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Application Process

a student at a lab hoodThe University of Maryland School of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

You must complete the AMCAS application via the AMCAS website (then click on AMCAS for Students) and indicate an interest in the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

You must select the MD/PhD Program type on your AMCAS application.  This allows you to complete the required two MD/PhD essay questions that describe your interest in the combined dual degree program.

Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to AMCAS. AMCAS will forward your letters to the School of Medicine.

The AMCAS primary application must be submitted by October 1. Once we receive your certified application through AMCAS, we will email you a secondary application to be completed and returned along with your $80 payment. The secondary application must be submitted by October 15. Transcripts must also be sent to AMCAS by October 15. All letters of recommendation must be uploaded by October 15, 2024, by 11:59 p.m.

Complete the secondary SOM application indicating that you are also applying to the MSTP (dual degree MD/PhD Program).  While the MSTP (MD/PhD Program) requires at least one reference letter from an individual with whom you have carried out research, we encourage our applicants to submit as many references as possible from their various research mentors.  

However, you are not required to send additional recommendation letters from research mentors if they have been submitted through the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation system. 

After the initial screening of the applications is completed, selected candidates will be contacted for an on-campus interview at the MSTP’s expense. Although the official deadline is October 15, the most competitive applicants apply early in the cycle. 

Admissions are done on a rolling basis, so applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible. This allows for early scheduling for interviews. Interview dates are conducted for two consecutive days during the months of November, December and January.

Applying from within the Medical School

As a medical student, you will already have gone through the essentials of the first day of interviews.
Instead, you will meet several of the MSTP advisory committee members and have some brief laboratory visits. 

Applying from within the Graduate School

Graduate students will need to participate in the Medical School Admissions process. Laboratory visits will still be a component, but their purpose will be for you to meet new graduate school faculty in order to get exposure to new techniques.