M.D. Application

First Steps

  • Potential applicants should make sure they review the criteria to be eligible to attend the USD Sanford School of Medicine.
  • 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

  •  AMCAS will notify the applicant when their application is verified.
  • Once the school receives a verified AMCAS application, the verified application is then screened by the 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 1, 2014, and not later than November 1, 2017 for the 2018 entering class.
  • Applicants are then notified by the USD Sanford School of Medicine that they either do not meet the criteria for further consideration or are invited to submit a Supplemental Application.

Supplemental Information (If Requested)

  • 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

  • USD 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 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 a maximum of four.
  • Letter authors may submit letters to AMCAS after the applicant has submitted their 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 USD Sanford School of Medicine admissions office 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

  • Review requirements for the M.D. application with the following differences:
    • File an application with AMCAS between June 1 and October 15 of the year before you wish to enter the M.D./Ph.D. program of study. Be sure to select the radio button for the combined M.D./Ph.D. program. Selecting this radio button will provide access to questions specific to the Physician Scientist program that must be answered for consideration in this program.
    • The USD Sanford School of Medicine will contact the applicant regarding interviews following review of the completed application.
    • Interviews will take place October through December.