REQUIRED eligibilty 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 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.




Starting in the 2018-2019 Academic Year, the School of Medicine will transition to an Integrated Medical Curriculum. Some of the Graduate/Medical Module courses noted below will be combined into newly formed courses entitled Science Foundations I and Science Foundations II. Details of curricular revisions will be presented to candidates invited to interview in April and May 2018.

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (APP)

Students will build on their knowledge of physiologic principles and apply the information to pathologic conditions. A higher understanding of the molecular and genetic basis of pathology will be developed as the mechanisms of disease are studied.

Cardiopulmonary Module Lecture Lab (CP)

Students will describe the anatomy, hemodynamic function, and electrophysiology of the normal cardiovascular and respiratory system. Through their understanding of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, vascular diseases, and congenital heart disease, students will begin to apply the concepts to patient care.

Case Based Problem Solving (CBP)

Students will apply their understanding of foundational principles in anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry to pathological alterations across organ systems. The course will focus on clinical cases to unpack the underlying cellular and systemic changes responsible for the disease state, and the mechanisms necessary to reinstate homeostasis.

Exploration of Issues in Health Care (EIH)

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.  

Fundamentals of Biochemistry (FB)

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.

Gastrointestinal Module Lecture Lab (GI)

Students will 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 also describe the mechanisms contributing to absorption of nutrients into the body and apply their basic medical science knowledge to clinical problem-solving.

Interdisciplinary Medical Science I – III (IMS)

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, gross anatomy, biochemistry, pathology, and cardiopulmonary/gastrointestinal/renal physiology.

Principles of Gross Anatomy (PGA)

Students will begin to build a foundation of anatomic principles.  Students will be prepared to enter the upcoming systems based medical courses, and fully understand the gross anatomy they will be expected to learn.

Regional Gross Anatomy Lecture & Lab I – II (RGA)

Introduction to the concepts, terminology, and basic structure of the human body with focus on regional anatomy of the Back, Thorax, and Abdomen.  Cadaver Prosection will occur in lab small group learning sessions.

Renal Module (RNL)

Students will describe the structural, functional and integrative aspects of the kidney and urinary system; identify the basic physiologic mechanisms that underpin renal function; and explain the role the kidney plays in fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, including acid-base balance.

Selected Topics in Biochemistry (STB)

Students will demonstrate competency in foundational concepts in biochemistry through self-directed learning resources and quiz assessments via the Blackboard technology platform, and “flipped learning” activities (student directed versus faculty directed classroom sessions) in preparation for the Fundamentals in Biochemistry course.

Selected Topics in Physiology (STP)

Students will demonstrate competency in foundational concepts in cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology through self-directed learning resources and quiz assessments via the Blackboard technology platform, and “flipped learning” activities (student directed versus faculty directed classroom sessions) in preparation for the Cardiopulmonary Module.



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.



1. How Competitive is the GEMS Program?

Admissions to the GEMS Program is competitive. 207 applications were submitted in 2016, and 89 applications were considered by the admissions committee. 26 students matriculated into the 2016-2017 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 20% of applicants were invited to interview and 62% 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 17, 2017 and Monday May 1, 2017.

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 2016-2017 GEMS Class, the average cumulative science grade point average was 2.62 and the average TOTAL New MCAT score was 494.6.

For the  2017-2018 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 2017-2018 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 medical courses. 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 March 20, 2017 - April 21, 2017. Candidates invited to interview will be assigned by the committee to one of two interview dates Monday April 17 and Monday May 1. Final decision offers to matriculate into the 2017-2018 GEMS Program will be sent May 30, 2017. 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 2016-2017 GEMS Program was $26,309.00 and applicants selected for interview will be advised of any change for the 2017-2018 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.

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- 2015, 727 students have matriculated into the GEMS Program.  440 are physician graduates; 86 are current medical students; 13 are actively applying to medical school; and 188 are contributing expertise in other health career paths.

12. GEMS Program Dates for 2017-2018
Fall 2017:  Monday, July 3, 2017 - Friday, December 15, 2017
Spring 2018: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 -  Friday, May 25, 2018



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:

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