Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Consideration

In order to be considered for the Medical Scholars program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Attend an institution with whom UMKC has partnered with to offer the Medical Scholars program:
    • UMKC
    • Avila University
    • Drury University
    • Missouri University of Science and Technology
    • Missouri Western State University
    • Park University
    • Rockhurst University
    • Truman State University
    • University of Missouri – St. Louis
    • William Jewell College
    • Lincoln University
    • University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Obtain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher at the end of the sophomore year. Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all science coursework. Students who do not earn a B- or better in all science coursework will not be eligible for consideration.
  • Students must present a full application which will include the following:
    • Medical Scholars Program Application.
    • College transcript displaying grades through the point of application.
    • Personal statement or essay addressing the following: What has motivated you to study medicine? Why are you interested in the UMKC Medical Scholars program?
    • Résumé or CV, highlighting specific health care experiences.
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a faculty member.
Final Requirements for Students Admitted to the Medical Scholars Program

Matriculation to the UMKC School of Medicine is conditional upon meeting the following requirements:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a partner institution prior to entering the School of Medicine.
  • Earn a combined MCAT score of 500 or higher on the 2015 MCAT.
  • Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Earn an AMCAS BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Complete the following pre-requisite coursework with a grade of B or better:
    • One semester of biochemistry
    • One semester of genetics
    • One semester of cell biology
      • Students must earn a grade of B- or better in all other science coursework.
  • At graduation, provide a letter of support from an academic adviser or faculty member addressing professionalism.
  • Submit the General Application for Admission to UMKC and the AMCAS application.
  • Submit to and pass a criminal background check prior to matriculation to the School of Medicine.
  • Submit the School of Medicine Technical Standards.

Admissions Timeline

May 1: Medical Scholars Program Application becomes available.

The Medical Scholars Program Application becomes available May 1 of each year. Current college students may apply to the program during the summer between their sophomore and junior year or junior and senior year of college.

August 1: Application deadline.

The School of Medicine Medical Scholars program application is due by this date. All supporting documents must also be postmarked by this date, including college transcripts, personal statement, resume, and letters of recommendation.

September: Offers to interview are extended.

Offers to interview will be extended via email.

September – October: Interviews take place.

All applicants selected for an interview must select and confirm a date for the interview. All applicants must interview in person at the School of Medicine. Phone interviews are not permitted.

November: Offers of admission are extended.

Students being offered early and guaranteed admission will be mailed an admissions packet notifying them of their acceptance and outlining the requirements of the Medical Scholars program. Students not offered early and guaranteed admission will also be notified in writing via U.S. mail.

Applying for Admission

The UMKC School of Medicine offers a Medical Scholars program that would offer early and guaranteed admission to college students interested in applying to medical school. This program would offer early admission into the School of Medicine’s M.D. Program for students currently in their sophomore or junior year of college and who attend the following universities:

  • UMKC
  • Avila University
  • Drury University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Park University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • William Jewell College
  • Lincoln University
  • University of Illinois – Chicago

An application will NOT be reviewed until all supporting documents have been received. When all application materials have been received, the Council on Selection in the School of Medicine will review all complete applications. All application materials must be postmarked by August 1.

Students applying for admission to the School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program must submit the following documents to:

UMKC School of Medicine
Office of Admissions, M1-103
Attn: Medical Scholars Program
2411 Holmes Street
Kansas City, MO 64108

  • The School of Medicine Medical Scholars Program application
  • Official college transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé
  • Three letters of recommendation. These should be submitted directly to the School of Medicine by professors, advisors or others who can speak to your academic ability and personal characteristics.

After the review of all complete applications by the Council on Selection in the School of Medicine, candidates will be selected for interview. If selected for an interview, applicants will be required to be present at the date and time of the interview. All applicants invited to interview must interview in person at the School of Medicine. Phone interviews will not be permitted.

After all applicants invited have been interview, the Council on Selection will extend offers of guaranteed admission to those candidates who best qualify for the Medical Scholars Program. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision. Admission to the Medical Scholars Program is reserved for one qualified student from each partner institution.

Medical Scholars Program

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The UMKC School of Medicine offers a Medical Scholars program that would offer early and guaranteed admission to college students interested in applying to medical school. This program would offer early admission into the School of Medicine’s M.D. Program for students currently in their sophomore or junior year of college and who attend the following universities:

  • UMKC
  • Avila University
  • Drury University
  • Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Missouri Western State University
  • Park University
  • Rockhurst University
  • Truman State University
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • William Jewell College
  • Lincoln University
  • University of Illinois – Chicago

Once admitted to Medical Scholars, a student would then have a seat in the M.D. program for the appropriate term after graduating with a baccalaureate degree.

M.D. students enter the School of Medicine in January each year, and enroll in the Human Structure Function series in January and remain in the program for 48 consecutive months. Three distinct curriculum plans have been devised, which allow M.D. students to proceed through the curriculum along one of three possible tracks. Two tracks provide the M.D. students with five months of time during which they do not formally enroll. The first track allows M.D. students to elect the five-month leave of absence immediately following completion of USMLE Step 1, and the second track provides for a five-month leave of absence midway through the clinical clerkship sequence. The third track allows M.D. students to complete their 48 months of continuous enrollment in December, and does not provide any break during the program other than one month of vacation time per year of enrollment.