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.

The UAB MSTP gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information.  

2018-2019 Interview Dates

October      03-05, 2018         

October 31, 2018 to November 2, 2018          

December   05-07, 2018      

Second Visit

March 9-11, 2019


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 Secondary Application or your application will be given no further consideration with the option to move to MD-only.


4. MSTP Secondary Application

The UAB MSTP Secondary Application allows you to provide details about future research focus, presentations, faculty interests, and updates to your application. Note that the secondary application requires you to submit a recent passport-sized photograph by .jpg file and an application fee.  Once the UAB MSTP Secondary 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.

Updates to your secondary application are recommended. You can upload new transcripts, publications, revised CVs, and so on through the UAB Secondary Application portal.


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 2-day period: Thursday and 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 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 in March 2019.

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.


7. Applicant Decision Process

Beginning February 19, applicants holding one or more acceptance offers can select “Plan to Enroll” in the AMCAS application. Before April 30, in alignment with the applicant protocols, making this selection allows schools to view in aggregate the number of applicants that selected “Plan to Enroll” for their schools.

Until April 30, applicants can, at the time they make this selection, continue to hold other acceptances, remain on alternate lists, and continue to interview at other schools. Beginning April 30, accepted applicants will have two options to select: “Plan to Enroll” and “Commit to Enroll.” Selecting “Commit to Enroll” indicates that the applicant has made a final selection and withdrawn all other applications.


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