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Regional Focus

More than 95 percent of the UW School of Medicine acceptances are applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).

National Excellence

Ranked nationally as a top medical school for primary care and research by U.S. News & World Report, UW School of Medicine offers a range of opportunities to personalize your experience.

Contemporary Training

Our curriculum features a more active, "flipped" classroom approach. Clinical skills are taught in classroom, outpatient and hospital settings beginning with immersion prior to the start of classes.

M.D. Program

The UW School of Medicine (UWSOM) is proud of the depth and breadth of our five-state school. From Foundations of Clinical Medicine through clinical education opportunities that exist throughout the WWAMI region, we are committed to excellence in medical education—it is fundamental to who we are. In Admissions, our goal is to select a regionally representative and inclusive student body that will one day care for an increasingly diverse public. We encourage students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine to apply.

UWSOM does not prefer one undergraduate university or one undergraduate degree over another as long as the student has satisfied the pre-medical course requirements and has maintained a rigorous and varied course load. Of greater importance is what the applicant gained from the undergraduate experience (including extracurricular activities) and the variety and level of course work pursued.

We strongly recommend that you apply to more than one medical school. Each school will have different application procedures, course requirements and selection factors. As an applicant, it is important that you research each school that you are interested in. The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical School Admission Requirements has the most authoritative guide to U.S. and Canadian medical school requirements.

To be considered for the University of Washington M.D. program, applicants must have United States citizenship or permanent residency (green card). International and Canadian applicants without a green card will not be considered. Permanent residence documentation is part of the application requirement.

Applicants with DACA status who reside in a WWAMI state and who are legally authorized and recognized by their state’s residency office as a resident for WWAMI educational purposes will be considered for admission. Applicants must meet the essential requirements and technical standards and complete the pre-medical course requirements. Applications from persons who have failed to meet minimum standards at this or another medical (M.D. or D.O.) or dental school will not be considered.

Non-WWAMI Applicants: Apart from applicants having the academic qualifications, successful applicants from outside the WWAMI region who come from either economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and/or who have demonstrated a commitment to serving underserved populations will be considered.

Application steps:


Complete the pre-medical 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.

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Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam no later than September 30 of the year prior to possible matriculation. We accept 2016, 2017 or 2018 MCAT scores for admissions consideration to the entering class of 2019.

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Apply to the UW School of Medicine (and other 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 the UW School of Medicine, the deadline for submitting this application for the 2019 academic year was October 15, 2018.

Read and be aware of the Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.

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

There is an optional section on the Secondary Application to apply to the Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) program. If you are interested in applying to TRUST, all application materials are due to the Admissions Office by December 1, 2018.

Please Note:  Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D./Ph.D.) applicants will need to initiate the preliminary application on the MSTP website. Applicants applying to BOTH the M.D./Ph.D. and the M.D.-only program will need to submit two applications (one to each program). Check with the MSTP office for its application deadlines.

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Your letter writers must submit your letters of evaluation/recommendation to the AMCAS service. Letters need 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 a signature will be given less consideration. The deadline for receipt of these letters 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.

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Applicants are required to register for the CASPer® test as part of completing our Secondary Application. Your Secondary Application will be considered incomplete until you have a registered exam date for the CASPer test. In addition, the test must be completed prior to the interview.

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Washington residents should be prepared to prove their state residency at any point in the admissions process. Residents of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho are required to provide certification of declared legal residency to complete your secondary application.

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The Office of Admissions stands firmly by our deadlines, there will be no extensions granted.

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

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The Executive Committee meets regularly from October through March. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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Targeted Rural Underserved Track

The Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) is a UW School of Medicine program administered by the Department of Family Medicine. It provides students with the experience to practice in rural and underserved communities throughout the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region.

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M.D./Ph.D. Program (MSTP)

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) is designed for highly qualified candidates who wish to obtain both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees and to pursue careers in basic medical research. Selection for this program is national in scope and is not restricted to residents of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or currently hold permanent resident status.

Approximately 10 medical scientist trainees are accepted per year. Each trainee is permitted a wide choice of research specializations from among numerous disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of biomedical research. 
  
The typical program is seven to eight years in duration and emphasizes continuity of both clinical and basic science exposure. 

Participating graduate departments include, but are not limited to, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Biostatistics, Biological Structure, Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Genome Sciences, Global Health (Pathobiology), Immunology, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology and Biophysics. The participating interdepartmental and affiliate programs are Neurobiology and Behavior and Molecular and Cellular Biology. Our students conduct research in diverse research facilities including the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Harborview Medical Center and Benaroya Research Institute.

Medical Scientist Training Program Application

The Medical Scientist Training Program application is available to all qualified U.S. applicants. After the UW School of Medicine receives the AMCAS application, applicants must submit an MSTP preliminary application by visiting the MSTP website.

The deadline for submitting AMCAS applications was October 15, 2018 and applicants must have listed their interest in the UW School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. program.

All UW School of Medicine MSTP applications must be completed (including supplemental materials) by January 3, 2019 for the 2020 academic year. Please contact the MSTP office (mstp@uw.edu) with any questions.