The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (abbreviated as GW Medicine or GW SMHS) is the professional medical school of the George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.. Established in 1824, GW Medicine is the oldest medical school in the national capital, the 11th oldest medical school in the United States, and one of the most prestigious medical research schools in the U.S.
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. The George Washington University Hospital has routinely served the medical needs of President of the United States and members of U.S. Congress.
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. 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. The school has more than 700 medical students currently enrolled in its Doctor of Medicine (MD) program.
Innovations from GW Medicine include the six-million volt linear accelerator, a radioisotope laboratory, and the first operating theaters with overhead observation decks, among others. The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library is the academic library for GW SMHS.
GW is famous for providing leading US medical school education to international students. 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.
Residency training for graduates of non-US medical schools and colleges is also provided by GW SMHS.
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. For the MD class entering in 2012, a little more than 1,000 applicants were interviewed out of a total number of 14,700 applicants. Approximately 300 individuals were accepted to fill 177 spots. Students had an average GPA of 3.71, and a mean MCAT score of 30.8.
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.
The Department of Pediatrics within SMHS is housed at Children’s National Medical Center. In addition, the SMHS and Children’s National partner on a variety of projects and initiatives.
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.