Expectations

​​​​​​​​​The UW School of Medicine is looking for individuals who have: anatomy labCandidates for admission are considered comparatively on the basis of motivation, maturity, personal integrity, and demonstrated humanitarian qualities.  All applicants are expected to have seriously investigated the challenges involved with a career as a physician in the U.S., including observation of doctor-patient interactions, before they submit their applications.

“UWSOM has managed to craft an admissions process that is thorough and incredibly holistic. My peers are some of the most talented and unique individuals I have ever met with a breath of life experiences that constantly astound me.”


Applicants are expected to read and comply with the following policies:

  • Honor Code: The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) believes that high ethical standards are essential to the practice of medicine. As we aspire to cultivate and maintain a community of professionalism and academic integrity, we place at the foundation of our endeavors and in all of our interactions the ideals of excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, accountability and a commitment to altruism. Through the Honor Code, we attempt to articulate the most basic principles that should guide our professional behavior throughout our education.

  • Clerkship Policy: The University of Washington School of Medicine takes pride in the vast array of clinical educational opportunities available to our students throughout the WWAMI region. Our Clerkship policy enables student​s to take advantage of these opportunities. Students are expected to spend 20 weeks of their required clerkships outside of a 50-mile radius from Seattle, and regional or Spokane students spend 12 weeks within Seattle. Applicants will be made aware of this policy at the time of application to the UWSOM and, as part of the application process, will be asked to sign a statement demonstrating their understanding of this policy. Once enrolled, students will be further reminded of this policy when they are planning and submitting requests for their required clerkship schedules. Exceptions to this policy are granted rarely.

  • Essential Requirements: The MD degree is recognized as a broad undifferentiated degree requiring the acquisition of general knowledge and basic skills in all fields of medicine. The education of a physician requires assimilation of knowledge, acquisition of skills, and development of judgment through patient care experience in preparation for independent and appropriate decisions required in practice. The current practice of medicine emphasizes collaboration among physicians, allied health-care professionals, and the patient. There are numerous components to the UWSOM Essential Requirements of Medical Education

  • UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct: UW Medicine is committed to high standards of professionalism in patient care, research and education among our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, and students. Professionalism is integral to our mission of improving health, and includes demonstrating excellence, respect, integrity, compassion, altruism, and accountability in all endeavors and creating an environment supportive of diversity in ideas, perspectives and experiences. Read the UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct.

“I am humbled every day by how amazing, yet different, all of my classmates are and how they have added tremendously to my learning environment this last year.”

The School of Medicine, as part of the University of Washington, is committed to the principle of equal opportunity. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status. When requested, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with disabilities.

“Having had the opportunity to speak with many of my classmates, I am continually astounded by the diversity and experiences of our class.“

Academic Ability

Applicants must demonstrate they have the academic ability to complete medical school and pass the USMLE (United States Medical License Examination)
  • The USMLE assesses a physician's ability to apply knowledge, concepts, and principles, and to demonstrate fundamental patient-centered skills, that are important in health and disease and that constitute the basis of safe and effective patient care.
  • Academic ability is usually evaluated by a combination of GPA and MCAT scores. The table below illustrates the combination of undergraduate GPA and MCAT scores of UW Medical School applicants that were accepted (green) and not accepted (red) in the last academic year. Most applicants who were accepted with lower than average college GPAs had taken additional graduate course work and performed well.
Academic standards grid showing a matrix of GPA and MCAT score and the number of students accepted from each combination.  
Acc = all those accepted.
Tot = total applied.
Applicants must submit scores from the 2016, 2017, or 2018 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). This exam must be taken no later than September 30 of the year prior to possible matriculation.