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.  

2019-2020 Interview Dates

  • September 18-19, 2019         
  • October 8-10, 2019           
  • November 6-8, 2019
  • December 3-5, 2019      

Second Visit

  • March 7-9, 2020


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.  Interviews are conducted over a 2-day period with airline and hotel reservations made by the MSTP for your stay in Birmingham.

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 8-10 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 will meet after the second round and fourth round of interviews to review applicants that interviewed for the program. At these selected times, the committee ranks 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 2020.

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 UAB SOM 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 19th, applicants holding one or more acceptance offers can select “Plan to Enroll” in the AMCAS application. Before April 30th, 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 30th, 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 30th, 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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