George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences

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George Washington University
School of Medicine & Health Sciences
GW Medicine Logo.jpg
MottoSeek Truth and Pursue It Steadily
Parent institution
George Washington University
EndowmentUS $1.57 billion[1]
ProvostSteven Lerman
DeanJeffrey S. Akman
Academic staff
677 (Full-Time)
2300 I Street NW Washington DC 20037
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CampusUrban - Foggy Bottom

The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences (abbreviated as GW Medical School or SMHS) is the professional medical school of the George Washington University, in Washington, DC. SMHS is one of the most selective medical schools in the United States.[2][3]


U.S. News & World Report ranks GW Medicine as having the 3rd best physician assistant program in the United States, the 40th best physical therapy program, and as the 59th best medical research school in the United States.[4] The George Washington University Hospital has routinely served the medical needs of President of the United States and members of U.S. Congress.[5]

GW Medicine is one of the most selective medical schools in the U.S., with the 5th lowest acceptance rate of any medical school in the United States.[2][3] GW SMHS saw a rise in the number of applications, to 14,649 applications in 2012. It receives more applications each year than any other allopathic medical school in the country. [6] The school has more than 700 medical students currently enrolled in its Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.[1]


H. B. Burns Memorial Medical Building.

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences contains a variety of programs such as the M.D. Program, the Physician Assistant program, and the Physical Therapy program. Multiple nobel laureates have been affiliated with SMHS, including Ferid Murad, Vincent du Vigneaud, and Julius Axelrod. The school maintains numerous research centers and institutes. Among the most notable are the Dr. Cyrus & Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Center, the GW Heart & Vascular Institute, the McCormick Genomic & Proteomic Center, the W.M. Keck Institute for Proteomics Technology & Applications, the Rodham Institute, Washington Institute of Surgical Endoscropy, the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine, the GW Institute for Neuroscience, and the GW HIV/AIDS Institute.[7]

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is the academic library for GW SMHS.[8]

International Medicine Program[edit]

The International MD Program was developed by the Office of International Medicine Programs at GW in response to the great demand for US-educated physicians abroad. Differences in educational/teaching styles, language, and culture may present further obstacles to international students who apply to American programs. The International MD Program is designed to facilitate international students who wish to practice medicine, and to further GW's mission to improve the health and well-being of communities beyond its locale by promoting the exchange of knowledge across cultures.[9]

Residency training for graduates of non-US medical schools and colleges is also provided by GW SMHS.

Other programs[edit]

Other programs include clinical laboratory sciences and administration training. The school also offers a nurse practitioner program and a physician assistant program. The school offers many Early Selection options through participating universities, as well as a 7-year accelerated program.


Admission to the School of Medicine and Health Sciences is the most competitive of the George Washington University's graduate programs. The School of Medicine has the lowest admissions rate in the United States (1.1% during 2016 admission cycle) according to US News and World Report.[10] For the MD class entering in 2019, a little more than 1,000 applicants were interviewed out of a total number of 12,057 applicants. Approximately 300 individuals were accepted to fill 184 spots. Students had an average GPA of 3.71, and a mean MCAT score of 512.8 [11]

Four out of every ten students holds an undergraduate degrees in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. A unique aspect of the school is the Practice of Medicine (POM) course that spans the entire length of a medical student's education. GW was one of the first in the country to place students in clinical settings from the start of their medical school experience.[12]


GW SMHS is home to many research centers and institutes. Among them are the Dr. Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen Cancer Research Center, the GW Cancer Center, the Rodham Institute, the Institute for Biomedical Sciences, and the GW Institute for Neuroscience.[13]

The Health Sciences Research Commons[edit]

Health Sciences Research Commons (HSRC) is an online repository for GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences staff and faculty research articles and other publications.


George Washington University Medical School USNWR.

Children's National Medical Center[edit]

The Department of Pediatrics within SMHS is housed at Children's National Medical Center.[14] In addition, the SMHS and Children's National partner on a variety of projects and initiatives.[15]

Medical Faculty Associates[edit]

The school has a partnership with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates who have over 800 physicians on staff that provide teaching and professional services to the community. The staff of GW MFA are also academic clinical faculty of the SMHS.[16]


In 2008, the LCME or Liaison Committee on Medical Education put the George Washington University Medical School on accreditation probation, citing a number of issues. While declining to publish the entire list, among the problems acknowledged by GW were its outdated system of managing its curriculum, the curriculum itself, high levels of student debt, student mistreatment, and inadequate study and lounge space for its students. Significantly, in 2008, GWU was the only medical school (among 129 LCME accredited institutions) to be placed on probation and the first such in fifteen years.[17]

GW implemented a plan to rectify these problems. Its probationary status was lifted in February 2010.[18] Subsequently, the two top GWU medical school administrators were forced to resign over the alleged conflicts of interest.[19]

Notable people[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Nobel Prize in Medicine winner Ferid Murad, an SMHS professor since 2011.


  1. ^ a b "U.S. News & World Report". US News & World Report. Archived from the original on 17 April 2015. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "US News & World Report - Lowest Acceptance Rate Medical Schools".
  3. ^ a b "DC INNO - GWU Ranked Most selective medical school in US".
  4. ^ "US News World Report - GW Rankings".
  5. ^ "Cheney at GWU Hospital for Spinal Surgery". DCist. Archived from the original on 20 March 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. ^ Delece Smith-Barrow. "10 Med Schools That Receive the Most Applications". US News & World Report. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  7. ^ "The School of Medicine & Health Sciences - The George Washington University". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Access Policy - Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library".
  9. ^ International MD Program Archived 2010-01-05 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ U.S. News & World Report 10 Medical Schools With Lowest Acceptance Rates 2019. [1]
  11. ^ "The School of Medicine & Health Sciences - The George Washington University". Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  12. ^ "Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Centers & Institutes | the School of Medicine & Health Sciences".
  14. ^ "Welcome to the Department Homepage! | the Department of Pediatrics".
  15. ^ "Annual Report 2013–14" (PDF). George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.
  16. ^ "About Us".
  17. ^ "Medical School's Problems Were Worse Than Described". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  18. ^ "GWU medical school sheds probationary status". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  19. ^ "GWU medical school leaders told to resign". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  20. ^ McMullian, Bo (January 14, 2016). "Jackson County Times - "Conservative for Congress" Neal Dunn visits Marianna". Jackson County Times. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  21. ^ "Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D." Columbia University Department of Psychiatry. Retrieved May 26, 2013.

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