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Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I apply to the University of Maryland School of Medicine MD/PhD Program?

A: Application is made through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).   AMCAS is open for students applying for enrollment in 2020-2021 school year.

Q: Do I complete a separate application to the University of Maryland School of  Medicine?
A: You must select the MD/PhD Program on you AMCAS application. After your AMCAS application is received by the University of Maryland you will be sent an e-mail with instructions for completing the on-line secondary application. This allows you to complete the requried two MD/PhD essay questions that describe your interest in the combined degree program.

Q: Where should I send letters of recommendation?
A: All letters should be sent directly to AMCAS.  AMCAS will forward your letters to the School of Medicine. 

Q: What is the deadline for receipt of my MD-PhD application?
A: The deadline for the primary application is October 1, 2019 and the secondary application is due October 15, 2019.  The transcripts and letters of recommendation must be uploaded through AMCAS by 11:59pm on  October 15, 2019.  We encourage you to have all application materials submitted as early as possible.

Q: Are international students eligible for the MD/PhD Program?
A: U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for admission, as are Canadian citizens.   Due to funding restrictions, all other international students are ineligible to apply.

Q: I am currently a medical student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Am I eligible to apply to the MD/PhD Program?
A: Students currently enrolled in the University of Maryland medical school program or PhD program can apply if they meet eligibility requirements. It is recommended that potential applicants contact the Director of the MD/PhD Program to discuss this process.

Q: When will I hear from the MD/PhD Program at UMB?
A: Applications are reviewed by the Medical School Admissions Office and MD/PhD Advisory Committee. Following the review process we will contact you if you are selected for an interview. 

Q: What factors are considered in selecting applicants to interview for the Program?
A: Applicants must meet admissions requirements for the School of Medicine, including MCAT scores, undergraduate and graduate academic records and letters of recommendation. Also a strong background in research is essential. Interviews are extended to applicants based on the above criteria using a holistic approach.

Q: What is the average GPA and MCATs of the students invited to interview?
A: GPA 3.75, MCAT 515. 

Q: What makes a competitive applicant?
A: In recent years  accepted MD-PhD students have had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.75 with a range of 2.71 to 4.0  and an average MCAT of 515 with a range of 508-524. Students with a weak undergraduate GPA often have done a MS with a strong GPA.


The research experience and potential to become a physician-scientist, as described in your physician scientist motivation statement, is the most important part of your MD-PhD application. Students should have a significant amount of research experience. This includes, but is not limited to, at least one year undergraduate research, post-undergraduate research, senior thesis research, and/or multiple summer projects – prior to applying to the MD-PhD Program.  

Strong letters of recommendation from faculty who know the student's research experience and comment on their potential as scientists are important. 

Publications are not required.

Q: What are my chances of admission?
A: Each year our program receives approximately 250 applications. Interviews are extended to about 50 applicants. Approximately, 50% of interviewees are accepted.  Our program matriculates approximately 8 new students per year.

Q: When are interviews held?
A: Two-day interviews are held in the months of November, December, January, and February.

 Q: Are interview travel expenses reimbursed?
A: Applicants are reimbursed up to $300 for interview travel expenses. Lodging is provided either with a current student or at a local hotel.

Q: Are accepted applicants invited back for a second visit?
A: Yes, accepted applicants are encouraged to revisit the campus and will again be reimbursed up to $300 for travel expenses.

Q: If I am not accepted for admission by the MD/PhD Program will I be considered for MD only?
A: Yes, applicants not accepted into the combined degree program are automatically evaluated and considered by the medical school. 

Q: How many students are currently enrolled in the MD/PhD Program?
A: The program has 56 current students and is growing.  We expect to grow to 64 students in total (8 per entering class).

Q: Do all students in the MD/PhD Program receive support?
A: Yes, all students are provided with a yearly stipend, tuition, fees, individual health insurance and malpractice insurance. Find out more.