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Improving Health Care by Preparing Strong New Leaders

The George Washington University (GW) opened the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) in 1825, four years after the university’s founding, making it the 11th oldest medical school in the U.S. GW established its first medical department in 1840 which would grow to become the first general hospital in the nation’s capital. With the expansion of its infirmary in 1859, SMHS became one of the first schools in the nation to teach clinical medicine.

In 1928, GW’s Department of Medicine split into the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the University Hospital. This grew to become the GW Hospital in 1948. By implementing external clinical rotations in 1960, GW became one of the first universities to offer students access to the best career preparatory experience. GW introduced its Health Sciences programs in 1972. SMHS continues its legacy of preparing leaders on the cutting edge of health care. GW launched the online programs for:

Working closely with experts from influential regional and global agencies, GW’s SMHS is committed to improving the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities by:

  • Teaching with creativity and dedication
  • Healing with quality and compassion
  • Discovering with imagination and innovation

Vision

GW’s SMHS will improve the health and well-being of our local, national and global communities by:

  • Developing tomorrow's leaders
  • Delivering high-quality health care
  • Advancing scientific discovery and translating discoveries into action
  • Harnessing new technology
  • Establishing community partnerships
  • Fostering multidisciplinary collaboration

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