School of Medicine and Health Sciences

A third-year surgical resident Dr Hope Jackson

In 1824, GW founded the first medical school in the District of Columbia. Today, the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) continues to pioneer at the intersection of a unique location and extraordinary times.

The role of medical institutions is of paramount importance to the health issues of today and the coming decades:

  • monumental changes in health care policy
  • an aging population
  • the need to deliver better care at a lower cost
  • amazing opportunities afforded by biomedical science

These issues may seem daunting, but with your help SMHS is poised to turn these challenges into opportunities and build stunning successes.

Support SMHS

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Where to Give

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Eliminate the Burden of Student Debt

The need for physicians is rising. Unfortunately, fewer students are choosing to become physicians as the training is seen as cost-prohibitive. As a result, the number of physicians in primary care and many specialties are declining at a time when they are needed the most. We must increase the scholarships we make available to students to help them tackle the health issues of today and tomorrow.

Break down barriers to student success
Dr. Sarani

The Best Doctors Need the Best Training

Our medical, health sciences, and basic science faculty provides extraordinary levels of instruction to the next generation of physicians and health care professionals. To continue to recruit and retain the very best faculty, we need well-funded positions and endowed professorships.

Learn more about attracting the best faculty to SMHS
Medical student in lab with instructor.

Support Stunning Breakthroughs

Researchers at SMHS are exploring new discoveries in cancer, immunology and HIV/AIDS, and neurology, to name a few. Funding for these emerging fields and others will lead to improvements in clinical care and delivery.

Support SMHS where it is needed most