The minimum course requirements for UW MSTP and the UW School of Medicine are the same. These courses must be completed by the time of matriculation (early summer), but preferably before an application is submitted. You may specify on the MSTP supplementary application if you have not yet satisfied all minimum requirements.
Must include a minimum of the following (this list is for information only and is not exhaustive):
1. Social sciences, humanities or “human condition”
Entering medical students should understand the social forces that shape the health of the individuals and communities they will serve. This includes understanding how social contextual factors and policy operate at the community and national level to impact the health of individuals. Students should be familiar with disparities in health currently present in society and their underlying etiologies. Candidates seeking acceptance to UWSOM can establish competency in this area through course work in the social sciences, humanities or related interdisciplinary fields such as public health or ethnic and gender studies, clinical and/or population health research, service learning, lived experience or a combination of thereof. Determination of competency will be evaluated through the secondary application and/or interview.
Examples of social science/humanities coursework to consider:
- Political Science
1 year* (lab recommended)
The subject matter in these courses must include college-level biology, molecular genetics and cell biology/cell physiology, although applicants are not required to take courses with these specific titles. The Foundations curriculum is taught with the expectation that students arrive with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of the following human biological principles: homeostasis and feedback, neuronal signaling, hormone receptors, immunology, cell biology including subcellular organization, differentiation, cellular metabolic function, energy transfer, reproduction, Mendelian genetic principles of nucleic acid structure and function, genetic recombination and mechanisms of gene expression.
2 years* (lab recommended)
The subject matter in these courses must include college-level inorganic and organic chemistry and biochemistry. Typically, students will complete 1 year of general (inorganic) chemistry and a year of organic and biochemistry combined, at minimum, to meet this requirement. Many applicants will however, take a full year of organic chemistry as well as at least one term of biochemistry. The Foundations curriculum is taught with the assumption that students arrive with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of foundational chemistry and biochemistry topics, including molecular structure, chemical reactivity, energetics, protein structure and function and intermediary metabolism.
The subject matter in these courses must include college-level physics principles including mechanics, kinetics, thermodynamics, properties of matter, wave theory, electricity and magnetism and optics although applicants are not required to take courses with these specific titles.
*1 year equals, for example, 3 quarters or 2 semesters of course work.
The following subject matter is recommended, but not required:
- Anatomy or comparative anatomy
- Human or mammalian physiology
- Microbiology and/or Immunology
- Statistics (biostatistics preferred)
All candidates should demonstrate substantial academic ability in their major field as well as in the required science courses. Candidates should be proficient in the use of the English language, basic mathematics, personal computing, and information technologies.
For more information, please see the School of Medicine Pre-med Course Requirements and UW SOM Admissions FAQs.