Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) Program

Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC.
Type Academic Enrichment, Post-baccalaureate Program


The (GEMS) Program is a one-year, non-degree, post-baccalaureate preparatory program 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 underserved populations, and 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.

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 educational and social 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 the program are encouraged to apply to Georgetown School of Medicine as well as other medical schools.

Applicants to the GEMS Program must have successfully completed one year each of English, biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics, with labs as appropriate.

One semester of college mathematics and one semeter of biochemistry are also required.


1. United States Citizenship at time of application submission, inclusive of the citizenship ceremony.

2. A certified 2018 AMCAS application — AMCAS assigns a “submission date” which must be no later than November 30, 2017, and a “processed date” when all grades have been certified. To be eligible for GEMS, the 2018 AMCAS application must be certified as “processed” at the time the GEMS application is submitted.

Please note there is no selection for “Georgetown GEMS” in the AMCAS system. The GEMS eligibility requirement is to select at least one medical school for AMCAS submission and transmission, and the School does NOT have to be Georgetown. Once your AMCAS application is processed, you will submit a PDF copy of the “processed” (verified) AMCAS application as part of the GEMS Admissions application which opens on January 3, 2018.

3. At least one MCAT score report between January 1, 2016 and  November 30, 2017.

4. Applicants to the GEMS Program must have successfully completed one year each of English, Biology, General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Physics, with labs as appropriate. One semester  of College Mathematics and Biochemistry are also required.



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