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Admissions

COVID-19 Update for 2021 Applicants

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program will accept Pass/Fail grades to fulfill prerequisites for courses taken in the spring semester of 2020.

Along with other MD-PhD programs, we are still developing our strategy for how to deal with the absence of MCAT scores, but we expect that we will invite applicants for interview before we have received their MCAT score. In our review process, we will continue to look at 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.

We therefore strongly encourage you to submit your application to AMCAS as early as possible, even in the absence of the MCAT score.

We are aware that the COVID-19 crisis is causing many other distruptions. We are actively working with our colleagues within Weill Cornell Medicine and from other medical schools to address all issues affecting the next application cycle. We will share the outcomes of these conversations as they become available.

Thank you for your patience as we work to find solutions. Please take care and stay safe!

The application period for admission into the MD-PhD Program for the 2020-2021 academic year is now closed. 

Accepted Applicants, please note that you must select "Commit to Enroll" on the Choose Your Medical School tool by May 15, 2020.


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.

With a rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, these dates are given tentatively, and we encourage applicants to check back frequently for updates and to contact the MD-PhD Program Office with any questions.

Important Dates (2020-2021)

AMCAS Available
May 4, 2020
MD-PhD Application Deadline (AMCAS Primary Application)
September 28, 2020
MD-PhD Application All Materials Must Be Complete By*
October 27, 2020
Virtual Admission Interview Dates**:
October 22-23, 2020
 
November 12-13, 2020
 
December 3-4, 2020
Admission Decisions Made:
Mid December 2020
Revisit Day(s):
TBA
Accepted Applicants Must Select “Plan to Enroll” 
on the Choose Your Medical School tool:
TBA
Accepted Applicants Must Select “Commit to Enroll” 
on the Choose Your Medical School tool**:
TBA
First Year MD-PhD Class Begins:
July 1, 2021

*We will screen applications that are complete except for MCAT scores by this date in order to accommodate those applicants whose MCAT exam dates were affected by COVID-19.

**Currently, we anticipate that all interviews for this application cycle will be held remotely. Please check back for updates.

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 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.

Because of the increasing diversity of the United States population, there is a national need for physician-investigators who are members of underrepresented minority groups and other disadvantaged groups. The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program therefore encourages applications from students who are members of under-represented minority groups, from disadvantaged backgrounds or who are disabled. (We recognize that some applicants may belong to more than one of these categories.)

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.

After initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to attend one of the Program's three interview days, where they will meet selected faculty within the Program.

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