DC Health and Academic Prep Program (DC HAPP)



DC HAPP 2022 cohort group picture in white coats

DC HAPP is a pipeline program coordinated by the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion to increase access to healthcare careers and foster diversity in the medical field. Sixteen rising 12th-grade students attending Washington, DC, area public schools are selected to participate in the four-week summer experience based on their passion and potential for medicine. Students participate in a four-week summer experience and clinical shadowing.

DC HAPP scholars gain exposure to healthcare professions, learn hands-on medical skills, develop public health projects, and prepare for college applications and college life. Medical students, physicians, and other medical professionals serve as mentors, facilitators, and teachers.

DC HAPP seeks to:

  • Identify, recruit, and nurture talented District of Columbia area public school students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine who are interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare professions.
  • Establish connections between healthcare professionals community, including, but not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical therapists, and medical researchers
  • Provide support and resources for program scholars to achieve post-secondary academic success leading to professional careers in the healthcare field
  • Build relationships between scholars and the George Washington University community

DC HAPP 2023 Cohort Application Information

The deadline to submit a completed application, including the student application form, teacher evaluation form, and non-teacher form, is Tuesday, January 31st, 2023, at 11:59 PM EST. The student application form requires two short essays, a list of activities, an unofficial transcript, and a student and family profile. Applicants can submit either two teacher evaluations or one teacher evaluation and one non-teacher evaluation. 

Student Application Form
  • Applicants must be rising high school seniors (currently enrolled high school juniors)
  • Must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)
  • Plans or interest to pursue a profession in the medicine and/or healthcare field
  • Identify as a student underrepresented in medicine 
  • Must commit to the entire summer experience from Monday, June 26th - Thursday, July 20th, 2022 (Dates subject to change)
  • Will commit to maintain contact and follow-up with mentor and program staff until high school graduation and beyond

Submit Application Here 

Teacher Evaluation Form
  • Must be a teacher who has taught the applicant during high school
    • Ideally a math or science subject instructor
  • To the applicant, if both of your evaluators are teachers they should complete this form. 

Submit Form Here 

Non-Teacher Evaluation Form
  • Must be an adult who knows the applicant well
    • Ideally an adult who has observed the applicant in a structured setting and knows about their interest in pursuing a medical or healthcare profession
  • Examples of a non-teacher evaluator
    • A guidance counselor, employer, religious leader, club/activity advisor or leader, athletic coach, internship director, or tutor, are all great adults to ask for a recommendation 

Submit Form Here 

DC HAPP Community Health Project Publications

DC HAPP Articles

Mentor Application Information

The George Washington University
School of Medicine and Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Ross Hall, Suite 730
2300 Eye Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Email: dchapp@gwu.edu