Cohort 2 group photo

Cohort 2 (undergraduate school attended):
Standing: Mackenzie Boss (Dartmouth), Christopher Manners (U Maryland), Doha Hussien (UT, Austin), Jeremy Grenadier (U South Carolina), Scott Sorenson (UC, Davis), Matthew McHarg (James Madison), Emily Holmes (U Miami), Sarah Garner (George Mason), Jamil Hashmi (Georgetown), Elise Costa (UNC, Chapel Hill), Danielle Serphos (Vanderbilt)

Seated: Sanjay Saha (Wake Forest), Julia Zirpoli (Bridgewater), Brent Etiz (Stanford), Alex Dalton (NYU), Kathryn Lee (U Michigan), Chris Kerr (Florida State)

Fulfilling Your Dream of Becoming a Physician Begins at GW

The one-year Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program at the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is designed to provide future health professionals with foundational coursework, standardized test preparation, and access to real-world experience necessary for a successful medical school or PA program application. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine certificate.

Who Benefits from the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Certificate?

As medicine and other health professions continue to experience growth, these fields are appealing options for individuals looking for a career change. 

The program’s Pre-MD/DO track is devised for those who want to apply to medical school, but have not yet taken general and organic chemistry, biology, and physics courses necessary for admission. Although not a prerequisite of all medical schools, a biochemistry course is also included in our curriculum to prepare students for new content that will be on the MCAT2015. For more information regarding the newly revised MCAT exam, please visit the Association of American Medical College's (AAMC) website.

The program’s Pre-PA track is designed for students who want to apply to a PA program, but have not taken the typical prerequisite courses for admission. Since there are no standardized prerequisites for all PA programs, applicants should check with specific schools to see if GW’s program would be a good match for their needs.

What Will I Learn?

The Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program provides many basic science courses that are essential for successful enrollment into the graduate program for your track. In addition, the Pre-MD/DO track students will complete the program with coursework commonly required of U.S. allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, and they will be well prepared to take the newly revised MCAT2015 through a course offered on-site by Kapla­n. Pre-PA track students will take a number of core sciences required of many programs including biology, general chemistry, and organic chemistry; however, it is important to check with the PA programs you are considering to review their specific requirements. All students will learn interview skills with the help of faculty who have experience in graduate program admissions. For a well-rounded view of medicine and other health professions, students will also hear from guest speakers about current topics in the industry including health care policy, research, and interprofessional practice.

Why GW?

The GW program, housed within the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, is led by expert health sciences faculty, as well as clinicians involved in leadership, teaching, and advising. Moreover, the program has access to GW resources connecting students with research and clinical opportunities, which set our program apart from others in the country. GW’s program also offers students personalized advising and mentoring by a team of experts with experience in the admissions process.

Course Design and Location

Both tracks of the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medicine Program are structured, full-time programs offered at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Va. Classes for the 37-credit-hour program start in the summer and are designed to be completed in a 12-month period. Please visit the Curriculum page for more information.

Prospective students who have already completed prerequisite courses and wish to enhance their academic record for application to medical school may wish to consider GW's Graduate Certificate in Anatomy and Translational Sciences.