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Transfer Policy

Applications for transfer into the third-year class are considered only if space becomes available in the rising third-year class.

At this time KU SOM is not accepting transfer students. There is no space available in the 2018-19 third-year class.

A transfer applicant must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status and, preferably, be a legal resident of Kansas.
  • Be enrolled as a student in good standing in a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
  • Have successfully completed all course work in a preclinical curriculum comparable to that of the KU School of Medicine.
  • Have passed Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE).
  • Present compelling circumstances as reason for the request to transfer.

University of Kansas School of Medicine Transfer Policy

  1. The University of Kansas School of Medicine is a four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The structure and function of the School of Medicine undergoes a rigorous review process by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), which assures that the educational content and quality meet the standards established for accreditation of schools of medicine in the United States. Furthermore, such medical schools have strict standards for entering students regarding content and quality of premedical education, academic performance, and review of those personal characteristics necessary in the profession of medicine. For these reasons, the University of Kansas School of Medicine has determined that its policy for admission of transfer students to the undergraduate medical education program will be limited to those students currently enrolled in good standing in a school of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

    Applicants for admission into the clinical phase of medical school will be considered only on a space available basis. Space is created for transfer students when the Executive Dean of the School of Medicine determines that the number of students advancing from the basic science to the clinical years has dropped below the class size at the time of first-year enrollment.
  2. To be considered for transfer, an applicant must be a student who:
    1. is currently enrolled in good standing in a school of medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education;
    2. has demonstrated compelling circumstances as reason for the request to transfer;
    3. has passed all courses in the school's preclinical program;
    4. has earned a passing score on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE);
    5. is a United States citizen or has permanent residency status in the United States;
    6. meets all other technical standards and student health requirements (i.e., immunizations, physical exam, health insurance, etc., as required of all incoming students) for admission to the University of Kansas; and
    7. provides information required for registration and enrollment.
  3. Transfer applicants will be considered in the following order of priority. First priority: Kansas residents Second priority: Individuals with strong ties to the State of Kansas Third priority: Non-residents of the State of Kansas
  4. If it has been determined that space is available in the medical school class, applications for transfer will be considered. The period for transfer applications is between May 1 and June 15 of each year. The following items are required for consideration and must be received by July 30:
    1. letter stating the reason for the transfer request;
    2. official transcripts from all previously attended undergraduate and graduate colleges;
    3. official transcript from the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled; the student's entire academic history, including leaves-of-absence, schedule modifications, and an explanation of the grading system, must be described;
    4. letter from the dean, or dean's designate, of the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled; the student's expected eligibility for promotion to the next academic level, the academic and nonacademic qualifications of the student for the eventual practice of medicine, and any infractions of the medical school's code of ethical and behavioral conduct must be described;
    5. document from the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled that describes the preclinical program completed by the student;
    6. two letters of evaluation from faculty who have taught the applicant in the current medical school;
    7. copy of the original AMCAS application to be sent from the medical school in which the applicant is currently enrolled;
    8. score earned on Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination. All required materials should be submitted to the
      Office of Admissions
      Mail Stop 1049
      University of Kansas School of Medicine
      3901 Rainbow Blvd.
      Kansas City, KS 66160-7301
      Files not completed by July 30 (including USMLE scores) will not be considered for admission during that academic year.
  5. With due consideration for priority, applicants who have fulfilled the above requirements will be considered for personal interview. Individuals who are selected for interview by the Admissions Subcommittee and are subsequently determined to be acceptable for advanced standing will be rank ordered for recommendation for admission. This recommendation will then be forwarded to the Academic and Professionalism Committee of the Faculty of the School of Medicine for final decisions.
  6. The following is a timetable for submission and processing of transfer applications:
    May 1 – June 15 applications submitted
    July 30 deadline for file completion
    June 1 – August 1 selected applicants interviewed
    July 1 – September 1 accepted applicants matriculate
  7. Exceptions to these policies may be made only by the Academic and Professionalism Committee. 

Last modified: Aug 25, 2018
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