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Application Process

Application checklist

Applying to medical school requires the following steps

Before you apply

Complete premedical course requirements.

Start by obtaining a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.

You’ll need to complete the required courses before you can begin medical school. Admission to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is contingent upon completion of the course requirements.

You must complete course requirements by July 15 of the year that you plan to begin medical school.

Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Take this standardized multiple-choice test no later than September 30th of the year before you expect to begin medical school classes.

The MCAT assesses your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine. There is a fee to register for the exam. You can take a free practice test online.

Review admission requirements.

Read the requirements for admission to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Requirements at different medical schools vary. Identify selection criteria and check that you have fulfilled course requirements at each school where you plan to apply.

Request letters of recommendation.

You will need letters from 3 to 5 individuals, attesting to your relevant life experiences and personal attributes.

Identify your letter writers and request their help several months before the application deadline. If your premedical advising office provides a committee letter compiling feedback from multiple sources, this letter will count as 2 of your 3 required letters of recommendation.

Select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine, particularly relative to the desired selection criteria. Try to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. The College discourages letters from family members and/or friends.

The application process

File your application.

Application deadlines:

  • November 14: Recommended application date
  • November 27 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time): Applications accepted until this time. Applications received by the November 27 deadline will be eligible to receive a secondary application for the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
  • December 1 at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time): Secondary application is due.

Apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS.) AMCAS charges a $160 processing fee for one medical school designation and $38 for each additional medical school designation. Find out about fee waivers.

If you are applying for admission as a permanent resident, submit a copy of your permanent resident card to the Office of Admissions.

Application review

Office of Admissions staff will review and preliminarily screen applications based on:

  • College undergraduate grade-point average (GPA)
  • Scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Course prerequisites

You do not need to complete all prerequisites before you apply. However, the Office of Admissions needs to determine if you can reasonably complete all prerequisites by July 15.

Qualifying to receive a secondary application

You will be sent an email inviting you to submit a secondary application if you fulfill all of the following:

  • Meet the academic metrics
  • Demonstrate that you are from Washington
  • Can reasonably be expected to complete prerequisite courses by July 15

Upon submission of your secondary application, you will be asked to submit a $50 fee using a credit card. Once proof of payment is received, the secondary application will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review, along with your AMCAS application.

Questions?

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 509-358-7518 or medicine.admissions@wsu.edu.

File the FAFSA.

Financial aid is critical for the vast majority of medical students. You can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning October 1.

File the secondary application.

If you receive an email invitation, it will include a link to the secondary application. Submit your secondary application and all supporting documentation by December 1 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time.

The following must accompany your secondary application:

    • Secondary application fee ($50, nonrefundable)
      When you submit your secondary application, you will be asked to pay a $50 fee using a credit card. Once proof of payment is received, the secondary application will be sent to the Admissions Committee for review, along with your AMCAS application. The secondary application is your opportunity to showcase every aspect of your ability, experience, and character that aligns with the College’s mission: to discover solutions for challenging health care environments in Washington.
    • Letters of evaluation
      Submit at least 3 letters, but no more than 5. Select writers who know you well and can speak to your qualifications for entering the field of medicine, particularly relative to the desired selection criteria. Try to include at least one faculty member who has gotten to know you during the course of your studies. The College discourages letters from family members and/or friends.

After you submit your secondary application, you can log into a portal to check your application status. A final admission decision will be sent to the email address you provide during the application process.

Questions?

If you have questions regarding your application, please contact the Office of Admissions at 509-358-7518 or medicine.admissions@wsu.edu.

Check that your letters of recommendation have been sent.

Your letter writers submit all letters of evaluation through the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service. They can begin to submit letters on the same day that the AMCAS application opens.

Submit all letters of recommendation through the AMCAS Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation Service.

Interviews

Watch for an interview invitation.

The Admissions Committee considers applications at the secondary stage and recommends candidates to be interviewed. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. When reviewing secondary applications, the Committee looks for relevant life experiences and personal attributes, and connections to the state of Washington:

The College will email interview invitations as early as the end of November. It sends all communications via email, so please include a valid and regularly monitored email address on your AMCAS application.

You cannot schedule an individual appointment with College officials to discuss your qualifications after you have applied.

Prepare for interviews.

Interviews will take place from December through March.

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) has published a guide called “Interviewing for Health Professions Schools” that is available for purchase online.

Participate in multiple sessions on interview day.

If you are selected for interviews, you will participate in Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMIs), a series of 9 one-on-one interview sessions. In each session, you are assessed on your response to a structured scenario.

What your interviewers are looking for

These interviews are not intended to assess your specific knowledge in the field. Instead, they focus on life experiences and personal attributes that align with the College’s mission.

In part, interviewers will also use these sessions to gauge your cultural sensitivity, maturity, capacity for teamwork, empathy, and reliability.

Responses are flexible. There are no right or wrong answers. Your interviewer will use a Likert scale to evaluate your thought process and ability to think on your feet.

The interview process

You will go through a timed circuit that includes the following stations:

  • 8 stations lasting 7 minutes each
  • Two 7-minute rest station
  • One 17-minute one-on-one interview with a member of the Admissions Committee

You will have 1 minute to transfer between stations.

Before each mini-interview begins, you will be given a question or scenario and have 2 minutes to consider your answer. When a bell rings, you will step into an interview room. You will respond to the question in a short conversation with an interviewer from the University or the greater community. After 7 minutes, a bell will ring again. You will have 1 minute to rotate to the next interview room—and the next question—in the circuit.

At the one-on-one interview station, you will have a question-and-answer-style interview with a trained evaluator. That individual will prepare a summary report for the Admissions Committee to review.

Additional resources

“What it’s like to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs),” Association of American Medical Colleges

“What to Expect During a Medical School Multiple Mini Interview,” U.S. News & World Report

“It’s not a traditional interview with just one person or a panel of interviewers who determine whether or not you get into medical school. We want to take a broader look at your ability to problem solve and demonstrate critical thinking skills. Can you empathize in a situation? Can you communicate professionally? Those kinds of characteristics are illuminated in multiple mini interviews.”

—Radha Nandagopal, M.D., FAAP, Admissions Committee Chair and Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty member

Offers of admission

Await notification.

The College uses a rolling admissions process. The Admissions Committee meets at several intervals from January through early April to review applicants and make admission decisions.

You will hear a decision regarding your application no later than April 17, 2017.

As of April 1, 2016, medical schools are permitted to view the schools to which applicants have been accepted.

If you decide prior to April 30 not to attend the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, it would be courteous to decline your offer or withdraw your acceptance by emailing medicine.admissions@wsu.edu. This allows the College to admit another applicant in a timely manner.

If you continue to be on a waiting list after April 30 and do not plan on attending the College, please request your removal from the waiting list by emailing the College.

Pre-enrollment deposit

After you are admitted, there is a $100 pre-enrollment deposit required, payable through the myWSU portal. Your deposit is refundable until April 30. If you enroll in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, your deposit will be deducted from your tuition.

If you decide prior to April 30 not to attend the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, please email the College with your decision not to attend.

How admission decisions are reached

3 reviewers will examine each interviewee’s application holistically. They are interested in life experiences and personal attributes.

The Admissions Committee decides which applicants will be granted admission.

The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine does not offer an early decision program.

What if you are not selected?

The decision of the Admissions Committee is final. Some applicants may be placed on a waiting list for admission if space allows.