George Washington University Medical School

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George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
GWU bust.jpg
Established 1824
Type Private
Provost Steven Lerman
Dean Jeffrey S. Akman, M.D.
Location Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Campus Urban
Website [2]

The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences ('GW SMHS for short) was established in 1824, due to the need for doctors in the District of Columbia (DC). The school formally opened its doors a year later in 1825. It is the eleventh oldest medical school in the United States and the first medical school established in the nation's capital. The school has more than 700 medical students currently enrolled in its Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.[1]

The school was in the national spotlight in 1981 when US President Ronald Reagan, shot at close range, was rushed to its ER for surgery.

International Medicine Program[edit]

Serving more than 10,000 healthcare professionals through approximately 120 partnerships in over 45 countries, The Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is dedicated to contributing to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences' (SMHS) mission of improving the health and well-being of our local, national and international communities. For almost two decades, we have cultivated global partnerships to create transformational mutual exchange in medical education, research and practice. Our goal is to provide life-changing opportunities to build the capacity of other countries and share the latest advances in medicine and healthcare.


Medical Training Programs[edit]

Locations of the Medical School[edit]

The original location of the Medical School, established as a department of Columbian College in 1824, was at Judiciary Square. It then moved to the northeast corner of 10th & E streets NW and later in the 19th century, to the 1300 block of H Street NW. The Medical School moved in 1973 to its current location at Washington Circle in Foggy Bottom.


Note: The years listed above refer to the years the individuals became the deans of the medical school, not their length of total service at the School

Notable Individuals[edit]




  1. ^ GWU Admissions Information US News and World Report
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.". Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. 2005 to 2008. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

Coordinates: 38°54′03″N 77°03′03″W / 38.9007°N 77.0508°W / 38.9007; -77.0508