Congratulations on your acceptance! We’re honored and delighted that you’re considering becoming a Badger. You should receive a welcome packet with more information from us the spring before you begin medical school. Below are the steps to matriculation, but you should consult your welcome packet for the most precise information.

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Checklist for admitted students

Soon

Submit your FAFSA

Go to the FAFSA website to fill out your financial aid form and include the University of Wisconsin-Madison #003895 in the school code section. As a medical student, you do not need to provide parental information. Once you have activated your NetID in early April, you may check the progress of your financial aid application by logging into MyUW with your NetID, and finding the Student Center section. If you have questions, you may contact darren.martin@wisc.edu.

Apply for disability accommodations, if needed

Information about requesting accommodations for a disability was included on the enclosure with your acceptance letter. If you have questions, you may contact tsaac@med.wisc.edu.

Begin planning your housing for next fall

Madison has a myriad of housing options.

Early April

Open your OASIS account

OASIS is the portal used for all UW medical school business including notices, schedules, evaluations, etc. You will receive an email with log-in instructions and a temporary password. If you have questions, you may contact: oasishelp@med.wisc.edu.

Activate NetID

Your NetID is used for all of your online interactions with the University of Wisconsin. If you have not previously been a UW-Madison student then you will be sent information about establishing your NetID once you activate your OASIS account. If you have questions, you may contact: studentservices@med.wisc.edu.

Second look at UW School of Medicine and Public Health

You will receive an email invitation from our admissions staff. You are welcome to bring a guest with you, if you’d like.

April 30

Decision deadline

In keeping with AAMC policy, April 30 is your last day to withdraw your applications from any schools to which you have been admitted that you do not plan on attending. If you plan to attend the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, you must email any other schools from which you have offers and let them know you will not attend there. If you choose to attend another school, please email us at medadmissions@med.wisc.edu and let us know.

May 15

Course syllabus and research paper for humanities/social sciences intensive writing requirement are due

Email a copy of your course syllabus and research paper for this requirement to medadmissions@med.wisc.edu.

Mid-June

Return your immunization record

For more information on immunizations, see below. A paper copy of your immunization record will have been enclosed in your welcome packet. You can also download a copy of this form from OASIS. If you have questions, you may contact studentservices@med.wisc.edu.

Notify us of any pending classes

Double-check our premedical requirements page to make sure you’ve completed all coursework needed to matriculate. If you haven’t, register for the course(s) you still need, and email us at medadmissions@med.wisc.edu to let us know.

Mid-July

Copies of official transcripts are due

To complete admission requirements we must receive official transcripts from all colleges and universities that you attended. We can accept official electronic transcripts if they can be emailed to medadmissions@med.wisc.edu. Do not have them sent to UW-Madison’s main campus — they will not reach our office. Please be sure that your bachelor’s degree has been posted on your transcript. Have hard copy official transcripts sent to MD Admissions, Suite #2130, 750 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53705. Please note that AMCAS does not forward transcripts.

Complete your online background check

The Wisconsin Caregiver Law requires background checks of anyone associated with healthcare facilities including students receiving clinical training. You should have received instructions on completing your background check in May. If you have questions, you may contact studentservices@med.wisc.edu.

Activate NetID services

This includes campus email and other online UW-Madison services.

Settle into Madison

Experience of previous students indicates clearly that you need to be settled into Madison well before the start of classes in mid-August. Do not plan to move to Madison the day before classes begin.

Mid-August

Classes begin

Celebrate your White Coat Ceremony at the end of your first week, get oriented to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, and make lifelong friends!

Mid-September

Submit SHIP waiver with evidence of health insurance, or sign up for SHIP

A form for completing this task will be provided in July.

Additional tasks

Immunizations

All students must be up to date on the required immunizations to enroll as students at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The requirements are summarized in the table below. Accepted students will be asked to provide proof of immunity for each of the required immunizations.

ImmunizationProof of immunity
Measles/mumps/rubella Completed vaccine series or positive serology
Hepatitis B Completed vaccine series and positive serology
Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis Completed vaccine series or positive serology
Varicella Completed vaccine series or positive serology

Deferrals

We encourage applicants to apply for the entering class in the year they intend to begin medical school. However, we do offer the option to request one- and two-year deferrals before matriculating.

Only a limited number of delayed admission requests will be approved each year. Approval of a delayed admission request will be based upon the rationale and goals presented in a letter to the Admissions Committee.

If you are accepted to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, then you will be contacted in the spring with information about requesting a deferral with a deadline in April. We will notify you of our decision concerning your deferral before the April 30 deadline by which you need to choose the medical school that you will attend. Applicants accepted from our alternate list may also request a deferral within two weeks of receiving their acceptance. Any other late requests for a deferral will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Acceptance of a deferral requires you to withdraw acceptances that you may have received from other schools. In other words, you may not have a deferral from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and another school. However, you may apply to other schools the following year even though you hold a deferral from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

With deferral-related questions, please contact Jane Shepard, our director for MD admissions, at jyshepard@wisc.edu.

Technical standards and disclosure of disabilities

Conferral of a medical degree certifies that the recipient has demonstrated all the requisite abilities to become a practicing generalist physician. This demonstration encompasses a variety of attributes critical to the provision of quality medical care, including the physical, cognitive and emotional strengths necessary to complete the rigorous requirements of the medical school curriculum, and the social and behavioral skills expected of a competent care-giver.

In some cases, where the presence or function of a critical attribute is affected by an applicant's disability, additional consideration is given to whether, through reasonable accommodation, adequate and reliable function can be secured. In the exceptional case, where either reasonable accommodation cannot be provided or adequate assurance of function obtained, admission may be denied or rescinded.

The Admissions Committee makes the final decision regarding the applicant's admission status whenever the technical standards committee advises that reasonable accommodation cannot be provided. For further information, please see our complete technical standards policy.