|Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||Doctor of Medicine, four years.|
|Combined Degrees Offered / Length of Time: ||Medical Doctor/Masters in Public Health (MD/MPH) is a 5 year program.
Medical Doctor/ Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) is an 8+ year program.|
|Grading System: ||Designations for Honors, High Pass, Pass, Fail, Conditional.|
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) is steps away from the White House in the heart of the nation’s capital. This unique location provides students the opportunity to participate in internships with prestigious scientific, professional, and government agencies and organizations that serve the community, shape health policy, or make a difference in the world. There is an exciting range of opportunities for students to pursue their dreams through study, research, and the practice of medicine under the guidance of nationally and internationally recognized faculty and physicians.
The George Washington University MD curriculum prepares well-trained physicians to complete residencies in primary care or specialized areas of concentration. Our medical school also stresses education through cooperation and collaboration rather than competition and emphasizes working with groups of colleagues and co-workers. Courses in gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, Practice of Medicine I, medical biochemistry, immunology, neurobiology, psychopathology, and physiology constitute the first year study. The second-year curriculum focuses on abnormal human biology through courses in microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, an interdisciplinary, organ-system course titled Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and Practice of Medicine II.
The School of Medicine curriculum contains a unique course titled, "The Practice of Medicine (POM)." This revolutionary course, spanning all four years, allows students to begin clinical training during their first year of medical school while at the same time learning the traditional basic sciences. During POM, students learn about the doctor-patient relationship, essential communication skills, basic clinical assessment skills of interviewing and physical examination, professionalism, ethics, and many issues of the medicine-society interface.
In addition to the early clinical training is two-year continuum of clinical clerkships in Year 3 including eight-week clerkships in each of the six major clinical disciplines conducted at the GW hospital and affiliated institutions. In Year 4 there is a four-week "acting internship" in Medicine, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine.
The GW Clinical Learning and Simulation Skills (CLASS) Center is housed on the 6th floor of the GW Hospital. Dedicated to education and research, the Center features cutting edge technology in a setting that is among the most innovative in the nation. It is in this setting that students gain the comprehensive clinical exposure, feedback, and evaluation they need to become both technically adept and humane caregivers for their patients.
We have other affiliates and our pediatrics faculty practice at the Children's National Medical Center.