Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Systems Medicine?

We are living in an era of “BIG DATA”. Systems medicine is an emerging biomedical field that relies on systems biology approaches and tools in using the “BIG DATA” to solve biomedical problems. With the advances in molecular biology and the sequencing of the human genome, biomedicine is being transformed and is becoming an increasingly quantitative science requiring the understanding and use of complex computational tools

Where can I find information on the program requirements and admission proccess?

The general requirements for the programs are 2 letters of recommendations, transcripts, a brief SOP, and CV. GRE is not required.

Unofficial transcripts are required from every institution you have earned credits and grades, including both degree and non-degree coursework. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling. Please do not send electronic or paper copies of your official transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. For additional details review Admissions FAQ.

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Is Systems Medicine the same as Personalized and Precision Medicine?

Yes. The terms Systems Medicine, Personalized and Precision medicine are being used interchangeably. Most often, Personalized Medicine is used to mean developing specialized treatments for an individual rather than a group of individuals. According to the Precision Medicine Initiative, precision medicine is "an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person." This approach will allow doctors and researchers to predict more accurately which treatment and prevention strategies for a particular disease will work in which groups of people. It is in contrast to a one-size- fits- all approach, in which disease treatment and prevention strategies are developed for the average person, with less consideration for the differences between individuals.

Who is this program the right fit for?

This program fits any individual who wants to pursue a career in biomedical sciences be it job or pursuing higher studies. This includes pursuing a Ph.D. going to Medical school, or becoming a Nurse or going to PA school or finding a job in academics or industry. The curriculum trains you to pursue many different paths.

Why Georgetown University?

Georgetown University is centrally located on the banks of the Potomic River. You are close to everything practically and the reputation and ranking of the University are what attracts numbers. You get a quality education. In addition, Georgetown at this point is the only University in the Nation that offers a MS degree in Systems Medicine.

Can I do research during the MS year?

Yes, completion of a Capstone project is part of the degree requirements. The director of the program takes a one-on- one approach by placing each student in a project that fits his or her future career goals. You can conduct your capstone at either Georgetown or NIH, FDA, Inova Fairfax hospital or any other industry in this area.

What are the graduates doing?

The first batch of MS in Systems Medicine program graduated in May 2017. Students are pursuing their dreams, one pursuing her Ph.D., the other is in a PA school and one student is working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute. The director of the program has establishes collaborations with various institutions.

The first Systems Medicine graduating class posing together at graduation

Is there a Career service that will help and guide us during our job search?

Yes, the Office of Career Strategy and Professional Development (CSPD) at Biomedical Graduate Education dedicate their services to working with biomedical students individually and extend their help and advice on successfully meeting your goals.

What is the Curriculum like?

The courses are carefully developed to provide you with knowledge base in various disciplines of informatics and Bioinformatics. The courses are a combination of lectures and relies heavily on providing extensive hands-on experience. Please go to our Curriculum page for more details about the courses.

Would we have a social life?

Absolutely! We do have student and faculty-led celebration of various festivities like DIWALI, Christmas, Chinese New Year to name a few.

System Medicine students at Celebration Night System Medicine students at Celebration Night System Medicine luncheon with students and faculty