Sanford School of Medicine Physician Scientist Program


Applicant Requirements
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • At least a bachelor's degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Complete the equivalent of two semesters, including laboratory experience where available in the following areas:
    • Biology
    • General (Inorganic) chemistry
    • Organic chemistry
    • Physics
    • Mathematics
  • Outstanding grades as undergraduates
  • Strong scores on the MCAT exam
  • Strong letters of recommendation; including one letter of recommendation from a reference that can speak directly to your experience in and potential for independent research
  • Productive laboratory experience that clearly demonstrates an interest, enthusiasm and commitment to biomedical research
Application Process
  • File an application with AMCAS between June 1 and October 15 of the year before you wish to enter the MD/PhD program of study. Be sure to select the radio button for the combined MD/PHD program. Selecting this radio button will provide you access to questions specific to the Physician Scientist program that must be answered for consideration in this program.
  • Take MCATS within the past three years. We must receive your score by November 15 of the year prior to your target start date.
  • We will contact you regarding interviews following review of your completed application by the Physician Scientist Admissions Committee. 
  • Interviews will take place October through December.
  • Letters of acceptance for our program may be mailed any time following the interview.
  • Letters for the final group for acceptance, for the alternate list and for non-acceptances are mailed in mid-March.
  • Accepted students must secure their position in the class within two weeks by signing a notarized form and depositing $100 toward their tuition.
  • An accepted student may withdraw prior to June 1 and receive a refund of their $100 deposit.