Congratulations on your acceptance to the Georgetown Special Master’s Program!
We look forward to meeting and working with you in the coming academic year. Please review this page to get started, and feel free to email Assistant Director Amy Richards at email@example.com for more information.
SMP Orientation Dates
Next Steps for Accepted Students
Join the SMP Google Group at firstname.lastname@example.org. Through the group, you’ll receive announcements from faculty and staff throughout the year.
Please have these messages delivered to the email address you check daily and turn on the “all emails” option for the delivery of postings.
We also encourage you to follow our SMP Facebook page, which will help you keep up with SMP activities and connect with your fellow physios.
After the April 15 deposit deadline, we will ask you to select a campus: Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) or Georgetown Downtown (GTDT). We will honor your request if seats are available at that location.
If you are accepted after April 15, you can request a campus using the link posted to the smp2024 Google Group titled “Select a SMP campus.” You must pay your deposit prior to requesting a campus. If you request GTDT, we will let you know if the campus is full or not. If you select GUMC, you will definitely get that campus.
View the BGE New Student Checklist for more information on health insurance, immunization and getting your GOCard (student ID).
Assistant Director Amy Richards will register you for classes prior to orientation.
If you’ve had testing accommodations in the recent past, contact Amy Richards immediately at email@example.com, so she can get your information in the process. This needs to be done at least three weeks before orientation, unless you’re accepted late.
If you are accepted and intend to attend the SMP, we strongly encourage you to apply to medical school for August 2024 matriculation before SMP orientation. You should have your AMCAS application in since you are actively working to improve your application by attending the SMP. The program faculty and staff will be working with you throughout the application cycle. Please see our AMCAS/AACOMAS Applications page for additional information.
Please contact us prior to orientation if you need an exception. Reasons should not include your undergraduate academic record. We do not make many exceptions: You would not be accepted to the SMP if we didn’t think you had great potential!
Biomedical Graduate Student Checklist
As an SMP student, you’re also a member of Georgetown University Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE), which offers many resources to support you in your studies, career preparation and beyond. We encourage you to use the BGE New Student Checklist to familiarize yourself with the opportunities available to you.
Advice from SMP Alumni
Many people have gone through the Special Master’s Program and have gone on to medical school. During their time in the program, they gained valuable knowledge that helped them reach their goal of entering medical school. In this section, former Physiology students will pass on their knowledge so that you can benefit.
- There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long.
- Be ready to study, study, study! This course is intense, but it is also very manageable if you put in the time and pay your dues.
- Study with people. Many people are used to studying alone, which may suit them just fine. However, many physios are amazed at how much more they learn when they study together and combine all of their knowledge.
- Be balanced. Everyone is here to work hard, get good grades, and do the best they can. Remember, though, that there is a life outside of the library. Staying physically fit will help you stay mentally fit because a trip to the gym or the outside will help you balance your studies and relieve your stress.
- You are NOT competing against your classmates. Though this may seem like a foreign concept to many people, you can all do well and get A’s. The grading scale for the Special Masters students in the medical school courses is based on the medical student’s mean. In previous years, Special Masters students who scored in the “honors” range of the medical school class (the top 10%) received A’s. Those that scored in the “high pass” range (the next 10% down) received an A-. The grades thereafter coincided with the breakdown of the various levels of the “pass” section of the medical school class. Therefore, in essence, you are competing with the medical students for grades!! NOTE: These cutoffs are an approximation of previous years’ scale and should not be taken for fact.
- Remind yourself of your goal every day. By staying focused on your goal you will stay productive throughout the year.
- Be social. Many ex-physios are amazed that they saw a person at orientation and didn’t see them again until tests or the end of the year. Everyone here is in the same boat and some great friendships are formed this year. Go out and enjoy yourselves when you aren’t studying!
- Expect this to be a two-year process. Though many physios get into other medical schools directly after the program, don’t be put off if you don’t get an acceptance for the next year. Reapply for the next year as the schools will then have all of your grades from the Masters Program and an M.S. degree on your application.
Review your course schedule for the GUMC or GTDT campus.
Get advice on applying to med school as an SMP student, including (re)taking the MCAT.
RSVP for Parent Orientation, and learn more about our program.