Stephanie Sharps, MD, FACP, Named Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for GW’s Regional Medical Campus at LifeBridge Health

Stephanie Sharps, MD

ANNOUNCEMENT (July 18, 2023) — The George Washington (GW) University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) announced the appointment of Stephanie Sharps, MD, FACP, as the new Assistant Dean for Student Affairs for the GW Regional Medical Campus (RMC) at LifeBridge Health. In this part-time position, Sharps, who also serves as a clinical assistant professor of medicine at GW SMHS, will report to the Senior Associate Dean for RMC, serve as the chief advocate and first point of contact for students, and ensure the student affairs processes mirrors the policies and procedures of the main campus

 “The broad skills that Dr. Sharps has amassed over her 16 years in academic medicine will be a tremendous asset as she helps establish a supportive community of advisors, mentors, and staff necessary to guide students through their transition from medical school to residency training,” said Richard Simons, MD, senior associate dean for MD programs. “Dr. Sharps will be able to draw upon that extensive clinical, academic, and basic career development experience to guide students through their final years of medical school and prepare them to make strategic choices in the residency selection process.”

GW and LifeBridge Health announced the new Regional Medical Campus based at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, in November 2022. The campus offers medical students the opportunity to train in a community-focused health system with a strong emphasis on primary and continuity care in a population health environment. Up to 30 third-year and 30 fourth-year GW medical students will complete the first two years of didactic classroom education at GW’s Foggy Bottom campus, followed by a full year of clerkships during the third year and specialty electives during the fourth year at Sinai Hospital and the LifeBridge Health system sites.

As the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at the Regional Medical Campus, Sharps will develop and maintain relationships with existing faculty and staff advisors and mentors, as well as look to broaden that pool of advisors to assist in decision-making on medical specialty areas, residencies, and career options. Drawing upon knowledge and personal experience, Sharps will provide general career advice and an explanation of nuances of the National Residency Match Program and the application process. She also will partner with the GW SMHS Office of Financial Aid to provide students with ongoing financial guidance counseling and support related to financial aid and debt management issues.

Sharps will plan and oversee an orientation program for students entering the Regional Medical Campus, and work with them alongside scholarly concentration advisors at the main campus to ensure, where applicable, students remain engaged and complete requirements for their concentration.

“Dr. Sharps brings extensive experience teaching medical students and residents in clinical settings, empowering them to make informed, data-driven, and proactive decisions critical to achieving their professional and career goals,” said Raymond Lucas, MD, interim senior associate dean, GW Regional Medical Campus, and professor of emergency medicine. “As a program director at Sinai Hospital, she played a key role in the recruitment and retention of a diverse cohort of resident trainees and developed strong, collaborative relationships with faculty and staff to establish a learning environment that supports students of diverse backgrounds.”

Sharps joined Sinai Hospital in 2016 as a staff physician and associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency program. In 2019, she was appointed medical director of Sinai Community Care Internal Medicine, as well as program director for Internal Medicine Residency program.

Prior to joining Sinai Hospital, Sharps served in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at Thomas Jefferson University, where she was an assistant professor of Medicine, director of the Home Dialysis Program, and assistant program director for the Internal Medicine Residency.

Sharps is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a practicing general internist specializing in clinical hypertension, and she has published on the topic in journals such as the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, the American Journal of the Medical Sciences, and the American Journal of Kidney Diseases among others.

She received a Bachelor of Science from Hampton University and earned her MD from Duke University. Sharps completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a nephrology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

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