MD/PhD - Admissions

Application Process


To apply, it is required that you use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) website. The application is available at: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/ You should select the Combined MD/PhD program at the University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio. The AMCAS application is the only application that you need to complete in order to be considered for admissions into our MD/PhD program. We participate in AMCAS Letters service, and thus, there is no need to send additional letters of recommendation beyond those selected in AMCAS. Please note that if you want also to be considered for admissions into the MD program at UT School of Medicine San Antonio, you must submit an application using the TMDSAS application system prior to the MD program deadline. In this case, you should check the box that indicates that you also submitted an AMCAS MD/PhD application.


The deadline for the MD/PhD AMCAS application is November 1st, whereas the deadline for the TMDSAS application of the MD program is October 1st. There is no secondary application for the MD/PhD program. The admissions sub-committee of the MD/PhD Advisory Committee will select applicants for combined MD and MD/PhD interviews starting the review in early August. Applicants will be notified via email. In some cases, the MD program determines to invite an applicant that had not been reviewed yet or that was selected for the alternate pool for the MD/PhD. In this particular case, please contact the program director to request an administrative review. Please keep in mind that the MD/PhD program reviews applications until they have been verified by AMCAS which might take 6 weeks, whereas the MD program might review the TMDSAS application sooner. Failure to gain an invitation for interview or acceptance into the MD/PhD program will not jeopardize a decision to invite for interview or extend an acceptance to the MD program of the School of Medicine.


The MD/PhD program is seeking individuals who have demonstrated a passion for biomedical research. This passion must be described clearly in the MD/PhD essay. Sustain inquiry and investigation within a biomedical laboratory for at least one year is typically needed. Presentations and/or publications are not necessary but they improve the quality of an application. Some clinical shadowing experience is needed to develop an informed reflection that leads to the determination for pursuing a clinical degree. MD/PhD programs are very competitive requiring high academic standards.


After submission of the AMCAS application, the candidates could submit additional information of significance such as publications, presentations, awards, or the result of an additional MCAT score. These submissions should be made electronically to the MD/PhD Program Director. Additional resources for the MD/PhD application can be found at the AMCAS Application and Acceptance Protocol - Applicants https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/recommendations/380672/trafficrulesforapplicants-2015amcas.html or AMCAS FAQ: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/faqs/ o