What is the MD-PhD Scholars Program’s application process?

The applicant must fill out a primary application from the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). To apply to the MD-PhD Scholars Program, make sure that applying for an MD-PhD program is indicated on the AMCAS application. After AMCAS finishes processing the application, the applicant will receive information on how to fill out a secondary application that is unique to UNMC. Finally, the applicant may be asked to interview on campus, which will include the opportunity to meet with current Scholars one-on-one, interview with a variety of UNMC faculty, and a formal interview with the College of Medicine.

Does applying to the MD-PhD Scholars Program require an additional application fee?

No. On the AMCAS application, there will be a place to designate yourself as applying for MD-PhD programs. You will be given two additional essays: one to discuss why you are applying for MD-PhD training and one to explain your significant research experiences. The application will be submitted to MD and MD-PhD programs as one application with no additional fee. There is no additional fee with secondary application submission for UNMC.

Should I take the GRE for my MD-PhD application?

The GRE is not required for admission. The applicant should submit their GRE score in the event that they feel their GRE performance better reflects their academic potential than their MCAT performance. Submission of MCAT scores is required; submission of GRE scores is optional.

How many candidates are interviewed each year?

21-28 candidates are interviewed each year. We typically receive 60-80 applications annually.

Are any expenses paid for my interview visit?

The interview visit lasts three days (Wednesday evening – Friday afternoon). You will be solely responsible for travel and housing arrangements during your interview visit. When invited for an interview, you will receive a document detailing current MD-PhD Scholars offering housing accommodations for interviewees. Wednesday night dinner with current MD-PhD Scholars will be paid for. On Thursday, the interviewee will attend our biweekly MD-PhD luncheon with lunch provided and a guest speaker, and dinner will be provided at the MD-PhD director’s house. On Friday, lunch will be provided by the College of Medicine after their interview session.

If you are offered a spot in the program after your first interview, you will be invited for a "second visit." The expenses for this trip will be covered by the MD-PhD Scholars Program. More information about the second visit can be found below. 

How many interviews will I have during my interview visit?

Interviewees generally have six interviews and two research interest meetings on Thursday for the MD-PhD Scholars Program, where the six are members of the interview committee and two are with faculty whose research the student has expressed interest. On Friday, there is one interview with a member of the College of Medicine interview committee. On both Thursday and Friday, it is also possible that a current student could conduct (or be a part of) an interview.

What opportunities are there to interact with current Scholars during my visits?

The MD-PhD Scholars Program makes sure to offer ample opportunities to interact with current Scholars during both the interview visit as well as the second visit and also among all years of the program. On the Wednesday evening during the interview visit, the interviewee will have dinner at a local, appetizing restaurant with current scholars. This is a great time to ask questions in a casual setting. During the Thursday interviews, current Scholars will escort the interviewee to each interview. The interviewee will also be able to interact with scholars during the Thursday luncheon and Thursday dinner. Moreover, the interviewee can choose to be hosted by a current scholar, which will allow for more interaction time outside of the many planned interactions.

During the second visit, opportunities to interact with scholars are similar. Applicants will attend lunch with current scholars. Current scholars may also be available to bring them to various meetings with faculty members.

What kind of attire should I bring for my visits?

For the Wednesday dinner before interviews, casual to business casual attire is encouraged. For Thursday and Friday interview days, business formal attire is expected. For the Thursday evening dinner during interviews, business casual attire is encouraged.

For the second visit, business casual attire is recommended for meeting with faculty members.

Are any expenses paid for my second visit?

The revisit lasts two days. For the second visit, travel and housing arrangements will be made for the student and will be covered by the program. If the student plans to bring a significant other, friend, or family member, the program will not cover their travel costs but is more than happy to work with the student to arrange shared travel and housing. Lunch will be with current Scholars and dinner will be arranged at a local restaurant, expenses covered by the program.

Can current medical students in UNMC’s COM apply for the MD-PhD Scholars Program?

Yes. The MD-PhD Scholars Program encourages interested medical students in their first and second years of study to apply to the MD-PhD Scholars Program. In fact, several of our current students entered through the alternate pathway from the M1 or M2 year. Please refer to our internal admissions section for more information on how to apply.

How many current Scholars are in the program?

There are currently 40 Scholars in UNMC's MD-PhD Scholars program. The program has six students in their first year of medical school (M1), seven students in their second year of medical school (M2), four students in their first year of graduate school (G1), six students in their second year of graduate school (G2), five students in their third year of graduate school (G3), two students in their fourth year or above of graduate school (G4), four students in their third year of medical school (M3), and six students in their fourth year of medical school (M4).

What is the average GPA and MCAT for current Scholars?

Current Scholars have a mean GPA of 3.75 and MCAT score of 515.

What is covered for MD-PhD Scholars by UNMC’S MD-PhD Scholars Program?

The student’s tuition, student health insurance (including membership to the campus gym at the Center for Healthy Living), and student fees are all covered by the MD-PhD Scholars Program during medical training. Students also receive an annual stipend. During the student’s time as a graduate student, costs and stipends will be covered by the student’s department and/or extramural funding.

How long does it take to finish the MD-PhD Scholars Program?

The program typically takes 7-8 years, which is composed of 4 years of medical school and 3-4 years of graduate school. The current curriculum follows: 2 years of medical school, 3-4 years of graduate school, and then 2 years of medical school clerkships. While the MD-PhD Scholars are in graduate school, they are required to maintain their clinical skills through preceptorships and participation in student-run clinics.

Is UNMC’s MD-PhD Scholars Program an MSTP?

UNMC's MD-PhD Scholars Program is not currently a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), but we are in the process of applying for an MSTP Training Grant. MSTPs are MD-PhD programs that have applied for and been awarded funds specifically for training MD-PhD students from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Like MSTPs, UNMC's MD-PhD Scholars Program provides a generous living stipend for its students.

Further Information:

If you have more questions that are not addressed here, please feel free to email Jen Brady.