Prospective Undergraduates Frequently Asked Questions
I have an interest in specializing in a particular type of medicine (for example, psychiatry, pediatrics, surgery, etc). Should this affect my choice of major?
Aspiring physicians do not typically choose their specialty until medical school because that is their first opportunity to rotate among all specialties. So your choice of major at the undergraduate/college level really doesn’t matter too much.
Your major choice should be driven by what courses you’d prefer to take in college, not necessarily by what you hope to specialize in, which is a choice you’ll make (or confirm) much later in your educational journey.
The only place in which AP credit can be used is for half of the pre-med Math requirement. All Biology, Chemistry (including Organic Chemistry) and Physics coursework must be done at Georgetown. At least one Math course must be done at Georgetown.
Early Assurance Program (EAP) FAQ
Applicants to Georgetown University frequently ask questions about the Early Assurance Program (EAP) with the Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM). Please see some common questions and answers below.
You do NOT need to be a science major to qualify for the program. All Georgetown majors except students in the NHS may apply to the program. NHS has its own application process for Early Assurance. NHS students should contact their program advisors directly for information.
Typically, the applicant pool for EAP is small — over the past 5 years, the number of applicants has ranged from 10-22 and the number of acceptances has been 5-8. The Georgetown School of Medicine has not set a minimum or maximum number of acceptances.
Students are sometimes surprised that these numbers are small, but there are some perfectly understandable and valid reasons why this might be the case. The GPA minimums (3.6 overall and in math/science coursework specifically) are a naturally limiting criteria. Some students prefer not to take on the pre-med coursework at the rapid pace that EAP requires (doubling up in Math and Science in one’s first and sophomore year) in the interest of making sure they can perform at their best. Other students who do meet the eligibility criteria often prefer to keep their medical school options open, especially in cases where they have in-state options for medical school that are significantly less expensive. Sophomores who are interested in EAP are strongly advised to discuss their unique situation and candidacy with our pre-health advisors to determine if EAP is the right fit.