Washington, D.C.

The Place to Be

The decisions that will shape 21st-century American medicine are being made right here, right now in Washington, D.C. Because of our location and reputation, GW is a valuable contributor to the debate and deliberations that frame those decisions.

GW shares its Foggy Bottom neighborhood with the World Health Organization, the Department of State, and the World Bank. The White House is just seven blocks away. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences faculty members and students testify at Congressional hearings and advise agencies that make health care policy decisions, serve as White House Fellows, and provide medical care to the nation's leaders and foreign dignitaries.


Washington, D.C. is also host to many national, regional, and local medical meetings. House staff members are afforded the opportunity to attend these meetings when time and space permits. Similarly, Beyond the opportunity at our own institution, DC is filled with opportunities to pursue and complete innovative research. Some examples include:

  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Cancer Institute
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • The Food and Drug Administration

And more!

Living Here

Washington is a lively and exciting place to live and work, with a wealth of educational and entertainment opportunities.

DC is a geographically small city, easily navigable on our extensive metro system, by foot, by bike, or by car.

The Foggy Bottom Metrorail stop is right at the steps of the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS). Metrorail and Metrobus lines connect the campus to other parts of the city and suburbs. Kennedy Center, National Airport, the National Zoo, historic Union Station, and the National Institutes of Health are all just minutes away.

Affordable housing can be found in the Washington suburbs, with a commuting time of ten minutes via the Metrorail system. The SMHS and the University's housing offices will gladly help you find appropriate accommodations in nearby neighborhoods in the District, Maryland, or Northern Virginia.

Having Fun

Residents and faculty alike enjoy the vast cultural offerings of our neighbors, which include the Kennedy Center, dozens of free access major museums and monuments on the Mall, the National Theater, Warner Theater, Arena Stage, and Wolftrap, the National Performance Park. Additionally the hundreds of acres of urban parks make DC number one in the nation in terms of park land per person.

Professional Sports Teams

  • Nationals (MLB: 2019 World Series Champions)
  • Capitals (NHL: Stanley Cup 2018 Champions)
  • Mystics (WNBA: 2019 Champions)
  • Washington Football Team (NFL)
  • Wizards (NBA)
  • DC United (MLS)

Because many D.C. residents have their roots elsewhere, it’s not uncommon for visiting teams to have a significant fan bases at our home games. (That said, DC loves its Washington Football and Capitals!) Sports stadiums and arenas are easily accessible from the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, and many of our faculty members are season ticket holders!