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A joint program between GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program is designed for students who have decided to become physicians and want to accomplish that goal in a shorter amount of time than a traditional program of study usually requires.
Ideal candidates for the Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program are outstanding students who know, prior to entering college, that they wish to become doctors -- and who are attracted to the intellectual challenge and enrichment afforded by the liberal arts. Along with top grades and test scores, these students should be able to demonstrate their commitment to the field of medicine through clinically-related medical volunteer activities.
During the first three years of the program, students must meet all general curriculum requirements, all traditional pre-med track courses, and complete a major of their choice offered by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Progress is reviewed annually by a special faculty committee. Students must maintain a minimum grade of B in courses required for admission to the medical school (the pre-med track courses) and an overall 3.6 grade point average. In addition, community service and clinical exposure is required each year. Students in the program are not required to take the MCAT examination for matriculation to the medical school. The review committee makes a final recommendation concerning promotion to the medical school curriculum at the end of the third year, which is when the bachelor's degree is awarded upon successful completion of degree requirements.
In the fourth year of study, students matriculate as "first-year students" in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences and begin formal medical training. The integration of preclinical and clinical studies becomes more complete in the fifth year as time is spent with physicians, learning the art and skill of patient interviewing and physical diagnosis. The sixth and seventh years are devoted to developing clinical expertise in the wide variety of hospitals in the Washington metropolitan area, including the state-of-the-art GW Hospital. The M.D. degree is awarded at the end of the seventh year.
Application Information and Requirements:
- The deadline for applications to the Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program is December 1.
- Students applying to this program must apply as Regular Decision candidates; due to the timing of the interview process, students are not eligible to apply for Early Decision admission.
- Competitive candidates typically have earned top grades in the most demanding courses available in their schools and have received very strong scores on standardized tests.
- SAT/ACT scores and two SAT subject examinations (in science and mathematics) are required. GW accepts both the former version of the SAT and the redesigned SAT. (GW does not require the writing section of the redesigned SAT.) Please have your test scores sent to GW (College Board Code: 5246).
- Students enrolled in the Seven-Year B.A./M.D. Program pay the undergraduate fixed-rate tuition for the first three years of their program. After the third year, B.A./M.D. students pay the prevailing tuition of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences for medical students at the time of enrollment in medical school courses.
- U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and Canadian citizens may be considered for admission to the Seven-Year B.A./M.D. program.