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Students who receive the M.S. in Physiology are prepared to pursue further education in the health sciences or to enter the workforce. Students in our program receive world-class advising for health professions, as well as career counseling from experienced professionals. We work hard to deliver the most current guidance for whatever path you choose.
All students who matriculate into the program are assigned a letter writer who will write a letter of recommendation for your school applications as well as serve as a reference for your job applications.
The program includes group-based and one-on-one advising from Georgetown University Medical Center faculty. Our faculty advisors are experienced interviewers for Georgetown University School of Medicine and have a record of success in getting students into medical programs all over the country. We have no official linkage agreements with the medical school, but we advise students individually on how to achieve their goals.
All students interested in pursuing medicine take our Biomedical Career Pathways course, which consists of:
Students who have an MCAT score above the 75th percentile and significant clinical and service experiences may be advised to enter the medical school admissions cycle during the program year, with the goal of matriculating to medical school in the academic year immediately following the end of the M.S. program.
Those with a pre-existing MCAT score below the 75th percentile should seek guidance before applying to medical school.
Here is an example timeline for a student who starts the M.S. in Physiology in 2022 and plans to start medical school in 2023:
A timeline of one or two gap years is suggested for students who need to take or retake the MCAT after completing the M.S. in Physiology program, or who need more clinical experience. For those with a pre-existing MCAT score below the 75th percentile, we do not advise entering the medical school admissions cycle during the program year.
Here is an example timeline for a student who starts the M.S. in Physiology in 2022 and plans to start medical school in 2024:
Taking two gap years is suggested for students who need significant time to study before taking/retaking the MCAT and/or significant clinical experience after completing the M.S. in Physiology program.
Here is an example timeline for a student who starts the M.S. in Physiology in 2022 and plans to start medical school in 2025:
As an M.S. in Physiology student, you have access to Georgetown Biomedical Graduate Education’s Office of Career Strategy & Professional Development, which helps students network, prepare for job applications, and find opportunities. The office provides workshops, courses and other services to support you in your career.
Most of our alumni take gap year jobs while they study for the MCAT and apply to medical school. We recommend seeking positions that are clinical or clinically adjacent; in some cases, jobs will be advertised as one- or two-year positions or “ideal for” pre-med students, meaning they expect that you’ll leave the position once you are admitted to medical school. Depending on the organization/sector, having a master’s degree may qualify you for a higher-level position and/or higher pay.
Here are some of the gap year jobs our alumni have taken while applying to medical school: