Admissions Process FAQs

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​​​​​I went to school internationally will my credits be accepted?

The American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) will not verify your international transcripts. The UWSOM will need an original copy of your transcripts sent directly from the foreign institution, and a transcript evaluation from a bona fide credentials evaluator. This service can be provided by such companies as Seattle Foundation for International Services, Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, World Education Services, National Association for Credential Evaluation Services or Association of International Credential Evaluators.

What makes UWSOM different than other medical schools? Why would one choose to go here?

WWAMI and its opportunities for experiencing health care ranging from a small rural practice to an urban tertiary care Level I trauma center, entire gamut of medical professions including academic scientist, surgical specialist, primary care; a great group of diverse peers, and pass/fail during the Foundations phase of the curriculum.

I am an A-typical applicant. I am older and thus my premed experience has been different than most applicants. Most advice I find is for more traditional students who have gone straight from high school to college. What advice would you offer an older, non-traditional student? Thanks!

All the advice we give every applicant is pertinent with regard to academics, experiences, letters etc. In addition, in your personal statement and secondary application, make a compelling case for why you want to go to medical school now.

Do acceptance rates vary between your campuses?

Yes. Washington applicants have a 15% chance of being accepted (same for Spokane and Seattle). Wyoming residents have a 34% chance of being accepted. Alaska residents have a 22% chance of being accepted. Montana residents have a 32% chance of being accepted. Idaho residents have a 19% chance of being accepted. Applicants whose state of residence is outside of the WWAMI region have a 0.42% chance of being accepted.

What resources are available for URM students?

CEDI (Center for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) faculty, students, student organizations, main campus diversity offices and activities, plus our usual counselors and learning specialists available to all of our students.

How do you view in-state vs. out-of-state applicants?

Out of region applicants must have an exceptional record of service or come from a disadvantaged background to be considered.

Does the UWSOM have an Early Decision Program?

The UWSOM does not have an Early Decision Program.

How do I prove my state eligibility?

Questions about residency should be directed to the Residency Classification Office in your state (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).

How much benefit is there to applying solely to UW?

It is not positive and actually a negative. What may seem to be an act of dedication is looked at as "does this person really want to go to medical school?" We do not know how many schools you apply to but some interviewers will ask. If you can't afford to apply to many schools, say so.

If you are planning to submit your application in early July but have a medically-relevant volunteer experience planned for August, after submission of the primary AMCAS application, is it still appropriate to include this experience on the primary application?

One way to do this would be to indicate the experience on the application with the future beginning and ending dates and your estimate of the hours that will be worked per week. You should make it very clear in the paragraph that you write regarding the experience that it will be occurring in the future. Later you could e-mail an update to your file concerning this experience and what you got out of it. If this wound up being a very significant position, you could also ask your supervisor if s/he would write you a recommendation and have it added to your file. We do accept update letters, but cannot ensure that they will be seen by all screeners and interviewers if they are received after your file is complete.

Do you send rejection letters as soon as you decide or do you let people know they are on the alternate list and which number?

The alternate list is decided at the very end of the interview season and notifications are sent at the end of March. Should you be rejected at an Executive Admissions Committee (EXCOM) meeting, you will be notified after the meeting.

How is the alternate list ordered? Is it in order of how strong the applicant's application is, or in chronological order from who got put on the list first?

Applicants are ranked for the alternate list at the final Executive Admission Committee meetings in March. Ranking is determined by discussion and review of the applications.

I'm participating in Teach for America, but had planned on applying to medical schools this year. I am still planning on doing this because applying might be difficult during my first year of teaching. Does admissions look negatively on an applicant who knows they will defer for a year if accepted?

Yes. Applicants should only apply if they know they can matriculate in fall should they be accepted. While Teach for America is a great opportunity, your application will be stronger after you have completed your commitment to their program.

Who screens the applications?

The executive committee members (the same people who ultimately make the admissions decisions) do the screening.

Would applying in late September hurt my chances of getting in?

No.

If accepted, can I defer my place for the following year?

We accept deferrals only for significant medical problems or for once-in-a-lifetime educational opportunities. We prefer that you complete whatever activity interests you BEFORE you apply to medical school. You will be a stronger applicant.

Does it help your chances to submit your application early, say in July, vs. later, like September?

You would go through screening earlier and be interviewed earlier, although it doesn't really matter. We have a rolling admissions process. We start accepting applicants in October and by the end of the interview season in March we have accepted half of the class.

Does applying later in the process (late August/early September) disadvantage the applicant?

Not at this school. As long as you meet our deadlines, you are fine. It may be different at other medical schools. You need to allow time for processing through the AAMC. Keep our deadlines in mind. Do not wait until the last minute.

Several doctor friends have indicated I am less likely to be admitted if I am interested in Pathology and Radiology vs. Family Medicine. Is this true?

No. We want you to be consistent with whatever you are interested in. That is what your clinical exposure should be in and you should tell us that you are interested in that area.

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