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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Application Process

Application Process

Before You Apply

Ensure you can complete the premedical course requirements and earn a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States by July 15 of the year you will begin medical school.

Take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
Review Holistic Review Information
Request letters of evaluation

After You Apply

Application deadlines:

Apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS charges a $170 processing fee for one medical school designation and $39 for each additional medical school designation. Find out about the Fee Assistance Program.

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

Application screening

You do not need to complete all prerequisites before you apply, however you must complete all prerequisites by July 15 of the year you matriculate.

Submit the secondary application.

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

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 AMCAS application, letters of evaluation and the secondary application will be assigned to screeners for review for an interview. 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. Holistic review is a balanced consideration of experiences, attributes and metrics that help us meet our mission. Since we have established GPA/MCAT threshold combinations as a partial requirement to receive a secondary application, once the secondary application is submitted back to us and the entire file goes into review, we blind the MCAT and GPA from further consideration.

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. Please ensure the email you included on AMCAS and the secondary are the same.

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.

Interviews

The Admissions Committee and screeners consider applications at the secondary stage and recommend candidates to be interviewed. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. When reviewing completed 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 beginning of July. All communications are sent via email, so please include a valid and regularly monitored email address on your AMCAS and secondary application.

You cannot schedule an individual appointment with College officials to discuss your qualifications once an application has been submitted and you are under consideration.

Prepare for interviews

Interviews will take place from August through February.

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.

Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)

If you are selected for interviews, you will participate in MMIs, a series of eight one-on-one interview sessions. In seven out of eight sessions, you are assessed on your response to a structured scenario. The eighth session is a one-on-one semi-structured interview with an Admissions Committee member.

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:

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  • Seven stations lasting five minutes each
  • One five-minute rest station
  • One 13-minute one-on-one interview with a member of the Admissions Committee

You will have one minute to transfer between stations.

Before each of the seven mini-interviews begin, you will be given a question or scenario and have two minutes to consider your answer. Upon hearing a signal, you will enter the interview room. You will respond to the question in a short conversation with an interviewer. After five minutes, a signal will sound again. You will have one 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 an Admissions Committee member, but you will not be exposed to the questions prior to entering the room like other mini-interviews.

This video will give you a glimpse of our interview day experience:

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

Offers of Admission

Await Notification

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

If you have been accepted to the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and decide not to attend, it would be courteous and professional 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. It is prudent to review the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Applicants, especially as it pertains to holding on to multiple offers of acceptance. In particular, if you receive an offer of acceptance from more than one medical school on or before April 30th, select only one program and withdraw your acceptance from all other schools.

If you are on the Waitlist and do not plan on attending the College after all, please withdraw your application by emailing the Admissions Office. This allows for the Waitlist to include only those who are still interested in attending the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Pre-enrollment deposit

After you are admitted, there is a $100 pre-enrollment deposit required, payable through the myWSU portal (instructions will be provided after admittance). 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.

How admission decisions are reached

Two reviewers will examine each interviewee’s application holistically and present these to the Admissions Committee. They are interested in life experiences and personal attributes.

The Admissions Committee decides which applicants will be granted admission. This decision is final.

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

What if you are not selected?

Some applicants may be invited to take a place on the Waitlist for admission. Offers from the Waitlist occur once all seats have been filled and a previously accepted applicant then chooses to withdraw. Offers from the Waitlist can be made until orientation.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office.

“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