The GW Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is a leader in international medical education and training. We offer programs for both GW and international scholars on campus in Washington, DC, and across the globe. Knowing that international experience plays an increasing role in the personal and professional development of future medical leaders, IMP is one of the oldest institutions to offer clinical electives, residencies, observerships, and fellowships that cover undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. GW medical scholars return from time abroad, whether in rural clinics or urban hospital settings, with a deeper understanding of complex global health issues and hands-on experience in their fields. International medical scholars gain similar expertise and invaluable motivation to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the medical and healthcare needs of their home country.

Explore each program for more information on the curriculum, eligibility requirements, and admissions process.


Global Health Track
The Global Health Track is designed to increase GW medical students' awareness about international health systems, global diseases, and assessment techniques for the specific health needs of countries at various stages of development.

International Clinical Electives
International Clinical Rotations and Medical or Surgical Missions are designed to provide GW medical students with an opportunity to enrich and diversify their medical education in a different physical and social setting.



Eligible to both GW and international scholars, the Virtual Research Training Program (VRTP) in Precision Medicine (4 weeks & 8 weeks) provides remote training on Precision Medicine principles and procedures. Learning is facilitated in a virtual classroom environment for live lectures with discussions, group activities on healthcare analytics utilizing clinical bioinformatics, and algorithmic analyses focused on clinical models for Precision Medicine implementation.

The next four-week VRTP course will be held from January 3 - 30, 2022.

Contact IMP at for more information and to apply by November 30, 2021!



MD Program for International Students 
The goals of this four-year program are to provide international students with a superb medical education, and to prepare them to return to their home countries to practice medicine while advancing the SMHS mission to improve the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities.

Summer Research and Medical Enrichment Program
This five-week summer program offers the opportunity for talented 3rd and 4th year international students in health sciences to participate in a 5-week summer research and medical training program. Through this program, students will have access to medical and research enrichment opportunities with GW faculty members and gain exposure to the US medical education, research, and healthcare system.

International Clinical Electives
International Clinical Rotations are designed to provide international students with an opportunity to enrich and diversify their medical education in a US healthcare system setting.

Observer Training Program
The Observer Training program is designed for all international medical graduates who wish to update their clinical and educational skills in a particular specialty. 

Medical Research Fellowship
The Medical Research Fellowship Program is intended to provide international medical graduates with the skills necessary to enhance their research careers and pursue graduate medical education (residency training) in the US.

International Residency
The goal of this program is to provide international medical graduates with a strong clinical experience as well as a basic overview of the American medical system as it is carried out at SMHS.

International Fellowship
This program is designed to allow international physicians to increase their knowledge and skills of a particular subspecialty beyond that of a Residency Training Program.

Healthcare Leadership Program

This intensive two-week (June 4 - 15, 2018) program for hospital leaders around the world offers a comparative perspective on hospital leadership and management, exposure to areas of clinical interest, and hands-on activities designed to provide participants with the leadership content necessary to improve organizational effectiveness. This program includes seminars, interactive workshops, case studies, tours, and meetings with GW Hospital leaders and healthcare institutions in Washington, DC. All sessions will be delivered in English.