Georgetown University School of Medicine Celebrates 40th Anniversary of GEMS

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WASHINGTON (July 12, 2017) — Georgetown University School of Medicine is marking four decades of its Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS), a one-year, non-degree, post-baccalaureate program for disadvantaged students interested in pursuing a career in medicine, with the 40th Anniversary GEMS Gala, Thursday, July 20 at the Fairmont Hotel.

For 40 years, the GEMS program has been identifying medical school candidates from populations underrepresented in medicine and preparing them to become exceptional physicians. Of the more than 700 students who have attended GEMS since its founding 1977-78 class, 75 percent are now physicians, current medical students, or medical school applicants. Since 2005, GEMS alumni pursuing an MD have graduated from medical school at a near perfect rate of 98.6 percent.

WHAT: 40th Anniversary GEMS Gala

WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 5:30 to 9:30 pm
​5:30pm Entertainment by the Howard University Jazz Ensemble
6:45pm Dinner, opening remarks, awards

WHERE: Fairmont Washington DC Hotel
2401 M Street, NW 
Washington, DC  

MEDIA: Please RSVP by 5p Monday, July 17 with Leigh Ann Sham:

The hashtag for this event is #40YearsofGEMS 

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis — or “care of the whole person.” The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization, which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. Connect with GUMC on Facebook (new window) (, Twitter (new window) (@gumedcenter). Connect with Georgetown University School of Medicine on Facebook (new window)Twitter (@gumedicine) and Instagram (@GeorgetownMedicine).