Course Descriptions

Georgetown Summer Medical Institute (GSMI)

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Science Courses

Note: These two courses run concurrently during the summer session and therefore students are only able to enroll in one of the courses.

Supplemental Seminars and Workshops

Human Gross Anatomy

Currently Georgetown University is planning to hold the Gross Anatomy course in person and is accepting applications.  This is contingent upon the current pandemic, and changes might be made later.  All prospective and accepted students will be kept updated to any changes.  We look forward to seeing you this summer!

This is a six-week intensive course that covers all aspects of human clinical gross anatomy (other than head and neck dissection).  This 5 credit course is very similar to the gross anatomy course that we offer to our pre-clinical medical students.

This course is appropriate for undergraduate and post baccalaureate students, including pre-medical and pre-allied health students, seeking to gain a better appreciation of the anatomical/functional relationship of the human body. Students will be provided daily anatomical lectures, followed by cadaver dissection of the entire body, except the head and neck. In addition, imaging techniques including CT scans, MRI, and x-ray radiography will be used to introduce the student to the physician’s perspective of the structure of the human body. The goal of this course is to provide students with a better understanding of the human body in health and disease. This course is also useful for students already accepted into first year medical school, since completion of the course, will make their first year in medical school less stressful. 

Prerequisites: A strong foundation in biology at the undergraduate level, with upper level biology strongly recommended.

This course is also designed for first-year medical students seeking to remediate gross anatomy. This 6 week course covers all aspects of the human body except head and neck. Students that are required to complete head and neck assessment by their home institution should contact the course director to come up with a suitable plan that will satisfy the requirements of remediation.

This course will be assessed with written as well as cadaveric practical examinations. All educational material, instrumentation, and access to electronic dissector in the laboratory are provided and included in the course tuition.

The Course Director is Dr. Marina Castilla, MD.

Human Physiology

PHSL050-01 (5 credits) is a rigorous, 6-week comprehensive course that provides students with a high level of understanding of the physiological basis of medicine.  This is used as a remediation course for medical students, but is also open to rising undergraduate juniors and seniors as well as post-bacc applicants. The essential concepts of physiology and mechanisms of body function are presented at various levels of organization, ranging from cellular and molecular to tissue and organ system levels.  Emphasis is placed on understanding the integrated regulation of various body processes among the major systems using clinical cases.

Jennifer Whitney, PhD is director of the summer Human Physiology course for GSMI, and teaches the renal, acid-base and fluid physiology sections.  She also directs the graduate Physiology courses, as well as graduate Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiolgy courses. In addition to the summer teaching, she teaches graduate renal, acid-base and fluid physiology and pathophysiology, as well as medical gross anatomy lab. 

Prerequisites: One year of general or inorganic chemistry, one year of organic chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of biology.

Syllabus for Summer Human Physiology 


The following workshop is available to all GSMI students at no additional charge. Workshop attendees must be registered in at least 1 GSMI course in order to be eligible to attend.

Medical School Admissions Workshops

M.D. program information sessions are offered at the Georgetown University School of Medicine by a member of the admissions team. The admissions process will be reviewed, with time reserved for any questions about the curriculum or admissions process.  A tour will not be given, however information for a self-guided tour will be provided.  

Updated May 2021