First and Second Year Research Lunches

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is committed to reviewing applications holistically, with an emphasis on the applicants' commitment to physician-scientist training as evidenced by letters of recommendation, research experiences, GPA, and other academic and community accomplishments.

The Lunch Series is a way to introduce first and second year MD-PhD students to the Tri-I Program faculty. These lunches provide a venue for informal, yet insightful, conversations between students and faculty, to learn about their backgrounds, career paths and research. With weekly lunches for first year students scheduled throughout the spring and for second year students in the fall, there is ample opportunity for students to meet numerous faculty members with varied research interests. 

For the faculty, these lunches prove to be great opportunities to meet with new students, who may be interested in joining their labs. After the lunches, some faculty members offer the students a guided tour of their laboratory facilities and a chance to learn in greater detail about their research.

MD-PhD Admissions and Gap Years

While a meaningful research experience is a requirement for admission, taking a gap year(s) is not required. We do not value research done after earning a baccalaureate any more than that done while an undergraduate. National surveys (and our own experience) have demonstrated that doing post-bacc research does not reduce the time taken to earn a PhD. Further, applicants who have taken a gap year(s) have fared no better than their peers at being offered an interview or being accepted into our program (at least since 2016).

In past years, the AMCAS verification process has taken up to eight weeks. Access to the secondary application will not be sent to the applicant until the AMCAS is verified. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Please make sure all other parts of the application (letters of recommendation) are submitted so that the admissions committee can review the application as soon as it is verified and the secondary is submitted.

Important Dates (2023-2024)

AMCAS Available
May 2, 2023
MD-PhD Application Deadline (AMCAS Primary Application)
September 13, 2023
MD-PhD Application All Materials Must Be Complete By
October 18, 2023
Interview Dates*
October 5, 2023
October 26, 2023
November 16, 2023
Admission Decisions Made
Mid December 2023
Revisit Day
Spring 2024 (TBA)
Accepted Applicants Must Select “Plan to Enroll” 
on the Choose Your Medical School tool
April 30, 2024
First Year MD-PhD Class Begins
July 1, 2024

*All interviews for this application cycle will be held remotely.

MD-PhD Applications

Please note that the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program follows the Application and Acceptance Protocols established by the AAMC. 

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program Interview Days are listed above. If you are applying to the program, you are strongly encouraged to keep these dates open on your calendar until you hear from us regarding a final decision. As we only have three pairs interview days, rescheduling is discouraged.

MD-PhD applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their applications as early as possible. Items that typically hold an application from achieving a complete status include letters of recommendation and the medical college's secondary form. Access to the medical college's secondary form is only emailed to applicants whose applications are verified by AMCAS. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure their file is complete.

Successful applicants will have excellent undergraduate science preparation, substantial undergraduate research experience, and a strong commitment to combining an investigative career in the biomedical sciences with clinical medicine.


There is a national need for physician-scientists who come from underrepresented backgrounds. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program therefore encourages applications from students who are members of under-represented racial and ethnic groups, from disadvantaged backgrounds, and/or who have a disability.

International Students

Applications from international students are welcome for the 2024 application cycle. All admitted students receive the same full funding, regardless of citizenship or residency status.

Applications from DACA recipients are accepted, and encouraged, for this cycle.

Technical Standards

Successful applicants must satisfy the requirements of both the medical and the graduate components of the Program, and all matriculants must satisfy the requirements in the Medical College's Technical Standards policy. Read more about the WCM Technical Standards here