    • Friday, February 26th - Final deadline
    • February - March 2021 - Mentor Interviews
    • March 2021 - Applicants notified

The George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ross Hall, Suite 708
2300 Eye Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037