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are available from
February 15 to March 15 at
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. “ GEMS encouraged me to take a step back and
analyze how I actually study. It helped me learn how
to make those small changes that enhance performance. I’ve always worked hard; now, however, I use
my time more constructively and study in a more
efficient way. GEMS helped all of us hone our study
skills and make adjustments so that we could perform
optimally. ” Panhia Moua, M.D.
Resident in Anesthesiology
UC, Davis Medical Center “ GEMS encourages you to expect and demand the
best of yourself at all times and teaches each person
how to meet expectations while preparing for a profession in medicine. GEMS also creates an environment of teamwork and family that lasts well beyond
the GEMS 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. For more information about GEMS,
please call or write: I will continue to seek the type of honest, helpful relationships I’ve established with my GEMS classmates,
as I continue with other colleagues with whom I
work. The lessons I’ve learned, the relationships I
enjoy, the opportunity to study at Georgetown and
practice medicine, literally everything I’ve derived
from my GEMS experience I hold as a priceless gift.
Henry Boateng, M.D.,
Assistant Professor of Orthopedics
Winthrop University Hospital
State University of NY - Stoneybrook Joy Phinizy Williams
Associate Dean for Students &
GEMS Program Coordinator
School of Medicine
3900 Reservoir Road, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057-1423
(202) 687-1406 ” “
” My GEMS experience helped me hone my study
skills so that my efforts were effective and efficient.
As a father of two energetic boys and a wife
pursuing a Ph.D. herself, I believe GEMS not only
enhanced my academic life, it helped me balance
medical studies and the responsibilities of family
Milton Swaby, MD
Trinity Healthcare Center
Steubenville, OH GEMS
2011-2012 Georgetown Experimental Medical
Our 34th Year “ The GEMS Program represents what is best and most
essential to the mission of medical education.
To continue the circle of learning, skilled practice and
compassionate care giving, the graduates of the GEMS
Program need only reach out to their communities
and return these special gifts, then the circle will be
complete. ” Donald M. Knowlan, M.D., Professor Emeritus (Active) Georgetown University
School of Medicine GEMS PROGRAM
The Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies
(GEMS) Program is a one-year post-baccalaureate
experience for students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are most likely to make a significant contribution to meeting the needs of the nation’s minority, disadvantaged and under-served populations a n d
whose disadvantaged circumstances have contributed
to modest academic credentials.
The GEMS Program is designed to provide an opportunity for disadvantaged students who show promise
of the ability to complete a medical education to
demonstrate this ability by passing selected courses
taught to first-year medical students at Georgetown
University School of Medicine. In concert with these
objectives: the program are encouraged to apply to the School
of Medicine. Biochemistry though not required is
Applicants to the GEMS program must have successfully completed one year each of general chemistry,
organic chemistry, biology, physics, and college mathematics. Appropriate preparation in the laboratory is
required in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry,
All applicants must show evidence of having earned
a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or
university. Applications will be available to any interested candidate for admission between February 15th and March
15th only. The deadline for 2011 applications is March
All applicants to the GEMS Program must be seeking
admission to medical school when they apply to
GEMS and present Medical College Admission Test
scores at the time of application.
Applicants who are invited to interview are expected to
spend a full day at Georgetown to meet program administrators, other faculty and staff, complete assessment
tests and interview. Applicants must cover the costs of
travel and accommodations. Interviews will be scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18,
2011 and Monday, May 2, 2011.
Final decision on all applications will be made by May
27, 2011. GEMS students are United States citizens from disadvantaged backgrounds. Many are from groups
that have been traditionally under-represented in
medicine (African Americans, Mainland Puerto
Ricans, Mexican Americans and Native Americans).
All meet the program’s academic criteria and
show evidence of their ability to satisfy the social
and educational goals of this program.
GEMS students take courses selected from the first
year medical curriculum and are graded on the
same basis as medical students. GEMS students
also take a graduate level biochemistry course.
GEMS students are involved in active learning sessions, resulting in an average seven- to eight-hour
day. GEMS students who successfully complete What is the application process? How many GEMS students have
been accepted by Georgetown
University School of Medicine?
How much does the GEMS
Tuition and fees for the 2010-2011 GEMS Program were
$18,138. Living and related educational costs are estimated
to be $22,000. GEMS students are eligible to apply for educational loans to cover tuition and living costs.
Students accepted and matriculating in GU School of
Medicine will be charged the full first year tuition.
Tuition and fees for 2010-2011 was $47,203. Former GEMS on GU Faculty:
Darlene Lawrence, MD Family Medicine - 1998
Fernando Pagan, MD Neurology - 2003
Martin Pitts, MD, Clinical Emergency Medicine 2006 GEMS students are encouraged to apply to
Georgetown University School of Medicine, but are
under no obligation to attend medical school at
Georgetown. From 2005-2009, 75% of GEMS students
were successful during the GEMS academic year and
were admitted to Georgetown University School of
Medicine. If a participant is accepted and decides to
matriculate in the first-year class, he or she can seek
exemption from medical courses completed during
the GEMS year. Participants who fail or marginally pass
any course during the GEMS year are not offered a
final make-up exam but are dropped from the program
and are ineligible to continue in the school.
Since 1977, 590 students have matriculated in the
GEMS Program, including 24 students in 2010.There are
currently 378 physician graduates of the GEMS Program
who are in practice or residency training and 96 former
GEMS students are enrolled in the School of Medicine.
Since 1977, 90 students enrolled in GEMS were unsuccessful in their attempt to complete the post-baccalaureate year and 12 students withdrew. ...
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