M.D. Program Application Process

Applicants to the UCF College of Medicine M.D. Program must complete both the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and UCF College of Medicine Supplemental applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to meet established deadlines and to monitor the status of their applications.

Application Process

Completed File

It is the responsibility of each applicant to meet established deadlines and to monitor the status of their AMCAS and UCF College of Medicine Supplemental applications. The UCF Supplemental Application Dashboard will provide each applicant with the status of each application component, and will reflect file completion upon receipt of all information. The M.D. Program Admissions Office also intends to send an email to each applicant upon completion of their file. Applicants will not be considered for an interview until all required information has been received and their file has been completed.

Components of a completed application are as follows:

  • Verified AMCAS application
  • Designated letters of recommendations provided via AMCAS only
  • Submitted College of Medicine Supplemental Application
  • Paid application fee or AMCAS Fee Waiver Verification
  • Uploaded passport-style photo (requested, but not required)
  • Additional optional information provided directly by the applicant such as:
    • Letters providing updated or amplifying information (via email)
    • Recent grade sheet/unofficial transcript via email attachment (official transcripts are not needed unless requested)

AMCAS Application

Applicants must complete an application through the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at www.aamc.org. AMCAS is the national application service that processes applications for M.D. Programs throughout the nation. Through AMCAS, an applicant may apply to most M.D. programs by completing one application and paying the appropriate fees. AMCAS provides the college with applicant information immediately upon completion of AMCAS transcript verification process.

The AMCAS application period begins in late May and terminates on or before December 15 prior to the year in which the applicant anticipates enrollment. The AMCAS Application deadline is the date when students must submit the application, all fees, original transcripts, and associated data to AMCAS.

Interview Selection

Applications that meet all requirements will be fully reviewed and considered for an interview. Applicants chosen for interviews must be academically excellent and have demonstrated an interest in medicine through clinical and/or research activities. Those selected for interviews are contacted by telephone and e-mail by the M.D. Program Admissions Office to schedule interview visits. This confirmation e-mail will also provide an agenda, local travel, overnight accommodations information, parking and other details to enhance the applicant’s visit.

Letters of Recommendation

Receipt and Processing

The M.D. Admissions Office will only accept letters of recommendation that have been received via AMCAS. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate letters are provided to AMCAS. Refer to AMCAS for detailed instructions for the letters of recommendation process. It is important that you coordinate with your own Pre-med Advising Office since many send the letter packages for you.

Important: Any letters of recommendation sent directly to the UCF M.D. Admissions Office will not be considered in the admissions process and will be destroyed.

Other Requirements

Letters of Recommendation are required for most M.D. Programs. The UCF MD program requires the following letters to complete a file:

  • Traditional Applicant – an applicant who will be entering the M.D. program directly from a bachelor’s degree program with less than a one year break:
    • three individual faculty letters – two letters from basic science faculty, and one from a non-science faculty member, or one Pre-Med/Pre-Professional Composite Committee Letter
    • two character letters – these letters should be from those who can tell us about “who” you are. Authors may be those who have been your supervisor, friend, neighbor, someone you have volunteered with or shadowed, someone from an organization or club that you belong to, clergy, etc. One of these two letters may be from an academic peer.
  • Non-Traditional Applicant – an applicant where at least one year has passed since obtaining the initial bachelor’s degree. This applicant may have completed additional academics possibly leading to another degree, or may have been away from academics for several years:
    • supervisor letters for the three faculty letters
    • two characters letters that would be the same needed for Traditional Applicants.

M.D. Program Decisions

When the Medical Student Admissions Committee (MSAC) makes a final decision regarding an interviewed applicant, the M.D. Program Admissions Office will contact each applicant by telephone to inform him or her of the committee’s decision.

Decisions

  • Accepted – an acceptance package is mailed to applicants on the day following the MSAC decision. All offers of acceptance are provisional. An offer of acceptance may be rescinded if the applicant does not respond to the acceptance offer or does not maintain academic standards or meet other program requirements prior to enrollment.
  • Not Accepted – a notification of non-admittance is sent to each applicant declined admission. Upon request, the Office of Admissions will counsel the applicant to help increase their competitiveness for a future application.
  • Wait Listed – while on the wait list, prospective students will be contacted by the M.D. Program Admissions Office periodically to provide updates on the status and possible outcome of their applications. The applicant will be informed immediately upon change of admission status

Application Timeline

May

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early within the admission process. Applicants can begin completing their AMCAS application in the month of May and submit the AMCAS application in the month of June. The AMCAS application is available to complete through the month of November.

June

The AMCAS application becomes available to admission offices in the month of June. The UCF College of Medicine operates on a holistic approach; therefore, the applicant review process may take several months before the admission committee concludes the review process.

 

 

July

Applicants that meet the minimum admission requirements will be provided with the opportunity to complete a secondary application. The secondary application is available to complete until December 15th of the current admission cycle.

 

August

Competitive applicants begin to receive interview invites in August. Interviews are held on Monday and Friday, periodically until March. Early Decision applications must be verified by AMCAS by August 1st and all supplemental documentation received by the UCF College of Medicine Admission Office by August 15th.

 

 

 

September

Deadline to complete MCAT exam. Applicants begin to receive notification of their admission decision.

 

 

 

 

 

November

Deadline to complete the AMCAS application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December

Deadline to complete Secondary application.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March

Admitted students begin to receive notification of their scholarship and financial aid award letters. The UCF College of Medicine Office of Student Financial Services assists M.D. students in obtaining resources to fund their educational expenses.

 

 

 

April

Admitted students are invited to come back to Beautiful Orlando for Second Look Weekend. This all day event is designed to assist students with their admission decision.

 

 

 

 

August

Scholarship and financial assistance awards begin to disperse and students register and attend orientation. The College of Medicine will welcome the incoming Class of 2019 at the Annual White Coat Ceremony. This event is a medical school tradition, welcoming first-year M.D. students as colleagues in healthcare.