Frequently Asked Questions

Process Overview

Application

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Assessment Process

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Acceptance

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Alternate

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Not Accepted

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Reapplying

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Residency

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Idaho

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WICHE Program

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Application:

Is the application to the University of Utah School of Medicine available online?

All applications must be made through the American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) between June 1 and no later than 11:59 pm EST on November 1.

Early Decision Program (EDP) - Applications must be submitted to AMCAS no later than 11:59 pm EST on August 1.

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What criteria does the Admissions Committee consider when evaluating applicants?

Your community service, patient exposure, physician shadowing, leadership, and research, as well as your MCAT and GPA, are taken into consideration during evaluation. How you balance outside activities and responsibilities with school work are an indicator of your ability to deal with the rigors of life as a physician. The committee also has an interest in your motivation for attending medical school.

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What is your minimum MCAT Requirement?

All applicants are required to take the MCAT within three years of their application. Only the most recent MCAT score is considered. For the 2021 application cycle, a minimum MCAT score of 124 in all sections is required, but the combined score must be equal or higher than 500 to be considered further.

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What is your minimum GPA requirement?

3.0 in science, non-science and overall.

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Do I need a college degree to apply to your medical school?

Yes. A bachelor’s degree is required to matriculate at the University of Utah School of Medicine. Applicants must complete their premedical coursework and degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada. The degree must be posted on your transcript prior to matriculation.

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Do I have to complete my required premedical coursework before I can apply?

No. You may apply before the coursework has been completed; however, completion of premedical coursework must occur prior to matriculation. 

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Is there a math course requirement?

Mathematics course is not required but recommended.    

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Does your school have rolling admissions?

We accept students throughout the application cycle. Final acceptances are sent out by March 15.

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When do you start accepting students?

Applicants will be notified of acceptance after October 15. Early Decision Program (EDP) applicants will be notified by October 1.

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At my school, there isn't a Premedical Advisor, so where do I go for assistance with my application?

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)

For your assistance, we have created a Self-Assessment, which is designed to aid you in evaluating whether a career as a medical doctor is right for you and to help you determine if your qualifications, personal characteristics, and goals are a good match for applying to the University of Utah School of Medicine. 

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How many applicants do you interview each year?

Approximately 500-550 applicants interview each year.

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What is the latest day I can take the MCAT and still be considered for the 2020 application cycle?

Applicants must take the MCAT no later than September 12. 2020.

Applicants applying to the Early Decision Program (EDP) must take the MCAT no later than June 27, 2020.

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How will submitting a late application to UUSOM hurt my chances?

The UUSOM operates on a rolling admissions basis, meaning that available interview positions are offered when qualified applicants meet our MCAT, GPA, community service, leadership, physician shadowing, research, and patient exposure requirements.  The earlier a well-qualified applicant submits an application, the greater the probability they will have of being offered an interview and, subsequently, an acceptance offer.

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How late is too late to apply to UUSOM, and what should I do if it is late in the application cycle?

Applicants may submit applications through AMCAS, from June 1st through November 1st. However, as described above, the earlier a well-qualified applicant applies, the more likely there will be interview space available. If an applicant hasn't finished their application until later in the cycle, they may want to consider applying for the next year.

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What is the benefit of waiting for the next cycle?

There are many reasons why applying to the UUSOM in the next cycle might benefit you. It can be disappointing to face the prospect of not attending medical school when you initially planned to, but being realistic is important. It may provide you time to strengthen your application.

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Can I use one of my activities to count for two or more of the required activities?

Many preparatory experiences could reasonably be considered under more than one category, and you should list them in each applicable area so that you do not fall short of meeting the criteria in any area; however, you will want to avoid “double dipping” if possible. The admissions committee suggests that you make your decisions about where to list your activities based on the impact that they have had on you and on your personal development.

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What if I haven’t completed some of the activities prior to submitting my secondary forms?

You may only list experiences and hours completed at the time you submit your secondary forms.  Experiences planned in the future cannot be listed. 

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How long do I have to complete the secondary materials?

30 days from the date of the email inviting you to complete secondary materials (including the letters of recommendation).

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What if I am unable to complete the secondary materials by the deadline date?

If your secondary materials are not submitted by your deadline date, you will not be eligible for consideration for our school. Application fees are nonrefundable.

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Can I make changes to my secondary forms once submitted?

No. 

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Does the University of Utah School of Medicine accept letters from the AMCAS letter service?

Yes. All letters of recommendation must be on letterhead, have a valid signature and be submitted to the AMCAS Letter Service. 

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What letters of recommendation are required?

The University of Utah School of Medicine requires three letters of recommendation but will accept up to four letters. 

Although we do not accept premedical committee letters, we will accept up to four individual letters that are included in the packet.  You will indicate the names of the letter writers on the secondary application, and we will download those specific letters.

We recommend that applicants provide at least one ACADEMIC letter where the letter writer can speak to your academic ability and/or intellectual curiosity. This letter should be from someone who directly taught or supervised you in an academic setting. It can be from a professor you researched with or a professor that you worked with as a teaching assistant.

We recommend that applicants provide at least one MENTORING letter where the letter writer can speak to your commitment to service, leadership ability, growth as an individual, interpersonal and/or teamwork skills.

Letters from employers, military supervisors, athletic coaches, and/or religious leaders can also be part of the collection of 3 to 4 recommendations. Letters should be from someone who will address your intellectual curiosity or service or leadership ability. 

All letters should be dated. We strongly recommend that all letters be dated within a year of application.

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When will my letters of recommendation be reviewed?

Letters of recommendation will not be reviewed until your secondary application fee has been paid and processed. The application fee will not be refundable under any circumstances.

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Can a family member write one of my letters of recommendation?

This is strongly discouraged. Your application will be considered stronger if you have objective individuals write your letters.

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If I decide to drop or add a minor or major after I submit my application, should I let the Admissions Office know?

Yes. Send changes to the Admissions Office as soon as they occur. During the admissions process, changes to your planned degree(s) must be submitted in writing via email at deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu prior to acceptance. 

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How can I withdraw my application?

Send an email to deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu

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What are the reasons that my application may be incomplete?

  • Not receiving letters of recommendation
  • Failure to submit the secondary forms by the deadline date

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Can I schedule a tour of the School of Medicine?

Unfortunately, we do not offer tours of the Health Science Education Building.  You may take a self-guided tour on Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

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Assessment Process

What happens on Assessment Day?

The Assessment Day begins promptly at 7:30 am and ends by 2:00 pm.  You will have an orientation, complete Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI), take a Situational Judgement Test (SJT), take a tour and have lunch with 2nd-year medical students. Prior to your scheduled Assessment Day, you also will complete a Standardized Video Interview (SVI).

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When do interviews begin?

Interviews begin in September and continue until the end of February.

Early Decision Program (EDP)  interviews begin in August and continue through the first week in September.

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How should I dress for my Assessment Day?

Dress in professional business attire.

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Can I send a thank you note to my evaluators?

Thank you notes are not necessary, but if you choose to send one to your evaluators, please send them to the Office of Admissions, and we will forward them.

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What is the Standardized Video Interview (SVI)?

The SVI is an online video platform that presents a series of timed questions that applicants complete prior to their Assessment Day. The SVI also includes a timed written response question.

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What is the Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)?

In the MMI, applicants rotate through a series of timed mini-interviews, or “stations,” in which they will meet individually with an interviewer. The MMI does not test your scientific or clinical knowledge. However, you may find it helpful to be familiar with current events and policies in health care.

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What is the Situational Judgement Test (SJT)?

This exam presents applicants with hypothetical and/or ethical scenarios then asks applicants to rate the level of appropriateness of each response using the information presented.

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Acceptance

Do I need to send my transcripts to your school if they have already been sent to AMCAS?

Yes. The School of Medicine Office of Admissions does not receive your transcripts from AMCAS, so we must receive official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended prior to starting school. Please send your transcripts directly to the School of Medicine Office of Admissions.  We will forward them to Graduate Admissions.

The offer of a position may be rescinded if you do not complete the degree(s) and premedical courses exactly as stated in your application.

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I am still attending school. Do I need to send my transcripts now?

No, wait until all of your course work and degree haven posted on your transcript.

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Do you accept electronic transcripts?

Yes, but they must be official transcripts. An email notification that your transcript is available should be sent to deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu 

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My AMCAS application states that I will receive a master's degree. Since I have been accepted to medical school, I have decided not to complete this degree. Will this impact my acceptance?

Yes. If your application states that you will receive a Master's or Doctoral Degree, you must complete all requirements for your degree prior to matriculation. This includes defending your thesis and/or publishing. The offer of a position may be rescinded if you do not complete the degree(s) and premedical courses exactly as stated in your application.

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Will I be required to complete a criminal background check?

Yes. Acceptance to the University of Utah School of Medicine is contingent on satisfactory results of a criminal background check. Your acceptance may be rescinded if there is information on your background check that was not listed on your AMCAS application or if the results are considered unsatisfactory by the Admissions Committee.

The University of Utah School of Medicine participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service. For information please visit AAMC background check service

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If I decide to change the date of my graduation after I submit my application should I let you know?

Yes. Changes to your application must be submitted to the Office of Admissions in writing via email as soon as the change is made and approved by the Admissions Committee prior to acceptance.

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What is the Dean’s Certification letter?

A Dean’s Certification letter is a type of academic background check that would contain any information about pending or former institutional actions taken against you as a student. Your acceptance may be rescinded if there is information on your Dean’s Certification that was not included on your AMCAS application or if the results are considered unsatisfactory by the Admissions Committee. You only need to submit a Deans Certification Form from the educational institution where you earned or will earn your highest degree.

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Am I required to carry health insurance?

Yes. Students are required to have continuous health insurance coverage from medical school matriculation through graduation. Options include University of Utah Student Health Insurance, private individual insurance, Medicaid, coverage on parents' or spouse's insurance, or enrollment in a group policy such as Utah Medical, American Medical, or American Medical Student Association.

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What Immunizations do I need before I start medical school?

Students must complete and submit the AAMC Standardized Immunization Form to the University of Utah Student Health Services along with primary documentation that immunizations requrements have been met.  

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What is the White Coat Ceremony?

The White Coat Ceremony creates an important focus for students entering medical school. In the presence of family, friends and faculty members, student-physicians are welcomed into the medical community and are “cloaked” with their first white coats. Please visit here for more information about the White Coat ceremony.

How much does medical school cost?

Please visit tuition and fees for the most current information.

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What are the criteria for establishing Utah residency for tuition purposes?

The University of Utah School of Medicine Admissions Office does not determine residency for tuition purposes. The Graduate Admissions Office determines if a student will pay in-state or out-of-state tuition. Read the institutional policy

Students who begin their medical studies with a non-resident classification will pay non-resident tuition for the full duration of their medical school education.

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What if I choose to withdraw from your school after I have accepted your offer?

Should you decide to withdraw your acceptance, you must send an email to the Office of Admissions at deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu. Your tuition deposit will be refunded if you withdraw prior to April 30. Tuition deposits will not be refunded after that date.

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Alternate List

I am on the alternate list; can I send in additional information to help improve my chances of being accepted?

Because your application has already been reviewed and ranked, updates to your application are not accepted except for changes to your degree(s), minor(s) or premedical courses.

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I am on the alternate list; can I call and get an update?

Your rank is confidential and will not be released.  Applicants are accepted from the alternate list in the order that the Admissions Committee ranked them. Your rank is secure throughout the admissions process.

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How many people are usually admitted from the Alternate list?

The number of applicants admitted from the alternate list varies from year to year. 

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I’ve been accepted to another medical school, but the University of Utah School of Medicine is my first choice.  If I contact the Admissions Office at UUSOM, would this information make a difference?

This information will not change your placement on the alternate. Rejecting other acceptance offers does not increase your chances of being accepted to the University of Utah School of Medicine the following year.

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Not Accepted

I wasn’t accepted, can I appeal the decision?

All Admissions Committee decisions are final and cannot be appealed.  

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I have not received notification of my status, what should I do?

Contact the Office of Admissions at deans.admissions@hsc.utah.edu to request the status of your application.

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Can I meet a member of the admissions committee to find out why I wasn’t accepted?

No. We encourage you to meet with your premedical advisor to discuss ways in which you might strengthen your application. We will work with your premedical advisor to provide you with the information you need.

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My MCAT and GPA scores were very competitive, why wasn’t I accepted?

The University of Utah School of Medicine practices Holistic Review, meaning we take into account other measures when evaluating applicants.  This includes research, community service, leadership, patient exposure, physician shadowing, essays, letters of recommendation, and Assessment Day evaluations. Though important, MCAT and GPA scores are not the sole determinants of acceptance.

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Reapplying

What is the best way to reevaluate my application?

The first step in reevaluating your application should be the self-assessment tool. From there, we suggest that you visit with your premedical advisor to review your application and develop strategies for strengthening your future application to our school.

  1. Review the admissions recommendations on our website and make significant changes in more than one area. 
  2. Before submitting your application, proofread your AMCAS personal comments, experience section, and secondary application to make sure there are no typographical or grammatical errors.
  3. The experience section of the AMCAS application gives you the opportunity to include 15 significant experiences. List as many worthwhile experiences as you can.
  4. The AMCAS application allows you to select three "Most Meaningful Experiences." Use this opportunity to provide an in-depth description of some of your most important experiences. 
  5. Re-evaluate who you asked to write your letters of recommendation.
      • Did the letter writer know you well?
      • Are you confident that they were able to write a positive letter for you?
      • Inform the letter writers what you want them to address in their letters.
      • Letters from previous year’s applications are not available. If you plan to use the same letter writers, ask them to update their letter including current date and additional experiences if possible.
      • Timing is important. Do not wait until you have submitted your AMCAS or secondary application to request the letter writer to write a letter of recommendation for you.
  6. Re-evaluate your experiences listed on the Activity Form. If you used the same experience to fulfill more than one category, look for opportunities to gain experience in other areas.  For example, if you volunteered in a nursing home and used this for your patient exposure AND community service, you may want to volunteer in another area that will bring a diversity of experience into your life and application. Participate in activities that are of interest to you or that allow you to experience something new that will challenge what you know. Avoid double dipping whenever you can.

    All experiences should be approached with the intent to gain and/or give. If you are participating in an activity just because you think it “looks good” or because someone else did it and got into medical school, it may be obvious to the Admissions Committee.
  7. Make sure you understand and can discuss the hypothesis of your research experience. Participating in research is an opportunity for you to explore your intellectual curiosity. Actively participate and ask questions about the research you are involved in regardless of your role.
  8. We recommend that you shadow several physicians who work in various specialties including primary care so you are able to observe different perspectives regarding the profession. When reviewing your shadowing experience consider the length of time you shadowed each physician and what you learned during the experience.  Were you able to understand the pros and cons of each specialty?
  9. Evaluate your patient exposure experience. Were you able to provide hands-on patient care or was your experience superficial? Expose yourself to enough of the profession so that you understand the life you are choosing.
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If I am reapplying, will you compare my previous application with my current one?

No. The Admissions Committee only has access to your current application.

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How many years can I apply to the University of Utah School of Medicine?

Applicants may reapply to the University of Utah School of Medicine as many times as they would like.  We encourage you to meet with your premedical advisor to discuss ways in which you might strengthen your application. 

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If/when I reapply, do I get additional consideration?  If someone has reapplied one or two times, does the Admissions Committee give them credit?

We evaluate each application on its own merits.  We do not give additional consideration or credit to those who reapply multiple times.  In completing your secondary application, you have the opportunity to explain what you have done to strengthen your application. The committee takes this information into consideration.

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If I was on the alternate list last year, does this mean I will be accepted this year?  

Unfortunately, not. We evaluate each application on its own merits.

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Residency

Do you accept out of state residents?

Yes.

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Do you accept international students?

International students are eligible for consideration only if they complete the required premedical course work and obtain their bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

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Idaho

Do you have a dedicated number of positions for Idaho?

Yes. The state of Idaho has contracted to provide access to ten positions. Students must be certified through Idaho State University as residents of Idaho prior to completing secondary forms. 

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How many Idaho medical students matriculate each year? 

10. There are 40 Idaho medical students total spread out among the 4 years.

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Who determines Idaho residency status? 

The State of Idaho determines residency status. Idaho applicants to the UUSOM must fill out the Idaho Residency Determination Worksheet (IRDW). To find out more information, please visit: https://isu.edu/registrar/residency/

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How much do Idaho medical students pay in tuition? 

Idaho students pay the same tuition as Utah residents. The State of Idaho pays the difference between what non-residents and Utah residents are charged for tuition.

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Are there any extra fees associated with Idaho students? 

The State of Idaho has created the Rural Physician Incentive Program (RPIP) whereby current medical students (both at UUSOM and at WWAMI) pay a fee that goes into a general fund. Money from this fund is awarded to physicians who return to the State of Idaho to help offset student loans. For 2018-2019, this fee was $1708.00/year. To learn more: healthandwelfare.idaho.gov

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If I were to return to Idaho to practice medicine, would I get priority in receiving RPIP funds?

Students who attend UUSOM or WWAMI and return to Idaho to practice primary care in rural locations do get priority, but there is no guarantee of receiving RPIP funds. There is an application process that is competitive. Please see the RPIP website for more information.

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Does Idaho require that I have to return to Idaho to practice medicine one day? 

No. However, both UUSOM and WWAMI programs support RPIP as a way to incentivize all physicians to practice in Idaho.

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If I am offered an interview at the UUSOM, will there be just Idaho applicants interviewing? 

Interview days usually have a variety of Utah, Idaho, and non-residents from other states.

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During the admissions process, is my application treated the same as everyone else's? 

Yes. All applicants must meet the same requirements.

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Are there any specific requirements for Idaho medical students at the UUSOM? 

Yes.  During the third year of medical school, Idaho students are expected to spend their 6 weeks of Family Medicine rotation in Idaho. Idaho students coordinate with our Department of Family Medicine to set this up ahead of time. Many times, students already know a physician in Idaho they would like to work with, so the UUSOM helps facilitate that. Other times, the UUSOM helps set up a rotation with Idaho physicians who have proven to be excellent clinicians and teachers in the past. Idaho recommends but does not require, that medical students rotate in family practice clinics that are located in rural or underserved areas and/or community-based programs.

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Can I stay with my family during this rotation? 

Certainly.

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Can I get reimbursed for these 6 weeks? 

We review each situation on a case-by-case basis, but for the majority of rotations, we can supply a limited amount of funds to help offset travel costs.

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My family lives in Boise, but I would like to rotate with a family physician in Pocatello for 6 weeks and temporarily reside there.  Would this be possible during my third year? 

Yes, we would help set this up ahead of time. We have limited funds to help offset lodging (and travel) in this specific situation.

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What are the other opportunities available to Idaho students? 

IROP (Idaho Rural Outreach Project) – Our medical students travel to rural Idaho high schools or middle schools to expose students to health science opportunities. They demonstrate heart dissection, suturing, etc.

 

Idaho Medical Association (IMA) membership – We encourage Idaho medical students to join the IMA as students.  This is a great opportunity to learn the policies and advocacy efforts of the organization (the fee is waived for students). Every other year a UUSOM medical student representative is chosen to attend the IMA annual conference.

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Can I do fourth-year electives in Idaho? 

Of course. We need to know ahead of time to help set this up. Not all types of electives are available in Idaho, but many are, depending on the geographical area. There would be a limited amount of funds to help offset travel costs.

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Can I take time off to pursue other opportunities? 

Yes. Many medical students take time off from medical school to engage in more in-depth research, pursue a Master in Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), or to simply devote personal time towards the family. Having said that, the contract with Idaho does stipulate that leaves of absence from medical school can only be up to one year in length. Students must obtain permission from both the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and the Office of Idaho Affairs for more information about this process.

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WICHE Program

How many Montana and Wyoming medical students matriculate each year? 

Montana and Wyoming applicants are considered non-residents, so this total number varies from year to year. 

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Does the UUSOM participate in WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)?

Yes! Montana and Wyoming residents who are WICHE certified by their state may be eligible to pay in-state tuition. Applicants who are not certified through WICHE will pay out of state tuition.

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If I am accepted to the UUSOM, how will I know that I will be eligible for WICHE?

Students must apply for WICHE funding directly with his or her home state no later than October 15th of the year prior to beginning medical school. Upon approval of this application, a student becomes “certified”, which means the student is deemed a bona fide resident of his or her home state, eligible to compete for WICHE support (which is provided by home state tax dollars). Visit the WICHE website for each state’s contact information.

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How much do WICHE-certified Montana and Wyoming medical students pay in tuition?

Through WICHE, the States of Montana and Wyoming help pay most of the difference between what non-residents and Utah residents are charged for tuition.

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Does the UUSOM charge extra fees for WICHE-Certified Montana and Wyoming students?

No.

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Do Montana and Wyoming require that WICHE funded students return to Montana and Wyoming to practice medicine one day? 

Some WICHE funded students might have a post-graduation obligation to their respective state. Please visit the WICHE website at http://www.uwyo.edu/registrar/universitycatalog/specwiche.html  for each state’s specific requirement.

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If I am offered an interview at the UUSOM, will there be just Montana and Wyoming applicants interviewing? 

Interview days usually have a variety of Utah and non-residents from other states.

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During the admissions process, is my application treated the same as everyone else's?   

Yes. All applicants must meet the same requirements.

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Are there any specific rotation requirements for Montana and Wyoming medical students at the UUSOM? 

Currently no. For Idaho medical students, we do have an agreement where they return to Idaho for their family practice rotation in their 3rd year of medical school.  We have no requirement for our Montana and Wyoming students at this time.

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Why should I choose the UUSOM over other medical school programs? 

All medical students who come to the UUSOM have the same opportunities, including research, mentoring, and clinical rotations.  For example, if a medical student from Montana was interested in the field of pediatric cardiology, they could start doing research, network, and learn about the field during their very first semester of medical school. Plus, since we are a tertiary care facility, all rotations can be found in Salt Lake City.

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Will I see patients from Montana and Wyoming? 

Of course. Again, due to the UUSOM being a tertiary care facility, we have agreements with many hospitals and clinics in Montana and Wyoming who refer to us some of their most challenging and interesting patients. 

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If I am interested, can I do parts of my 3rd or 4th rotations in Montana and Wyoming? 

The most likely area that a student could rotate during their 3rd year would be family medicine. For fourth-year rotations, if our medical students let us know far in advance, we can attempt to set up an away rotation at a clinic or facility within Montana or Wyoming.  This depends on the specialty as well as the geographic area.

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Can I take time off to pursue other opportunities? 

Many medical students take time off from medical school to engage in more in-depth research, pursue an MPH (Master's in Public Health), or to simply devote personal time towards family.

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