Office of Student Affairs Overview

Welcome to Student Affairs at GW SMHS!  The GW SMHS Office of Student Affairs combines expertise in professional development, career advising, medical education, student learning support, and clinical medicine to guide students on their journeys toward careers in medicine. Our mission is to deliver personalized guidance and support to each SMHS student, and to help each SMHS student with their educational and career goals.



  • Orient to Medical School
  • Start Exploring Careers
  • Summer Experience Planning
  • Continue Exploring Careers
  • Study for Step 1
  • Consider Professional Development Opportunities
  • Immersion in Core Clinical Rotations & Career Exploration
  • Consider Clinical Audition Rotations
  • Residency Application & Interviews
  • Residency Match
  • Explore Sub-Specialty Rotations
med school progression from MS1 to MS4


  • Careers in Medicine (CiM) Resources
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions
  • Student Interest Groups
  • Specialty Nights
  • Shadowing 
  • Scholarly Concentration Engagement
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions
  • Student Interest Group
  • Specialty Nights
  • 4th Year Planning Meeting
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions
  • Specialty Nights
  • Residency Strategy & Dean's Meeting
  • Roadmap to Residency Sessions



Career Advising and Professional Development Tools
  • Meet the Student Affairs Deans: An overview of the Office of Student Affairs, and the comprehensive academic, personal and professional support they provide. 
  • Office of Student Professional Enrichment: To enrich students’ experiences beyond the classroom, OSPE offers professional development, advising, scholarship programs, and resources, including but not limited to eight Scholarly Concentrations. 
  • Early Exploration of Careers Toolkit: A collection of resources to help guide career exploration in the pre-clinical years. 
  • Residency Application Toolkit: This toolkit, geared toward the SMHS clinical years, provides a comprehensive overview of the resources needed when preparing for and applying to residency.
Academic Support
  • Office of Student Support (OSS): The OSS supports a number of SMHS student-centered initiatives, including but not limited to: academic and mental health resources as well as student life and SMHS community building. OSS offers peer tutoring, group study, one on one learning strategies, test taking skills, writing/cv tutor, time management skills, wellness, stress, balance workshops, mental health resources such as Talkspace and Colonial Health Center.
  • Colonial Health Center: Open and available to assist students who are seeking medical, psychiatric, counseling and psychological services. 
  • Mental Health Resources: OSS is committed to providing resources for SMHS students to maintain a healthy lifestyle specifically in regard to mental health such as workshops, conversations and Talkspace.
  • The GW Resiliency and Well-Being Center: The R&W Center supports individual, departmental, and institutional level purpose, which is the foundation of whole person health.  To support the meaningful contributions of all employees and trainees at GW, the R&W Center provides whole person care and education at all levels.
  • GW Lerner Health & Wellness Center: Temporarily closed from May 16 until mid-fall 2022 in order to perform extensive HVAC work throughout the building. See “Active & Fit” program.
  • GW Healthy Living at Himmelfarb: Focused on nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction this initiative sponsors events each semester in support of healthy living.
Financial Aid/Support
  • Office of Financial Aid: We recognize that medical school can put a financial burden on our students.  This office offers financial resources and guidance to support your medical training. 
  • Office of Student Professional Enrichment Scholarships: Find information about the robust Health Sciences, Lazarus Family and other important SMHS scholarships on this OSPE website.
  • W.T. Gill Summer Fellowship: First year medical students at GW are invited to apply for this fellowship for select research internships at GW, Children’s National Health Systems and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • The Office of Diversity & Inclusion: Working from the paradigm that academic excellence and diversity are inextricably linked, this essential resource is focused on promoting a positive institutional culture and climate at SMHS.
  • GW Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC): Working within the Office of the Provost, the MSSC’s vision and mission reflect their dedication to building a welcoming, enriching and inclusive environment at GW. 
  • Disability Support Services; This office works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff across the campus to foster a climate of universal academic excellence while promoting disability culture and GW’s broader diversity and inclusion initiatives.