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More than 95 percent of the UW School of Medicine acceptances are applicants from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI).
Ranked nationally as the No. 1 medical school for primary care education and a top medical school for research by U.S. News & World Report, UW School of Medicine offers a range of opportunities to personalize your experience.
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.
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 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) 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.
Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) exam no later than September 30 of the year prior to possible matriculation. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MCAT exam will be optional for the remainder of 2020 for those who have not yet taken the exam. This will only be for the Fall 2021 application cycle.
Applicants are required to take CASPer as part of our application and screening process. For out-of-region applicants, the CASPer score is used as part of the preliminary screening process, and for WWAMI applicants, the CASPer score is used as part of the secondary review process.
Applicants for E-20 class CASPer deadlines:
- Non-WWAMI Resident MD Deadline: 9/9/2020
- WWAMI* Resident MD Deadline: 10/29/2020
- MD/PhD Deadline**: 12/10/2020
*WWAMI = Residents of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho
**WWAMI residents applying for both MD and MD/PhD must take CASPer by 10/29/2020
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 2021 academic year is October 15, 2020.
Read and be aware of the Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) website.
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, 2020.
There is an optional section on the Secondary Application to apply to the TRUST program. CUSP has been suspended for 2020. If you are interested in also applying to TRUST, all application materials are due to the Admissions Office by December 1, 2020 at 11:59pm PT.
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.
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, 2020. 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, 2020.
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.
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.
UW Medical Education in Spokane
The University of Washington School of Medicine-Gonzaga University Regional Health Partnership, established in February 2016, is built upon a shared commitment to serving the greater good in healthcare. The partnership aims to expand and enhance top-ranked, cost-effective medical education in Spokane to advance the health of our communities and the vitality of our region.
M.D./Ph.D. Program (MSTP)
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 is October 15, 2020 and applicants must list their interest in the UW School of Medicine M.D./Ph.D. program.
Sunday, August 8th–Friday, August 13th, 2021
The Office for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs and the Office for Healthcare Equity sponsor a summer Prematriculation Program (PreMat) for medical students in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho who have backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and/or who have been away from an intensive academic program for two or more years.
The one-week intensive scholastic enrichment program consists of coordinated activities designed to address student competencies needed for the rapid adjustment to medical school. The PreMat lectures familiarize entering students with the course content taught early in medical school, while providing experiential learning and activities aimed at connecting students with peers, faculty, and advisors. The aim is for students to become acquainted with available resources to support their academic success.
This year’s program will be hosted virtually through Zoom:
Students will be expected to have a device with camera and microphone capabilities as well as a stable internet connection in order to participate. If you need technical support, or do not have these capabilities currently please reach out to our PreMat staff for support.
Program Activities & Schedule:
Each morning the program consists of a team building and reflection activity, followed by a lecture from our Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease (MCBD) course. Additional lectures will focus on central health issues for medically underserved populations. University of Washington Health Sciences faculty are the PreMat instructors. Second-year medical students serve as teaching assistants and facilitate the classroom and tutorial sessions.
PreMat recognizes the importance of social support and mentorship for student success, thus sessions on learning skills and self-care are also planned. Participants will have opportunities to interact with current medical students, residents, faculty staff and community health providers.
There are no tuition costs to participate in the PreMat program.
Monday, August 9 through Friday, August 13, 2021 from 8:30am–1:00pm PST.
A virtual Welcome is also scheduled on Sunday, August 8th, 2021 from 5:30–7:30pm PST.
Instruction will happen virtually through the Zoom platform, and attendance is required at all sessions. Participants should expect to spend 4-5 hours each weekday in classes. It will not be feasible for students to have schedule commitments while enrolled in the PreMat Program.
Please apply at the provided link.
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