Part 1: Introduction

Georgetown University School of Medicine is located in Washington, District of Columbia, in the United States. Georgetown’s curriculum is designed around the cura personalis mota, which means that mental, spiritual and physical health are examined together. This unique curriculum interests many prospective students. Georgetown University School of Medicine is difficult to get into, with an acceptance rate of 2.9 percent. The university has made a name for itself and holds the coveted title of being an Ivy League university.

If you’re thinking about attending medical school, Georgetown University School of Medicine has the curriculum and resources you’ll need to successfully graduate and begin your career in medicine. 

In this guide, Medical Aid will show you what Georgetown has to offer and walk you through the entire application process. 

  • Programs at Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Tuition and living costs
  • Admissions statistics
  • The grades you need to be considered
  • Georgetown’s requirements
  • Timeframe for submitting your application
  • Secondary application essay prompts (with sample essays)
  • Interviewing at Georgetown

If you’re a high school student looking towards the future, that’s awesome. You can’t be too prepared for medical school. If you have any questions as you read through this guide, feel free to reach out to us. We offer consulting services for:

  • Preparing for your interview day
  • Reviewing your primary application for AMCAS before you submit it
  • Reviewing your secondary application to Georgetown before you submit it
  • Providing advice if you’re not a traditional student or if you already have your bachelor’s degree

Part 2: Programs Offered at Georgetown University School of Medicine

Georgetown Medical School offers the following programs to become a doctor:

  • Four-year MD degree
  • MD/PhD program
  • Dual degree MD/master’s degree programs:
    – MD/Master of Business Administration
    – MD/Master of Public Health
    – MD/Master of Science
    – MD/MALS
    – MD/MA or MD/PhD

All of the degrees listed are made possible by the School of Medicine partnering with different schools at Georgetown, including the McDonough School of Business, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Biomedical Graduate Education program, School of Consulting Studies and the Department of Philosophy.  

Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program

Georgetown offers the standard, four-year route to earning an MD that many students choose to take. The cura personaliscurriculum, stemming from Jesuit tradition, is used throughout the program. It teaches students to treat a patient’s entire body, instead of only looking at physical symptoms because mental health and spirituality can also affect a person’s health. 

Cura Personalis Tracks

Within the MD program, Georgetown University School of Medicine offers:

  • Health Justice Scholar Track and Advocacy Training
    – Ideal for students who want social justice and health care advocacy to be an integral part of their medical school experience, as well as their future careers
  • Population Health Scholar Track
    – Ideal for students who want to understand how healthcare applies to populations and not just individuals
  • International Programs
    – Ideal for students who want experience treating patients in countries that are still developing
  • Volunteerism in Health Care
    – Required for all students to complete a volunteer experience during their time at Georgetown

MD/PhD Program

Georgetown University School of Medicine offers its MD/PhD program for prospective students who want to perform medical-based research instead of working exclusively in an office or hospital setting with patients. The program is structured to take around eight years to complete. Students usually take classes through the School of Medicine for their first two years and fill their summers with research rotations. Then, in Years 3-6, students spend their time conducting research in one of Georgetown’s graduate-level laboratories. 

Georgetown is known for its Tumor Biology Training Program, where students are taught to examine cancer cells under a microscope and its Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, which (you guessed it) is all about neuroscience. 

Upon defending one’s thesis successfully, Georgetown MD/PhD students return to the School of Medicine and go through clinical rotations before being crowned with their degrees. 

MD/PhD Program Statistics

2019 – 2020

  • 257 applicants
  • 26 interviews
  • 8 offers
  • 5 new students

Dual Degree Programs

As noted earlier, Georgetown University School of Medicine offers multiple dual-degree programs. Here are a few details for each program. If you are interested in learning about any of these programs, go to Georgetown University’s websitefor more information.

MD/Master of Business Administration

To be accepted into this dual-degree program, students must be admitted into both the School of Medicine and the School of Business. Georgetown urges medical students who are interested in the MBA program to apply before they arrive at Georgetown University School of Medicine. However, if a student finds out about the program or develops interest later, it’s okay to apply during their first year of courses. 

MD/Master of Public Health

The MD/MPH degree is where Georgetown partners with another school: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Students are expected to complete this program in five years and must apply to Johns Hopkins and Georgetown separately. 

MD/Master of Science

This degree combines a four-year MD with Georgetown’s Biomedical Graduate Education program. This program is a bit more versatile. It allows students to choose when they complete their master’s–before they begin their MD courses or after their second year of courses. 

MD/MA or PhD in Philosophy

That’s lots of letters to say that you can choose to earn your MD along with a Master of Art or PhD in Philosophy. Applicants must apply to the MD and philosophy programs separately. 

Cost of Tuition for Georgetown University School of Medicine

If you’re anticipating a pricey education at Georgetown, you’re anticipating correctly. You’ll want to budget out $100,000 a year for every year you’ll spend at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Tuition for first-years is a bit more expensive at $65,000. After your first year, your tuition will go down to $61,000. 

Part 3: Getting into Georgetown: The Numbers You’ll Need

When it comes to applying to medical school, numbers are one of the very first things that Georgetown University School of Medicine will consider. Let’s look at the statistics:

Class of 2024: 

  • 14,464 applicants
  • 1,029 Interviews (7.1%)
  • 203 accepted students (2.9%)
  • 3.6 overall GPA
  • 512 mean MCAT score

Georgetown recommends taking the following courseload during your undergrad studies.

  • 1 year of Biology with lab
  • 1 year of Inorganic Chemistry with lab
  • 1 year of Organic Chemistry (biochemistry with no lab recommended)
  • 1 year of Physics with lab
  • 1 semester of college-level Math (statistics is accepted)

On their website, Georgetown urges students to apply with a GPA over 3.6 to have the best shot at scoring an interview. If your GPA is under 3.0 or your MCAT is below 125, you most likely won’t get an interview. If your scores are in this range, it doesn’t make you a bad student, but it does mean that Georgetown is out of your reach. Other schools might have better options for you.

When to Submit Your Application

If you’re learning about medical school applications for the first time, you’ll need to learn two terms: primary application and secondary application. For all medical schools in the United States, your primary application is submitted to the American Medical College Application Service. Also known as AMCAS, your primary application only needs to be submitted once. All medical schools will have access to your AMCAS application. Your primary application will have all your transcripts, test scores, and work and activities. 

Your secondary application is the application that you’ll submit directly to Georgetown University School of Medicine. While it would be awesome to only submit one secondary application, you don’t get that lucky. You’ll need to submit a secondary application to each university you apply to. 

Due to COVID-19, primary application deadlines have been extended. In 2020, prospective students had until November 2. However, we highly recommend turning your primary application in, in June or July. Many universities have a rolling admissions system, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you’ll know if you have an interview. 

The deadline to submit your secondary application to Georgetown University School of Medicine is December 15th. We echo our above sentiment here: send in your application as early as possible. 

While some universities check AMCAS applications first to decide whether to send a secondary application to you, Georgetown automatically allows every prospective student to submit their secondary application. 

It takes about a week between your primary and secondary applications, but unfortunately, you’ll have to wait 4-6 weeks before finding out if you scored an interview. 

At the end of your application process, you should have:

  • Your AMCAS application
  • Transcripts (AMCAS)
  • Application to Georgetown with $130 fee
  • MCAT scores (AMCAS)
  • Letters of recommendation (AMCAS)

Simply put, you’ll submit your secondary application essays and fee to Georgetown University. Georgetown will access everything else through your AMCAS application. 

Part 4: Writing Your Essays for Your Georgetown Application

It’s almost hard to imagine submitting a college application without essays, isn’t it? Georgetown University School of Medicine is pretty standard. They ask three questions, and they give you about two paragraphs to answer two of those three questions. Georgetown allows a one-page response for the third question.

Question #1 The Georgetown University School of Medicine wants its students to become top-notch doctors who look at all aspects of medicine: physical, spiritual and emotional. Share what you will bring to the table, both in classroom settings and in the medical community at large. Draw from your experiences growing up, as well as your personal characteristics. (1000 characters)

Welcome to your classic diversity essay, with a twist. In short, Georgetown wants to know how you’re diverse, and how that will contribute to Georgetown’s student body. It’s especially important to have diversity in the medical community so that, no matter where a patient goes, there’s a doctor who can accommodate their needs and preferences.  

For example, if a patient comes in wanting an abortion, it would be important to have a healthcare provider who morally believes in abortion and a woman’s right to choose. If a doctor who didn’t believe in abortion was forced to perform the operation, it could create an uncomfortable environment for the patient undergoing the abortion. We hope this example demonstrates just how important diversity is. 

However, this question also draws on Georgetown’s cura personalis curriculum. They want to know how your background will contribute to caring for every aspect of a patient’s life. 

Here’s an example: 

My desire to become a doctor didn’t surface until I had graduated with my bachelor’s degree. I thought a four-year, undergraduate education was all I needed. My degree in Human Resources helped me land a job at a mental health facility, as their service coordinator. I worked with foster children in the local community. Many of them dealt with feelings of abandonment, loneliness and sadness. This experience helped me understand just how important a family is, and for those who don’t have one, how to create an environment that’s still nurturing. All I could do was talk to these children and make their day better with a cookie or a lollipop. I didn’t have the expertise to truly help them. But I longed to, which is why I’m going back to school. I want to be a pediatrician so that I can truly help children in all aspects of their lives. I initially planned to go into counseling, but I want to help with more than just mental health. I want children who grow up in the foster care system to have better resources. If I’m accepted into Georgetown, I will make this the focal point of my studies and my future practice as a doctor.

This essay works because it shows a learning experience, growth through diversity and a desire to contribute to the medical community. 

Question #2 Should the admissions committee be aware of any specific circumstances that you have not had the opportunity to share? (1000 characters)

This question is not optional. Even if nothing comes to mind immediately, an open-ended question like this is great. It allows you to touch on any topic, which helps you submit a well-rounded application. If you don’t want to write a unique essay for this question, you could use something that you submitted to another university. Just make sure you tailor it to Georgetown.  

Here’s an example essay that will work to answer this question. Just note that this isn’t the only correct way to answer this question, since it is open-ended. 

I was a sickly child growing up. I chronically got sick every three months with strep throat. The sore throat, fever, sweat and utter exhaustion took their toll on my body, and I didn’t feel like myself for a solid couple of weeks. It was hard for me to go through, and it was hard for my parents to watch. I missed a lot of school and ultimately had to repeat the fifth grade. Being a year behind all my friends was hard. I lost touch with them when they went to junior high while I was still in middle school. While I did make friends in the sixth grade, I didn’t have the same connection with them. 

I ultimately found peace through studying biology. While most of my peers were interested in art or theatre, I cared about cell structures. I immersed myself in studying every aspect of cells in the body and ultimately joined the Science Club. This helped me come out of my shell. Eventually, I stopped coming down with strep throat, so I wasn’t held back another year. But I did permanently lose touch with my former friends, especially when they went to college when I was entering my senior year of high school. 

It was during my senior year when I knew I wanted to become a doctor. Because of how much science I had studied, I was able to understand what my grandmother was going through when she was diagnosed with cancer right before I graduated high school. She allowed me to accompany her to her appointments, and being able to understand the doctor’s terminology helped me find peace, not only with my grandmother’s diagnosis, but with how sick I had been as a child. Had it not been for my illnesses, I might not have shared that time with my grandmother before she passed away. Now, I want to use the experiences I’ve gone through to help other families face their own challenges.

Since the first question was a diversity essay, using this second question as an adversity essay is very appropriate.

Question #3 Please share why you’re applying to Georgetown University School of Medicine. Explain how receiving an education here will prepare you to become the kind of doctor you want to be. (1 page, format to your preference)

This is the famous “Why Us” question that many universities ask. To successfully answer this question, we recommend combing through the Georgetown University School of Medicine website to see what makes Georgetown unique. Find something that resonates with you. Write about you and then tie Georgetown into it, and why your unique qualities will contribute to Georgetown. 

Be careful not to write an essay where you focus on why Georgetown is such a great place to go to school. That kind of essay is off-topic. Your application is your chance to prove to Georgetown that your uniqueness makes you a great choice for them, and why they should want you to be a part of their student body.

Here’s an example:

My little sister was born with Down’s syndrome. I grew up watching my parents help her with everything, while also trying to allow her to be as independent as possible. On some days, it seemed like she was never home because she had so many appointments to go to. When she was younger, she had regular GI doctor appointments, along with physical therapy and speech therapy. And those were just the regular appointments. Whenever an issue with Millie’s health came up, she was taken to the doctor. Once I got my driver’s license, I shared the burden of driving her to her different appointments, and for the first time, I got a taste of just how exhausting it could be. But Millie was the brave one who endured it all. She always had a smile on her face and only ever cried or got upset when she was in a lot of pain. 

I knew I wanted to be a doctor during my sophomore year of high school. I wanted to be like the providers who helped my sister feel better when her feeding tube caused her pain. I wanted to be like the therapist who made her smile when she was sad. And I wanted to be like the physical therapist who helped her move with less pain. Truly, these healthcare providers helped my sister live as comfortably as possible. 

I feel blessed to have found my passion early on, and I hope that I can earn my MD degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I want to be a specialist for children with Down’s syndrome, and Georgetown’s curis personalis approach is exactly the kind of education I want to receive to prepare me for my career.

This essay makes up the better part of a page. Don’t worry about filling every inch of the page detailing why Georgetown should accept you. We recommend writing three-fourths of a page in Times New Roman font with 12 point text and one-inch margins on all sides. This formatting is professional and allows the page to breathe. 

Part 5: Interviewing at Georgetown University School of Medicine

Congratulations if you have an interview at Georgetown University School of Medicine. This is a major accomplishment with the high standards that Georgetown explicitly states on their website. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Georgetown admissions committee is conducting all interviews virtually. Your interview will last between 30-45 minutes and will focus on what’s not on paper. They’ll want to get to know your personality (even with how nervous you’ll be!) and discuss your goals with you. What are you passionate about? Why become a doctor? 

This will be your chance to really shine. You’ll want to highlight diverse aspects of your background that will contribute to Georgetown’s student body. It’s important to stand out as positively as you can, while tailoring your answers to how Georgetown will be a better university with you as a student. 

In a year where COVID-19 is not an issue and interviews aren’t conducted virtually, interviewees would go to the Medical-Dental Building at Georgetown, where they would participate in the following activities.

  1. Arrive between 9:15-9:45 a.m.
  2. Welcome to Georgetown at 10:00 a.m.
  3. Financial Aid Presentation at 10:15 a.m.
  4. Program Overview at 10:45 a.m.
  5. Campus Tour and Lunch at 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  6. Welcome from the Dean at 1:00-1:30 p.m.
  7. Interview at 2:00 or 2:45 p.m.

As you can see, it’s a full day. Your interview will be the last part of your day, but the admissions committee could run late, so Georgetown advises interviewees to plan to leave the campus by 4:00 p.m. If you’re flying in to D.C., this is something you’ll want to keep in mind. 

This interview process applies specifically to interviewees for the MD degree. If you are applying for the MD/PhD program, click here for details on your interview process. This is also the case if you are applying for a dual degree program. Each college has its own interview process. 

Conclusion

Regardless of which program you apply for, Georgetown University School of Medicine will provide you with a high-quality education that will prepare you to enter the medical field and have a successful career. 

We know the application process to get into medical school is long, challenging and sometimes grueling. However, it’s important to always be at your best. Because of this, we recommend beginning your application long before it’s due. This will give you ample time to write your essays and ensure that every detail of your AMCAS application is filled out. 

If you need help along the way, International Medical Aid is here. Depending on where you are in your journey, we have international internship opportunities in East Africa, South America and the Caribbean. Don’t forget, if you need help filling out your AMCAS application, want someone to review your secondary essays or have other questions, we also offer admissions consulting services to help you continue, uninterrupted on your application journey. 

We wish you the best of luck as you apply to Georgetown University School of Medicine, as well as any other schools you are applying to. Your hard work, determination and dedication at this time will help prepare you for your future role as a doctor and leader.