The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (referred to locally as “GW Med” or just “GW”) was founded in 1825 to meet the growing demand for medical doctors and professionals in the D.C. area. GW Med was the first medical school in Washington D.C. and is one of the oldest schools of medicine in the entire nation. Total annual enrollment in GW Med’s Doctor of Medicine program is roughly 700. GW Med is one of the most popular medical schools in the nation. GW Med receives more applications on an annual basis than most other top medical schools. In 2012, the school received almost 15,000 applications, of which it enrolled about 400. With an acceptance rate around 3.5% GW Med is considered a highly selective school.
Not only is GW Med among the oldest medical schools in the United States, it’s also among the most technologically advanced. Just a few of the invnovations that GW Med lays claim to include a radioisotope laboratory, an operating theater with raised obersvation decks and a high power volt linear particle accelerator. George Washington University School of Medicine is also well-known as being at the forefront of medical research and application. Many prominent political officials, including Laura Bush (First Lady to President Bush) and Dick Cheney (former Vice President of the United States) are regular patients of the school.
While most medical schools require students to participate in clinical work at some point during their MD program, GW Med requires its students to participate in clinical practice throughout the duration of their education. The Practice of Medicine (POM) course is designed as a continual course that students are enrolled in throughout their entire career at GW Med.
The George Washington School of Medicine is particularly well known as the hospital where President Reagon was admitted and treated when he was shot in 1981 by would-be assassin John Hinckley, Jr.
The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is one of the most competitive medical programs in the United States. As of 2012, the school had an acceptance rate of just under 4%–the second-lowest admissions rate of any medical school in the nation. Out of the nearly 15,000 applicants it received in 2011, only 300 candidates were accepted for 180 open slots. Most entering students have a MCAT score just under 31 and a GPA of 3.7.
About 95% of GW medical students are able to obtain their first choice of residency placement, notwithstanding stanch competion from other elite medical schools including Jefferson Medical College, University of California Medical Schools, Yale Medical School, University of Maryland Medical School and Georgetown University School of Medicine. Many GW medical students opt to complete their residency locally at the George Washington Hospital.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Attending one of the top medical schools in the nation doesn’t come without cost. Tuition for a student’s first year of school at GW Med is just under $50,000. Including all other expenses, it’s estimated the cost of attending GW Med exceeds $70,000 a year. Notwithstanding the high price tag, GW Med does not provide a substantial amount of financial assistance or scholarships to medical students.
International Medical Program
George Washington University offers one of the world’s most well-known and elite International MD programs for international students of any university in the United States. GW developed its international program several years ago in response to strong demand for US-educated physicians abroad. While there are several MD programs throughout the U.S. that accept international students, difference in culture, language and educational methods can create very real barriers to international students applying to schools and once accepted making it through a traditional “U.S.” MD program. The International MD program at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences is designed to eliminate the barriers to teaching and learning that international students can face at other leading medical schools. Residency for international medical students is provided through the George Washington University Medical Center.
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