The Application Process

Most American and Canadian medical schools use an application service to handle prospective students. The student arranges for official transcripts and MCAT scores to be sent to the service and completes an application containing additional information. The service then distributes these materials (for a fee) to the medical schools designated by the student. The medical schools then send out "secondary" applications, seeking more information and recommendations, to students they deem qualified.

Traditional students typically apply through the service the summer or fall before their senior year for entry to medical school the fall semester following graduation. Because of rolling admissions policies, it is to your benefit to apply as early as possible. Many students apply to several medical schools (8-10). The student may request and complete a paper application by mail; however, it is highly recommended that applicants utilize the electronic submission process. You may request a paper application or download the electronic application at the following links:

Allopathic Medicine (MD)

Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

Podiatric Medicine (DPM)

In addition to grades and MCAT performance, medical school admissions committees pay close attention to extracurricular activities and recommendation letters. Some things that are also taken into consideration are:

  • GPA
    • Grade trend
    • Course difficulty
  • MCAT score(s)
  • Essay
  • Motivation for entering medicine
  • Job shadowing
    • For information regarding job shadowing, please contact Gundersen Lutheran at (608) 775-4743 or Mayo Clinic Health System (Franciscan Healthcare) at (608)791-9766
  • Personal attributes
    • Personal interview; for a list of common interview questions, click here.
  • Volunteer Experience
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Medical experience
    • CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant)
    • EMT (Emergency Medical Technician)
  • Work experience
  • Research Experience
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Be sure to get to know your professors well so they can write good letters of recommendation on your behalf.
  • State of residency (especially for public schools)
    • About 50% of an incoming class will be Wisconsin residents for the Medical College of Wisconsin.
    • The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health tends to have a class of around 80% Wisconsin residents.

For details about specific medical schools please view their respective webpage.