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The George Washington University Launches New Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences introduces a new program that offers candidates the opportunity to build a strong foundation towards a new and rewarding career in medicine.

WASHINGTON (Oct. 8, 2014) — The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)  is now accepting applications to the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate Program for the summer 2015 term.

“This program is designed to provide candidates with the foundational coursework, standardized test preparation, and access to real-world experience necessary for a successful matriculation into medical school,” said Lisa S. Schwartz, Ed.D., program director of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program at SMHS. “This is the next step for someone who wants to change their career and pursue his or her goal of becoming a physician.”

The GW Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate Program benefits those who want to apply to medical school, but have not yet taken the general and organic chemistry, biology, and physics courses necessary for admission. Although not a prerequisite of all medical schools, a biochemistry course is included in the curriculum to prepare students to successfully perform on the newly designed MCAT exam in 2015. The program will also provide candidates with the preparatory professional skills to complete the medical school admission process, including interview and application completion strategies.

“This program is specifically designed for top quality candidates who are pursuing a career change into medicine and need to fulfill the requisite preparatory science coursework. This program will advantage candidates by showcasing the applicants’ capacity to perform well in medical school,” said Schwartz. “Faculty mentors from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences are poised to work with each candidate to maximize individual performance in the program, on the MCAT, and during the admission process.”

The program is part of the continuing expansion of the health sciences programs at SMHS. As part of a University-wide initiative for strategic investment and innovation, this program will be supported with new laboratories and facilities at the GW Virginia Science & Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Candidates interested in starting their career in medicine are invited to visit for more information.


About the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences:
Founded in 1824, 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.

About the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus:
The GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus, established in Loudoun County in 1991, is a robust center for innovative research, graduate education and regional corporate partnerships. As the university's science and technology campus, it hosts 17 laboratories and institutes in critical areas such as computational biology, energy science and technology, transportation safety and high performance computing. The GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus also combines its research excellence with more than 20 exceptional graduate degree and certificate programs in business, education, and engineering and unique undergraduate programs in the health sciences. GW has been educating Virginians for more than 50 years, beginning in Hampton Roads in 1958 and expanding its service across the Commonwealth, notably in Arlington, Alexandria and Ashburn. Learn more at