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Application & Admission

Discover the important information you need to for application to the MD/PhD program at the KU School of Medicine, including application details and financial support.

Highly motivated students with outstanding academic credentials and a strong research interest should apply for the MD/PhD Physician Scientist Training Program. These resources can help you through the application process.

Checklist for Admission

Application for admission is through the MD-PhD Dual-Degree Program Admissions Committee. Acceptance carries simultaneous admission to Graduate Studies and to the School of Medicine. There are no Kansas residency requirements for admission to the MD/PhD program, and students with exceptional potential as physician scientists are recruited from around the country.

Submission of Credentials

  • Aug. 31: Deadline for regular submission of application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). Please try to submit before this date.
  • Oct.15: Deadline for late submission of AMCAS application

It takes approximately one (1) month for the KU School of Medicine to receive your application from AMCAS once it is submitted. Additionally, scores for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) may also take one (1) month. If you are submitting your application prior to taking the MCAT, plan accordingly. Apply no later than mid-August.

Follow these steps for proper submission of your credentials:

  1. Select “MD-PhD Dual-Degree Program” on the standard AMCAS application.
  2. Also on the AMCAS application, designate The University of Kansas School of Medicine as a recipient.
  3. Prepare an addendum and submit it to the address below (email preferred) only if you wish to make additional or clarifying comments to
    • Personal Statement
    • Why are you interested in an MD-PhD Program?
    • Describe your research experience(s) to date, including location and time frame for each, and your research mentor(s).
  4. Submit your scores for Graduate Record Examination (GRE), if you've taken it. GRE is not a required test, but the MCAT is required. MCAT scores should be sent automatically with your AMCAS application; otherwise have an official copy sent to the MD-PhD Program.
  5. Download and complete Information for MD/PhD Physician Scientist Program at University of Kansas Medical Center form (PDF). Submit the form via e-mail to jfletcher@kumc.edu.
  6. Make sure at least three (3) letters of recommendation (downloaded via your AMCAS application) address your dual-degree application.
    1. One must be written by your mentor from a prior research experience(s) and give some indication about your potential for research.
    2. One must be written by a faculty member, other than the research mentor with whom the applicant studied in a science course.
    3. One letter can be from any other person you select.
  7. Send a $50 check made payable to KUMC MD-PhD Program for the application fee. Mail to:

    MD-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Program
    University of Kansas Medical Center
    3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    1123 Delp - Mail Stop 3062
    Kansas City, Kansas 66160-7700
    Attn: Janice Fletcher

    Fee waivers will be granted to those in need upon request.
  8. Email your current curriculum vitae (CV) to jfletcher@kumc.edu.
  9. If you require accommodation, please see the resources provided by our Office of Academic Accommodations and contact them for additional information. For information on how to make accommodation requests, please visit the Disability Qualifications for Academic Accommodations website.
  10. For other questions, email Janice Fletcher at jfletcher@kumc.edu.

Interviews

If you are selected, you will be invited for interviews in January. During the interview, you will meet with members of the MD/PhD Admissions Committee, MD/PhD and Graduate Program Directors, students currently in the program and research faculty. (Review the research faculty, and create a list of those with whom you'd like to meet.)

The program will cover your basic travel expenses for interviews; details will be provided at the time of the invitation to interview. If you are invited to interview but because of exceptional circumstances cannot make the interview date provided, you may be given an alternative date and considered for admission by the Admissions Committee on an individual case basis. An optional second visit to campus can be arranged if desired.

If you are chosen for an interview, please email a wallet-size digital photo at your earliest convenience, or mail it to Janice Fletcher at the address below.

Upon Acceptance

Accepted students must provide an official transcript indicating receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a fully accredited institution by the time of matriculation into the program (and if applicable, transcripts for any post-baccalaureate studies/degrees) to the School of Medicine.

Financial Support

MD-PhD Scholarships of $28,366 plus waiver of graduate and medical tuition are awarded to students accepted into the program. For continued receipt of these scholarships, MD-PhD students must be enrolled full-time in the program and maintain the academic standards set forth for students by the Graduate School and the School of Medicine. Financial assistance may also be available through the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Contact us

Timothy A. Fields, M.D., Ph.D.
Director
Phone: 913-588-7169
Fax: 913-945-6848

Brenda J. Rongish, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Graduate Studies
Phone: 913-588-1878
Fax: 913-945-6848

Janice Fletcher, CAP-OM
Administrative Manager
Phone: 913-588-5241
Fax: 913-945-6848

University of Kansas Medical Center
M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Training Program
1123 Delp Pavilion
Mail Stop 3062
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66103

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
M.D.-Ph.D. Physician Scientist Program
Mail Stop 3062
1123 Delp Pavilion

3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66103