M.D. Application

First Steps

  • Make sure you are eligible to attend our school.
  • Applications are submitted to AMCAS between June 1 and November 1 each year.
  • The applicant arranges to take the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) within three years of the application deadline and no later than November 1 of the year prior to matriculation.
  • Scores from the MCAT are submitted to AMCAS.
  • The primary AMCAS application includes MCAT scores, the applicant's academic record, a personal statement, and biographical information.
  • AMCAS also must receive official transcripts from the registrar of each college or university attended.
  • When the AMCAS national application service has verified an applicant's course work, the primary AMCAS application is transmitted to the medical school(s) designated by the applicant.

Next Steps

  • Once we receive a verified AMCAS application, the applicant is notified via e-mail.
  • The verified application is then screened by Admissions staff to determine whether the applicant: 1) is a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S.; 2) is a South Dakota resident or has strong ties to South Dakota; 3) has completed the prerequisites; 4) has taken the MCAT at least once with scores no older than November 15, 2013, and not later than November 1, 2016 for the 2017 entering class.

Supplemental Information If Required

  • Submit a Supplemental Application only if requested by the Admissions office.
  • Applicants meeting the above requirements are sent an e-mail invitation to submit the Supplemental Application materials.
  • Supplemental Application materials include an online supplemental application, requests for letters of recommendation and a non-refundable $35 application fee.
  • When all supplemental information is received, the Admissions Office reviews these materials along with the applicant's primary AMCAS application to determine whether the applicant will be invited to interview.

Interview Invitation

  • Residents of South Dakota are granted an opportunity to interview.    Non-residents with strong ties to the state are reviewed for possible invitation to interview.
  • Interviews are conducted open file by two members of the Admissions Committee.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Sanford School of Medicine participates in the AMCAS Letter Writer Service. All letters of recommendation will be sent directly to AMCAS.
  • Applicants who are invited to submit letters of recommendation should follow these guidelines: 1) Three (3) individual recommendations, submitted separately or collectively in a packet or 2) Evaluation materials/packet from a structured pre-medical committee with at least three contributing members on the pre-medical committee.
  • Please limit the total number of recommendation letters submitted to four.
  • Letter authors may submit letters to AMCAS after you have submitted your AMCAS application.

Admissions Action

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application materials, especially letters of recommendation, have been received by the admissions committee by the deadline.
  • Following the interview, the Admissions Committee evaluates all components of the completed application and makes a decision at the next scheduled committee meeting.
  • Recommendations for acceptance may be made after any of the meetings. If not accepted, the applicant is "pended" until the final meeting for the year.At the final meeting, the class will be filled, a ranked alternate list is made and decisions for non-acceptance are finalized. 

M.D./Ph.D. Application

  • 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.
  • The applicant arranges to take the MCAT within three years of the application deadline and no later than November 1 of the year prior to matriculation.
  • 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.