General Frequently Asked Questions
Also see the MD Admissions Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
MSTP applicants apply to the CWRU School of Medicine through the AMCAS application service. After you've submitted your AMCAS application, you'll receive an e-mail from the School of Medicine Admissions office telling you how to set up an iApply account and complete your secondary application.
Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The CWRU MSTP encourages applications from candidates with disabilities. Accommodations for students with disabilities and limitations posed by required technical standards and specific standards are governed by policies of the School of Medicine.
No. You need to complete the CWRU secondary application (submitted through iApply) and submit your letters of recommendation. You must indicate on the secondary application that you are applying to the MSTP.
No. When you receive your secondary application, you will have a chance to indicate that you are applying to the MSTP.
No. Although CWRU does offer that dual degree, it's not through the MSTP.
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There are two MD/PhD essays (the Research Essay and the MD-PhD Motivation Essay) on the AMCAS application. The same questions appear on the secondary application from iApply. How should I handle the duplication?
If you indicated MD/PhD on the AMCAS application, and answered those questions on the AMCAS application, you do not need to answer the same questions on the secondary application from iApply. Type "Please see AMCAS MD/PhD essays," and we will review your answers to the AMCAS MD/PhD questions.
If you did not indicate MD/PhD on the AMCAS application but would like to answer those questions on the secondary essays in iApply, or if you wish to provide a modified answer to one or both of the MD/PhD questions, provide your answers on the secondary essays.
For BME applicants, we prefer but do not require the GRE. The GRE is optional for students interested in any other graduate program.
You can check on the status of your application any time by logging in to your CWRU iApply account.
Yes, but they had outstanding research experience.
AP Biology alone does not satisfy the MSTP Biology requirement. We require one semester of college biology courses. However, it is fine if you used AP credits to place out of introductory biology courses as long as you took a semester of advanced biology courses.
The deadlines are November 1 for the AMCAS application and December 15 for the CWRU secondary application. You may request an extension beyond these deadlines by contacting the MSTP office.
There are 12-15 students in each class from 70-80 interviewed applicants.
Yes, if you indicate on your secondary application that you are applying to both the MSTP and the University program.
Approximately 70% of our graduates achieve a faculty position at a medical school, and 20% do research at the NIH, research foundations, biotech companies or pharmaceutical companies. Our alumni are engaged in cutting-edge basic, translational and clinical research.
Unfortunately, no. The CWRU MSTP is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health. Because the grants are a type of National Research Service Award, trainees must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess an alien registration receipt card I-151 or I-551).
Interview Frequently Asked Questions
The MSTP covers the cost of all lodging, meals, and ground transportation while you're here, but you must pay for your own transportation to and from Cleveland.
Yes. Your interview schedule will include School of Medicine information sessions and the two required School of Medicine interviews: one with an Admissions Committee member (this is a separate committee from the MSTP Steering Committee) and one with a current medical student. The Admissions Committee makes admission decisions based on the evaluations and recommendations from both the committee member interview and the student interview.
A Steering Committee member will review your file and recommend MSTP mentors whose research interests match your own. We also encourage you to look over our mentors list and request interviews with MSTP mentors whose research is of interest to you. Your requests will be included in your interview schedule whenever possible.
Reviewing your own research and being ready to discuss it (not just present a prepared statement about it) is the most important preparation. About a week before the interview, we will e-mail you the particulars about your visit, including your interview schedule.
A review of your interviewers' web pages will give you an idea of questions you can ask them. You should expect to spend part of the interview talking about their research in addition to yours.
The MSTP Steering Committee meets once a month to make admission decisions, and you will be notified of your status as soon as possible after the meeting.