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Admissions

Students who are considering applying to VCU’s School of Medicine and also wish to be considered for the M.D-Ph.D. program must apply to the medical school through the American Medical College Application Service. Please designate “Combined Graduate/Medical Degree” on your AMCAS application.

In addition to the AMCAS application, a reference form Microsoft Word must also be submitted along with the recommendation letter from someone who can speak about your research or research experience.

Interview

All applications are reviewed by the director and a file reviewer and selected candidates are invited for interviews.

On average, we interview about 40 applicants per admission cycle. We use two days for the interview, on Mondays and Tuesdays, typically starting in October and ending in March. This process allows the applicant to interview with the medical school, the M.D.-Ph.D. program and potential lab mentors, as well as to experience the city of Richmond, Va.

If invited for our interview, your airfare and lodging for two nights is paid for by the VCU M.D.-Ph.D. program. You will have the option of staying with a student host or in a hotel.

The two-day interview process is divided into a medical school interview day (Monday morning and early afternoon) and M.D.-Ph.D. interview day (Monday afternoon and evening and Tuesday). 

Sample interview itinerary

Day 1:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Breakfast with M.D.-Ph.D. Students
  • 9:00 a.m.: Introduction of the M.D.-Ph.D. program by the program director
  • 10:00 a.m.: M.D.-Ph.D. interview with the director of the program (the director’s interview lasts 30 minutes)
  • 11:00 a.m.: M.D.-Ph.D. interview by a M.D.-Ph.D. steering committee member and M.D.-Ph.D. student (each M.D.-Ph.D. committee interview lasts 55 minutes)
  • Noon: M.D.-Ph.D. seminar given by a faculty member or M.D.-Ph.D. student
  • 1:15 p.m.: Laboratory visit with faculty member of interest
  • 2:15 p.m.: Laboratory visit with faculty member of interest
  • 3:15 p.m.: Laboratory visit with faculty member of interest
  • 6:00 p.m.: Dinner with current M.D.-Ph.D. students at one of many small restaurants located in downtown Richmond, Va.

Day 2:

  • 8:30 a.m.: Report to the School of Medicine Admissions Office
  • 9:30 a.m.: Multiple Mini Interviews
  • Noon: Lunch and Tour
  • 3:15 p.m.: Departure

Following the interview days, the M.D.-Ph.D. admissions committee will meet the next week to complete the review of your application. You can expect notification from the program regarding your status within one to two weeks of interviewing. You will then be accepted, put on the waiting list, or rejected from the M.D.-Ph.D. program. However, all students not immediately accepted to the M.D.-Ph.D. program will have their application forwarded to the medical school admissions committee for application to the M.D. program.

Second look

Any accepted student can return to VCU at any time to get a second look at the program or talk to potential research mentors. A formal second look for all accepted students is held in early April. We cover travel and lodging expenses for all second looks.

Travel information

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Statistics

The matriculating 2015 class of 5 students had an average GPA of 3.62 and an average combined MCAT score of 35. There were 160 applicants and 46 were invited for interviews. We offered 21 of the applicants admission. You must have a total MCAT of 30 and GPA of 3.0 to be considered for admission to the MD-PhD Program. We have not yet decided on an MCAT cutoff for admission with the new MCAT scoring system.