REQUIRED Eligibility Criteria

1. United States Citizenship at time of application submission, inclusive of the citizenship ceremony.

2. A certified 2018 AMCAS application -- AMCAS assigns a "submission date" which must be no later than November 30, 2017, and a "processed date" when all grades have been certified. To be eligible for GEMS, the 2018 AMCAS application must be certified as "processed" at the time the GEMS application is submitted.

Please note there is no selection for "Georgetown GEMS" in the AMCAS system. The GEMS eligibility requirement is to select at least one medical school for AMCAS submission and transmission, and the School does NOT have to be Georgetown. Once your AMCAS application is processed, you will submit a PDF copy of the "processed" (verified) AMCAS application as part of the GEMS Admissions application which opens on January 3, 2018.

3. At least one MCAT score report between January 1, 2016 and  November 30, 2017.

4. Applicants to the GEMS Program must have successfully completed one year each of English, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics, with labs as appropriate. One semester  of College Mathematics and Biochemistry are also required.

 

 

GEMS PROGRAM DISCLOSURE

GEMS is an experimental program and is subject to change at the discretion of the Committee on Medical Education and Dean of School of Medicine. Application and program requirements may change from year to year.

Georgetown University admits qualified students of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, and national and ethnic origin to all rights and privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap, color, religion or national or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, admissions, policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

Inquiries about Affirmative Action-Equal Opportunity may be addressed to Affirmative Action Programs, 3800 Reservoir Rd., NW, Room M36 Darnall Hall, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20007. (202-687-4798) Georgetown University is also an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity employer.

Note: An application to Georgetown School of Medicine is NOT required for an application to the GEMS Program. The admissions committees and procedures are completely separate, and admissions records cannot be transferred between programs.

 

Curriculum

Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) 2018-2019 CURRICULUM

 

Starting in the 2017-2018 Academic Year, Georgetown University School of Medicine transitioned to an Integrated, 18-Month Medical Journeys’ Curriculum, creating enhanced interdisciplinary learning of the basic sciences (anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, pharmacology and microbiology) and application to the clinical sciences and doctoring skills competencies.

The GEMS curriculum provides students from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds an opportunity to demonstrate competency in selected portions of the medical school curriculum while simultaneous enriching academic skills and learning strategies essential to success in medical education. GEMS students who competitive complete the post-baccalaureate program may be considered for interview at Georgetown School of Medicine, and if admitted, will complete the entire Journey’s curriculum without exemption from any course or elective.

FALL 2018

INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL SCIENCE I (GEMS 402-06, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking and problem-solving skills through use of collaborative learning strategies in mastery of basic science content in Histology, Embryology, and Biochemistry.  

INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL SCIENCE II (GEMS 407-06, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking and problem-solving skills through use of collaborative learning strategies in mastery of basic science content in Gross Anatomy and Physiology.

FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOCHEMISTRY (GEMS 408-06, 4 CR)

In this graduate course, students will describe biologic action by learning the logic of chemistry with respect to biomolecular structure, function and regulation, and the fundamental concepts of pH, biological buffers, bioenergetics, nucleotides, amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, intermediary metabolism and the central dogma of the human genome.

SELECTED TOPICS IN PHYSIOLOGY (GEMS 403-06, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate competency in foundational concepts in systems physiology through self-directed learning resources and quiz assessments via the Canvas technology platform, and “flipped learning” activities (student directed versus faculty directed classroom sessions).

INTERDISCIPLINARY MEDICAL SCIENCE III (GEMS 416-11, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate competency in critical thinking and problem-solving skills through use of collaborative learning strategies in mastery of basic science content in Pathophysiology.

EXPLORATION OF ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE I (GEMS 405-06, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate knowledge of current issues in health care, domestic and global, through a 2-Hour professional presentation to faculty and peers from an approved list of topics.  

 

SPRING 2019

 

MEDICAL CARDIOVASCULAR BIOLOGY (GEMS-506, 3CR)

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of cardiovascular physiology, anatomy, histology, embryology, including hemodynamic function, and electrophysiology of the normal cardiovascular system, and in-depth study of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, vascular diseases, and congenital heart disease in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadaveric labs, and small group sessions.

MEDICAL RESPIRATORY AND RENAL BIOLOGY (GEMS-507, 3CR)

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of the physiology, anatomy, histology and embryology of the normal respiratory and renal systems, and study of the pathophysiology of respiratory and renal diseases including obstructive disease, lung cancer, glomerular, interstitial and vascular renal disease, in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadaveric labs, and small group sessions.

MEDICAL GASTROINTESTINAL BIOLOGY (GEMS-508, 3CR)

This medical course will help students identify how GI structure (Embryology, Microscopic Anatomy and Gross Anatomy) integrates with function (physiologic mechanisms of GI motility, digestion and absorption, and liver and pancreatic function). Students will describe the mechanisms contributing to absorption of nutrients into the body and apply their basic medical science knowledge to clinical problem-solving. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and gross anatomy non-cadaveric labs.

ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY & PATHOPHYSIOLOGY (GEMS-568, 4CR)

This graduate course will cover the fundamental mechanisms of disease and the pathophysiologic basis of major human diseases, as well as learn the role of herbs and dietary supplements in health and disease. This course will complement the basic physiological principles covered in the medical Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal and Gastrointestinal medical blocks

EXPLORATION OF ISSUES IN HEALTH CARE II (GEMS 414-11, 2CR)

In this required elective, students will demonstrate knowledge of current issues in health care, domestic and global, through a 2-Hour professional presentation to faculty and peers from an approved list of topics.  

 

Recommendations

1. Recommendation requests will be generated through your individually created GEMS Admissions Account. You will enter your professor's contact information and an email with a secure web link will be sent. Please note that only an official university email address with the".edu" extension will be accepted. There are no exceptions.  The secure web link appends to your individual admissions account where your professor will be able to access the GEMS Recommendation Form as well as upload a Letter of Recommendation.

2. A maximum of two Professors will be requested to support your GEMS Application: Each Professor must complete (a) an electronic GEMS Recommendation Form and (b) upload a Letter of Recommendation on University Letterhead specific to the GEMS program. These documents will automatically append to your admissions account through the secure web link generated. 

3. Professors must be Math and/or Science Faculty who have taught you in a "lecture" based course. You are strongly encouraged to contact your professors early and share with them information about the GEMS Program and the process outlined in Steps 1 and 2  to support your application.

Please Note:

1. Express Delivery, US Mail or Electronic submissions through Interfolio will NOT be accepted.

2. Letters from lab courses, committees, advisors, mentors, clergy, physicians, government officials and employers do NOT meet the recommendation requirement.

 

FAQs

1. How Competitive is the GEMS Program?

Admissions to the GEMS Program is competitive. 216 applications were submitted in 2017, and 127 applications were considered by the admissions committee. Thirty-three students matriculated into the 2017-2018 GEMS Class.

2. What is the Admissions Process?

Completed applications are reviewed by the GEMS Admissions Committee which is comprised of members of the medical school faculty and staff, physician graduates of the GEMS Program, community leaders and former GEMS students. Incomplete applications are not reviewed. Each member of the Committee reviews the applications. The Committee meets for a discussion of each applicant and the Committee decides by majority vote if the candidate will be invited to spend a day at Georgetown to be interviewed. Candidates who are not invited to interview will not be accepted to the GEMS Program.

3. Are Interviews Required?

Yes, interviews are required for acceptance to the GEMS Program. Last year 35% of applicants were invited to interview and 73% of applicants who were interviewed were offered acceptances. Applicants who are invited to interview will spend a full day at Georgetown, meet with faculty and staff, tour the school, meet former and current GEMS students, and participate in an interactive learning exercise. The GEMS Program is not able to assist applicants with travel arrangements or expenses. Interviews are scheduled for Monday, April 23, 2018 and Monday May 7, 2018.

4. What Type of Students is the GEMS Admissions Committee Seeking?

The Committee is especially interested in students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are most likely to make a significant contribution to the medical care of the nation’s disadvantaged and under-served populations. The Committee seeks mature, highly motivated, disciplined, assertive learners with modest undergraduate grades and MCAT scores. Most of the students accepted to the GEMS Program would be considered “high risk” if MCATs and science grades were the only admissions criteria. 

For the 2017-2018 GEMS Class, the average cumulative science grade point average was 2.59 and the average TOTAL New MCAT score was 499.2.

For the 2018-2019 GEMS Application Cycle, the GEMS Admissions Committee is most receptive to applicants with a Science GPA of at least 2.50, and a minimum NEW MCAT Exam Score of 500 (preference for sub-section scores of 125 or higher) for more in-depth evaluation of an applicant's academic and non-academic credentials. 

For information on interpretation of NEW MCAT Exam Total Scores & Sub-Section Scores, please access the AAMC Summary here.

5. How are GEMS Students Evaluated?

Students accepted to the 2018-2019 GEMS Program will complete courses selected from the first year medical student course requirements and be graded in the same manner as freshman medical students. The grades are Pass or Fail. An internal grade of “Low Pass” corresponds to the lowest 10% of the class. A grade of “Low Pass” or Fail results in dismissal from the GEMS Program. A graduate level Biochemistry course and Pathophysiology course will be taken with other graduate students at the school of medicine and are graded in the same manner as graduate students (i.e A, B, C .....). GEMS students also complete elective courses which are graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory”. An “Unsatisfactory” grade results in dismissal from the GEMS Program.

6. What Courses will Former GEMS Students Take if Admitted to Georgetown University?

If admitted, former GEMS students -- now medical students --will be enrolled in all elements of the 18-month integrated medical curriculum, including the relevant portions completed during the GEMS academic year.

7. Describe a Typical Day for the GEMS Students.

GEMS students begin their day at 8:00 am and participate in facilitated small group learning sessions, didactic lectures with medical students, monitored independent study periods, and on-line quiz sessions. The GEMS Program is a full-time experience and students rarely finished scheduled activities before 5 p.m.

8. Online Application

  • MCAT test scores:

In the test scores section of the GEMS application, at least one set of score boxes must be completed for your most recent MCAT exam. Please only complete the score boxes that are relevant to your MCAT experience. All other boxes should remain "blank" if not relevant to your MCAT experience.

  • Fee waiver

To request a fee waiver, please upload a pdf copy of your approved AMCAS fee waiver letter under the "other documents" section in your admissions portal. Please be sure to label the file name as "AMCAS fee waiver". To obtain the pdf file, please print the AMCAS email as a PDF file and upload it instead of taking a screenshot of the whole email panel.

9. Notification of Admissions Decisions

Interview offers will be extended to selected candidates by majority vote of the GEMS Admissions Committee from April 1, 2018 - April 30, 2018. Candidates invited to interview will be assigned by the committee to one of two interview dates Monday April 23, 2018 and Monday May 7, 2018. Final decision offers to matriculate into the 2018-2019 GEMS Program will be sent May 30, 2018. Candidates will be notified by email and/or telephone if an interview will be extended.

10. GEMS Tuition & Living Expenses

Tuition and fees for the 2017-2018 GEMS Program was $27,494.00 and applicants selected for interview will be advised of any change for the 2018-2019 GEMS Program. GEMS students may need an additional $24,000.00 for living expenses. Most GEMS students will cover the costs of the GEMS year with a combination of personal savings, family support and student loans. Some loans are partially based on creditworthiness. External scholarships are also available for accepted students based on the sponsoring organization's criteria. 
https://som.georgetown.edu/prospectivestudents/financialaid/resources

11. Success of GEMS

GEMS students who successfully complete all program criteria are strongly considered (not guaranteed) an interview to Georgetown School of Medicine. Extension of an interview does not guarantee admission.

From 1977 to 2017, 767 students who matriculated into the GEMS program. 493 are physician graduates; 62 are current medical students; and 212 graduates are contributing expertise in other health career paths. GEMS physician graduates continue to make significant contributions to meeting the needs of the nation’s minority and underserved populations. Indeed, GEMS physician graduates are trailblazers in the medical profession serving in all areas of clinical specialty, academia, and research throughout the world.

12. GEMS Program Dates for 2018-2019

Fall 2018:  Monday, July 9, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018
Spring 2019: Tuesday, January 2, 2019 -  Friday, May 25, 2019

 

 

GEMS Matriculation Note

All accepted applicants must show evidence of having earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university upon matriculation into the GEMS program.

GEMS Financial Aid

For details on financing your GEMS education, please visit the Financial Aid Page: http://som.georgetown.edu/prospectivestudents/financialaid/gemsprogram

Contact Us

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Specific inquiries framed by your admissions credentials:gemsprogram@georgetown.edu 

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