MD Program Admissions
UW School of Medicine and Public Health Admissions
Welcome to the Admissions home page at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, whether you are just browsing or are ready to submit your application to become part of our world-class organization.
Well-prepared applicants from both Wisconsin and throughout the United States are encouraged to apply (although you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States). Everything that you need to know to apply and become accepted to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is presented here.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) has been a leader in medical education, research, and clinical care for many years. We are internationally known for our advances in health care and for the quality of care provided by the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health is not just a state medical school; we are a resource to the nation and the world. We have changed your life and will continue to do so with breakthroughs ranging from the discovery of Vitamin D to being a pioneer in stem cell development.
As the only combined School of Medicine and Public Health in the country, our students graduate not only prepared to care for patients, but also ready to change the health of the communities in which they practice.
Innovative Learning Opportunities
Applicants are attracted to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health by our learning environment, which includes our national leadership in curriculum innovation, a collegial atmosphere and the availability of strong faculty mentorship. Medical students are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with our outstanding researchers and enjoy the high quality of life afforded by living in Madison.
The UW School of Medicine and Public Health offers three MD programs:
- Our traditional MD Program trains future physicians who are well prepared to meet the evolving health care needs of Wisconsin and beyond
- Our Rural MD Program trains physicians to provide care in underserved rural areas
- Our MSTP (MD/PhD) Program develops future physician-scientists who will make major contributions to the improvement of human health
All medical students learn together for the first two years, and it is only in the third year that students separate from the regular MD students to do their clinical training at rural sites or to start their research for their PhD. Applicants are encouraged to investigate these programs now as you indicate your desire to apply for them in your AMCAS application.
Students accepted to the regular MD Program have special opportunities as well including the chance to train in urban medicine through our popular TRIUMPH program, to earn a Master of Public Health through our MD/MPH Program, or to learn about International Health through our Global Health Institute. Many students also choose to do a research project after their first year as Shapiro Scholars.
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health has a broad mission and is successful in fulfilling its many objectives. We are consistently ranked near the top of any list whether it is for research, primary care, or social mission. Our students are well prepared to go on to be successful physicians regardless of their choice of residency. We look forward to having you join us in the near future.