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 8, 2018

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 at the 60th percentile or higher.

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 at the 60th percentile or higher. 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.

If you submit both old and current MCAT scores, then we will consider the score with the highest percentile rank.

We will accept former and current MCAT scores based on the following schedule:

  • Entering Class of 2019 – current or former MCAT if taken after January 1, 2015
  • Entering Class of 2020 – current MCAT only

Please see our FAQ page for further information about the MCAT.

3. Submit AMCAS - due October 15, 2018

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, 2018

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 send us 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 send the final, journal-formatted version of the publication(s) as a PDF attachment via email to by December 1, 2018. 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. Interview dates this year are:

  • October 25-28, 2018 (to be considered for this interview session, all application materials must be received by September 1, 2018)
  • November 15-18, 2018
  • January 17-20, 2019
  • February 14-17, 2019

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, 2019.

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, 2019.