The Georgetown University Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship

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The overall ARCHES Program and everyone involved really allowed me to visualize myself as a doctor.

-Blanca Muñoz, Western Oregon University (ARCHES 2019)

I am convinced that I am surrounded by future elite physicians that will break down the oppressive walls of health inequalities.”  

-Tyrel Powell, Howard University (ARCHES 2019)

My most favorable experience was getting to shadow a transplant surgery and procurement. It was honestly the most amazing and electrifying experience of my entire life.

-Shani Kamberi, University of Maryland, College Park (ARCHES 2019)


The Dean for Medical Education’s Academy for Research, Clinical, and Health Equity Scholarship (ARCHES) is a six-week program for ten undergraduate students who are rising juniors and rising seniors interested in pursuing medical studies.

This program will engage selected participants in clinical experience, guided research, and immersive community based learning with Georgetown University School of Medicine. 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.

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A graphic containing images (from the left) of ARCHES Fellows in scrubs at the hospital; ARCHES Fellows Shani Kamberi and Tyrel Powell with Dr. Mitchell; a group photo of ARCHES Fellows
Below the collage, the caption reading "Clinical Research, Clinical Shadowing and Community Based Learning" against a dark blue background.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Georgetown University School of Medicine seeks self-motivated, pre-medical undergraduate students from a wide array of majors/concentrations, who have completed either their second or third year of college with a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of applying. Students will submit one letter of recommendation, a resume, an unofficial transcript, and four short essays. 

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.

ARCHES 2020 Eligibility and Benefits graphic. 
Top left column: A group photo of the ARCHES 2019 scholars outside the Medical Dental Building. 
Top right column (blue background): Eligibility requirements for the program: All rising college juniors and seniors pursuing pre-med or healthcare related programs are eligible to apply. Students should have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5 at the time of applying. 
Bottom left column (blue background): Eligibility (continued): First-generation college students, students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and students committed to advancing equitable access to health care are encouraged to apply.
Bottom right column (green background): Benefits of the program: Stipend: $ 4000; Housing: Provided on Georgetown campus for the duration of the program; Travel: up to $250 per student (on a case by case basis).

Application Deadlines: Deadlines for the 2019-2020 applications to be announced shortly.

Application opens: December 1, 2019

Application closes: February 24, 2020

Applicants notified of ARCHES Fellows selection: March 15 to March 30, 2020.

Questions about letters of recommendation and transcripts? Other questions? See the FAQ.