Applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program

Applying to the M.D./Ph.D. Program

Timetable for Admissions

June 1: Primary application available via AMCAS.

June through December: AMCAS applications received by the School of Medicine.

June through December: Requests sent for Supplemental Statements.

November 15: Deadline for submitting the AMCAS application.

December 31: Deadline for receipt of all other materials.

August through February: Invitations to interview sent to selected applicants.

October through May: Offers of acceptance issued on a rolling basis.

Academic Preparation

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university.

Applicants must satisfy the course requirements specified for admissions to the School of Medicine.

Applicants must take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) that is required of all applicants. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required.

Applicants should have a significant research experience as the program seeks to enroll students who are deeply committed to careers as physician-scientists.

Application Process

All applicants to the program must complete the online AMCAS application and indicate on their application that they are applying to the M.D./Ph.D. program. Applicants must complete the M.D./Ph.D. essay in the AMCAS application.

When the School of Medicine receives the AMCAS application, they will direct it to the M.D./Ph.D. program. The School of Medicine will send notification to the applicant requesting letters of recommendation and completion of a Supplemental Statement, sent electronically. The Supplemental Statement must be completed and submitted via our applicant portal and the school application fee should be paid online at the time of submission.  When possible, it is our preference that you complete your supplemental application using a PC (vs. a Mac).

Letters of recommendation must be submitted according to the guidelines indicated for School of Medicine applicants. It is important that applicants request letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with their research capabilities.

The application is considered complete when the following items are received: (1) the AMCAS application; (2) MCAT scores; (3) the Supplemental Statement; and (4) letters of recommendation. Applicants will be notified by email when their applications are complete.

Applicants to the M.D./Ph.D. program are not automatically considered for admission to the M.D. program.

Interviews

The M.D./Ph.D. Program Steering Committee will read and evaluate each application.

Selected applicants will be offered interviews.

During interview visits, applicants will meet with medical and graduate school faculty, tour the academic and research facilities, enjoy a social lunch and dinner with MD/PhD students, and attend an M.D./Ph.D. Research Club session.

The program will provide overnight accommodations for applicants as part of the interview process.

Selection Process

Applicants will be evaluated on their academic records, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, interview reports, rigor of their research experiences, and relevance of their health care experience.

Admission to the program is considered on a rolling basis from November through May.

The School of Medicine admissions committee does not automatically consider M.D./Ph.D. applicants who are not invited for an interview or not accepted into the M.D./Ph.D. program for admission to the M.D. only program. M.D./Ph.D. applicants who wish to be considered for the M.D. program at any point during the admissions process must email their request to the School of Medicine Dean of Admissions at admissions@uchc.edu and notify the M.D./Ph.D. program at mdphd@uchc.edu. Should applicants decide they wish to be considered for the M.D. program rather than the M.D./Ph.D. program, it is recommended that they do this as early as possible during the admissions cycle.

Accepted applicants will be invited to the “M.D./Ph.D. and Medical School Second Look Weekend” in the Spring. The M.D./Ph.D. program will pay up to $200 of travel expenses for this event, in addition to hotel accommodations and most meals.

Financial Support

M.D./Ph.D. students receive stipend support, a waiver of tuition and most fees, and a health insurance plan for all years in the program.