Applicant Evaluation and Decisions

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Admissions Executive Committee Deliberations

The authority to select applicants for admission to the School of Medicine (SOM) is vested in the Admissions Executive Committee (AEC). This committee is chaired by the Associate Dean for Medical School Admissions and composed of members of the basic science and clinical faculty appointed by the dean of the school of medicine. No student may enroll for courses in the SOM without being admitted by the AEC.

The medical school AEC reviews the entire file for every interviewed applicant including their life experiences and personal attributes from their application including scores assigned by the Admissions File Review Committee (AFRC); performance on Multiple Mini-Interviews (MMI) rated by members of the Admissions Interview Committee; Letters of Recommendation; and academic metrics including overall scores and trends in GPAs and MCATs. Attention is given to applicants who in the opinion of the AEC best fulfill the mission and interests of the SOM.

Selection of applicants is made on a competitive basis, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Qualified handicapped students will be considered in relation to the technical standards.

Decisions Rendered

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis; therefore, the sooner an applicant applies, the earlier his/her file will be reviewed and considered for an interview. If application files are complete, then applicants are discussed by the AEC within two to three weeks of their interview and one of the following three decisions will be rendered:

  1. Acceptance
  2. Decision Postponed (or "Tabled")
  3. Not Accepted (Rejected)

Those applying to the Early Decision Program will be notified as soon as a decision has been rendered; applicants to the Regular Decision and Combined MD/PhD programs will be notified starting Oct. 16 and thereafter as soon as a decision has been rendered. All applicants receive a final disposition of their application no later than March 15.

The final notification will be one of the following:

  1. Acceptance
  2. Placement on the Alternate List
  3. No position available for this year (Rejected)

Alternates will be used to fill any vacancies that may occur if accepted applicants choose not to attend UMMC SOM. Any applicant who does not gain acceptance is invited to schedule a Post-Application Counseling appointment after January 1st on how to improve the competitiveness of their application. Those on the Alternate List may also schedule a Post-Application Counseling session. 

Conditional Acceptance

Acceptance to this medical school is conditional. The Admissions Executive Committee may rescind an offer of acceptance at any time before matriculation if an applicant fails to maintain expectations upon which their acceptance was based. Examples include, but are not limited to, a significant decline in academic performance; failure to complete prerequisites or other course work and degrees in progress; patterns of unprofessional behavior; and incidents discovered in a criminal background check.