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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday, August 3–Friday, August 7, 2020
The Office for Academic, Rural and Regional Affairs and the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI) sponsors a summer Prematriculation Program (PreMat) for medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and those who have been away from an intensive academic program for a significant amount of time. PreMat serves as a scholastic enrichment program that facilitates students' transition to medical school by providing academic and social support.
The one-week intensive 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 experiences in learning skills and community building. The aim is for students to become acquainted with available resources to support their success.
Program Activities & Schedule
Each morning the program consists of an introduction to the Metabolic and Cellular Basis of Disease (MBCD) course with lectures that include basic sciences and clinical correlations. Additional afternoon lectures will focus on central health issues for medically underserved populations including diabetes, occupational hazards for farm workers, poverty, LGBTQ health topics, and global health. University of Washington Health Sciences faculty are the PreMat instructors. Second-year medical students serve as teaching assistants and facilitate the classroom and evening tutorial sessions.
PreMat recognizes the importance of social support and mentorship for student success. Thus, sessions on learning skills and self-care, and community program visits are planned. Participants will have opportunities to learn from current medical students, faculty, residents, and community health providers. Additionally, evening and weekend networking activities will be offered as part of the PreMat Program.
Cost & Housing
There are no tuition costs to participate in the PreMat program. Participants are responsible for their own room and board while in Seattle. Students who are accepted into the program will be contacted in June and will be asked about travel and housing needs. Limited travel scholarships will be available and the school will aim to address all housing needs by offering a list of current students and alumni who are willing to host PreMat participants.
The 2020 PreMat Program runs from Monday, August 3 through Friday, August 7, 2020. Sessions will be held at the University of Washington Magnuson Health Sciences Center in Seattle and attendance is required at all sessions. Participants should expect to spend 8 to 10 hours each day in sessions. It will not be feasible for students to have employment or other commitments while enrolled in the PreMat Program.
The PreMat program is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. Our priority is the health and safety of our students. If it is not possible to host the program in person, PreMat will move to an online format. (4/12/2020)
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