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Thomas Jefferson planned for medical education to be a part of the curriculum of the University of Virginia. A School of Anatomy and Medicine was one of the original eight schools of the University when it opened in 1825.
School of Medicine Admissions
1146 McKim Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 800725
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0725
(434) 924-5571 Fax: (434) 982-2586
The faculty believes that the educational process at the School of Medicine, as well as the medical profession itself, is best served by an admissions process that will result in the selection of a diverse and multi-talented student body. The Admissions Committee, when choosing the class, considers not only academic credentials such as GPA and MCAT but also the personal characteristics and life experiences of applicants.
Admission to the School of Medicine will be granted to those applicants who, in the opinion of the Admissions Committee, will make the most significant contributions to society as members of the medical profession. In making its determination the School will consider factors such as: (1) the applicant’s general academic ability based upon a careful examination of all academic transcripts, including factors such as the grade-point average, the difficulty of the curriculum in which the degree was earned and the hours spent on outside employment or other time-consuming extracurricular activities; (2) the applicant’s capacity for the academic study of medicine based upon the MCAT score, and (3) other relevant personal qualities and characteristics of the applicant, including factors such as the applicant’s career goals, cultural and educational background and experiences, moral character, leadership qualities, commitment to community service, ability to think and act independently, and interpersonal and communication skills. The applicant should seek to have those persons writing letters of recommendation discuss such factors. To access the online-electronic application, please see the following website:
Association of American Medical Colleges
American Medical College Application Service
2501 M Street, NW, LBBY-26
Washington, DC 20037-1300
A minimum of 90 semester hour credits received in an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university are required for matriculation. Preference will be given to students who, by the time of matriculation, will have received the bachelor’s degree or higher. The following required college science courses must be completed prior to matriculation:
Biology (with lab) 1 year
General Chemistry (with lab) 1 year
Organic Chemistry (with lab) 1 year
Physics (with lab) 1 year
Biochemistry is encouraged and may be substituted for the 2nd semester of Organic Chemistry.
Selection of Candidates The selection of students for admission to the School of Medicine is made by the Committee on Admissions, composed of members of the faculty of the School of Medicine and a select group of fourth-year medical students. Applicants are considered only after all credentials have been received. Applicants who have been denied admission previously are not encouraged to reapply unless there is a demonstrated improvement in their academic and non-academic credentials. The number of students in the entering class will not exceed 160 students.
Method of Application The University of Virginia School of Medicine is one of the participating schools in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Applications may be accessed directly from their website: www.aamc.org. AMCAS applications must be submitted no later than November 1 of the year prior to the year of proposed enrollment. Students are selected and notified of their acceptance on a rolling admissions basis beginning October 16; therefore, early application is advantageous. All applicants will be required to pay a non-refundable application processing fee unless granted a fee waiver.
Requirements for Admission Applicants should note that the University of Virginia School of Medicine considers applications only from applicants who have received a minimum of 90 semester hours or who have graduated from an accredited United States or Canadian college or university. Applicants in a degree program are expected to complete their degree before matriculation. Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. are eligible to apply provided they have completed a minimum of 90 semester hours of course work at an accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.
Selection of College Courses The required courses listed above form the essential background for the scientific study of medicine. Many courses contributing to a well-rounded liberal education are of direct value and, though proficiency in the sciences is essential to the understanding of medicine, concentration on the sciences is not necessary. Medicine is concerned with a variety of social and community problems and requires a broad cultural background as well as technical education.
Advanced placement courses are acceptable if such courses are clearly indicated on the undergraduate college transcript as having been accepted by the college toward fulfillment of requirements for the bachelor’s degree. However, students are encouraged to pursue advanced courses if advanced placement credit was awarded for any of the required science courses listed above (including laboratory work). Students pursuing a graduate or professional degree must complete the program requirements prior to entrance into medical school.
Technical Standards Applicants to the University of Virginia School of Medicine are considered without regard to disability but with the expectation that they can complete all parts of the curriculum. In addition to certain academic standards, candidates for the M.D. degree must have abilities and skills in observation, communication, motor function, quantification, abstraction, integration, conceptualization, and interpersonal relationships and social behavior. Some disabilities in certain of these areas may be overcome technologically, but candidates for the medical degree must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner without the use of trained intermediaries. Those desiring additional information on this matter may contact the Admissions Office for the full Technical Standards Policy.
Medical College Admission Test The Medical College Admission Test is required of all applicants. All students must present scores from tests taken no later than September 30 of the year prior to the year of matriculation, and no earlier than April 1 of three years prior to the year of matriculation. Further information concerning this test is available from college premedical advisors, or from the AAMC website: www.aamc.org.
Personal Interview Students are not accepted without a personal interview. Selected individuals are invited for interviews after review of their completed application. The Admissions Committee does not grant regional interviews, telephone interviews, or interviews by applicant request.
Transfer Applicants The University of Virginia School of Medicine no longer accepts transfer applications.
Correspondence concerning admission should be addressed to
Office of Admissions
UVa School of Medicine
P.O. Box 800725
Charlottesville, VA 22908-0782
(434) 924-5571; fax: (434) 982-2586
For more information, see the Admissions website: http://www.healthsystem.virginia.edu/internet/admissions/home.cfm
The Mulholland Society is the all-inclusive student body of the School of Medicine. It was named a “society” to emphasize the importance of camaraderie and teamwork. The Mulholland Society provides interaction among the four School of Medicine classes, a unified voice to promote the interests of medical students, and an outlet for the academic, social, and athletic interests of students.. The society is named in honor of the late Dr. Henry Bearden Mulholland, a distinguished figure in American medicine, whose entire career was spent at the University of Virginia from 1917 to 1962. The society chose his name in honor of his special interest in student affairs and because he represented “the best in medicine, not only in the classroom but in the community.”
The Mulholland Society Council (The Medical Student Government) works to monitor and improve all aspects of medical student life, both in and out of the classroom. All class officers and Mulholland Society officers sit on the Council. The Student Medical Education Committee exists to provide coordination for medical student input on medical education issues to the various faculty administration committees and the Dean’s office. Student representatives sit on the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee, the Admissions Committee, Student Affairs Committee and many other committees. Council meetings are always open.
Many career-specific interest groups are available to students as well as local chapters of national organizations such as the American Medical Association-Medical School Section (AMA-MSS), America Medical Student Association (AMSA), American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA). A full list of student organizations can be found at: www.med-ed.virginia.edu/handbook/orgs/clubService.cfm