SMHS MD Online Catalog

Courses: Clinical Course Catalog

This catalog contains course offerings for the Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine and Transitions to Advanced Clinical Practice phases of the GW SMHS curriculum (i.e. the 3rd and 4th year). Courses are searchable by department, course number, prerequisites, or duration. To see details of any course, including course director, contact information, and a brief description, click "Details." The GW SMHS coursework requirements for graduation are found with the other policies at the GW SMHS policies site. To add or drop a course after registration, please use the Add/Drop Request Form.

Note: For elective courses available at the GW Regional Medical Campus at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore, please review the listing of RMC electives courses.

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Anatomy
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(ANAT 291) Special Projects in Anatomy (focus on neuroanatomy) 2 No longer available All core clerkships Details
ANAT 501 Anatomy Review for Residency 2 All year Career path identified - see details Details
Anesthesiology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
ANES 302 Introduction to Anesthesia 2 All year except weeks 2-5 None Details
ANES 380 Anesthesia Sub Internship 4 Reservation required weeks 49-13 All core clerkships Details
ANES 384 Intensive Care Unit Acting Internship 4 All year All core clerkships Details
ANES 387 Pain Medicine 2, 4 All year Reservation required Details
ANES 388 Interventional Pain Medicine 2, 4 All year Reservation required (3 months advanced notice) Details
ANES 390-393 Extramural Anesthesiology Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
Dermatology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 411) Pediatric Dermatology 2, 4 All year PED 303 Details
DERM 380 Dermatology Clinic 2, 4 (VSLO students must take 4 wk option) All year except week 44 MED 305; reservation required Details
DERM 390-393 Extramural Dermatology Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
Emergency Medicine
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
EMED 302 Emergency Medicine 4 All year except weeks 36-39 All core clerkships Details
EMED 390-393 Extramural Emergency Medicine Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
EMED 504 Emergency Medicine Research 2, 4 All year; 3 month minimum advance notice required for registration None Details
EMED 516 Wilderness Medicine 2 Weeks 44-45 None Details
EMED 517 Point-of-care Ultrasound 2 All year except weeks 2-5, 22-23, 26-27, 36-39 MED 305, SURG 303 Details
Family Medicine (extramural)
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
IDIS 390 Extramural Family Medicine Acting Internship 4 All year All core clerkships Details
IDIS 391-393 Extramural Family Medicine Rotation 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
Interdisciplinary Medicine
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(IDIS 320) see MED 320 Topics in Clinical Public Health: COVID-19 in the US 2 Through the end of the 2023-24 academic year None Details
(IDIS 365) Environmental Health Elective 2, 4 No longer offered as of 2024 None Details
IDIS 208 Evidence-based Clinical Relevance of Biochem and Molecular Bio 2, 4 Weeks 28-45; contact course director None Details
IDIS 209 The Molecular and Biochemical Basis of Aging 2 Weeks 32-33 & 40-41 in Spring 2022 None Details
IDIS 240-241 Transition to Residency 4 Weeks 36-39 (required) Required 4th year course Details
IDIS 303 Introduction to Systematic Reviews 2 Weeks 8-9 (NEW) None Details
IDIS 304 Humanities for Third Years 2 Weeks 51-52, 16-17; AY 2023-24 weeks 24-25 AY 2024-25 None Details
IDIS 305 Hospital Administration 2 With course director's permission None Details
IDIS 306 Using Media to Share Health Information: An Introduction 2 Weeks 40-41 None Details
IDIS 307 Culinary Medicine 2 Weeks 32-33 & 40-41 (2023-2024); Weeks 16-17 & 32-33 (2024-2025) None Details
IDIS 308 Background Principles of Integrative Medicine 2 All year None Details
IDIS 349 International Medical and Surgical Missions 2, 4 All year except weeks 36-39 All core clerkships; ANES 302 or 380 Details
IDIS 350 International Medical Experience in Third World Service 4-12 All year All core clerkships Details
IDIS 351 Teaching and Learning Knowledge and Skills (TALKS): The Clinician as a Medical Educator -- teaching students to be educators Year long All year All core clerkships Details
IDIS 352 International Medical Systems 2-8 All year except weeks 36-39 All core clerkships Details
IDIS 353 Integrative Medicine and Health 2 All year except August, December IDIS308 Details
IDIS 354 Community Health Care Year long All year; reservation required All core clerkships Details
IDIS 360 Health Policy Track Elective 4 Request course director approval prior to registration All core clerkships; Health Policy track Details
IDIS 361 Disaster Medicine 2, 4 All year Disaster Medicine Scholarly Concentration (SC) MS4 students only; others with SC coordinator permission Details
IDIS 363 Research Track Elective 4 All year Research track Details
IDIS 364 Child Health Advocacy 2, 4 All year; 3 month minimum advance notice required for registration None Details
IDIS 366 Clinical Practice Innovation & Entrepreneurship 4 All year See below Details
IDIS 367 Experiential Learning in Community Health 4 All year (up to 20 students total) All core clerkships Details
IDIS 369 Non-Track Research 2, 4 All year None Details
IDIS 370 International Translational Research 4-8 All year except weeks 36-39 All core clerkships Details
IDIS 401 Exploring Implicit Bias in Medicine 2 Weeks 14-35 All core clerkships Details
IDIS 407 Advanced Culinary Medicine Elective 4 Weeks 10-52 (AY 2023-2024); weeks 10-21 & 28-43 (AY 2024-2025) None Details
IDIS 522 Narratives in and of Medicine 2 Week 36 or 38 (see notes below) All core clerkships Details
IDIS 999 Independent Study Details
Medicine
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(MED 403) see MED 430 (Cancer and Primary Care) See MED 430 See MED 430 None Details
(MED 521) Clinical Ethics 2 Weeks 34-35 during daytime/ Not Offered AY 2024-2025 None Details
MED 102 Introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety 2 All year None Details
MED 104 Medical Spanish 2 All year None Details
MED 301 3rd Year Ambulatory Primary Care Clerkship 4 weeks Per cohort None Details
MED 302 3rd Year Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship Half year (longitudinal) During the clerkship year None Details
MED 305 3rd Year Internal Medicine Clerkship 8 Per cohort None Details
MED 320 (formerly IDIS 320) Topics in Clinical Public Health: COVID-19 in the US 2 Through the end of the 2023-24 academic year None Details
MED 332 Acting Internship in Medicine - GWUH 4 All year; 3 month minimum advance notice required for registration All core clerkships Details
MED 334 Acting Internship in Medicine - VAMC 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration All core clerkships Details
MED 340 Electrocardiography 2 Weeks 40-41 & 44-45 None Details
MED 341 Primary Care and Health Services Research 4 All year (needs approval) Course director approval Details
MED 342 Palliative Medicine/Geriatric Medicine 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration None Details
MED 343 Advanced Clinical Experience in Primary Care 2, 4 All year (needs approval) MED 301; course director approval Details
MED 346 Introduction to Correctional Medicine 4 All year; 2 month minimum advance notice for registration All core clerkships; also see below Details
MED 348 Communication and Symptom Management in Death, Dying & Serious Illness 2 Weeks 10-11 Core clerkships; see notes below Details
MED 350 Infectious Disease - VAMC 2, 4 All year except weeks 36-39; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration MED 305 Details
MED 351 Infectious Diseases 2, 4 All year All core clerkships Details
MED 352 Clinical Cardiology 4 All year All core clerkships Details
MED 353 Case-Based Elective in Criminal Justice Health 2 Contact course director at least one month in advance All core clerkships Details
MED 360 Clinical Cardiology - VAMC 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration None Details
MED 363 Medical Intensive Care Unit/Coronary Care Unit - VAMC 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration All core clerkships Details
MED 372 Endocrinology and Diabetes 2, 4 All year MED 301 and/or MED 305 Details
MED 373 Endocrinology and Metabolism - VAMC 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration MED 301 or MED 305 Details
MED 374 Podiatry, Diabetes and Wound Healing 2 All year None Details
MED 390-393 Extramural Internal Medicine Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
MED 412 Clinical and Research Gastroenterology/Hepatology Elective - GW 4 All year All core clerkships Details
MED 413 Clinical Gastroenterology/Hepatology - GW 4 All year MED 305 Details
MED 414 Gastroenterology/Hepatology - VAMC 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration 2 core clerkships Details
MED 430 Hematology and Oncology - VAMC 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration None Details
MED 431 Clinical Hematology and Oncology - GW 2, 4 All year None Details
MED 447 Pulmonary Medicine - GW 2, 4 All year None Details
MED 451 Rheumatology 2, 4 All year None Details
MED 459 Clinical Nephrology 2, 4 All year MED 305 Details
MED 461 Clinical Renal Disease 2, 4 All year MED 305 Details
MED 520 Supportive and Palliative Care and Spirituality 2 Weeks 24-25 None Details
Neurology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
NEUR 380 Clinical Neuroscience Clerkship 4 All year None Details
NEUR 381 Special Topics in Neurology 2, 4 All year (needs approval) None Details
NEUR 390-393 Extramural Neurology Elective 2-6 Variable All core clerkships Details
NEUR 397 Introduction to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2, 4 All year MED 305 (new pre-requisite as of fall 2023) Details
Neurosurgery
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
NSUR 380 Clinical Neurosurgery 4 All year; reservation required All core clerkships Details
NSUR 390-393 Extramural Neurosurgery Elective 4 All year All core clerkships Details
Obstetrics/Gynecology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
OB&G 303 3rd Year Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 6 Per cohort None Details
OB&G 375 Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery 4 All year OB&G 303 Details
OB&G 378 Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility 4 All year (Request course director approval prior to registration) All core clerkships Details
OB&G 381 Perinatal (Maternal-Fetal) Medicine 4 All year OB&G 303 Details
OB&G 385 Gynecologic Oncology 4 All year OB&G 303 Details
OB&G 386 Minimally Invasive Gynecology Surgery 4 All year except weeks 49-52, 18-21 OB&G 303 Details
OB&G 390-393 Extramural Obstetrics & Gynecology Elective 4 All year All core clerkships Details
Ophthalmology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 413) Introduction to Pediatric Ophthalmology 2 All year OPHT 381 (may be waived at discretion of course director) Details
OPHT 381 Clinical Ophthalmology 2, 4 See notes See notes Details
OPHT 390-393 Extramural Ophthalmology Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships, OPHT 381 Details
Orthopaedics
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
ORTH 302 Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Elective for 3rd Year Medical Students 2, 4 Nov 1 through April 30 None; see notes Details
ORTH 303 Ambulatory Orthopaedics 4 November-June All core clerkships Details
ORTH 380 Orthopaedic Sub-Internship 4 All year; reservation required for weeks 45-18 All core clerkships Details
ORTH 385 Sports Medicine 2 Nov 1 through April 30 None; see notes Details
ORTH 390-393 Extramural Orthopaedic Sub-Internship 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 410 Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery 2, 4 All year None Details
Pathology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 400) Pediatric Laboratory Medicine 2, 4 All year None Details
PATH 296 Surgical Pathology 2, 4 All year None Details
PATH 298 Autopsy Pathology 4 All year None Details
PATH 321 Clinical Pathology / Laboratory Medicine 2, 4 All year except weeks 36-39 None Details
PATH 390-393 Extramural Pathology Elective 4 All year All core clerkships Details
Pediatrics
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 361) (Clinical Pediatrics Acting Internship - General Pediatrics - Orange Team) 4 Not available; see other peds AIs instead All core clerkships Details
PED 303 3rd Year Pediatrics Clerkship 8 Per cohort None Details
PED 350 Delivery of High Value Medical Care 2 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 362 Clinical Pediatrics Acting Internship - General Pediatrics - Red Team 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 364 Clinical Pediatrics Acting Internship - General Pediatrics - Purple Team 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 366 Clinical Pediatrics Acting Internship - General Pediatrics - PHAST Team 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 367 Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 2, 4 Contact course director at least one month in advance None Details
PED 368 Pediatric HIV Infection 2, 4 All year PED 303 and MED 305 Details
PED 369 Infectious Disease Consult 2, 4 All year except weeks 36-39 and 16-17 PED 303 and MED 305 Details
PED 370 Pediatric Diabetes Care 2, 4 Contact course director for availability None Details
PED 371 Building Health Equity 2 Weeks 12-13 All core clerkships Details
PED 372 Child Abuse Pediatrics 4 All year PED 303 Details
PED 373 Pediatric Urology 2, 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 375 Pediatric Surgery 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 377 Pediatric Rheumatology 2, 4 All year except July, August, and December holiday period. Contact course director for available dates. PED 303 Details
PED 378 Medical Genetics 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 379 Pediatric Critical Care Acting Internship 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 380 Pediatric Gastroenterology 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 381 Pediatric Allergy and Immunology 4 All year None Details
PED 382 Pediatric Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology 4 All year None Details
PED 383 Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine 4 All year except July and August PED 303 Details
PED 384 Pediatric Interventional Radiology 4 All year PED 303 or MED 305 or SURG 303 Details
PED 386 Pediatric Hematology-Oncology 4 All year PED 303 Details
PED 388 Neonatal Intensive Care 4 All year except July-Aug and Nov-Dec All core clerkships Details
PED 389 Pediatric Cardiology 4 All year PED 303 Details
PED 390-393 Extramural Pediatrics Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 397 Pediatric Nephrology 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 398 Pediatric Sports Medicine 2, 4 All year except Thanksgiving-New Year’s Day and mid-April to mid-June None Details
PED 399 Ambulatory Adolescent Medicine 4 All year MED 301 or PED 303 Details
PED 400 Pediatric Laboratory Medicine 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 401 Pediatric Otolaryngology 2, 4 All year SURG 303 Details
PED 403 Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 4 All year PED 303 Details
PED 405 Pediatric Emergency Medicine 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 406 Pediatric Acute Care 2 All year starting January 2024 PED 303 Details
PED 407 Pediatric Healthy Generations – Teen Parent Program 2, 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 408 Breastfeeding Medicine 2 All year PED 303 Details
PED 409 Pediatric Hospitalist Consult Service: HELP Team 2, 4 All year All core clerkships Details
PED 410 Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 411 Pediatric Dermatology 2, 4 All year PED303 Details
PED 412 Pediatric Preventive Cardiology 2, 4 All year None Details
PED 413 Introduction to Pediatric Ophthalmology 2 All year OPHT 381 (may be waived at discretion of course director) Details
Pharmacology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
PHAR 501 Readings in Pharmacology 2, 4 All year except weeks 28, 44-52, 1-10 None Details
PHAR 504 Medication Prescribing: Making Benefit/Risk Calculations 2 Weeks 16-17; 42-43 At least one core clerkship Details
Psychiatry
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
PCHI 302 3rd Year Psychiatry Clerkship 6 Per cohort None Details
PCHI 379 Inpatient Psychiatry Acting Internship - NVMHI 4 Weeks 28, 32, 37, 41, 45, 50, 2, 6, 11, 15, 22 (dept approval required) PCHI 302, MED 305 Details
PCHI 381 Inpatient Psychiatry Acting Internship - GWUH 4 All year (dept approval required) PCHI 302, MED 305 Details
PCHI 382 Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison Service Acting Internship - GWUH 4 All year (dept approval required) PCHI 302, MED 305, OB&G 303 Details
PCHI 383 Forensic Psychiatry Elective 4 After week 28 PCHI 302, MED 305 Details
PCHI 386 Forensic Psychiatry Elective - NVMHI 4 Weeks 28, 32, 37, 41, 45, 50, 2, 6, 11, 15, 22 PCHI 302, MED 305 Details
PCHI 388 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 4 All year PCHI 302 Details
PCHI 390-393 Extramural Psychiatry Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
PCHI 409 Psychiatry Independent Studies 2, 4 All year; 1 month minimum advance notice required for registration PCHI 302, MED 305 Details
Radiology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
RAD 381 Vascular Interventional Radiology 2, 4 None Details
RAD 383 Clinical Radiology 4 All year except weeks 14-43 None Details
RAD 386 Radiation Oncology 2, 4 All year None Details
RAD 390-393 Extramural Radiology Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
RAD 404 GI/GU Radiology 4 Weeks 14-25; 28-43 None Details
RAD 405 Acute/ER Radiology 4 Weeks 14-25; 28-43 None Details
RAD 406 Trauma/Bone Radiology 4 Weeks 14-25; 28-43 None Details
RAD 407 Women’s Imaging 4 Weeks 14-25; 28-43 None Details
Surgery
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 375) Pediatric Surgery 4 All year All core clerkships Details
(PED 401) Pediatric Otolaryngology 2, 4 All year SURG 303 Details
SURG 303 3rd Year Surgery Clerkship 8 Per cohort None Details
SURG 353 Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery 2, 4 Weeks 44-13 (reservation required); open enrollment weeks 14-43 SURG 303 Details
SURG 355 Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery - Suburban & Holy Cross Hospital 2, 4 All year SURG 303 Details
SURG 356 Otolaryngology for 3rd Year Medical Students 2 All year except weeks 44-52; 2 week minimum advance notice required for registration None; see notes Details
SURG 358 Tropical Otolaryngology 2, 4 All year (request course director's approval prior to registration) Details
SURG 380 General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Acting Internship - Adkins 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 382 Transplant and Hepatobiliary Surgery Acting Internship - DePalma 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 383 Thoracic, Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Foregut Acting Internship - Blades 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 385 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2, 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 386 Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Cardiology - VAMC 4 All year (coming soon) None Details
SURG 388 Vascular Surgery Acting Internship - Giordano 2, 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 390-393 Extramural Surgery Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details
SURG 400 Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Acting Internship - CTACC 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
SURG 402 Colorectal and Breast Surgery Acting Internship 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
Urology
Course Number Course Title Length (Weeks) When Offered Prerequisites  
(PED 373) Pediatric Urology 2, 4 All year All core clerkships Details
UROL 302 Clinical Urology 4 All year; reservation required in weeks 45 through 13 All core clerkships Details
UROL 303 Urology for 3rd Year Medical Students 2 All year None; see notes Details
UROL 390-393 Extramural Urology Elective 2-6 All year All core clerkships Details