Residence Certification

AMCAS legal state of residence

 

To be considered as a WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) applicant, your legal state of residence in AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) must be listed as Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho. (Applicants interested in the Wyoming cohort may have another legal state of residence listed, but must be verified by the Wyoming residency certification office to be considered for admission into that cohort.)

Applicants whose AMCAS legal state of residence is not within WWAMI or whose residency is denied by one of the WWAMI residency certifying offices will be considered for the MD program if they meet the following specific components of our mission (https://www.uwmedicine.org/school-of-medicine/md-program/mission):

  • Tie(s) to one or more of the WWAMI states (see below)

AND at least one of the following:

  • Service record with underserved communities
  • From a disadvantaged background (including those inadequately represented in medicine)

Applicants from each of the WWAMI states will be considered for admission into their state’s cohort. For example, applicants with Idaho listed as their legal state of residence are automatically considered for the Idaho cohort and, if invited, will interview in Idaho for one of their seats. Applicants from out-of-region will be considered for the Seattle cohort.

Please note that the University of Washington School of Medicine Office of Admissions processes applications based on legal state of residence, not on applicants’ current or permanent addresses. 

If you are asked to verify your legal residence, you may need to submit the following documents that could include but are not limited to:

  • Proof of employment
  • Driver's license/state ID
  • Vehicle registration
  • Voter registration
  • Proof of an established bank account
  • Verification from the out-of-state college or university where you were enrolled as a nonresident and paid nonresident tuition. (If you were enrolled in a private school, provide verification of enrollment.)
  • A true and correct copy of your state and federal income tax return for the calendar year immediately prior to the year in which this application is made. If you did not file a state or federal income tax return because of minimal or no taxable income, documented information concerning the receipt of such nontaxable income must be submitted
  • A true and correct copy of your W2 form filed for the previous calendar year
  • Other documented financial resources. Such other resources may include but are not limited to: the sale of personal or real property, trust fund, state or financial assistance, gifts, or earnings of the spouse of a married student.

These documents should be on hand and ready to submit to the Residency Classification Office upon request. Washington residents will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their residence history prior to being invited to complete the secondary application; all other applicants will answer residence history questions as part of their secondary application.

The Admissions office has created two brief videos that are essential viewing for Washington applicants submitting residency documents. Please watch these before submitting documentation:

Video: WA State Residency Verification Best Practices

Video: WA State Residency Financial Dependence Vs. Independence

Out-of-region applicants must have one of the following WWAMI ties in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Member of a federally recognized tribe whose traditional and customary tribal boundaries include portions of the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and/or Idaho
  • Born in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho
  • Graduated from high school in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho
  • Have a parent who currently lives in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and/or Idaho
  • Currently live and/or have lived in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and/or Idaho FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR
  • Active military member who is stationed in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, or Idaho