M.D. Program Admissions Requirements

CelebrationThe requirements for admission are governed by the School of Medicine Council on Selection, the admissions committee for the School of Medicine. The Council on Selection is composed of faculty, administration and students who screen applications, determine which candidates will be offered an interview and make all final admission decisions. Admission decisions are based on an individualized and holistic review of applications.

Although out-of-state students are welcome to apply to the M.D. Program, preference and priority consideration is given to in-state students from the state of Missouri as well as to regional students from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Applicants offered admission to the M.D. program begin medical school coursework in January.

  • Have earned, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate, master’s or doctoral degree awarded from a regionally-accredited college or university located in the United States.
  • Earned a minimum cumulative undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0.
  • Earned a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 in the AMCAS BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics coursework).
  • Completed the following pre-requisite courses with a grade of B (see note) or better:
    • One semester of biochemistry (upper level course)
    • One semester of genetics
    • One semester of cell biology
      • These courses must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university located in the United States.
      • These courses must be completed within 5 years of the application deadline.
  • Note: we strongly advise taking pre-requisite courses for a grade if possible, however, we will not penalize applicants for circumstances outside of their control for classes taken during the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 semesters as pass/fail.
    • Additionally, on UMKC’s supplemental application, there will be a section where you can address how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted you and your candidacy for admission. We encourage applicants to utilize this space for the Admissions Committee to review, specifically outlining circumstances and providing justification or documentation, when possible.

The Council on Selection may allow a student to complete one of the required courses in the fall semester before matriculating into the program in January. Any offers of admission will be contingent upon the successful completion of the required course. Once enrolled in the course, a student must submit a transcript to the Council on Selection showing this course in progress. A final transcript with the final grade in this course must also be submitted upon completion of the course.

MCAT Score
  • The Medical College Admission Test is required.
  • A minimum MCAT score of 500 is required.
  • MCAT scores must have been earned within three years of the application deadline.
  • The latest MCAT score accepted for initial application review is the July MCAT.
  • If a student is selected for an interview, the latest MCAT score accepted for final review by the Council on Selection is the August MCAT.
  • UMKC School of Medicine MCAT code: 808
Holistic Review of Applications

Admission to the School of Medicine is based on a combination of academic performance and potential to further develop the core competencies of the School of Medicine. The Council on Selection reviews a candidate’s personal characteristics and experiences, in addition to academic information. The Council reviews the candidate’s personal statement, co-curricular and health-related activities, letters of recommendation and results of the interview. There is no one component of the application that will guarantee a candidate an interview or an offer of admission.

Admissions Eligibility

In order to be considered for admission to the M.D. program, applicants for admission must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
    • Permanent resident status must be achieved by August 1 of the year before the spring term for which applicant is applying. A copy of the permanent resident card must accompany the general application for admission.
    • International students are not eligible for admission to the M.D. program.
  • Must not have been enrolled as a medical student at the UMKC School of Medicine.

Applying for M.D. Admission

Group of studentsApplicants for admission to the UMKC School of Medicine M.D. program must submit all applications and application materials by August 1. Students offered admission to the M.D. program will matriculate to the School of Medicine in January.

While out-of-state students are welcome to apply to the M.D. Program, preference and priority consideration is given to in-state students from the state of Missouri as well as to regional students from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Step 1: American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)

All applicants must apply through AMCAS. Please follow the instructions provided on the AMCAS application. Once the application has been verified by AMCAS, it will be sent to the medical schools to which you have applied. The AMCAS application must be submitted by August 1* and verified by September 1*. Official transcripts must be sent to AMCAS and received by August 15*. Any transcripts received after August 15 will not allow the AMCAS application to be processed. Letters of Recommendation must also be submitted through the AMCAS Letter of Recommendation Service by August 1*. Applications submitted to and verified by AMCAS earlier in the process will be reviewed first.


Official transcripts must be sent to AMCAS by August 15*. AMCAS will not transmit your application if transcripts are not received by August 15*. To prevent delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of your application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the AMCAS application.

Letters of Recommendation

The School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS letter of recommendation program, and all letters of recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS letter of recommendation service. Letters of recommendation sent directly to the School of Medicine will not be accepted or used in the admission process. It is recommended that letters come from those who can speak to your academic ability and other personal characteristics as they relate to medical school. Family members and/or friends of the family should not provide letters of recommendation. A minimum of three letters of recommendation is required. UMKC School of Medicine will accept committee letters completed by three of more individuals.

Official MCAT Scores

Applicants must sit for the MCAT by the end of July to guarantee an on-time review. For applicants selected for an interview, the August MCAT will be considered in the final review process.

Step 2: Secondary Application

All applicants must complete the secondary application, the General Application for Admission to UMKC. Applicants should not wait for a secondary invite in order to complete the General Application for Admission to UMKC. The application and $50 application fee must be submitted by August 1*(priority deadline, with a final deadline of September 1). For additional instructions, check out Steps for submitting the General App for the MD Only program.

Step 3: Supplemental Application (MD Student Portal)

All applicants must submit the School of Medicine Technical Standards. Applicants will receive a supplemental invite with information related to the electronic completion of the Technical Standards. Applicants will not receive the supplemental invite (UMKC MD portal) until after they have been verified by AMCAS.

By receiving the supplemental invite, students will have access to the UMKC student portal. In the UMKC student portal, students must complete a final submission of the supplemental application. The final submission cannot be completed until the letters of reference, Technical Standards and General Application for Admission to UMKC have been processed and marked as complete. Applicants can only complete the final submission after all application components are marked as complete in the UMKC student portal under the Supplemental Application tab. Please note: It may take  up to one week after submission of the General Application for Admission to UMKC before it is marked as complete.


After the review of all verified applications, the Council on Selection will determine which candidates are selected for an interview. If selected for an interview, candidates are required to be present at the date and time of the interview. All candidates invited to interview must interview in person at the School of Medicine. No phone interviews are permitted.

After all selected candidates have completed the interview process, the Council on Selection will extend offers of admission to those candidates who best qualify for the program. A holistic and individualized process is used when considering candidates, and selection is based on the core competencies of the School of Medicine. Candidates will be notified in writing of the School of Medicine’s decision.

*By 11:59 p.m. central time on date listed (if a deadline falls over a weekend, deadline is moved to next business day).



M.D. students enter the medical program and enroll in the Human Structure Function series in January, remaining in the program for 52 consecutive four-week blocks. For students who wish to graduate in May of the final year, the program allows for up to five blocks of leave of absence. Students not interested in this option will graduate in December of their final year. The curriculum and graduation requirements for M.D. students are outlined below.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV, Human Structure Function I, II, III, IV, History of Medicine, Clinical Correlations, Pathology I (General), Medical Neurosciences, Clinical Practice of Medicine I, Intro to Pharmacology (Self-Paced), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly)

Year 2

Pathology II (General/Clinical), Medical Microbiology, Clinical Practice of Medicine II, Pharmacology, Behavioral Sciences in Medicine, Docent Rotation I, Family Medicine I, Ambulatory Care Pharmacology (Self-Paced), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Patient-Physician-Society I and II

Year 3

Psychiatry, Prescribing for Special Populations (Self-Paced), Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Medicine II: Preceptorship, Surgery, Docent Rotation II, Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Elective, Humanities

Year 4

Docent Rotation III, Emergency Medicine, Rational and Safe Drug Prescribing (Independent Study), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Electives*, Humanities

*Students may take six to seven electives in Year 4. They must choose three clinical electives from nine designated categories. One of these electives must also be a critical care elective.

 Graduation Requirements

Approval of each student’s curriculum plan is contingent on the following expectations:

  1. Continuous enrollment in the School of Medicine for 52 four-week blocks (including four blocks vacation).
  2. Four vacation blocks (one per 13-block period) during the 52 blocks of enrollment.
  3. Successful completion of 34 blocks of UMKC School of Medicine credit for graduation.
  4. Participation in Fundamentals of Medicine IV (MED 9220) concurrent with participation in Human Structure Function I, II, III.
  5. Enrollment in all required School of Medicine rotations and courses with students in Years III through VI of the six-year program including the Self-Paced Pharmacology Series.
  6. All students will be required to complete a one-block medical humanities course in the last two years.
  7. Completion of three electives from nine categories with one elective fulfilling the critical-care requirement.


School of Medicine Core Competencies

Our curriculum utilizes experiences with patients, peers and faculty in clinical settings that develop students who are passionate about medicine. Students learn the skills and attitudes for compassion, honesty and integrity which receive the same priority as scientific and technical skills.

To further develop these skills and attitudes, the School of Medicine uses the following core competencies as the foundation for all educational experiences, as well as the selection of new students.

Communication and interpersonal skills are crucial to a successful doctor-patient relationship. Through immediate and ongoing patient interaction, our students learn to engage with patients, families and other members of the health care team. Our graduates are able to establish therapeutic relationships with patients, regardless of age or cultural background, and are able to communicate in an effective manner.

Medical students work with other health professionals to establish and maintain a climate of mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity, and trust through interprofessional collaboration. Understanding one’s own role and the roles of other health professionals is vital to appropriately assessing and addressing the health care needs of patients and populations served.

It is important for both medical students and graduates to observe and develop professionalism during interactions with others in clinical, academic and co-curricular activities. Students master the professional behaviors of respect, compassion, empathy, altruism, honesty and accountability. In addition, our program teaches students the value of moral reasoning and ethical judgment, to identify ethical issues in medicine, and to evaluate, recommend and defend ethical choices. Our graduates are able to recognize individual patient value systems, while integrating moral reasoning and ethical judgment in the care of patients without compromising their own ethical integrity.

Students will learn the personal and professional development skills necessary to demonstrate healthy coping mechanisms and respond well to stress. The structure of our program also provides opportunity for students to gain leadership skills that enhance not only the learning and clinical environment, but also the delivery of service in the health care system as well.

The medical knowledge students gain during their six years of medical training allows our graduates to apply both basic and clinical science to understand, explain and solve complex, multi-system problems. Our students receive six years of outstanding clinical training that sets them apart from other medical school graduates. This in-depth training offers our students greater opportunities to evaluate problems from multiple perspectives, and to identify appropriate and rational solutions that addresses those problems. Our graduates are able to apply the knowledge, skills and concepts from all scientific perspectives to overall patient care.

By acquiring practice-based learning and improvement skills, including how to access and evaluate medical information, students learn how to provide effective patient care. Students learn how to use evidence-based medicine and skills related to patient safety and continuing quality improvement, which creates graduates competent in practice-based learning.

Through systems-based practice, our graduates have an increased awareness of the role diversity plays in the context of health care, and use this awareness to benefit patients and serve as better health advocates.

Through innovative teaching and learning strategies, students acquire the attitudes, knowledge and skills required for patient care: data gathering methods of history-taking and the physical examination, appropriate use and interpretation of tests, identification and, in some instances, administration of needed procedures, formulation of diagnoses and companion management plans using clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills, and patient education. They learn how to care for the full range of patient problems – acute, chronic, emergent, preventative, rehabilitative – in inpatient, outpatient and continuing-care settings.

M.D. Program


Program Overview

The UMKC School of Medicine offers an opportunity for medical education to students who have obtained, or will soon earn, a baccalaureate degree. This program is the M.D. Program. Students interested in the M.D. Program must apply for admission between May 1 and August 1. If selected for admission, students will begin coursework in January.

While out-of-state students are welcome to apply to the M.D. Program, preference and priority consideration is given to in-state students from the state of Missouri as well as to regional students from the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Clinical Experience and Physician Interaction

Students join a group of 10 to 12 fellow medical students, called a docent team. Early and continued contact with a team of clinical physicians, known as docents, builds student capacity for clinical judgment. Docent teams include a docent, a clinical pharmacologist, a clinical medical librarian, an Education Team Coordinator and other health care professionals.

Half a day every week for three-and-a-half years, students assist with outpatient care in continuing care clinics at two of our partner hospitals. This clinical assignment provides a continuity of patient care, as well as a wealth of clinical experience, and allows students to work with full-time, hospital-based staff, including physicians, nurses and residents.

Students practice skills through the use of state-of-the art simulators that replicate the human body and human conditions.

Two blocks (four weeks each) a year for the last three years, students join their full docent team for daily ward rounds called DoRo, or docent rotation.

New students are paired with a senior partner who serves as another mentor, allowing advanced students to take additional responsibility. Peer and self-evaluations are used to augment student education and training.


Students have the opportunity to work with faculty in both clinical and research settings. Students involved in research have the opportunity to present their findings each spring at the annual Student Research Summit, and funding is available to support student research projects. The Office of Research Administration facilitates student research programs as well as coordinates supplemental research lectures and seminars.


Students at the UMKC School of Medicine have the opportunity to develop community partnerships, provide community service and reflect upon their experiences. Students participate in service-based programs, such as the Sojourner Clinic, a free outpatient clinic developed and managed by medical students, and the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic.

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