All applications should  be submitted to American Medical College Application Services (AMCAS) between June 1 and November 1 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. Applications to the MD-PhD Program are available for US citizens or permanent US residents only. We encourage applications from qualified students nationwide.

Application After Entering Medical School

Students who wish to apply to the combined program after initial matriculation into medical school must have approval from the dean of student affairs prior to admission into the PhD program. Applications must be made prior to June 30 after the second year in medical school. Students are required to take a leave of absence from the medical school to complete the degree requirement. The leave should be taken between the second and third years of medical school.

Find more information about MD admissions.

Letters of Recommendation

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 does not necessarily need to be from someone who directly taught you.  It can be from a professor you did research 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.

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