Preparing to Apply to Medical School

Become familiar with the UW School of Medicine Admissions site.

Declare a major as soon as possible. Make sure you're on track to complete your major requirements.

Certain courses are required as prerequisites for application to medical school. Make sure that, whatever your major, you include these courses in your curriculum. Alaska WWAMI prerequisites and admissions standards

Student Taking a TestContact your college or university's pre-med advisor for current information on the application process. UAA Pre-Health Professions Advising

Get to know your professors. You will be asking them for letters of recommendation.

The pre-medical advisory committee at your university will usually hold your letters and will write a composite letter of recommendation. If you are a UAA student, fill out the personal information form and turn it in to Dr. Quentin Reuer (ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building, Room 301M).

Excel at something. Medical schools look for well-rounded individuals who will relate well to patients. Being the best at something will identify you to the admissions committee as a unique individual.

Prepare for and take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Almost all US medical schools require submission of MCAT examination scores upon application. The UAA PreMed Club  periodically offers MCAT practice tests. Practice tests are also available on-line at the MCAT website.

NOTE: Applicants should  take the MCAT at least 13 months prior to starting medical school. I.E. An applicant wishing to begin medical school in Fall 2015 would need to have taken the MCAT prior to August 15, 2043. Applicants to the E2015 Alaska WWAMI class must submit scores from the 2012, 2013, or 2014 Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and must have taken the MCAT prior to Sept. 30, 2013.

Take advantage of the many helpful publications available on the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and MCAT websites.

Complete the primary medical school application through AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). AMCAS is a service of the AAMC in which nearly all US medical schools participate. Applicants submit their primary medical school application to AMCAS, along with transcripts and MCAT scores. AMCAS forwards the primary application to those schools which the applicant selects.

Complete your AMCAS application early and update it regularly. Do not wait until the last minute!  More information about AMCAS and the primary application process

Some medical schools, including the University of Washington School of Medicine/WWAMI Program, require completion of a secondary application. Check the admissions policies of the schools to which you are applying to learn whether or not a secondary application will be required. UWSoM Application Procedure

Applicants to Alaska WWAMI School of Medical Education must submit the Alaska WWAMI Eligibility Form and supplementary documentation to prove their eligibility for the Alaska WWAMI Program.

Do your research. Find out all you can about US medical schools: facilities, philosophies, locations, and training specialties. This will help you to select those schools to which you want to apply. It will also help you as you prepare your application, personal statement, and get ready for your interview. List of American Medical Schools

Applying to medical school is a rigorous, competitive process. Get the best help and advice you can find. Take advantage of the numerous resources at your local university, bookstores, and on the Internet.

Visit our Web Resources page, which contains links to many sites which can help you research what it takes to be admitted to medical school.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:  If you are an incoming Alaska WWAMI medical student considering military, Indian Health Service, National Health Service, or other federal assistance that requires a service obligation as part of the support provided, please contact the Alaska WWAMI Office, 907.786.4789 or wwami@uaa.alaska.edu, for more information.  Policies and regulations have changed.