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Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

Applying to the MD Program

APPLICATION PROCESS, TIMELINE, & PATHWAYS

Before You Apply

Before submitting AMCAS and paying their fee, please ensure you meet our secondary requirements. These requirements are non-negotiable and your application will not be reviewed if you do not meet them nor will you receive a secondary application which is required for consideration.

Ensure you can complete the premedical course requirements and earn a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada 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

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.

The 2020 AMCAS Applicant Guide is a great resource and available to help you apply.

To Apply

Once you have determined you have met or will meet the secondary requirements at some point in the admissions cycle, apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). AMCAS charges a $170 processing fee for one medical school designation and $40 for each additional medical school designation. If you are in need of financial assistance, learn more about your eligibility by visiting the AAMC Fee Assistance Program.

Our AMCAS application deadline is October 15.

After You Apply

Application deadlines:

The AMCAS deadline is October 15 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

AMCAS application screening

Once we receive your AMCAS application, our system will check to see if you have met the secondary requirements. This may involve requesting official documentation from you to prove you meet a definition of resident student. 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.

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. Receiving these is one of the requirements to receive a secondary application.

Submit the secondary application.

If you receive the secondary application, you must submit it by December 1 at 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time to be considered

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 two screeners who review the full file to make independent recommendations for interview. Your application will remain in review until we have filled all interview seats. Those who are not invited for an interview are notified they are no longer being considered upon the end of the interview season. When reviewing completed applications, the Committee looks for relevant life experiences and personal attributes, and connections to the state of Washington.

The secondary application is your opportunity to showcase every aspect of your ability, experience and character that aligns with the College’s mission and vision: 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, 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.

Interviews

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 the admissions office to discuss your qualifications once an application has been submitted and you are under consideration. You may ask general questions during this phase.

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 to interview, you will participate in our hybrid MMI process, which is a series of eight one-on-one interviews. In seven out of eight sessions, you are assessed on your response to a structured scenario. The eighth session is a one-on-one 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 the personal attributes that align with the College’s mission.

Responses are flexible, and 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, as well as describe their observations.

The interview process

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

MMI Graphic

  • 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/scenario—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 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 from April 30 and after.

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 independently examine each interviewee’s application holistically and present these to the Admissions Committee. They are interested in our identified life experiences and personal attributes.

The Admissions Committee decides which applicants will be granted admission. This decision is final and free from any outside influence.

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 in mid-August.

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office.

MD ADMISSION TIMELINE

Mark your calendar

  • Early May 2019
    • AMCAS application opens
  • End of May 2019
    • Submission of the AMCAS application begins
  • End of June 2019
    • The transmission of verified AMCAS applications begins
    • Verification of secondary requirements begins. If met, secondary applications will be sent. Please be sure you meet the secondary requirements before submitting and paying for AMCAS. We do not make any exceptions to the secondary requirements.
  • July 15, 2019
    • Recommended date to submit your AMCAS application
      It is important to submit an earlier application, if possible (along with all required supporting documents), to allow for more processing time, secondary completion, if applicable, and have more opportunities for interviews. This is not an official deadline. The AMCAS official deadline is October 15, 2019. This date simply serves as an encouragement to complete the application packet as early as possible.
  • August 2019 – February 2020
    • Interview season
  • October 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
    • Deferred Deadline
      Only applies to those who were granted deferral from the previous entering year.
  • October 1, 2019
    • First day to submit the FAFSA
      Explore financial aid information and scholarship opportunities at the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine. This is required for any accepted applicants who want to be considered for scholarships.
  • October 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time
  • October 2019 – March 2020
    • Regular season, rolling acceptances made
  • December 1, 2019, 11:59 p.m., Pacific Standard Time
    • Deadline to submit your secondary application
      The application and fee must be submitted. There are no extensions for any reason.
  • February 2020
    • AMCAS “Plan to Enroll” option becomes available on AMCAS applicant portal.
      • “Plan to Enroll” communicates to schools who have made an offer of acceptance that the applicant has made a choice about where they intend to enroll. “Plan to Enroll” options can be changed by an applicant at any time in the AMCAS portal as they receive additional offers or change their mind.
    • See AMCAS information for more information.
  • March 2020
    • Waitlist decisions are communicated to applicants interviewed but not yet made an offer. All applicants denied admission will have been notified by this point.
  • March – August 2020
    • Waitlist offer period.
  • April 2020
    • Second Look Visit
      If you are an admitted applicant, you will be invited to visit campus for this event.
    • Financial aid and scholarship information delivered
      The College will strive to provide information about your financial aid and scholarship package before the Second Look Visit.
  • April 15, 2020
  • April 30, 2020
    • $100 pre-enrollment deposit due
      You will receive an email notice about the deposit in March. Refunds are available before April 30. If you enroll in the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, your deposit will be deducted from your tuition.
    • AMCAS applicant protocols indicate that applicants hold no more than one acceptance from this point forward.
    • AMCAS “Commit to Enroll” option becomes available on AMCAS applicant portal.
      • “Commit to Enroll” communicates to schools that the applicant has made their final decision and has withdrawn from all other medical schools.
      • “Plan to Enroll” can still be used at this point if the applicant wants to hold on to the offer of acceptance but is on waitlists at other schools and may commit to another school should an offer be made.
      • See AMCAS for more information.
  • July 15, 2020
    • All prerequisites must be complete and required degree earned.
  • August 12 – 14, 2020
    • Orientation and classes begin
  • August 17, 2020
    • First day of class

“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, MD, FAAP, Admissions Committee Chair and Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine faculty member

PATHWAYS TO MEDICINE

Prospective medical students come along many different pathways. Some follow the traditional path from high school to college to medical school with little breaks. Others take time between college and medical school. Still others pursue service in the military or another career before deciding they want to pursue medicine.

We want to encourage any prospective applicant no matter their pathway. Our admissions process is not focused on whether applicants apply directly out of college or whether their journey has taken them through a unique road to arrive at medicine. We have accepted applicants from every one of these different journeys. Please view our class demographics, which will be updated each time we enroll a new cohort.

Below is feedback and resources to help applicants along these different paths.


Official Pathway Programs
The WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine has developed formal pathway programs to partner with and support high school and college students who have an interest in medicine.
Explore Pathway Programs

Traditional Path

For prospective applicants who plan to apply to medical school while in college and hopefully matriculate after graduation, there are many resources on college campuses to assist. We highly recommend that you rely on your pre-health offices and advisors for guidance on how to be competitive applicants.

There are other resources available through the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Premed Navigator page provides many different insights.

We encourage you not to focus so much on when you could start medical school and instead consider how you can gain as much experience and exposure and grow as an individual to be ready for medical school. If this changes your path to add a gap year(s) or to pursue another career first, there is nothing wrong with that!

Gap-Year(s) Path

For prospective applicants who plan to apply to medical school after a gap year(s), we encourage you to be thoughtful about how you want to spend that time and how you hope to grow as an individual. Medical schools want to know how applicants are spending their time between college and medical school.

Be mindful that you may also lose contact with your former professors as you transition out of college. If you aim to ask for a letter of recommendation from a former professor, it is up to you to maintain that contact and keep them informed of what you are doing.

If you plan to pursue postbacc courses or apply to a formal program, this page has some helpful resources.

The AAMC provides some additional considerations if taking a gap year(s) and how to make the most of it.

Career-Changer and Military Path

For applicants who have pursued other careers and/or served in the military, having access to pre-med advisors may not be an option. If you need to take pre-requisite courses, consider taking them at a four-year institution where there would be access to pre-med advisors. We understand this is not always possible, however, so we encourage you to reach out to us directly for an advising meeting.

Know your value!
We encourage you to share with us on your application how your former career and/or military service has helped prepare you for medical education or the practice of medicine. Often applicants who are transitioning from other careers forget that medical schools are not only concerned about your health care exposure; they also want applicants who have leadership and teamwork experience and skills, among others. Consider how you can highlight what you have learned from these other fields that will help you as a medical student, bring diversity to the class, care for others, and/or help us solve challenging healthcare problems.

Below are links to AAMC resources: