Ready to take the next step? Here are the steps involved in our application process.
1. Before you apply
Most successful applicants to medical school have spent several years preparing. Review the MD Program admissions information as well as the websites for the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).
2. Take the MCAT - last test date considered is September 6, 2019
If you submit your AMCAS application and an additional Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) score has not yet been reported, we will wait for the additional score to be submitted before reviewing your application. Please note that secondary applications are offered to applicants who meet our minimum academic requirements: a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 and an MCAT score of at least 500.
Please note that secondary applications are offered to applicants who meet our minimum academic requirements: a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 and an MCAT score of at least 500. Applicants who do not meet the undergraduate GPA minimum but have completed 12 credits of postbaccalaureate coursework in the sciences with at least a 3.0 GPA will be reviewed manually and may be sent a secondary application.
Please see our FAQ page for further information about the MCAT.
3. Submit AMCAS - due October 15, 2019
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a centralized application service sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The AMCAS application is available in electronic format only. Once AMCAS has received your application and transcript(s), it takes four to six weeks before it is sent to our medical school.
Once AMCAS has received your application and transcript(s), it takes four to six weeks before it is sent to our medical school
Early applications are encouraged, but it is important to submit the strongest application possible. This might mean waiting for additional grades in your coursework, starting or continuing activities that will prepare you for a career in research and medicine, and fine-tuning your essay to reflect who you are, and your motivation for becoming a physician scientist.
You will need to select the MSTP (MD/PhD): This program will appear as Combined Medical Degree/PhD in the AMCAS application.
The MSTP requirements for letters of recommendation are the same as those of the MD Program, which are described on the MD Admissions Secondary Application page.
The page is written with applicants to the regular MD Program in mind, but the instructions also pertain to applicants to the Medical Scientist Training Program. However, MSTP applicants should include at least one letter from a research mentor. Mentor letters qualify as either academic or non-academic, or can be in addition to the letters described on the website above.
All letters of recommendation must go through AMCAS. We do not accept letters sent directly to the MSTP office.
4. Submit UW-Madison MSTP secondary application - due December 1, 2019
About 90 percent of applicants who apply to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through AMCAS will receive a secondary application from us. See the instructions for secondary application and letters. Your application will not be considered complete until we receive your processing fee, all letters of recommendation and all MCAT scores. You may follow the status of your application on the secondary application website to see when our office has received your letters of recommendation and application fee.
You can save your Medical Scientist Training Program secondary application and return to work on it later. However, once you submit it, you will not be able to change any information. When all of your secondary materials have been received, your application will be reviewed at the next meeting of the MSTP admissions committee.
Early completion of the secondary application increases the likelihood that you will be invited to interview.
Wisconsin residents who apply to the UW-Madison MD-PhD program will automatically also be considered for the regular MD Program in the Wisconsin resident applicant pool. Students not residing in Wisconsin who apply to the MD-PhD program will only be considered for the regular MD program upon recommendation by the MD-PhD admissions committee.
At the time you submit your secondary application, you may also upload a copy of any published paper(s) that resulted from your research.This is optional. A publication is not required to be eligible to apply to the MSTP. Please upload the final, journal-formatted version of the publication(s) as a PDF attachment to the document upload section of the secondary application by December 1, 2019. We cannot accept manuscripts before they have been published, nor can we accept theses, abstracts or posters.
5. Interview in Madison
After your application is reviewed, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview in Madison. We host four interview weekends, typically in October, November, January and February.
Special arrangements can be made for students unable to attend one of these four dates.
Interview day 1:
- Welcome breakfast and presentation from MSTP directors and School of Medicine and Public Health associate deans
- Meetings with research faculty of your choice
- Meetings with Medical Scientist Training Program admissions subcommittee members
- Lunch and social events with current students
Interview day 2:
- Tour of University Hospital
- Opportunities to explore the UW campus and Madison
- Informal dinner at the home of one of our directors
6. Accept our offer!
The Admissions Committee performs a final review of your application after you interview. Your Letter of Acceptance will include an acknowledgement that you should return to us within three weeks. Make sure that all your contact information in AMCAS is up to date. You may also hold acceptances made to you by other medical schools until April 30, 2020.
Key dates after being offered admission:
- February 15: "Plan to Enroll" option becomes available
Accepted applicants may select “Plan to Enroll” in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool starting February 15. If your first choice is the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, please indicate your “Plan to Enroll” status as early as possible.
- April 15: Narrow down your acceptances to three medical schools
The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health highly recommends that you narrow your acceptance offers to three medical schools, if applicable. This will help us manage the number of students in our entering class, and demonstrates professionalism. This will allow us to work with other highly qualified candidates on our alternate list to whom we cannot yet make an offer.
- April 30: "Commit to Enroll" option becomes available
Accepted applicants may select “Commit to Enroll” in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool starting on April 30. This is the last day that a UW School of Medicine and Public Health-admitted student may hold multiple acceptances. This selection indicates the final choice of medical school, and applicants must withdraw acceptances from all other medical schools. If an accepted applicant is still holding acceptances at medical schools other than the UW School of Medicine and Public Health after April 30, we reserve the right to rescind our acceptance. If applicants need additional time to make a final decision, they should contact our office as soon as possible. Applicants may remain on alternate lists at other medical schools if their status remains “Plan to Enroll.” If an applicant chooses “Commit to Enroll,” they must withdraw all other acceptances or alternate list offers.
7. Choose the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, an internationally recognized leader in education, research, community service and global outreach for your medical education
You will need to make a final decision on which medical school you will be attending no later than April 30, 2020.