Each year the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of positions available in our incoming class. If you applied to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health MD Program and were not accepted, you are not alone.

If you are considering reapplying, first assess your application and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. We suggest that you start by setting up an appointment with your school’s premed advisors. These advisors have valuable expertise, and they can provide insight by sharing how your application compares to those of your school’s alumni who have successfully applied to medical school.

Reapplying to medical school involves committing to an improvement plan. Most unsuccessful applications need improvement in at least one of the following areas:

  • GPA
  • MCAT scores
  • Medical exposure

If you still have questions about your strategy for reapplying after meeting with your school’s premedical advisor, you can schedule an appointment with our admissions advisor, Becky Duffy, at rlduffy@wisc.edu.

Letters of recommendation for reapplicants

If you are reapplying to the UW MD Program, all letters must be submitted via AMCAS. We recommend submitting two new letters of recommendation (one academic and one nonacademic). Other letters may be resubmitted and/or updated and resubmitted. If you wish, you may submit all new letters. For the Regular MD program, the Admissions Committee requests a total of four letters per applicant. Please note that letters from previous admissions cycles will not be accessible to us unless they are resubmitted.