The Scholarly Concentration is an educational program designed to enrich students' experiences and opportunities, and expose them to various concentrations of study. GW SMHS believes this program will further students' medical careers by providing a broader healthcare perspective and exposure to leadership opportunities.
Students have the opportunity to choose an area of scholarly concentration in one of several areas of healthcare outside of the standard clinical curriculum. The areas of study within the Scholarly Concentration are:
- Clinical Practice Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Clinical and Translational Research
- Community/Urban Health
- Disaster Medicine
- Global Health
- Health Policy
- Integrative Medicine
- Medical Education and Leadership
- Medical Humanities
Scholarly Concentration Requirements
Students are required to attend the majority of the lecture/workshop series within their area of Scholarly Concentration during their first and second years of medical school. With a couple of exceptions, lectures take place once a month for a total of approximately fourteen lectures over two years.
Students participating in a Scholarly Concentration are required to participate in an experiential opportunity related to their scholarly concentration in the summer after their first year of medical school. The program needs to be a minimum of 8 weeks in length during the summer. Exceptions are reviewed on a case by case basis (i.e. military commitment).
Scholarly Concentration Scholarly Project
All medical students are required to begin a scholarly project during their third year and complete the project during their fourth year. The purpose of the project is to allow students to further investigate issues in medicine and health. For Scholarly Concentration participants, this project must be related to their scholarly concentration.
Scholarly Concentration Elective
Finally, the Scholarly Concentration participants must complete a 4-6 week elective in their fourth year related to their chosen concentration.