Applicants' Checklist

​​​​​  Explore and research careers in health care, to determine if you would like to pursue a career as a Medical Doctor. We have a resource list of many Health Care Careers​ in our Youth section.

To learn general information about the medical school admissions process, you may like to attend one of our general information sessions for prospective MD Program applicants, which are offered several times a year.

Complete the premedical course requirements through a college or university before matriculating and preferably before applying to medical school. Community college and online coursework is accepted. Institutions should be accredited by a regional accrediting organization.

Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam no later than September 30th of the year prior to possible matriculation. We accept scores from the 2016, 2017, or 2018 MCAT exam to be considered for admission to the entering class of 2019.
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Research the medical schools you would like to apply to and recognize that each school may have different admission requirements. We recommend applying to several schools.
Read more about Steps to Apply

Learn more about the UWSOM application process and selection factors by watching the 'Advice for Prospective Students' webinars, attending the spring/summer forum sessions, or attending an Information Session.

Apply to medical schools through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), a centralized application processing service.  On this primary application, you will designate the medical schools you are applying to. For UW School of Medicine, the deadline for submitting this application is October 15, 2018.
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Read and be aware of the Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants on the AAMC website

Certify your state residency, if you are a resident in one of the WAMI states. Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho applicants are required to provide certification of declared legal residence. Certifications from past applications are not valid for the current year. Contact your state residency office Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho for these materials. Your materials will be processed by your state's certifying officer and sent to our admissions office. Please do not send residency materials to the University of Washington admissions office. Be aware that each state has different deadlines for these materials, some as early as beginning of October.

Our Residency Certification page has information about what documents you may need to supply for residency verification.

Washington residents should be prepared to prove their residence status at any time, not all Washington applicants are required to certify. If you are uncertain of your Washington residence status, visit the Residency Classification Office website, their office is very busy so if you have questions, it's best to email them, as they may not be accepting phone calls.

Washington applicants with DACA status will need to be certified by the Residency Classification Office.

Applicants must have United States citizenship or permanent residency (holds a green card.)

Submit the Secondary Application if you have received an invitation to proceed with the application process from UW School of Medicine. The secondary application deadline is December 1, 2018
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As part of the Secondary Application, acknowledge and accept:

There is an optional section on the secondary application to apply to the TRUST program. If you are interested in applying to the TRUST program, ALL application materials are due in the Admissions Office by December 1, 2018.

 Please Note:  Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) applicants will need to initiate the preliminary application on the MSTP website. Applicants applying to BOTH the MD/PhD and the MD only program will need to submit two applications (one to each program). Check with the MSTP office for their application deadl​ines.

Have your letter writers submit your Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation to the AMCAS service. We require the letters to be on official letterhead stationery and include the author's signature. It is your responsibility as an applicant to make it clear to your letter writers that the letters are required to be on letterhead and signed prior to being submitted.  Letters of recommendation that are missing letterhead and/or signature will be given less consideration. The deadline for receipt of these letters in our office is December 1, 2018. Keep in mind, it may take AMCAS several days to process and get them to us, so make sure AMCAS has your letters well before December 1, 2018.
Read more about Letters of Recommendation

Sign up and take the CASPer Test.

Selected applicants will receive an interview invitation by email between October and March.

If you have been invited to interview, congratulations! You may find helpful information in our Preparing for your Interview section. We also recommend watching our webinar video series "Advice from the Admissions Dean"

For further information about any of these items, you may find the answers to your questions in our Frequently Asked Questions section​, or the Application Procedures and Requirements section. Visit our deadlines page for the complete list of all our deadlines.