Admission to the MSTP is currently a two-step process. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and should meet the application requirements of the University of Alabama School of Medicine. Whichever path you take through the UAB MSTP, we will provide a rigorous and lively physician-scientist education catered to your educational needs.
2014-2015 Interview Dates
October 22-24, 2014
December, 10-12, 2014
January, 14-16, 2015
February 4-6, 2015
Second Visit March 5-7, 2015
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
1. Submit the AMCAS application
The AMCAS is an application service run by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) through which prospective medical students apply to medical school in the United States. Click here for more information
As an MD/PHD applicant, AMCAS provides two MD/PHD-specific essays: the MD/PHD Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay.
2. Upload Letters of Recommendation
Letters of recommendation must be sent to AMCAS through the AMCAS Letter Writer Application, Interfolio, mail or VirtualEvals. For your MD/PHD application, you will need the minimum number of medical school letters of recommendation and one letter from your research mentor. Options and Instructions
3. UAB MSTP Initial Review
Throughout the application process, the MSTP Office will email applicants as their application status updates. The initial review allows us to determine if you meet the minimum standards set forth by the UAB MSTP Advisory Committee (MSTPAC). Once the initial review has completed, either you remain under consideration and are requested to complete the MSTP Supplemental Form or your application will be given no further consideration with the option to move to MD-only.
4. MSTP Supplemental Form
The UAB MSTP Supplemental Form allows you to provide details about future research focus, presentations, faculty interests, and updates to your application. Once the supplemental form is submitted, then a second review of your application by the MSTPAC commences. Once completed, you will be invited to interview with the UAB MSTP or your application will be given no further consideration with the option to move to MD-only.
If selected for an interview, the UAB SOM will ask you to submit their secondary application. The secondary application requires you to submit a recent passport-sized photograph by .jpg file and an application fee.
5. Schedule your interview
If you are selected for an interview, your travel and hotel expenses will be covered by the UAB MSTP. Reservations will be made for you and a free shuttle will be provided to and from the airport. All applicants arrive to Birmingham Wednesday afternoon and depart Friday afternoon.
Interviews are conducted over a two-day period, Thursday/Friday.
On Thursday afternoon, the UASOM holds interviews for selected MD and MD/PHD applicants. On either Thursday or Friday morning, the MSTP conducts interviews, whereupon you will give a short 8-minute “chalk” talk about your research to four members of the MSTPAC. Following the "chalk" talk presentations, applicants are individually interviewed by members of the MSTPAC.
Interspersed across the two-day period are discussions with research faculty of your choosing. If you do not have any preferences we will choose faculty that intertwine with your research background or those that represent a good cross-section of the research at UAB.
6. Selection Process
The MSTPAC in mid-December and mid-February to review all applicants that interviewed for the program. At that time, the committee selects the first and second group of candidates to be offered admission to the program.
Once applicants have been notified about their acceptance into the program, they will be invited back for an optional second visit March 4-6, 2015.
The second-visit to UAB gives applicants a much more in-depth understanding of UAB and the Birmingham area. Applicants will meet with multiple faculty members to discuss research interests and options for summer research rotations, as well as meet with various UASOM Deans and UAB Graduate School Deans throughout the visit. Applicants will also have the opportunity to see various housing options and neighborhoods in the Birmingham area.