GEMS Application Information

Create Your GEMS Admissions Account 

  Access to your GEMS Admissions Account opens January 2nd, 2019.


Our GEMS Application opens January 2nd, 2019 and closes March 29th, 2019. You can learn more about GEMS from the student, alum, and administrator perspective by reviewing our student spotlights and alumni success features on our website. Eligibility Requirements •	In order to be eligible for the GEMS Program, you will need to meet the following requirements: o	United States Citizenship at time of application submission (inclusive of the citizenship ceremony) o	A certified 2019 AMCAS submission by November 30th, 2018 o	One medical school selected for application submissions (does NOT need to be Georgetown University Medical School) o	One MCAT between January 1st, 2017 and November 30th, 2018 o	Successful completion of one (1) year of each: English, Biology I & II, General Chemistry I & II, Organic Chemistry I & II and Physics I & II o	Successful completion of one (1) semester of: College Mathematics, Biochemistry o	Two (2) Recommendation Letters  Recommendations •	In addition to completing your initial application and essay questions, you will need to meet the following requirements for your recommendation letter. You will need two (2) recommendations from a university professor are required for your GEMS Application. Your recommending professor must: o	Be Math and/or Science Faculty who have taught you in a "lecture" based course  o	Complete an electronic GEMS Recommendation Form  o	Upload a Letter of Recommendation on University Letterhead o	Articulate your specific need for the GEMS Program for maximal consideration  Application Submission Complete your application by submitting your essay questions, application fee, and all required documents. Once your application is received, it is reviewed by our Admissions Committee. Their assessment of your application determines if you will be invited to our GEMS Admissions Interview Day taking place on both April 22nd, 2019 & May 6th, 2019. After the Admission Committee’s final review of candidates, invitations will be extended to the GEMS Program.

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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.

Although the majority of students who have successfully completed the GEMS Program have been offered an acceptance to Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM), GEMS students are not guaranteed an opportunity to interview or an acceptance offer if interviewed. 

Students admitted in the GEMS Class of 2019-2020 are not required to apply to or matriculate into  Georgetown University School of Medicine.

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. 


1. Recommendation requests will be generated through your individually created GEMS Admissions Account. You will enter your professor's contact information (including university email address and university telephone number). Once you submit their information, 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. Recommendations must be written with specific comments relevant to the GEMS program goals, and the applicant's specific need for the experience of GEMS. Letters addressed to other "graduate programs" or "medical school" are not considered customized for the GEMS experience, and will negatively impact applicant consideration for interview. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss with recommenders the purpose of GEMS, and why their customized comments supporting the applicant's need for GEMS is essential.

Important 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.



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:

Contact Us

Please note that requests for telephone consultations or office appointments are not possible due to limited staff. When sending an email communication, please indicate your specific questions as framed by your admissions credentials. Only applicants invited for interview will meet with GEMS staff.


  Access to your GEMS Admissions Account opens January 2nd, 2019.