Public Health, Advocacy and Humanities

Quality Improvement & High Value Care Curriculum

The Quality Improvement & High Value Care curriculum runs longitudinally for 3 years during the ambulatory (+1) weeks.  Residents learn common frameworks for evaluating patient safety and medical errors, apply basic quality improvement techniques, and work in groups to design and implement their own quality improvement project under faculty mentorship.

Public Health

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GW has the only Public Health school in Washington, D.C. Through cooperation with the Milken Institute School of Public Health, we offer several unique public health training opportunities, available to all Medicine residents.



UMPH logoUnderserved Medicine & Public Health (UMPH) Concentration:

A two-year longitudinal concentration for residents interested in careers in underserved medicine and public health. Visit the UMPH Concentration page for more information about the program.




HIV in Internal Medicine PathwayHIV in Internal Medicine Pathway (HIP):

A two-year longitudinal concentration for residents interested in developing the necessary skills to provide comprehensive care for patients living with HIV/AIDS. Visit the HIP page for more information about the program.





United States Captiol dome Health Policy Elective:

This three-week elective is offered by the nationally ranked Department of Health Policy to GW residents from all departments. It is designed to provide residents with an understanding of U.S. health policy and its implications for medical practice and health care, including health care access, financing, regulation, quality, disparities, education and workforce policy, public health protection, and critical fields of health law. Participants will also witness health policy making first-hand, through field trips to Congress, federal agencies, professional associations, and local health delivery sites. The program is not available in any other U.S. graduate medical education setting and capitalizes on GWU’s Washington D.C. location and the extraordinary health policy resources available in this city,


Evidence-Based Medicine Elective:

This two week elective is taught by a faculty member with extensive training in interpreting the medical literature and biostatistics and allows interested residents a more intensive, in-depth experince in critical appraisal.


Medical Journalism - ABC News Elective:

GW Resident, Dr. Faryal Osman, is second from the left! Residents who are interested in medical journalism can participate in an ABC News elective.  Participants may advise ABC News producers on medical stories, write stories for, contribute to health segments on ABC news, and appear on camera answering questions about medical issues for the internet outlet of ABC News. Below are some articles written by one of our residents:


Global Health Policy Elective:

This intensive elective pairs residents one-on-one with a faculty member in the Global Health Department to focus on research in an area of interest.  Under faculty guidance, the resident will produce a white paper and will compose entries on our Global Health at GW blog


Cuentos 2016Cuentos:

Cuentos is our Internal Medicine Department humanities magazine.  Its content, including poetry, prose, and artwork, is entirely generated by our residents, faculty, and staff.  It is produced annually by a board of resident editors under the guidance of one of our faculty members, Dr. Adam Possner, a well-published poet whose work you may have read in various medical journals.




Residents at GW SummitOff-Site Workshops:

Interns and residents are covered from clinical duties twice per year to participate in off-site workshops which follow a curriculum including teaching skills, public health, humanism in medicine, wellness and burnout, leadership, and career development.