Program Overview

This program will engage selected participants in clinical experience, guided research, and community based learning at Georgetown University and the greater DC community. GUSOM ARCHES aims to strengthen the research and clinical skills of promising undergraduate students and prepare them for successful matriculation into medical school.

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-based learning with DC-based nonprofits on issues of health equity


  • This program is open to all rising college juniors and rising college seniors (you must have completed either your sophomore or junior year of college at the time of application) pursuing medicine and/or other healthcare profession in a four year college.  
  • Have a minimum overall 2.5 GPA when applying.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, a permanent resident, DACA recipient or international student holding an F1 or J1 visa. DACA recipients can be employed only if they have been issued an “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD).
  • All students are encouraged to apply, including first-generation college students (first in their families to attend college/university), students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine, and students committed to advancing opportunities for communities and populations who lack equitable access to health care.

Other factors for consideration include that a student:

  • Identifies with a group that is racially/ethnically underrepresented in the health professions;
  • Comes from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background; and/or
  • Has demonstrated an interest in issues affecting underserved populations and a committment to advancing opportunities for communities and populations who lack equitable access to health care.
  • Submits compelling personal essays and a strong letter of recommendation.

Local DC Preference: A preference will be given to students whose permanent residence in the District of Columbia (DC) and/or who attended a public high school in Washington, D.C. 

Our Goals

A collage of pictures of ARCHES Fellows (from the left): ARCHES fellow Diamond Pinder with her GEP mentees; Arches fellow Shani Kamberi with her GEP mentees; and a candid photo of ARCHES fellows outside the Medical Dental Building. 
Below the collage, a caption that reads, "Bridge, Build and Be Bold" against a dark blue background.

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

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

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

Program Dates and Benefits

Tentative program dates: June 24, 2020 – August 8, 2020.

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 26 – August 9, suite-style, double occupancy rooms

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

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

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