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The Dean for Medical Education's Inaugural Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) is a six-week program for six undergraduate students who are rising juniors and rising seniors interested in pursuing medical studies. All students are encouraged to apply, including students who identify as first-generation college students, students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions, and students who are committed to advancing opportunities for populations who lack equitable access to health care and/or committed to serving the underserved.

This program will engage selected participants in clinical experience, guided research, and immersive service at Georgetown University. Participants will gain exposure to the clinical and research activities at Georgetown University School of Medicine and to the greater DC community on issues of health equity. GUSOM ARCHES aims to strengthen the research and clinical skills of promising undergraduate students and prepare them for successful matriculation into medical school.

Watch our February 15, 2017 ARCHES webinar HERE.

Important note: once you begin the application, you cannot save and log back in; please prepare to finish the application in one sitting. Applications are due on March 19th, 2017 at 5 PM EST. For more information on GU ARCHES, please contact with the subject heading "GU ARCHES question".

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Georgetown University School of Medicine seeks self-motivated pre-medical or pre-health rising junior or senior undergraduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA. 

Program Dates & Benefits:

Stipend: $4,000. ($2,000 paid after the first 3 weeks, and final $2,000 paid at the end of the 6 weeks)

Housing: Housing provided on Georgetown campus June 28 - August 12, with same gender, double-occupancy rooms

Program dates: June 28 - August 11, 2017 

Travel: Up to $250 per student on a case-by-case basis by the Georgetown Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Students are responsible for their own meals/food cost (except for program event meals provided by ARCHES).

Our goals are:

Georgetown University Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (GU ARCHES)

GU ARCHES will challenge you to...

Bridge: Connect the content you've learned in class to real-world research, clinical, and health aquity settings. 

Build: Form networks of support within the Georgetown Unversity School of Medicine and the greater DC community.

Be Bold: Cultivate the skills and confidence to succeed in the pre-medical track and beyond.


Qualified students are: College undergraduate first generation undergraduate students or students from backgrounds underrepresented in the health professions with a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.

The program will consist of three parts:

  • Research immersion in one of Georgetown University's premier research labs
  • Clinical rounds with physicians at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Community service internship with a DC-based nonprofit on issues of health equity.


Application Due Date
Applications were due March 19th at 5:00 PM. Stay tuned for next years application deadline!

Completed Application Includes

  1. 3 Required Essays (1 optional essay)
  2. 1 Letter of Recommendation
  3. 1 Evaluation From (Completed by Recommender)
  4. Official/Unofficial Transcript
  5. Resume

GPA Requirement
The GPA Requirement for applicants is a cumulative 2.5.

ARCHES Fellows Eligibility
You must be a citizen of the United States or Permanent Resident of the United States.You must be a rising Junior or Senior at a 4 year college or university.If you have earned, or will earn a bachelor's degree prior to the program beginning in June, you areNOT eligible to be an ARCHES Fellow.

How many students will be selected for the program?

Six students will be selected as ARCHES Fellows.

ARCHES Fellows Program Dates
June 28th - August 12, 2017

Sample Schedule

Monday: LAB  Tuesday: Lab Wednesday: LAB Thursday: LAB Friday: SERVICE LEARNING

9 AM-12 PM:
-Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM: -Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM: -Continue Lab Work

9 AM-12 PM:
-Clinical Rounds

9 AM-5PM: Service Day at AssignedCommunityLocation(please pack a lunch)

12 PM-1 PM Lunch and Check-in: Faculty Mentor

12 PM-1 PM
Lunch (Lab Group)

12 PM-1 PM Lunch (LabGroup

12 PM-1 PM Lunch(Medical Students)

1 PM-2 PM
Inter-cohort updates
2 PM-4 PM
Individual Research/ Lab Work
4 PM-5 PM
Science Writing Mentor Meeting

 PM-2 PM
Inter-cohort updates2 PM-4 PM IndividualResearch/Lab Work4-5 PM: Panel: MedicalStudent Life and Self-Care

1 PM- 2 PM
Med School workshop: Academics2-4 PM: IndividualResearch/Lab Work4 PM-5 PM Book Club:
The Tragic Life of RobertPeac

1 PM- 4 PM: Tour: National Institutes ofHealth4 PM-5 PM Seminar: DC HealthDisparities by theWard

Timeline for Admittance

  1. Applications Due - Sunday, March 19, 2017 5:00 p.m.
  2. Selected Applicants notified of  Zoom Interviews - Week of March 31st
  3. Applicants notified of being selected as ARCHES Fellows - April 14, 2017

Should I apply if my GPA is below a 2.5

However, if your GPA is below a 2.5, please explain the Optional Essay the circumstances that have impacted your GPA.

Who should write my Letter of Recommendation?

Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who can speak to your academic, professional, and life performance and experiences. Letters are NOT required from a former orcurrent professor. A letter can be written by a former or current employer, service learning supervisor, or a mentor.

The person writing your letter and completing your evaluation should be able to speak about you as a student, leader, and team player.

What makes an applicant the “ideal” ARCHES Fellow?
We are looking for students who are interested in the healthcare field. An ARCHES Fellow is a student who is committed to lifelong learning, research, teamwork, serving the underserved, and critical thinking.

More Questions
If your question has not been answered, please contact Director Nickole Sharp via e-mail subject GU ARCHES or via phone (202) 687-7320