Programs & Services


The GW Office of International Medicine Programs (IMP) is a leader in international medical education and research training. We offer programs for both GW and international students and scholars on campus in Washington, D.C. and across the globe. Knowing that international experience plays an increasing role in the personal and professional development of future medical leaders, IMP is one of the oldest institutions to offer clinical electives, residencies, observerships, and fellowships that cover undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. GW medical scholars return from time abroad, whether in rural clinics or urban hospital settings, with a deeper understanding of complex global health issues and hands-on experience in their fields. International medical scholars gain similar expertise and invaluable motivation to make a meaningful and lasting contribution to the medical and healthcare needs of their home country.

Explore each program on the list below for more information on the curriculum, eligibility requirements, and admissions process.


Global Health Scholarly Concentration

  • The Global Health Scholarly Concentration is designed to increase GW medical students' awareness about international health systems, global diseases, and assessment techniques for the specific health needs of countries at various stages of development.

International Clinical Electives Program

  • International clinical rotations and medical or surgical missions are designed to provide GW medical students with an opportunity to enrich and diversify their medical education in a different culture.


MD Program for International Students

  • The goals of this four-year program are to provide international students with a superb medical education and prepare them to return to their home countries to practice medicine while advancing the SMHS mission to improve the health and well-being of local, national, and global communities.

International Clinical Electives Program

  • International clinical rotations are designed to provide international students with an opportunity to enrich their medical education by experiencing the US healthcare system.

Medical Research Fellowship Program

  • The Medical Research Fellowship Program provides opportunities for international medical graduates (IMGs) to enhance their research and clinical skills and prepares them to apply for U.S. graduate medical education.

International Sponsored Residency Program

  • The goal of this program is to provide international medical graduates with a strong clinical experience as well as a basic overview of the American medical system as it is carried out at SMHS.

International Sponsored Fellowship Program

  • This program is designed to allow international physicians to increase their knowledge and skills of a particular subspecialty beyond that of a residency training program.