Admissions

The MD/PhD Admissions Committee consists of faculty members from the graduate school and medical school. Based on the American Medical College Admissions Service (AMCAS) application, supplemental application, statement of purpose and letters of recommendation, the Admissions Committee selects applicants to interview. Interviews are conducted over a two day period early in the spring semester. Three to four personal interviews are conducted by members of the MD/PhD admissions committee. Students will be required to give a research presentation as part of the interview process.

Successful applicants will have highly competitive academic records and scores on the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and be able to document substantial interest in research. One MD/PhD fellowship will be awarded in 2009. Currently, students in the program are fully funded, meaning that they receive a merit-based scholarship consisting of tuition and fee expenses, a stipend and health insurance. Students in the program are expected to excel academically and play leadership roles in the School of Medicine. Take a look at the MD/PhD Handbook for more information.

All materials except the online application can be sent to the MD/PhD program by:

Email (preferred):  EManzanilla@salud.unm.edu with MD/PhD Application in the Subject

Fax: 505-272-8738

Mail: BREP Office - MD/PhD Application
          MSC08 4560
          1 University of New Mexico
          Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

The  UNM School of Medicine Admissions Policy also applies to the MD/PhD program.  Briefly, an important non-performance factor in considering students for admission to The University of New Mexico School of Medicine is the residency status of the student.  As a state-supported institution in a state where health care needs are great, the medical school feels strongly that most of the accepted applicants should be residents of New Mexico.  The school acknowledges a secondary obligation to students in western states without medical school through participation in the Western Interstate Commission of Higher Education (WICHE*) program and will continue to accept a few of these students each year.  The school accepts a few out-of-state residents with exceptional qualifications.  Foreign nationals with U.S. permanent resident visas who otherwise meet the requirements for admission are also considered.  Students must meet the minimum requirements for admission into the UNM School of Medicine. Applicants to the MD/PhD program can request that their applications be also considered for the MD program.  Students currently in the first, second or third years of Medical School at UNM may also apply.

*The University of New Mexico is also a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). Therefore, consideration is given to residents of participating states that at present have no medical schools (Montana and Wyoming).

New Students

  1. Applicants need to begin with submission of the AMCAS application (the deadline is November 15 of each year). It must specify that the application is for the combined MD/PhD degree program. When an AMCAS application is received by the UNM School of Medicine Office of Admissions, it is evaluated for eligibility for admission to the School of Medicine and forwarded to teh BREP office for consideration by the MD/PhD Committee.
  2. MD/PhD applicants who have been pre-screened for eligibility by the School of Medicine will receive a link to the MD/PhD Application and Statement of Purpose web site.  The supplemental application questions will address past research and clinical experience, potential for a future scientific career and unique qualifications of the applicant for the MD/PhD program.  Applicants will be required to complete the online Application and Statement of Purpose by a specified deadline, and the references identified in the application will each be required to submit an evaluation and letter of recommendation.

    The MD/PhD applicants will undergo a preliminary review by the MD/PhD Committee on Admissions, and select applicants will be invited to attend the MD/PhD interview session during the last week of January.

Current First-, Second- and Third-Year Medical Students

  1. Current students in the UNM Scool of Medicine should contact teh BREP office at brep@salud.unm.edu to indicate their interest in the MD/PhD program before November 15.
  2. Current students interested in the MD/PhD program will receive a link to the MD/PhD Application and Statement of Purpose web site.  The supplemental application questions will address past research and clinical experience, potential for a future scientific career and unique qualifications of the applicant for the MD/PhD program.  Applicants will be required to complete the online Application and Statement of Purpose by a specified deadline, and the references identified in the application will each be required to submit an evaluation and letter of recommendation.

Space is limited; applying to the program early is strongly encouraged.

Only complete applications will be considered.