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The George Washington University Launches Graduate Certificate in Anatomical and Translational Sciences

WASHINGTON (June 5, 2014) — The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new graduate certificate in anatomical and translational sciences (GCATS). The first semester of the GCATS program will begin Aug. 25.

The GCATS program is designed to academically prepare students in medical and translational sciences with an understanding in human gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, modern stem cell and developmental biology, systems physiology, and of the technology for biomedical molecular imaging. The GCATS program will ensure that graduates:

  • Receive enriched academic training as future physicians and health care practitioners.
  • Acquire a fundamental understanding of how the human body functions and knowledge of state-of-the-art biomedical imaging technology.
  • Gain a fundamental overview of the normal structure and function of the major organs of the human body.
  • Attain clinical insights and knowledge on current therapeutic approaches to prevent and treat diseases.

Graduates of this two-semester program will have a competitive edge if they are planning to apply to medical school or a physician assistant program. The graduate certificate can also transition toward an advanced graduate degree program in the biomedical sciences.

“Our medically-oriented curriculum will provide students with a solid foundation in medical sciences,” said Anne Chiaramello, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and regenerative biology at SMHS and director of the GCATS program. “Students will have the benefit of learning from experienced instructors in the Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Biology, as well as instructors from the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, who have insight into contemporary topics and the latest imaging techniques.”

For more information on the program, visit

Applications for the GCATS program are due by June 30. To apply for the program, visit

Media: To interview Dr. Chiaramello or to learn more about the program, please contact Lisa Anderson at or 202-994-3121.


About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:
Founded in 1825, the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) was the first medical school in the nation’s capital and is the 11th oldest in the country. Working together in our nation’s capital, with integrity and resolve, the GW SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities.