There are three medical schools located in Washington, D.C. Medical schools in the D.C., area offer students the opportunity to pursue a top-notch education in the field of medicine by taking advantage of the hands-on training offered through ongoing relationships with the city's many medical hospitals and research centers.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University's School of Medicine is the only nationally ranked medical school in the D.C. area. According to U.S. News & World Report, Georgetown University's medical school ranked 39th among all medical programs nationwide. Established in 1851, the medical school was founded in the Catholic Jesuit tradition with its emphasis upon academic rigor and excellence.

The school is divided among 25 different departments that reflect the various research emphases of the medical program. Some of these include anesthesia, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, neurology, neurosurgery, oncology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, psychiatry and radiology. In addition to the traditional M.D. program, Georgetown offers a wide variety of joint-degree combinations in conjunction with the M.D. Students can pursue the Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Infectious Diseases and a variety of Ph.D. programs.

Georgetown University School of Medicine 3900 Reservoir Road NW Washington, DC 20007 202-687-1154 som.georgetown.edu

George Washington University

George Washington University's (GWU) School of Medicine, although not nationally ranked, provides a high-quality medical education for medical students in the Washington D.C. area as well. The medical college became a part of the university in 1825. Since then, it has grown to become a medical program that offers students a variety of educational opportunities in the medical field.

As part of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the medical school at GWU offers students the chance to pursue a number of joint-degree programs. In addition to the traditional M.D. program, GWU offers a decelerated M.D. program that allows students to spread out the intensive curriculum of the first year of medical school over a two-year span. In conjunction with the M.D., students can pursue a Ph.D. or a Master of Public Health (MPH). The Ph.D. program is offered through the school's Institute for Biomedical Sciences. An additional Master of Science degree is also available in the field of genomics and bioinformatics.

George Washington University 2300 Eye Street NW Washington, DC 20037 202-994-3506 gwumc.edu

Howard University

Howard University offers Washington, D.C. medical students a third option for obtaining a quality medical education. The College of Medicine is divided among 24 different basic and clinical science departments that include microbiology, pharmacology, cardiology, dermatology, pediatrics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and ophthalmology, among others. Like Georgetown and GWU, Howard University offers various joint-degrees such as the M.D. in combination with a Ph.D. A Master of Public Health degree is also available through the university.

Howard University houses 11 different medical research centers and institutes such as the National Minority AIDS Education Training Center and the Center for Sickle Cell Disease.

Howard University College of Medicine 520 W Street NW Washington, DC 20059 202-806-6279 medicine.howard.edu