Frequently Asked Questions
When should I apply to the School of Medicine?
Applications are submitted the year prior to expected matriculation. For the expected entering class of 2018, applications should be submitted beginning in June 2017. The AMCAS application opens June 1, and Wayne State University School of Medicine accepts applications any time between June 1 and December 31. Applications are preferred by November 1. Check the AAMC website for details on the AMCAS and medical school application process.
What if I apply before I have my MCAT results?
Wayne State University School of Medicine will review your application whenever it is received. It will also send you a secondary application. However, you will not be invited to an interview until your scores have populated.
Do all applicants get a secondary application?
Yes, assuming you are a U.S. or Canadian resident (or hold a permanent resident or asylum visa), hold a bachelor's degree, have completed the prerequisites at a U.S. or Canadian university, and have taken the MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test).
When does Wayne State start sending out secondary applications?
Wayne State University will send out secondary applications no later than two weeks from receiving your AAMC-verified application. Occasionally, the request for a secondary application will end up in your junk or spam folder, so make sure to check them often.
You can find out more information about the application process at admissions.med.wayne.edu/applying.php.
MCAT, GPA, and Holistic Review
How holistic is Wayne State's application review process?
The Wayne State University School of Medicine does a holistic review of all applications. We consider many factors in the review, including GPA, MCAT score, health and patient care experiences, community service, employment, and other activities and experiences. We assess attributes that cannot be measured by exams or transcripts. We encourage applicants to go to the AAMC website and read about the holistic review process.
Do you have a minimum cut-off for MCAT scores and GPA?
The School of Medicine does not have minimum requirements for GPA or MCAT scores. We do a holistic review of applications, as explained above, and consider many factors in the review (see above).
Learn more at admissions.med.wayne.edu/preparation/index.php.
How can someone strengthen their GPA?
Consider additional coursework in biology, chemistry or physics in a graduate or postbaccalaureate program. Once you have 20 credit hours of those types of courses on your AMCAS application, we will consider those hours instead of your undergraduate coursework. Once an application is submitted and verified, AMCAS does not allow any coursework updates.
When do interviews take place?
Interviews will begin August 7, 2017, and continue through February 2018. First decisions — other than those through the Early Decision Program — will take place on October 16, 2017. The Wayne State University School of Medicine does not participate in rolling admissions, and interview spots do not fill up before the application deadline.
What does the interview process look like?
Each Interview Day will take place over a half-day. Applicants may select to attend either a morning or afternoon session based on availability. The Interview Day consists of five parts:
- A long-form interview conducted by up to two admission interviewers
- Five multiple mini-interviews (MMIs) conducted by community partners
- Lunch with current Wayne State University School of Medicine students
- A tour of the school
- Beginning in August 2017, an interview with a current medical student
Full details of the interview process can be found at admissions.med.wayne.edu/application/interview.php.
Early Admissions Process (EDP)
Does the Wayne State School of Medicine participate in the early admission process?
Yes, the Wayne State School of Medicine participates in the Early Decision Program (EDP). Students must submit an application and MCAT scores by August 1. A 3.65 GPA and 65th percentile score on the MCAT are required. Interviews of qualified students will occur in August or September and notifications will be sent as soon as possible, but no later than October 1.
If you do not get accepted in the EDP, your application goes back into the regular pool of applicants. October 15 is the earliest that the Wayne State School of Medicine can send out offer letters to students not accepted in the EDP. The EDP program is binding.
More information on EDP can be found at admissions.med.wayne.edu/application/earlydecision.php.
When is the earliest I should expect a letter of acceptance?
Letters are sent starting October 15.
Incoming Class Statistics
What are Wayne State University School of Medicine average matriculant statistics?
The Wayne State University School of Medicine admits an incoming class of 290 every year. Our incoming class is made up of approximately 60 percent in-state residents and 40 percent out-of-state residents. We have approximately 50 to 55 percent male students and 45 to 50 percent female students.
Do you accept Canadian students?
Yes, we accept Canadian students as non-residents. Canadian citizens are treated as non-residents for both admission and tuition purposes.
More information on Canadian and permanent resident applicants can be found here at admissions.med.wayne.edu/application/canadian.php.
How can an applicant be more well-rounded?
What are a couple aspects that your admissions team really focuses on?
Read the mission statement of the school you are applying to, and ask yourself:
- How do my background an experiences align with this mission?
- Is this explained in my essay?
- Have I adequately demonstrated this in my experiences on my MCAS application?
To what extent do research and community service influence admission decisions or a candidate's suitability for
Speaking only from Wayne State School of Medicine admission perspective, research is optional in your application. Altruism, however, is not. Percentage of accepted applicants with relevant experience:
79 percent — non-medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
89 percent — medical/clinical community service or volunteer experience
Letters of Recommendation
What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
Wayne State University School of Medicine requires three letters of recommendation. At least two must be from faculty members. One must have been written within the past 12 months. If you are in a postbaccalaureate or graduate program, we strongly encourage you to submit at least one letter from your program. If you are applying to the M.D./Ph.D. program, at least one letter must be from a researcher.
What if the applicant is a nontraditional student who has been out of school for a few years?
Letters should come from professionals who can assess your communication skills with patients and other professionals, your dependability, your professionalism, and your work ethic. Some examples include doctors you have shadowed, principal investigators or someone you have done research with, faculty advisors of clubs, or other health care professionals who can comment on your abilities to work with patients.
Undergraduate Programs and Majors
Do you accept online courses from an accredited university for any of the prerequisite coursework?
Yes, we will accept an online course if it is being taken at your home four-year university.
Would you accept citizens with a B.S. degree earned in another country?
Yes, if you also complete two more years of education in the United States — including the prerequisites, even if already taken in another country.
From what degree backgrounds do you accept applicants?
We have students with degrees in the "traditional" pre-med degrees, such as biology, neuroscience, and biochemistry. There are also students who have degrees in other hard sciences, such as physics and engineering. Some medical students even have non-science degrees in English, art history and French.
How much weight is given to graduate studies and authorship in manuscripts and scientific journals for applicants?
If you are interested in applying to the M.D./Ph.D. program, it is extremely important to have significant research experience. Research activities are optional, but these experiences may prove very useful in your future medical career. If you have the opportunity to engage in research, you should do so.
How do I apply for financial aid for medical school?
You must complete the FAFSA — which stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid — online at fafsa.gov.
If you expect to enroll in August 2018, this application can be completed starting October 1, 2017.
What kind of scholarships are available?
As Wayne State School of Medicine, there are two types of scholarships: need-based and merit-based.
- Need-based scholarships require you to complete the FAFSA. Awards are based off how many Pell and/or subsidized loans you used in your undergraduate education.
- Merit-based scholarships are determined using different criteria that is reviewed by the scholarship committee. The donor agreements determine the criteria that used. Some are based strictly on academic merit (GPA and MCAT), others factor in need and others look for community service and extracurricular activities.
There is no separate application for scholarships at Wayne State University School of Medicine.
The highest merit-based scholarship available is awarded up to the in-state tuition amount.
Do you offer in-state tuition for any special groups of students?
No. The School of Medicine does not qualify for the Great Lakes Award or Wayne State's Good Neighbor Policy.
Out-of-state tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is approximately $59,500. Which is down by 13 percent from prior years.
If you believe that you should be considered for in-state tuition, you must submit a residency reclassification form.
Are Canadian students eligible for scholarship consideration?
Canadian students are eligible for our private and endowed scholarships unless restricted by the memorandum of agreement. The amount awarded varies by scholarship.
Clinical Exposure and Research
Are there integrated early clinical experience?
Students gain clinical exposure in year one of our curriculum through our co-curricular program. In the 2016-17 academic year to date, M1 students volunteered more than 1,800 hours in partner clinics.
How likely are Wayne State medical students to get involved in research?
Many medical students get involved in research throughout their four years at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. Some are able to balance schedules to perform research during the school year, while others focus on extracurricular research during their time between the M1 and M2 years. With residency spots becoming more competitive, anything students can do to broaden their CV is helpful.
Does the School of Medicine offer anthropology, public policy or health administration research opportunities?
We have many students engaged in public policy. Some Wayne State University medical students even have J.D.s and have used them when publishing articles about public policy within health care. Wayne State University's main campus has anthropology, health communication, education, science, and public health programs. Students can find opportunities to engage in research in those areas through those programs.
What is Wayne State University's connection to women's health?
Women's health is one of the School of Medicine's major focuses. This is evident in the renewal of another 10-year NIH contract worth $165 million to support the Perinatology Research Branch at Hutzel Women's Hospital that is part of Detroit Medical Center.
Curriculum, Coursework, and Programs
What is Wayne State's medical school curriculum like?
Our curriculum is a traditional block system. A curriculum overview is available at med.wayne.edu/ume-academic-student-programs/curriculum-overview/.
What does the Wayne State University School of Medicine hope to achieve with their recent curriculum changes?
Wayne State University School of Medicine is looking to meet the LCME standards of incorporating self-directed learning and teaching students to be lifelong learners into the curriculum. We must be intentional on how we do this to fit the mission, vision and commitment statements of the medical school, so these details are still being worked out. The difference we are taking is to use Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) and Program Management Organization (PMO) methodologies to provide guidance and pragmatic deliverables for curriculum reform.
What is the School of Medicine's the grading system and instruction style? How does this affect cooperation and team-based learning?
The grading system was changed recently from Pass/Fail/Honor based on Z-scores to Pass/Fail with the option to honor independent of Z-scores. Statistics based on Z-scores requires certain people to do well and certain people to do not so well. This set up a very competitive academic environment since many students wanted to receive "honor" for AOA and residency purposes. Now that students can honor without having other students score low on exams, the overall camaraderie has improved and students tend to be more helpful when studying. Students no longer have to worry that if they help someone, they may hurt their own chances of honoring.
Additionally, rather than just relying on summative assessments such as exams, we have moved to incorporate more formative assessments, such as narrative feedback, after small-group sessions. This has helped to increase cooperation and team-building throughout the curriculum.
How will the curriculum change over the next few years?
Until we have major curriculum reform/overhaul, the plan is to continue to have the normal (M1) and abnormal (M2) separation of content while incorporating more adult/advanced-learning modalities (problem-based, team-based and case-based learning). Details of the major curriculum reform/overhaul are still being worked out.
Are there dual-degree programs?
Yes, we do have combined programs, such as the M.D./Ph.D. and the M.D./M.P.H. programs You can visit our website for the specific combined programs. We offer everything from anatomy to cancer biology.
More information about combined programs can be found at admissions.med.wayne.edu/application/degree-programs.php.
What modalities are used for student lectures?
Lectures are delivered similarly to undergraduate and graduate lectures as simple didactic lectures. However, we are beginning to transition to more adult and advanced-learning modalities such as problem-based, team-based and case-based learning. The LCME is looking to have medical schools move towards self-directed learning and teaching students to be lifelong learners.
What is your residency match rate and what are your rates for medical students passing their boards?
We have a 98 percent first-attempt pass rate on USMLE Step 1. We also have a Total Success Match Rate of 97.3 percent for 2017.
What is the School of Medicines mission?
Mission: We will educate a diverse student body in an urban setting and within a culture of inclusion, through high-quality education, clinical excellence, pioneering research, local investment in our community and innovative technology, to prepare physician and biomedical scientific leaders to achieve health and wellness for our society.
I am interested in urban medicine for the underserved. How would Wayne State prepare me to be a doctor in this capacity?
Since our patient population is an underserved and urban segment of Detroit, your interactions during the M3 and M4 years in direct patient care will clearly give you firsthand experience in urban medicine and treating underserved populations. Some students also volunteer and are part of student organizations that get clinical experience with our patient population in the M1 and M2 years. You will be working with patients who cannot afford medication, food or other needs. If that fits with your career goals, Wayne State University is the appropriate place to study.
Why Choose Wayne State University School of Medicine
What kind of student would thrive in the Wayne State University Medical School environment?
You should always read and understand the mission statement of any school to which you apply in order to find a medical school that fits your personality and career goals. If the Wayne State University School of Medicine's mission, vision, and commitment statements resonate with you, you will thrive here.
What academic resources are available to incoming students?
The Office of Learning and Teaching is available for academic advising, learning support and tutoring. Also, M1s are assigned mentors from upperclassmen and faculty.
More information can be found at med.wayne.edu/ume/office-of-learning-and-teaching/.
What is the student culture at WSU School of Medicine?
With approximately 290 students per class and over 80 student organizations, we run the gamut of identities, interests and backgrounds. The culture at Wayne State University is collegial and inclusive. If you want to get involved, there are many opportunities to do so.
You can find information about the current student organization at med.wayne.edu/ume-student-affairs/student-organizations/.
How has the school's emphasis on diversity impacted the learning environment?
Diversity is a combination of many factors, and the Wayne State University School of Medicine brings people together from many cultures, backgrounds and experiences. The diversity on campus allows for learning in many different ways and enhances the lives of the students who are part of our medical school. It also helps to better serve the community in our clinics, on our streets, in our local schools, and in area hospitals. Information on our Office of Diversity and Inclusion can be found at diversity.med.wayne.edu.
Are students able to work during medical school?
Medical students do not typically have time to work. However, some medical students do occasionally find time to work. This will depend on the student and what they feel they can handle.
Does the Wayne State University Medical School have student organizations or activities that may function as stress-relievers or as an avenue to meet other medical students?
Yes! We have over 80 student organizations. We also have a School of Medicine Student Senate that puts on social activities. There are health and wellness student representatives who focus on work-life balance and providing stress-relievers. We all know medical school is challenging, so students are good at figuring out ways on making it less stressful.
Do you have any student wellness programs?
Yes, We do offer a health and wellness program. More information can be found at med.wayne.edu/ume-student-affairs/health-and-wellness-program/.
Are there many safe housing options for medical students living in Detroit?
Yes! Like any big city, you need to be smart about your surroundings. There are many safe options in Midtown and downtown.
What's it like to live in Detroit?
Detroit is going through a major resurgence. There are many shops, restaurants, bars, and event spaces that continue to open. We now have a new light rail that runs along Woodward, making public transportation even more accessible. One downside about the recent resurgence of the city is that the cost of living continues to climb.