Curriculum

We are invested in the training, mentoring and resources for our students so that you can differentiate yourself from medical school and health professionals school applicants.

10.5 Months

GUMC Location: 31 Credits
GTDT Location: 32 Credits

GUMC: Community Service Opportunities
GTDT: Clinical & Community Opportunities

What You’ll Learn

The Special Master’s Program (SMP) is at the forefront of preparing students for careers in medicine, and these new changes will continue to ensure the finest medical and graduate education and support towards your career and academic goals.

  • The integrated medical curriculum includes biochemistry, physiology, microanatomy (histology), and embryology.
  • The curriculum also includes gross anatomy (with innovative non-dissection lab and prosected cadavers) in the Medical Cardiopulmonary Biology, Medical Respiratory & Renal Biology, Medical Gastrointestinal Biology, and Medical Endocrine & Reproduction Biology SMP courses. SMP students have a comparable performance on anatomy practicals as the medical students.
  • In addition to the medical curriculum, SMP students take graduate Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (APP) courses in the fall and spring, which complement and extend the medical coursework.
  • The new SMP curriculum has more pathology and pharmacology.
  • All medical courses have integrative case-based workshops and small group sessions to reinforce concepts. The information base builds over the year.
  • There are weekly quizzes and exams come after about 7-10 weeks of material. You will learn from the start how to make the most of your studying and how to reinforce the material. Our study skills workshops and TA review sessions help get everyone on track, and we’re always here to help through rough spots.

How does the SMP Curriculum Compare to the Medical School Curriculum?

The SMP curriculum mirrors the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) new medical curriculum. SMP students attend the same basic science courses as GUSOM students as well as the same exams and grading structure. The graduate courses are in an active-learning format and complement the medical courses.

The SMP 10-month curriculum has medical courses year round. Students complete 3 medical courses by mid-October and 5 medical courses by the end of the fall semester so students can update their medical school applications.

The grading structure mimics GUSOM in order to illustrate SMP students’ competency in medical school courses. SMP student’s grades are based on the medical school grading curve. At Georgetown, medical students are now graded on a Pass/Fail grading curve. SMP students are graded based on the mean and standard deviation of medical students taking the exams.

Grade on Graduate Transcript Interpretation
A  equivalent to top 10 to 15% of medical class performance
A- or B+ equivalent to next 15 to 20% of the medical class
B  equivalent to majority of first year medical class performance
B- or C  equivalent to passing but less than satisfactory performance against the medical class, with B- equivalent to low pass
F equivalent to unsatisfactory performance (No credit given for grad course)

Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

List of core & elective courses for the degree program can be found here.

GUMC Degree Requirements and Course Descriptions

Course Block Schedule

Examples of student course schedules for GUMC and GTDT are available.

Course Block Schedule

GUMC vs GTDT

What are the differences between GUMC campus and GTDT campus?

Differences

Application Process

Apply now or learn more about the required application documents, application deadlines, tuition, available financial assistance, and answers to admissions FAQs.


Is SMP right for you?

Tailored to college graduates who wish to strengthen their academic record to medical school.