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Frequently Asked Questions


Questions

  1. What if I am interested in both the MD and MD/PhD programs?
  2. What if I am interested in both the PhD and MD/PhD programs?
  3. What if I am not a Texas Resident?
  4. How are interviewees selected?
  5. What is the interview timeline?
  6. What if I amnot selected for an interview for the MD/PhD program?
  7. Does UTHSCSA cover travel costs for interviewees?
  8. What if I am an international student?


Answers

  1. What if I am interested in both the MD and MD/PhD programs?
    Applicants who are interested in both the MD and the MD/PhD programs at UTHSCSA need to fill out separate applications for each program. The MD/PhD program utilizes the AMCAS system for primary application, and the MD program uses TMDSAS for their primary application. There are no secondary applications for either program. It should be noted that the expectations for MD/PhD acceptance are not only higher in terms of MCAT and GPA but are significantly different with added emphasis on the applicant's research experience. The MD/PhD program should never be considered as a means to pay for medical school, and applicants must be seriously committed to pursuing both clinical and research training.
  2. What if I am interested in both the PhD and MD/PhD programs?
    The application deadline for the MD/PhD program is on November 1st of the year preceding enrollment. Decisions are made known to applicants in late December or January. For most programs in the graduate school, the final application deadline is by April 15th for August enrollment. However, each program has small differences. Check out the Graduate School’s suggestions for prospective students for more information.
  3. What if I am not a Texas Resident?
    The MD/PhD program does not consider state of residency for admission purposes. In contrast, the MD program must provide preference for in-state residents to matriculate a class with 90% Texas residents.
  4. How are interviewees selected?
    The application process to any MD/PhD program is extremely selective. Interviews are offered to those candidates with outstanding GPA and MCAT scores as well as significant research experience. The Admissions Committee convenes to review each applicant before extending invitations to interview.
  5. What is the interview timeline?
    If the Admissions Committee selects you for an interview, you will be notified by email from the Academic Coordinator (or the Program Director) who will schedule an interview date. The first interview visit lasts two days. During the first day, the candidate interviews for the School of Medicine. After 3 pm of the first day, candidates will start activities with the MD/PhD program. After interviews, the admissions committee will reconvene and recommend qualified candidates for admission into the MD/PhD program. The Admissions Committees of the School of Medicine and MD/PhD program operate independently from each other.  However, the MD/PhD program takes into account the narratives of the SOM interviews for decisions to extend an acceptance. This process can last from two weeks to several months after the interview as admission to the MD/PhD program is rolling.
  6. What if I am not selected from an interview for the MD/PhD program?
    You will not be further considered for MD/PhD candidacy. To be considered for the MD program, you must have also applied through TMDSAS. You may still receive an interview from and be admitted to the School of Medicine independently. This process is entirely through the School of Medicine and is no longer related to your MD/PhD application.
    If you are still interested in pursuing a career as a physician-scientist, the School of Medicine offers an MD with distinction in research degree. This opportunity affords the student with some research experience during Medical School.
  7. Does UTHSCSA cover travel costs for interviewees?
    If you are accepted or waitlisted, UTHSCSA will cover the costs for 2nd visits by invitation. Please request an invitation to arrange for meetings with students and faculty.
  8. What if I am an international student?
    International student applicants are considered on a case by case basis. Applicants must have extraordinary qualifications to be considered.