Georgetown's location in the nations capital an international crossroads, home of the renowned National Institutes of Health, and one of the world's most culturally exciting cities - certainly makes it unique. More distinguishing, however, is Georgetown's philosophy. The School of Medicine is heir to the long and rich Catholic and Jesuit tradition of caring for the sick. From its inception, Georgetown has been committed to the pursuit of knowledge in service of the community. The Georgetown medical experience is centered in cura personalis care for the psychological, spiritual, social as well as physical well being of the person. It lays the groundwork for the intellectual and ethical formation of physician healers committed to the clinically competent care of and the well being of their patients and dedicated to the health needs of the underserved in our society. This philosophy finds expression in research and in scholarship, in the dialogue of science and service, as well as in the dialogue of faith and technology.
School of Medicine Prospectus
An educational prospectus cannot do complete justice to the school it portrays. Only direct experience of the institution, its curriculum, and its faculty can provide an accurate measure of educational quality. Nonetheless, the editors of this Prospectus have tried to go beyond an abstract description of departments and courses and offer you a vivid portrait of undergraduate medical education at Georgetown, a portrait fashioned directly from the words of our students. We believe that the result is a faithful account of what it is like to learn to be a physician at Georgetown.
Georgetown MD degree program is a dynamic one, subject to continuous scrutiny and revision. Despite this vital, necessary process of ongoing change, the overriding aim of medical education at Georgetown remains constant: to offer future physicians a superior and supportive environment for learning the art and the science of medicine. At Georgetown, this is a process which has been educating clinicians and scientists for 150 years.
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With 135 schools of medicine, each unlike any other, the American system for medical education is among the largest and best in the world. Faced with a wide range of diverse options, the aspiring medical student and physician could well ask: What are the defining differences of Georgetown University School of Medicine? If I choose to attend, will I be able to achieve my personal and professional goals here?
Georgetown's location in the nation's capital an international crossroads, home of the renowned National Institutes of Health, and one of the world's most culturally exciting cities certainly makes it unique. More distinguishing, however, is Georgetown's philosophy. The School of Medicine is heir to the long and rich Catholic and Jesuit tradition of caring for the sick. From its inception Georgetown has been committed to the pursuit of knowledge in service of the community. The Georgetown medical experience is centered in cura personalis care for the psychological, spiritual, social as well as physical well being of the person. It lays the groundwork for the intellectual and ethical formation of physician-healers committed to the clinically competent care and well being of their patients and dedicated to the health needs of the underserved in our society. This philosophy finds expression in research and in scholarship, in science and service, as well as in the dialogue of faith and technology.
Georgetown's tradition of excellence in clinical education is perpetuated not only through the diversity of the patient populations that medical students encounter but also through their early exposure to clinical care. Georgetown's curriculum includes systems based/multidisciplinary instruction in the basic sciences, early introduction to clinical / ambulatory care, a wide range of electives, and time for independent study. Teaching methods such as lectures with labs, small group instruction, and self-directed learning challenge students to learn core biomedical science in the context of patient problems drawn from the bedside and the clinic.
The Service and Justice in Health Care curriculum provides an ethos of service and advocacy, stimulates a sense of community, and encourages a capacity for leadership among students that is directed towards the care of the most vulnerable, disenfranchised, and underserved in our society. These Jesuit core values of commitment to service and social justice shape the educational curriculum and prepare students to be change agents and architects of a more equitable, fair and empowering health care system and society. Service-based and advocacy experiences as diverse as volunteer opportunities with various organizations throughout the DC metro area, to the Health Rights course with students participating in research projects concerning advocacy, health policy, and social justice, to summer internships with local and national non-profit organizations are required in the first and second year.
The programs for biomedical research not only enrich the whole educational environment but also provide medical students with opportunities to investigate as well as to learn. By graduation students are required to complete an independent research project on a topic of interest to them. Guided by a mentor, they may select topics such as varied as medicine and law, medicine and business, medicine and ethics, or specific personal interests. They also have the opportunity to pursue professional degrees in science, business and ethics.
Georgetown's concern for the spiritual and ethical dimensions of medical practice contributes to its distinctiveness and finds expression in an integrated, longitudinal ethical and cultural competency course. This course combines exposure to the ethical dimensions of medical care as well as the religious and cultural traditions associated with it. In addition, the course not only addresses the major ethical dilemmas encountered in clinical practice but also aims to promote the reflective exercise of moral agency and the acquisition of moral reasoning skills.
Finally, the uniqueness of Georgetown's School of Medicine resides in the tangible sense of the philosophy played out in the basic science and the clinical experience creating a community of scholars and healers who are challenged to achieve their personal potential; dedicated to healing the individual patient; committed to serving the health care needs of the community; and to advocating for those who have no voice in our society. Challenge, choice and community are Georgetown's defining differences.
Georgetown University was founded in 1789 and is the oldest Catholic Jesuit institution of higher learning in the United States. It is located on the Potomac River in the northwest section of Washington, DC, and covers 106 acres.
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Founded in 1851, the original School of Medicine was located on the corner of 12th and F Streets NW and consisted of two lecture rooms, an anatomy laboratory, dispensary, and infirmary accommodating six patients. The school had a faculty of four. In 1868, the school moved to 10th and E Streets NW, and in 1886, to larger quarters on H Street. Forty-four years later, on May 3, 1930, the present Medical-Dental Building opened on Reservoir Road. Since that time, the entire Georgetown University Medical Center campus has grown around this building. Our central location on the Medical Center campus offers our medical students unique opportunities.
Georgetown University Hospital, the Concentrated Care Center, Pasquerilla Healthcare Center, and Lombardi Cancer Center provide access to an adequate patient population, while their proximity to the Research Building, the Basic Science Building, the Preclinical Science Building, and John Vinton Dahlgren Memorial Library yields an ideal coordination of research and clinical facilities. This physical and functional relationship among medical research and academic facilities creates an integrated, comprehensive educational environment unavailable at many other universities.
Georgetown University Hospital
Georgetown University Hospital is a 400-bed teaching facility with an average census slightly over 300 patients, offering clinical programs in all specialties and subspecialties and is composed of four buildings: the Main Hospital, Concentrated Care Center, Bles Building, and Gorman Building. The Main Hospital was built in 1947 and was the first building erected in what is now the Georgetown University Hospital complex. The Hospital, now more than 80 percent renovated, houses multiple patient units, hospital administration offices, and hospital support services.
In July 2000, Georgetown University entered into a partnership with Medstar Health, a not-for-profit organization of two other Washington hospitals and five Baltimore hospitals- including another Catholic hospital. This partnership greatly improves the clinical efficiency and increases the diversity of clinical experiences available to students. The new Georgetown/Medstar partnership remains committed to the Catholic Jesuit ideals of care for the whole patient and service to those less fortunate. As the School of Medicine enters its 150th Anniversary year, the hospital has just completed its centennial celebration
Concentrated Care Center
The Concentrated Care Center (CCC) opened in 1976, and offers facilities for the most advanced medical care for the acutely ill. Designed for efficiency in use of personnel and equipment and delivery of highly specialized, technologically intensive care, the center houses patient beds, extensive patient monitoring systems, inpatient and outpatient surgical suites, the Department of Radiology, and an extensive Emergency Medicine Department.
The Marcus J. Bles Building houses the Departments of Neurology and Radiation Medicine and more than 110 inpatient beds.
The Gorman Building contains the Gorman Auditorium, which seats 250. Each seat is equipped with a jack and stethaphone for examination of the patient during clinical conferences. Each student and faculty member can use the "palpator," a device invented at Georgetown for transmitting to a large audience the impulses felt by the hand on the chest wall or palpable blood vessels of the patient being examined on the stage. The Gorman Building also houses the outpatient laboratory and radiology services.
Pasquerilla Healthcare Center
The 145,900-square-foot Pasquerilla Healthcare Center houses the activities of the Departments of Medicine, Neurosurgery, Surgery and surgical subspecialties, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Ophthalmology, provides a single focus for ambulatory care practice, and allows for the efficiency associated with a single-site operation.
Georgetown Medical Center at Ballston
Georgetown University Medical Center at Ballston is a multispecialty group practice located in a 44,000- square-foot, four-story building in the close-in suburb of Arlington, Virginia. The facility provides primary care and specialty care including the Lombardi Cancer Center. In addition to health provider services, the facility offers radiology and laboratory services, and facilities for resident training.
Lombardi Cancer Center at Shady Grove
The Lombardi Cancer Center at Shady Grove is full-service cancer treatment center of approximately 15,000 square feet of space. The center offers examination, radiation therapy, inpatient infusion services to patients living in the Maryland suburbs as well as home infusion services.
Built 60 years ago, the Medical-Dental Building is the architectural landmark for the School of Medicine. It is a four-story structure of 123,000 square feet and houses the administration of the School of Medicine. Offices and laboratories of the Departments of Pharmacology and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology are located here along with the Saint Ignatius Loyola Chapel and the Student-Faculty Lounge on the first floor of the building available for various student functions.
Building D is a three-story building of approximately 66,000 square feet containing research laboratories and offices, as well as classrooms for the School of Medicine. The building also houses the administrative offices for the Executive Vice President for Health Sciences. The basement of Building D is an approximately 25,000 square-foot expansion of the Research Resources Facility, which has enhanced that department's ability to support the Medical Center's research efforts.
Preclinical Science Building
All basic science teaching is conducted in the Preclinical Science Building, which opened in 1971. A two-story structure occupying 160,670 square feet, it contains four large lecture rooms that interconnect with the main audiovisual studio. These four rooms have a combined seating capacity of 1,258 and all are equipped with standard audiovisual facilities, although two have the additional advantage of color television monitors for closed circuit viewing. There are 10 multidisciplinary laboratories used for basic science and preclinical subjects and five interlabs or seminar rooms used for smaller group discussion.
The gross anatomy teaching laboratories and an interdepartmental electron microscope facility are located in the Preclinical Science Building. Additional research laboratories have been constructed to house expanding research activities in virology, microbiology, and in the clinical areas of neurology, medicine, pediatrics, and radiation medicine. The Medical School Bookstore is also located here.
Basic Science Building
The Basic Science Building is a three-story, 51,800-square-foot structure housing the offices and research laboratories of the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pathology.
Lombardi Cancer Center
Completed in 1982, the Lombardi Cancer Center is a four-story patient care facility for medical, surgical, pediatric, radiologic, and gynecologic oncology. There are 16 examining rooms, four consultation rooms, and special rooms for chemotherapy administration and minor surgical procedures. The center is designed to meet the medical needs of cancer patients and their families in a pleasant, comforting atmosphere, and to enhance multidisciplinary cancer research and treatment activities. The Lombardi Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Washington metropolitan area.
The Perinatal Center is located on the second, third, and fourth floors of the new West Wing Addition, a 46,500-square-foot addition to the Hospital. The center includes 20 postpartum beds, term nurseries, patient education rooms, a 21-bed antepartum unit, four labor rooms, five labor-delivery-recovery rooms, and three delivery rooms. A special care nursery, immediately adjacent to the delivery suite, features 22 intensive, 12 intermediate, and 10 convalescent beds.
Research Resources Facility
The Research Resources Facility (RRF) serves University and Medical Center faculty and staff employing animal models to study the causes, mechanisms, and therapy of human diseases. It is a single-story structure containing 25,800 square feet of animal holding and related support space on a common level. The RRF is committed to the humane care of laboratory animals. Georgetown University and the RRF embrace the standards set forth by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (DHHSNIH 85 23, Rev.), and the ethical principles and practices of the veterinary profession. The RRF is fully accredited by the AAALAC. An Institutional Committee on Animal Care and Use serves the University in an advisory capacity to ensure that research animals are being used in accordance with accepted practices.
The Research Building
The Research Building, which opened for occupancy in December 1994, contains 196,000 square feet on six floors and represents Georgetown's commitment to modern research facilities to support the expanded research activities of the Medical Center. This new building is devoted entirely to basic research and houses more than 400 researchers with primary interests in oncology, radiation medicine, and the neurosciences. The modern laboratory support facilities offer state-of-the-art instrumentation to the research faculty. The building also contains a 200-seat auditorium equipped with the latest in audiovisual equipment.
Clinical facilities for student teaching include a complex of affiliated institutions totaling approximately 3,000 beds. Total outpatient visits in these institutions number well over 1,500 a day. Affiliated hospitals afford excellent clinical teaching facilities and are staffed by Georgetown faculty and house staff. All affiliated hospitals are in the Washington metropolitan area and provide students with opportunities to experience a diverse patient population. Affiliated hospitals include Arlington Hospital, D.C. General Hospital, Fairfax Hospital, National Naval Medical Center, Sibley Hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Special programs of instruction, including selected clerkships and electives, are conducted at Providence Hospital and other area hospitals and ambulatory care sites.
The Medstar partnership includes the Washington Hospital Center- home of the premier Shock-Trauma center, the only Burn unit in the region, and the National Rehabilitational Hospital in our Washington region- and five hospitals in Baltimore.
John Vinton Dahlgren Memorial Library
Dahlgren Library is an attractive, contemporary facility with open book stacks, lounge seating, tables, study carrels, group study rooms, and a reserve reading room. The library building occupies more than 31,000 square feet on four levels with approximately 625 seats, and has a staff of 25 employees, including librarians, programmers, library technical staff, and student assistants. The library is open from 8 a.m. to midnight, Monday to Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday; hours differ during weekends, holidays, and the summer.
The Library provides access to several medical databases including MEDLINE, EMBASE Alerts, and the Micromedex drug information system. The library's print collection includes more than 176,442 volumes (including 43,372 books and 118,188 bound journal volumes) and current subscriptions to 1,831 journals. Librarians provide comprehensive reference and research services, and offer instruction in and assistance with searching medical databases and the Internet.
The library also provides students access to the Internet. E-mail and Unix accounts with access to telnet, ftp, and other Internet protocols are available, and workstations with Internet access, E-mail software, and web browsers are maintained in the library.
The Biomedical Academic Computing Center (BACC), a modern 5,000 square foot facility within the library, has two librarians and a coordinator to support computer instruction. The BACC offers a variety of audiovisual, computer, and educational services and is open the same hours as the library. The use of its equipment and resources is available to all medical students with valid library cards.
The BACC houses more than 100 fully networked microcomputers (IBM-compatible and Macintosh) with access to the Internet. To supplement these computers, there are laser and dot matrix printers, color and black & white scanners, CD-ROM players and recorders, color printers, film recorders, and digital cameras. The facility includes two teaching classrooms, plus an open area with computers for individual and small group use. The software collection maintained numbers more than 650 programs such as computer-assisted instruction, information management software, and many utility programs.
The audiovisual section consists of 35 carrels equipped with self-instructional materials such as videotapes, audiotapes, slides, and interactive videodisc programs. The audiovisual collection includes more than 3,000 items.
Librarians teach courses on medical databases and the Internet and in support of the curriculum on a regular basis. There are special software courses for medical students including medical data and reasoning, nutrition software, and biostatistics. Class dates and times are listed on the monthly course calendar available in the library and on the library's home page.
Yates Field House
The Yates Field House is one of the most sophisticated and contemporary sports complexes in the country. It is a four-level, 142,300 square foot structure with facilities for squash, basketball, tennis, racquetball, badminton, handball, swimming, volleyball, weight lifting, and track. Its location behind the John Vinton Dahlgren Memorial Library is especially convenient for medical students.
Yates Field House has a 25-meter, 8-lane indoor pool with separate diving pool and 12 multipurpose indoor courts with surfaces for tennis, basketball, badminton, and volleyball. There is a 200-meter indoor track and a 400-meter outdoor track, four squash courts, and four racquetball and handball courts. Professional instruction in these sports is available at all skill levels.
Membership cost for Yates is included in medical school tuition.
The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Center serves as a hub of activity for social and academic campus life. The building has four distinct components: eating facilities, the Student Activities Building, including the MBNA Career Center, the Conference Center, and the Guest House.
The eating facilities consist of a 450-seat cafeteria, a student pub, the Georgetown Cafe, the Faculty Club, Hoya's Restaurant, and fast-food shops. The Conference Center, 28,000 square feet of functional and flexible space, houses the Grand Ballroom and six conference rooms especially designed for small to medium-sized groups. Rooms have teleconferencing capabilities and built-in sound systems. The Guest House has four floors of luxurious accommodations housing 146 guest rooms and suites.
Georgetown University SOM Match Day video
A short one minute clip from Match Day 2009 at Georgetown, as Elizabeth McIntosh gets her match.
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