Life Outside Residency

Main Campus

Adjacent to the Medical Center, the main campus crowns the highest point overlooking the Potomac River, where the boat houses bustle with competitive crew as well as pleasure boats. The Georgetown canal bike path is a favorite running or bike trail just minutes from the hospital. Parks are surprisingly plentiful in Washington, including Rock Creek Park through the heart of the city, and acres of open grass on the Mall downtown.

Yates Athletic Center 

Yates Field House and athletic center has full facilities available including pool, sauna, racquetball, squash, indoor/outdoor tennis, universal machines,free weights, life cycle, indoor track, treadmills, aerobics, fitness training, massage and other fitness classes at student rates. Basketball and volleyball courts are not shared with varsity athletics, so they are usually available. The facility is a 3-minute walk from the hospital and house staff pay reduced rates. 

University Athletics

Residents are eligible for discount tickets for HOYA/Big East Basketball. The football, soccer, and lacrosse stadiums are just behind the Medical Center and the Georgetown Crew Team rows regularly on the Potomac waterfront. 

Dahlgren Library

Located in the Medical Center complex next to the Hospital, the medical library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week with full medical reference and on-line support. Dahlgren Library has been the recipient of a large grant that has provided on-line access to interactive educational programs and a multitude of medical and subspecialty text books. The library may be accessed from terminals within the hospital and remotely from home. Free access to the National Library of Medicine on-line services is available to residents. 

Residents' Library

The Residents’ Library is located in the Department of Anesthesia and with access to the Internet, CD ROM, Up-To-Date, and all medical center on-line computer resources. Residents have access 24 hours daily.

Financial Aid

The Medical School Financial Aid Office, as well as The Office of Education, are available to house staff to assist with educational load deferment, etc.


Parking is free at affiliates. Parking is free at Georgetown University Hospital as long as medical records are kept current.


Housing costs in Washington are high, but comparable to those in most large cities. Obviously, costs will vary by location within the city but there are affordable rentals within a 15 to 20 minute car or bike ride.  Many Georgetown residents rent in Virginia or Maryland suburbs, readily accessible to the Medical Center and affiliated hospitals by major highways. In addition, there are a number of affordable townhouses and rentals in neighborhoods around the hospital.

Museums and Attractions

Located on the Mall between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian museums provide a varied menu of natural, American, and technological history including the Air and Space Museum. Choices in art museums are equally impressive within a several block area, featuring the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran, and others. Other attractions located within the District of Columbia include the National Zoo, The National Archives, and numerous historical monuments. Admission to most Washington attractions is free. 


Washington has gained an impressive cultural reputation in the nation. From Broadway caliber theater at the National Theater or the Kennedy Center, to the creative at Arena Stage or Ford's Theater, Washington theater has something to offer. Shakespeare is regularly presented at the Folger and occasionally at the Outdoor Pavilion at Wolf Trap.


Free concerts abound at the foot of the Capitol, on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, and an unforgettable Washington experience is a picnic on the lawn followed by The National Symphony at Wolf Trap. In addition, there is an excellent community symphony available in nearly every Washington suburb. There are also many large-scale concert venues in DC and the surrounding area.


For the sports fan, D.C. offers something for everyone. Washington is the home of professional franchises in every major sport, including the Redskins, Wizards, and Capitals. If that's not enough, nearby Baltimore, has the Ravens and Orioles to offer. The Potomac River offers various paddle sports with boat rentals available from multiple vendors. Various rock climbing venues are within 15 minutes driving; and if you are up for a road trip, world class climbing and paddle sports can be found within 4-5 hours in the New River Gorge and Seneca Rocks.