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Medicine Application and Admissions Process

COVID-19 Information and Updates for the 2020 – 2021 Admissions Cycle

We know you have many questions about the admissions process given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please know that we understand the unique challenges the pandemic has caused for many applicants, their education, and their families. As a result, we have modified our guidelines for the 2020 -2021 admissions cycle. We will continue to screen applications to assess core areas: academics, clinical shadowing experience, community service, research, oral communication, and other extracurricular activities. As endorsed by the AAMC Group on Student Affairs, these core areas and applicant attributes are modeled on the 15 Core Competencies for entering medical students.

Please see the most current COVID-19 notices and answers to your questions listed below. 

Pass/Fail Grades
We will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are aware that some undergraduate institutions are allowing students to take courses either for grades or on a pass/fail basis. Our applicants should not feel pressured to choose the graded option. Grades of “pass” will satisfy the UTHSC College of Medicine admissions requirements.

Online/Distance Learning Courses
We will continue to accept online and/or virtual coursework (including labs) taken during the pandemic.

Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
All MCAT scores for the 2020 - 2021 application cycle from all possible test dates through December 2020 will be accepted. 

Dates and Deadlines
Beginning July 10, we will begin receiving primary applications from AMCAS for the 2020 - 2021 admissions cycle. Applications must be received by AMCAS no later than November 15 before midnight EST.

Early Decision
The UTHSC College of Medicine does not offer an early decision program.

Clinical Shadowing Experience/Service Hours
We understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an applicant’s ability to obtain shadowing experience. The Admissions Committee is eager to see how applicants have been able to think creatively “outside the box” to continue to serve others as they seek to demonstrate their understanding of medical practice. 

Every year, more than 2,000 individuals apply to UTHSC College of Medicine. We interview approximately 500 applicants each year. We will conduct virtual interviews for the entire 2020 - 2021 admissions cycle. Details regarding the format will be shared upon receipt of an invitation to interview. The goal is to maintain a fair and equitable interview process for all applicants. We are working to ensure quality virtual experiences that showcase our campus and allow applicants the opportunity to engage with our faculty, staff, and students.

Step One - Application Process

Are you eligible to apply? You must be a United States Citizen, or have Permanent Resident status, e.g., green card, to be eligible to apply to the College of Medicine.

Federal regulations require UTHSC to notify potential students regarding whether the completion of the program is sufficient to meet educational requirements for licensure in States.  For complete information please see the Student Right to Know page on the UTHSC website under “Educational Requirements for Licensure or Certification by Program by State”.  You are also encouraged to consult your state licensing agency directly as requirements may change. 

Step Two - Complete the Primary On-Line Application

Submit your primary on-line application to the American Medical College Application Service June 1. Applications must be received by AMCAS no later than November 15 on or before midnight EST.

Before you proceed to Step Two, please read the information in Step One. Be sure you check the deadline application date, admissions requirements and procedures before submitting your AMCAS application.

It is your responsibility to make certain your application is complete. Only those students who have been offered an acceptance will be required to complete the UT Health Science Center on-line Banner application and pay the $75.00 fee.

The College of Medicine does not utilize the Early Decision Program. After receiving a verified primary AMCAS application, all applicants will be invited via e-mail to submit the secondary application. Please refer to Step Three for information about the Secondary Information Form. 


Withdrawing your Application: 

Students who wish to withdraw their application from additional consideration should e-mail the Medicine Admissions office or fax your request to 901-448-1740. Once your written request is received, you will be e-mailed confirmation within 24-48 hours.

Withdrawing your Offer of Admission:

Students who wish to withdraw their offer of admission should e-mail the Medicine Admissions office or fax your request to 901-448-1740. Once your written request is received, you will be e-mailed confirmation within 24-48 hours.

Step Three - Complete the Secondary Information Form

Congratulations... you have been invited to complete the Secondary Information Form.

Secondary application invitations are emailed to all UTHSC College of Medicine applicants with a verified AMCAS application.

Invitations to submit the College of Medicine Secondary Information Form will be e-mailed after August 18 through mid-January. The deadline for submitting the Secondary Information Form is ten (10) days after the invitation is e-mailed. [NO FEE WILL BE REQUIRED] The secondary information form will require an electronic signature and a recent passport-size photograph, e.g., headshot. Make sure your photo portrays you as the professional person you are.

Any and all questions with regard to the secondary information Form should be directed to the College of Medicine Admissions office.

Possible outcomes after the receipt of your completed Secondary Information Form are: [1] you will be invited to interview; [proceed to step four] or [2] throughout the application process, your application is reviewed periodically and interviews are typically granted from October until the end of March. It is your responsibility to keep your contact information current.

Step Four - The Interview Process

Congratulations... you have been invited to interview!

Applicants are scheduled to interview on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from October through the end of April by invitation only, via e-mail.  Notifications are typically e-mailed two to three weeks in advance.  Interviews are conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  There are no Thursday, Friday or weekend interviews at the Memphis campus.

It is imperative that you check your e-mail program to determine if you can override the spam filters and authorize all communications from "". If you cannot override the filter, you should look at your spam folder to see if the e-mail host program has intercepted a communication from our medical school. The Admissions Committee will expect reapplicants to have improved their credentials significantly.

Step Five - Committee Decisions

After the Admissions Committee has reviewed your file, a decision is made to:

  • offer an acceptance
  • deny
  • receive an invitation as an alternate

If an applicant has been offered an acceptance, a Confirmation of Acceptance Form will be included in the acceptance packet along with the acceptance letter. The Confirmation of Acceptance Form must be returned to let us know that you have received your acceptance packet. Per AAMC "traffic rules", applicants may hold acceptances at more than one medical school until the deadline of April 30.

Therefore, if you are undecided and holding two or more offers of acceptance, you can actually choose to accept all offers until you are comfortable making a final decision. However, as a courtesy to other applicants, it is strongly recommended that you contact other medical schools as soon as you have made your final decision.

At the end of the admissions cycle, a certain number of students, who were invited to interview, are placed on the alternate list ranked by the College of Medicine Admissions Committee. Students who are offered an acceptance, from the alternate list, some of whom may not be offered an acceptance until May, June or July, will be required to notify our office within two weeks from the date an offered was made. Selected applicants will be offered an admissions on a rolling basis and all final decisions will be sent via postal service.

Step Six - Medicine Acceptance Process

Congratulations... you have been offered an acceptance.

You are well on your way to becoming a part of the UT Health Science Center family! We look forward to welcoming you to the College of Medicine in August! You will be asked to do a lot of things before your matriculation.

To start you on your way, view the Admitted Students Link

Last Published: Sep 11, 2020