Secondary Application

A Secondary Application link will be emailed to qualified applicants after the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) has received and reviewed the AMCAS application. Unlike many medical schools, UWSOM does not request Secondary Applications automatically; applications are screened to determine if a Secondary Application will be requested.

The completed application materials listed below must be in our Admissions Office by December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PT. Materials received after this date will NOT be considered.

There is an optional section on the Secondary Application to apply to the TRUST program. If you are interested in also applying to TRUST, ALL application materials are due in the Admissions Office by December 1, 2019 at 11:59pm PT. 

Medical Scientist Training Program, MSTP (M.D./Ph.D.) applicants will need to initiate their supplementary 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 supplementary applications (one to each program). The MSTP supplementary application deadline is posted on their website.

The UW School of Medicine does not accept activity updates to your application. Grade updates (i.e., official and unofficial transcripts) are permitted. Additional letters of recommendation and changes in contact information should be sent through AMCAS. If you are offered an interview, at that time you may discuss updates since submitting your application.

We expect applications to be correct and complete when submitted. If you feel your application will be substantially better after completing additional experiences, we recommend that you wait to apply.

Secondary Application requirements:

Autobiographical statement that includes (250-word limit):

  • The origin and development of your motivation to be a physician
  • Your prior experiences in healthcare
  • Steps taken to explore a career in medicine
  • Your eventual goals as a physician
  • Personal attributes that would make you a good physician

Please do not repeat what you wrote in your AMCAS Personal Comments (this will already be on file with our office). If you have already covered all of the above topics in your AMCAS application, use this space to let the Admissions Committee know more about who you are in addition to being someone who wants to be a physician.

4 additional short essays (250-word limit each)

  • How have your experiences prepared you to be a physician?
  • What perspectives or experiences do you bring that would enrich the class?
  • What obstacles have you experienced and how have you overcome them?
  • How have societal inequities in the U.S. affected you or patients you have worked with?

For re-applicants: From your most recent application until now, how have you strengthened your application?

For re-applicants not offered an interview, read more.

Submit a pre-medical committee evaluation and up to three additional letters, or submit a minimum of three and up to six letters from writers who can speak to one or more of the following:

  • Academic ability
  • Commitment to service
  • Leadership potential
  • Clinical or research experiences
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Interaction with patients
  • Ability to function on a team, and/or potential as a physician
  • Respect for others
  • Compassion
  • Maturity
  • Communication skills
  • Work ethic

The collection of letters should provide a balanced and well-rounded view of your candidacy for medicine. Letters of recommendation from people who know you well can give the committee a better understanding of who you are. Consider current employers, people at your volunteer or shadowing opportunities, teaching assistants, etc. 

Note: It is strongly encouraged that letters be printed on university, company or personal letterhead and signed. Letters of recommendation that are missing letterhead and/or signature will be given less consideration.

All letters of recommendation should be submitted via the: AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation service.

See Guidelines for Writing Letters of Recommendation for additional assistance.

Submit an electronic payment, cash or checks will not be accepted. This fee is non-refundable. The fee will automatically be waived for those who have qualified for AMCAS fee waivers. Others seeking a fee waiver should submit their requests directly to the UW School of Medicine Office of Admissions

Applicants are expected to read andcomply with the following policies:

  • Honor Code: The University of Washington School of Medicine believes that high ethical standards are essential to the practice of medicine. As we aspire to cultivate and maintain a community of professionalism and academic integrity, we place at the foundation of our endeavors and in all of our interactions the ideals of excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, accountability and a commitment to altruism. Through the Honor Code, we attempt to articulate the most basic principles that should guide our professional behavior throughout our education.

  • Clerkship Policy: The University of Washington School of Medicine takes pride in the vast array of clinical educational opportunities available to our students throughout the WWAMI region. Our Clerkship Policy enables students to take advantage of these opportunities. Students are expected to spend 20 weeks of their required clerkships outside of a 50-mile radius from Seattle, and regional or Spokane students spend 12 weeks within Seattle. Applicants will be made aware of this policy at the time of application to UWSOM and, as part of the application process, will be asked to sign a statement demonstrating their understanding of this policy. Once enrolled, students will be further reminded of this policy when they are planning and submitting requests for

  • Essential Requirements: The M.D. degree is recognized as a broad, undifferentiated degree requiring the acquisition of general knowledge and basic skills in all fields of medicine. The education of a physician requires assimilation of knowledge, acquisition of skills and development of judgment through patient care experience in preparation for independent and appropriate decisions required in practice. The current practice of medicine emphasizes collaboration among physicians, allied health-care professionals and the patient. There are numerous components to the UWSOM Essential Requirements of Medical Education: Admission, Retention, Promotion, and Graduation Standards.

  • UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct: UW Medicine is committed to high standards of professionalism in patient care, research and education among our faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students. Professionalism is integral to our mission of improving health, and includes demonstrating excellence, respect, integrity, compassion, altruism and accountability in all endeavors and creating an environment supportive of diversity in ideas, perspectives and experiences. Read the UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct.

Candidates from WyomingAlaskaMontana and Idaho will be required to submit residency certification from their respective state certifying officers.

Washington residents may or may not be required to provide proof of legal residence, but should be prepared to verify their state residency at any point in the application process.


CASPer® stands for Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics. The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) will continue to pilot the CASPer situational judgment test for the Fall 2020 application cycle.

Applicants are required to take the CASPer test as part of completing our secondary application. Your secondary application will be considered incomplete until you have taken the CASPer test. 

The UWSOM will use the results of the assessment as information only this year to determine its utility in our current admissions process. Test results will NOT be used for admissions decisions.

CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement other tools we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. To take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. No exceptions will be made.

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes 75 to 90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who took the test in previous years will be expected to re-take it.