MD Program applicants:
Thank you for your interest in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.
We are working to adapt to often changing circumstances as the world responds to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, we have decided to factor the highest eligible MCAT score instead of the most recent. For the 2021 application cycle, OHSU will accept MCAT scores from tests taken in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and January 2021. We will require an eligible MCAT score prior to making an admissions decision, and we will factor the highest eligible MCAT score. Our interview screeners will base their decisions on the information that is available at the time of application review. We will be continuing to assess and discuss impacts for the 2021 admissions cycle over the coming weeks. This website will be updated accordingly if/when any additional changes to our process are decided upon. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Minimum Academic Qualifiers
For the 2021 entering class, the minimum qualifiers to receive further consideration in the process are: a cumulative total GPA, as reported by AMCAS, of 2.8 and a cumulative score of 497 on the highest eligible MCAT. An eligible MCAT is one that is taken one to four years prior to the year in which an applicant seeks matriculation to medical school. For the 2021 entering class, eligible MCAT scores are those recorded in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and January 2021. All decisions are based on an applicant’s highest eligible MCAT.
Minimum qualifiers are subject to change from one admissions cycle to the next. Applicants must meet the minimum academic and MCAT qualifiers set for that admissions cycle.
Applicants must have United States citizenship, DACA status, or permanent resident status with a green card indicating permanent residency in the United States. Permanent residents are encouraged to have at least one year of full-time course work at a college or university in the United States.
Please note that our dual degree programs do not accept DACA status at this time.
A Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university is required prior to matriculation to medical school. No preference will be shown for any particular major or area of study. Personal interest and passion for intellectual questions posed by a field of study should be the primary motivator in selecting a major or area of concentration. All applicants should strive to pursue a wide variety of coursework spanning the humanities, arts, sciences, social sciences and mathematics.
Recommended Premedical Competencies:
The following prerequisites are recommended to applicants as they prepare themselves for the YourMD Curriculum. These are based on the AAMC Premedical Competencies which mark the beginning of a continuum leading to the Six Domains of Competence* that create the foundation of Graduate Medical Education (Residency Training) and beyond into independent practice.
I. Pre‐Professional Competencies:
Service Orientation, Cultural Competency, Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others; Social Skills and Oral Communication; Teamwork, Reliability, and Dependability; Resilience, Adaptability, and Capacity for Improvement Experiences demonstrating the above competencies are broad. They may include demonstration of excellence and leadership in the areas of service including but not limited to: any number of employment, volunteer or research experiences both inside and outside of the healthcare arena, participation in the arts and/or collegiate athletics, military service, and experience working in the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America.
II. Thinking and Reasoning Competencies:
Critical Thinking and Written Communication
This includes exposure to coursework and independent or professional experiences in the humanities and/or social sciences. These experiences are designed to demonstrate critical analysis that weighs alternative solutions to problems and fosters an appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of a given argument. Such experiences must also stress expression and application of such ideas and conclusions through highly developed and effective use of the written word.
Classwork in quantitative reasoning could include Statistics, Calculus, Data Science or Computer Science.
Successful applicants will demonstrate fluency in the language of the scientific method as it is applied via classroom laboratory coursework or through independent research experiences.
III. Science Competencies:
Demonstrate an ability to apply basic science principles to human health and disease and demonstrate observational and analytical skills applied to biological situations which could include course work in Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics and Biochemistry. It is recommended that applicants take a course in human anatomy and/or physiology.
An understanding of the basis of human behavior and its applications to both individuals and society which could include courses in psychology and sociology.
The OHSU School of Medicine seeks applicants who will develop into practitioners able to master each of these domains. The goal of the above competencies is to prepare the student for success in their graduate medical training and beyond.
Note: Transcripts and verification of AP or IB credits are only needed once an applicant is offered admission to OHSU.
Prior to matriculation, admitted applicants will be asked to complete additional onboarding tasks.
These tasks include:
- Completing a pre-matriculation questionnaire through the Admissions Portal
- Completing a drug screen
- Submitting a photo for the OHSU ID badge
- Completing OHSU online Compass training modules
- Submitting an Immune Status Form to the Student Health & Wellness Center
- Reading the OHSU Code of Conduct & Medical Student Handbook
- Submitting official transcripts from each institution attended
- Completing Epic eLearning modules
- Downloading Citrix onto applicant's laptop
Further details about these tasks are communicated to applicants through both email and an onboarding website once an applicant is offered admission to OHSU.
OHSU Online Secondary Application
After the Office of Admissions receives your primary application from AMCAS, the admissions staff will send a secondary application notice via email. It can take up to 6 weeks from the time you certify and submit your application to AMCAS until we receive it. OHSU has an online secondary application that is made available to applicants through the Admissions Portal. Secondary application email notifications will start going out in mid-July.
Letters of Recommendation
We are participating in the AMCAS letters service. If your health professions advisor uses the VirtualEvals or Interfolio letter service, AMCAS will access your letters on VirtualEvals or Interfolio and make them available to us. All letters must be sent via the AMCAS letters service.
Minimum requirements for all applicants are as follows:
- Letters from three college or university teaching faculty from any department. It is recommended that at least one be from a science department teaching faculty member. A letter packet containing at least three individual teaching faculty letters or a premedical committee evaluation report (Committee Letter) may be submitted in lieu of the three separate recommendations.
- Applicants who have been out of college for five years or more may submit two letters from employers and one from a teaching faculty member.
It is highly recommended of all applicants that they provide additional non-academic recommendations as well. Applicants should carefully select a well-chosen group of letters that speak to significant experiences in health care/physician shadowing and extracurricular accomplishments.
All letters must be on departmental/company stationary and signed by the letter writer. All letters must be submitted through the AMCAS letters service. We do not accept letters of recommendation that are emailed, faxed or sent directly from applicants.
How many letters can I send?
OHSU does not have a maximum number of letters that may be submitted. We recommend applicants carefully select a well-chosen group of letters that speak to significant experiences in the areas of academics, health care experiences/physician shadowing and extracurricular accomplishments.
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
All applicants applying to the MD, MD/MPH, and MD/PhD programs at OHSU are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle.
CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop
computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account
creation and taking the test:
● Government-issued photo ID
● Valid email address
● Working webcam
● Working microphone
● Reliable high-speed internet connection
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Medicine test
(CSP-10111 - U.S. Medicine), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your AMCAS ID number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select OHSU for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most
To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment, but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.
After the admissions committee has discussed an applicant, the priority score is determined using committee score, MMI score, and academics. An applicant may be offered acceptance, placed on hold, or refused at that time.
For those admitted: A notification is posted on the applicant’s Admissions Portal, followed by an email. Then a formal acceptance letter is emailed, which includes a deadline by which to print, sign, scan, and return the acceptance and technical standards forms that will be attached.
We will require applicants to select “Commit to Enroll” through AMCAS 21 days prior to our first day of orientation. For the 2020 incoming class, the first day of orientation is August 10, 2020, and the deadline for making the “Commit to Enroll” selection is July 20, 2020. For applicants who select to enroll elsewhere, please note that we will need to receive your notice of withdrawal directly. Selecting “Commit to Enroll” for another institution does not automatically withdraw your application from OHSU. For more details regarding the AMCAS Tools for Choosing Your Medical School, as well as deadlines for holding multiple acceptances, please go to AMCAS website.
For those on hold (occurs until April 30): Applicants may be accepted out of the hold pool at any time prior to April 30. By May 1, all our initial offers will be made and our alternate list created and ranked.
For those on the alternate list (starting May 1): We rank the top 120-200 applicants and break ties to assign each MD applicant a discreet number on our alternate list (combined degree applicants may reach out to the office of admissions for more specific details about their file). We will select applicants off of our alternate list in order as spots become available between May 1 and the first day of orientation, only skipping over those applicants who have withdrawn their application by contacting us directly. Please note that selecting “Commit to Enroll” for another institution does not automatically withdraw your application from OHSU. For more details regarding the AMCAS Tools for Choosing Your Medical School, as well as deadlines for holding multiple acceptances, please go to AMCAS website:
For all applicants: We recognize that this process is a complex one for all involved. Maintaining clear and transparent communication is key to making this experience as smooth and beneficial to all applicants. Please reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.
Estimated Averages for Entering Class
The following is a listing of the estimated averages for the entering class:
- Average total GPA of 3.65
- Average science GPA of 3.58
- Average old MCAT scores of:
- 10.1 in Verbal Reasoning
- 10.3 in Physical Sciences
- 10.8 in Biological Sciences
- Average new MCAT scores of:
- 127 in Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems
- 127 in Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
- 127 in Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
- 128 in Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior
Candidates for admission are considered comparatively on the basis of:
- Assessment of motivation, ability to communicate, life enriching experiences, problem-solving ability and maturity
- Review of overall scholastic record
- Review of MCAT scores
- Review of letters of recommendation
- Understanding and appreciation of health care issues and/ or biomedical research
- Interest in rural health, underserved areas and primary care
- With respect to the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program, commitment to and potential for biomedical research
The School of Medicine gives strong preference to the following applicants:
- Residents of Oregon.
- Non-resident applicants with Oregon Heritage. The School of Medicine uses the Oregon Heritage Policy for student selection, but it is not used as a basis for determining residency, and therefore the tuition a student pays. Oregon Heritage is defined as 1) A student with one or both parents residing in Oregon at the time of application, 2) A student who graduated from high school in Oregon with at least two years of attendance at a high school in Oregon, or 3) A student who graduated from any regionally accredited college or university in Oregon and attended at least two years at any regionally accredited college or university in Oregon no more than 7 years prior to the time of application.
- Applicants who are WICHE-certified in Allopathic Medicine.
- Applicants applying to the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program.
- Applicants applying to the MD/MPH Combined Degree Program.
- Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related experiences. Superior achievements are defined as significant experiences in healthcare, leadership, extracurricular activities, and/or community service activities.
- Applicants whose personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare.
The School of Medicine Admissions Committee adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. The Committee also fully recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body and in the physician workforce in providing for effective delivery of health care. Accordingly, the OHSU School of Medicine strongly encourages applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and from persons from groups underrepresented in medicine.
When reviewing an applicant's academic profile, the Admissions Committee looks at the highest eligible MCAT along with science and non-science GPA. They also consider such factors as universities/colleges attended, courses taken, GPA trends, course loads, extracurricular activities, and other aspects of the academic experience.
We suggest applicants seek assistance from their health careers advisor on their campus before applying. Even if an applicant has been out of school for a while, we still advise them to seek assistance from a college level health careers advisor. The Office of Admissions will not advise applicants as to the appropriate college courses that should be taken nor will they review transcripts prior to application.
- Total applications received: 6,700+
- Of the 6,700 applications received, approx. 7% are Oregonians, 93% are non-residents
- Applicants Interviewed: 570
- Number of acceptance offers made: 230+
- Class size: 153
- Profile of Entering Class:
- 84% residents of Oregon
- Average age: 26
- Average total GPA: 3.65
- Average science GPA: 3.58
- Average old MCAT: 31
- Average new MCAT: 509
- 26% are previous applicants
- Represent 70+ different undergraduate institutions
Estimates for 2019-2020
Annual Tuition, Fees and Insurance
Breakdown of Fees and Insurance Annually
- University Fee: $2,288
- Student Council Fee: $64
- Dental Insurance: $471
- Major Medical Insurance: $5,943
Total Fees/ Insurance: $8,766
For more detailed information, please visit:
Oregon Residency Information
Please visit the Registrar's page for all detailed information and related forms: https://www.ohsu.edu/education/office-registrar
Note: Applicants who have moved to Oregon prior to September 1, 2019 may be eligible to be considered an Oregon resident for the 2020 admissions cycle.
To be considered an Oregon resident you must first declare your state of legal residence through AMCAS as Oregon.
For complete information on residency rules, refer to the Residence Classification Policy and Procedures.
The tuition and fee schedule listed above are provided for information purposes only. The Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine Program reserves the right to make changes in fees, tuition and other costs which range from minimal to substantial without advance notice. This information should not be construed in any way as forming the basis of a contract.
MD/PhD Dual Degree Program
The MD/PhD Dual Degree Program in the School of Medicine at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is designed for students with a strong scientific background and a firm commitment to a career in academic medicine. The School of Medicine and its affiliated units have vigorous research and training programs funded by grants totaling nearly $300 million annually. PhD degrees may be obtained through a variety of well-funded graduate programs, including Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (an umbrella program including Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, Molecular & Medical Genetics, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology, Physiology & Pharmacology and Quantitative Biology), Behavioral Neurosciences, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Biomedical Informatics. It is also possible to complete a PhD in the OHSU/PSU joint School of Public Health. The program also offers strong training in translational research provided in conjunction with our Clinical and Translational Research Institute. Funding, including tuition and stipend, is provided to admitted students. The program has recently received funding through the MSTP T32 mechanism of the NIH.
Successful applicants must show evidence of potential for outstanding performance in both the MD and PhD programs. Prior research experience is advantageous. Students begin with course work in the preclinical curriculum in the medical school, then through a series of research rotations, choose a graduate program for their PhD studies. The requirements for the PhD degree are determined in conjunction with the director of the individual graduate program, and in all cases include graduate courses, the PhD qualifying examination, and doctoral dissertation research. Once students complete their PhD, they return to clinical work to finish medical school. The dual degree program is designed to allow students to complete the program within a seven to eight year period, although the time required varies depending on the student's rate of progress in the research project. Students also participate in MD/PhD Program specific coursework including Journal Club, a clinical clerkship during their PhD years and a translational research clerkship in their final clinical years.
Applicants interested in the MD/PhD Dual Degree Program must complete the Secondary Application for the School of Medicine and the MD/PhD Application Addendum, as well as the other forms required of all medical school applicants. Selected applicants are interviewed by members of the MD/PhD committee and complete the medical school admissions interview process.
Requirements for admission (including letters of recommendation) for the MD/PhD Dual Degree Program are the same as for the MD Program, with the addition or exception of the following:
- In addition to the required letters of recommendation for the MD Program, include at least two additional letters of recommendation from individuals who can assess your potential in biomedical research and as a doctoral-level graduate student. A total of five letters of recommendation are required for MD/PhD applicants.
- Research experience (for example, a senior thesis or research postbac) is required. Prospective students should have developed an understanding of biomedical research and academic medicine before committing themselves to a rigorous MD/PhD program.
- The aptitude or advanced test portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MD/PhD Program. However, if you have taken the GRE, please have your scores forwarded to the MD/PhD Program, OHSU School of Medicine, Office of the Dean, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, Mail Code: L102, Portland OR 97239
- The MD/PhD Program considers applicants nationally without geographic preference. Oregon and non-Oregon residents are considered equally.
For more information about the MD/PhD Program, please visit our website:
MD/MPH Dual Degree Program
The Oregon Health & Science University MD/MPH Dual Degree Program is a five-year program that is specifically designed for students with a firm commitment to and potential for: 1) a career in medicine-public health (i.e. a significant involvement in both clinical medicine and public or population health), or 2) a career in which the dual degree would prepare them for enhanced productivity in health care programs, policy, or research.
The curriculum for the dual degree program is an integrated curriculum designed to allow selected students to complete the requirements for both the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees within five years. Students in the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program are required to complete the MPH in the Epidemiology track of the Oregon MPH Program at OHSU. They will, however, have opportunities to pursue their specific areas of public health interest through elective courses in other MPH tracks. We also work hard to help students make strategic choices for their field experience and culminating research project to address these interests.
Students entering the program will begin their MPH studies with a six-week introductory Epidemiology course during the period prior to beginning medical school classes (end of June through and early August);this course will be divided into a three-week independent study period followed by a three weeks of in-class presentation-discussion sessions. During the first academic year they will take the Community Health elective in the fall quarter and a series of weekly public health seminars for MD/MPH students in the spring quarter. In addition, as time permits, students will take a limited number of public health courses of their choosing during the remainder of the first eighteen months of medical school and will be encouraged to take advantage of other public health and/or research opportunities as they arise throughout their first three years. Finally, MD/MPH students will have a year of concentrated MPH study between the second and third or between the third and fourth academic years of medical school, during which they complete the required MPH courses, as well as is the field experience and research project required for graduation.
Interested applicants must complete the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program Application Addendum as well as the other forms required of all medical school applicants. Interviews are a required part of the application process for the MD/MPH Program. Representatives of the MD and MD/MPH Programs screen the credentials of all applicants and competitive applicants are invited to interview with representatives of both the MD and the MD/MPH Programs on the same day.
Policies and requirements for admission into the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program are the same as for the MD Program, with the addition of the criteria listed below: (Please pay careful attention to these points as you prepare your application.)
- MCAT scores are accepted in lieu of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. However, if you have taken the Graduate Record Examination, please have your scores forwarded to the Office of Admissions, School of Medicine, CL5MD.
- Letter of Recommendation: In addition to letters required for the MD program, applicants must submit at least one letter of recommendation that speaks specifically to those characteristics that make the applicant especially suited to a medical career that includes public health, public health research, or clinical research.
- MD/MPH Personal Statement: With the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program Application Addendum, applicants must include a statement of purpose explaining: 1) why they are applying for the MD/MPH program at OHSU and 2) how they anticipate using the medicine and public health training that OHSU provides in their career plans.
- Introductory Statistics Course: Applicants must successfully complete an undergraduate course in statistics prior to entering the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program. This does not need to be completed prior to application/interview but will need to be completed prior to entering the Program.
If you are interested at any time in applying to the MPH Program instead of the MD/MPH Program, please apply directly to that program through the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine under a separate application process. The deadline for this application is around February 15th each year. For more information, contact the Education Manager in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at 503-494-2012 or visit the public health website:
The School of Medicine will not be accepting transfer students into the Doctor of Medicine program for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program
Each year, two students will be selected for the Oral/Maxillofacial surgery/MD Program. This selection will be made by the Admissions Committee based on the recommendation of the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery/MD Program. The requirements for students in this program are available through the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education.
OHSU SOM MD Program Application & Matriculation Policy for OHSU Graduate Studies Students
OHSU School of Medicine policy establishes that a student’s acceptance of admission to graduate status is regarded as a declaration of intent to complete a program of graduate study prior to matriculation to another OHSU School of Medicine educational program.
Based on this policy, the following rules apply to applicants who are enrolled in a graduate program at the Oregon Health & Science University and are applying to either the MD, MD/PhD or MD/MPH Program:
- An applicant enrolled in an OHSU PhD program will be considered eligible for application to either the MD or MD/MPH Program, but will not be eligible to matriculate until they have completed the PhD Program.
- An applicant enrolled in the OHSU MPH Program will be considered eligible for application to either the MD or MD/PhD Program, but will not be eligible to matriculate until they have completed the MPH Program.
- An applicant enrolled in an OHSU graduate studies program will not be considered eligible for matriculation to the respective MD dual degree program(s). (Example: While enrolled in the OHSU MPH Program, a student is not eligible for matriculation into the MD/MPH Dual Degree Degree Program.)
- An applicant enrolled in any other OHSU graduate studies program, not referred to above, will be considered eligible for application to either the MD, MD/PhD or MD/MPH Program, but will not be eligible to matriculate until they have completed the respective graduate studies program.
- Under no circumstance will deferred admission to the MD Program be allowed in order to comply with this policy.
An exemption to the above policy must be approved by the Director of the appropriate OHSU graduate studies program and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies.
Approved by the Ad Hoc Admissions Review Committee on 6/25/96.
School of Medicine Technical Standards
Because the MD degree signifies that the holder is a physician prepared for entry into the practice of medicine within postgraduate training programs, it follows that candidates for graduation must have the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and judgment to function in a broad variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Candidates must demonstrate the capacity to develop academic and emotional maturity and leadership skills to function effectively in a medical team.
Therefore, all students admitted to the School of Medicine must be able to meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, the following abilities and expectations.
Students/Applicants who may have questions regarding the technical standards or who believe they may need to request reasonable accommodation in order to meet the standards are encouraged to contact the Education & Student Affairs Office.
The School of Medicine's Technical Standards include:
- Candidates must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments in the basic sciences.
- Candidates must have sufficient use of the sensory, vision, hearing, motor, and the somatic sensation necessary to perform a physical examination. Candidates must be able to perform activities such as palpation, auscultation, percussion, the administration of intravenous medication, the application of pressure to stop bleeding, the opening of obstructed airways, the movements, equilibrium and functional use of the sense of touch and vision.
- Candidates must be able to learn to respond with precise, quick and appropriate action in emergency situations.
- Candidates must be able to communicate with accuracy, clarity, efficiency, and sensitivity.
- Candidates must have the skills to be able to analyze and synthesize information, solve problems, and reach diagnostic and therapeutic judgments.
- Candidates must be able to acknowledge evaluation and respond appropriately.
- Candidates must possess the interpersonal skills to develop rapport and positive relationships with patients.
- Candidates are expected to possess the perseverance, diligence, and consistency to complete the medical school curriculum. Candidates, therefore, must be able to tolerate physically and emotionally taxing workloads, to function effectively under stress, to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
OHSU Technical Standards
Health Sciences programs have a societal responsibility to train competent healthcare providers and scientists that demonstrate critical judgment, extensive knowledge and well‐honed technical skills. All candidates for an OHSU degree or certificate must possess essential skills and abilities necessary to complete the curriculum successfully. These include academic (e.g., examination scores, grade point average) as well as technical standards. These technical standards are nonacademic criteria, basic to all of OHSU’s educational programs. Each OHSU program may develop more specific technical standards.
OHSU’s Technical Standards include:
- Acquire information from experiences and demonstrations conveyed through online coursework, lecture, group seminar, small group activities, and other.
- Ability to recognize, understand and interpret required instruction materials including written documents, computer information systems, and non‐book resources.
- Ability to manipulate the equipment, instruments, apparatus, or tools required to collect and interpret data appropriate to the domain of study, practice or research.
- Ability to follow universal precautions against contamination and cross contamination with infectious pathogens, toxins and other hazardous chemicals.
- Solve problems and think critically to develop appropriate products and services (e.g., treatment plan, a scientific experiment.)
- Synthesize information to develop and defend conclusions regarding observations and outcomes
- Use intellectual ability, exercise proper judgment, and complete all responsibilities within a time frame that is appropriate to a given setting.
- Maintain effective, mature, and sensitive relationships under all circumstances (e.g., clients, patients, students, faculty, staff and other professionals.)
- Communicate effectively and efficiently with faculty, colleagues, and all other persons encountered in any OHSU setting.
- Work in a safe manner and respond appropriately to emergencies and urgencies.
- Demonstrate emotional stability to function effectively under stress and adapt to changing environments inherent in clinical practice, health care and biomedical sciences and engineering.
It is our experience that a number of individuals with disabilities, as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, are qualified to study and work as health care professionals and scientists with the use of reasonable accommodations. To be qualified for health sciences programs at OHSU those individuals must be able to meet both our academic standards and the technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations.
For further information regarding services and resources for students with disabilities and/or to request accommodations, please contact the Office for Student Access:
OHSU provides equal opportunities to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. It does not discriminate on any status protected by law. This policy applies to all employment, education, volunteer, and patient care related activities or in any other aspect of OHSU’s operation. Retaliation for reporting discrimination is prohibited. To make an inquiry or report an incident of discrimination, contact OHSU’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity (AAEO) Department at 503-494-5148, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”) protects individuals from discrimination and harassment on the basis of sex or gender in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal aid. OHSU, as a recipient of federal funds, complies with Title IX and 34 CFR Part 106 by prohibiting sex and gender discrimination and harassment, which includes sexual misconduct and sexual violence, in education programs, activities, employment, and admissions. Inquiries about Title IX compliance or sex/gender discrimination and harassment may be directed to the OHSU Title IX Coordinator: Laura Stadum.
Contact Laura Stadum, JD at 503-494-0258 or email@example.com.
Inquiries may also be directed to the U.S. Department of Education, Western Region Office for Civil Rights at 206-607-1600, firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Secondary Application - FAQs
OHSU School of Medicine, MD Program
2020 Admissions Cycle
1. What are OHSU’s eligibility requirements for the MD program?
OHSU’s eligibility requirements are as follows:
Minimum cumulative Total GPA (as reported by AMCAS) of 2.80.
Minimum cumulative score of 497 on the most recent eligible MCAT. Eligible MCATs for the 2020 admissions cycle are those recorded in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
United States citizenship, DACA status, or permanent resident status with a green card indicating permanent residency in the U.S. (Please note that the dual degree programs do not accept DACA status at this time).
2. If I do not meet these requirements, why did I receive a notification to complete the secondary application?
In an effort to expedite the distribution of secondary applications to our applicants, we do not prescreen AMCAS applications for eligibility requirements. Before submitting your secondary application, please review your application to determine if you meet all of the above listed requirements. It is the applicant’s responsibility to review the eligibility requirements.
3. What will happen if I do not meet the eligibility requirements but still decide to submit a secondary application?
Your application will be processed and reviewed by our office and we will determine that your application cannot continue further. If you submit your secondary application and you do not meet all of the above eligibility requirements, we will not refund your processing fee under any circumstances.
1. Does OHSU give preference to certain applicants?
Yes, OHSU does give preference to the following applicants:
Residents of Oregon
Non-resident applicants with Oregon Heritage. The School of Medicine uses the Oregon Heritage Policy for student selection, but it is not used as a basis for determining residency, and therefore the tuition a student pays. Oregon Heritage is defined as 1) A student with one or both parents residing in Oregon at the time of application, 2) A student who graduated from high school in Oregon with at least two years of attendance at a high school in Oregon, or 3) A student who graduated from an Oregon institution of higher education with a bachelor’s or advanced degree with at least two years of attendance at an institution of higher education in Oregon.
Applicants who are WICHE-certified in Allopathic Medicine
Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related experiences. For the 2020 cycle, superior achievements are defined as significant experiences in healthcare, leadership, extracurricular activities, and/or community service activities.
Applicants whose personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare.
The School of Medicine Admissions Committee fully recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body and in the physician workforce in providing for effective delivery of health care. Accordingly, the OHSU School of Medicine strongly encourages applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and from persons from groups underrepresented in medicine. The Committee adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.
Letters of Recommendation
1. What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?
Minimum requirements for all applicants are as follows:
Letters from three college or university teaching faculty from any department. It is recommended that at least one be from a science department teaching faculty member. A letter packet containing at least three individual teaching faculty letters or a premedical committee evaluation report (Committee Letter) may be submitted in lieu of the three separate recommendations.
Applicants who have been out of college for five years or more may submit two letters from employers and one from a teaching faculty member.
It is highly recommended of all applicants that they provide additional non-academic recommendations as well. Applicants should carefully select a well-chosen group of letters that speak to significant experiences in health care/physician shadowing and extracurricular accomplishments.
2. How should my letters of recommendation be formatted?
Letters of recommendation must be on official letterhead/company stationary and signed by the letter writer.
3. How should my letters of recommendation be submitted to OHSU?
OHSU participates in the AMCAS letters service. All letters of recommendation must be submitted through the AMCAS letters service. If your health professions advisor uses the VirtualEvals or Interfolio letter service, AMCAS will access your letters on VirtualEvals or Interfolio and make them available to us.
OHSU will not accept letters of recommendation that are emailed, faxed or sent directly from applicants. Only letters submitted through the AMCAS letters service will be accepted.
4. When must my letters of recommendation be submitted?
It is preferred that letters be received (NOT processed by our office) by the deadline specified in the secondary application notification email that you originally received. However, our office will wait for all letters listed on the secondary application to be received and processed before considering your application file complete and ready for further review.
5. What happens if I cannot obtain three academic letters of recommendation? Will OHSU still process my application?
If you cannot obtain the required academic letters, OHSU will still process your application. However, applicants who have recently been students should be aware that applications with fewer than the required number of academic letters may be considered less competitive.
6. Is there a limit to the number of letters I can submit with my application?
OHSU does not have a maximum number of letters that may be submitted. It is highly recommended of all applicants that they provide additional non-academic recommendations as well. Applicants should carefully select a well-chosen group of letters that speak to significant experiences in health care/physician shadowing and extracurricular accomplishments.
1. How should I best present my experiences in this section?
Please refer to the example format provided on the secondary application. Each experience should clearly show the timeline of when the experience took place, a brief description of the activity and the location (city and state) of where the experience took place. All major activities including education, employment, community service and health care experiences should be included and presented in a clear and concise manner. This history should include everything that you have done in the five years prior to your anticipated entrance to medical school, but NOT activities during high school. Please include current activities as well as projected activities.
1. Am I required to answer all Supplemental Information questions?
Yes, you must answer all the questions. If you do not wish to disclose this information, please select the “No response” option.
Criminal Background Information
1. Am I required to answer all three Criminal Background questions?
Yes, you must answer all three questions. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions in this section, you are required to disclose all details as outlined in the secondary application. If you do not answer the questions and provide necessary disclosures your application cannot be considered complete.
Payments and Waivers
1. Is the processing fee refundable?
No, it is a non-refundable processing fee. All secondary applications submitted to the Office of Admissions are processed. We will not refund your processing fee under any circumstance.
2. What forms of payment are accepted for the non-refundable processing fee?
OHSU accepts Visa and MasterCard. Payment must be made through the Secondary Application website.
3. Does OHSU waive the secondary processing fee?
We can only waive the secondary processing fee if the applicant has received an AMCAS fee waiver for the 2020 admissions cycle. If you are a recipient of an AMCAS fee waiver, OHSU will be notified by AMCAS and this processing fee will be automatically waived at the time of submission of your secondary application. However, if you received the AMCAS fee waiver after submitting the AMCAS application, please email a copy of your 2020 fee waiver to email@example.com with “2020 AMCAS fee waiver” in the subject line. Make sure to include your full name and AAMC ID number. Once the Office of Admissions receives and processes your waiver, your secondary application fee will be waived.
If you are not a recipient of the 2020 AMCAS fee waiver, we cannot waive the processing fee.
Saving and Editing the Secondary Application
1. Can I save or edit my application?
Yes, the secondary application can be saved and edited up until the point of submission. We recommend that you save your application every few minutes to prevent losing your work. However, once you pay and submit your application to OHSU, you can no longer change or edit your application.
2. Does OHSU accept updates, changes or edits to the secondary application?
No, OHSU cannot accept updates, changes or edits to your application. Please make sure to change or edit your application before electronically paying and submitting it to OHSU.
Editing/Changing Contact Information
1. Can I update my contact information during the application process?
Yes, applicants may update their contact information with OHSU throughout the application process. Applicants must make these changes online through the Admissions Portal.
1. How do I submit my application?
All secondary applications must be submitted electronically. The School of Medicine Secondary Application is available through the Admissions Portal. OHSU cannot accept applications submitted in any other manner.
Complete Applications and Status Checks
1. What makes my application complete?
Applications are considered complete once all required materials are received and processed by the Office of Admissions. This includes:
the completed secondary application and (if applicable) dual degree application addendum
ALL letters of recommendation listed by the applicant in the secondary application
final eligible MCAT score (This will be sent to us automatically by AMCAS.)
the non-refundable processing fee or AMCAS fee-waiver
a copy of the front and back of current Green Card (only if the applicant is a permanent resident)
a copy of the WICHE certification letter (only for WICHE-certified residents in Allopathic Medicine)
a copy of the narrative evaluation (only if the applicant attended a college that uses narrative evaluations rather than grades)
a credential evaluation report (only if the applicant attended a foreign college)
All applicants must have United States citizenship, DACA status, or permanent resident status with a green card indicating permanent residency in the U.S. Permanent residents must submit a copy of their green card directly to OHSU. Please note that our dual degree programs do not accept DACA status at this time.
To receive WICHE-certified status, residents must submit a copy of their WICHE certification letter to OHSU.
Applicants who attended a college using only narrative evaluations must submit a copy of their narrative evaluation from faculty assessing their academic performance to OHSU.
Applicants who attended a foreign college must provide a credential evaluation report showing coursework and degree equivalency.
2. How do I submit a Green Card, WICHE certification letter, narrative evaluation, and/or credential evaluation report?
Green cards and WICHE certification letters must be submitted directly to OHSU via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “green card” or “WICHE certification” in the subject line. Make sure to include your full name and AAMC ID number.
Narrative evaluations must be submitted to AMCAS. Make sure to designate OHSU and AMCAS will make the evaluation available to our office.
A credential evaluation report can be provided by the World Education Services (WES), Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute, Inc. (ACEI), or Josef Silny and Associates (JS&A) and mailed to the address below.
OHSU School of Medicine
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: CL5MD
2730 SW Moody Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Please note: Due to the large volume of applications received by our office, your application may not be processed before your application deadline.
3. How will I know when my application is complete?
Once your file is complete and ready for further review, you will be notified via the Admissions Portal. OHSU will NOT send a completion notification by email.
4. How can I check my application status?
Applicants can check the status of their application online via the Admissions Portal only. We ask that applicants refrain from calling to check on their status. Please use the Admissions Portal instead. The Admissions Portal provides the most up-to-date information concerning your application. Due to the large number of applications and high volume of correspondence received on a daily basis, we ask that applicants please be patient in our processing of their application. Once your file is complete and processed, your status will be updated online through the Admissions Portal.
1. When does OHSU School of Medicine conduct interviews?
We generally interview 20 applicants per day, one to two days per week, from mid-September through March.
2. If I do not receive an interview invitation until later in the season, does that mean I will be interviewing for a spot on the wait list?
We operate on a modified rolling admissions basis, wherein spots in the class will remain until we have finished interviewing for the year. If you are offered an interview, you will be interviewing for a potential spot in the class.
3. What does the interview day consist of?
The interview process will consist of Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) and a one-on-one interview with a representative of our Admissions Committee. On the same day, there will be an orientation session, an opportunity to meet with current medical students over lunch, a tour of the Schnitzer Campus, and an afternoon information session.
4. How is the MMI circuit structured?
Interviewees will have a series of 8 minute long mini-interviews. Prior to the 8 minute interview, there will be 2 minutes to read over the prompt, prepare, and take any notes. Between stations, there will be a brief transition time before the next 2 minute reading time begins. The longer one-on-one interview with an admissions committee member will either be embedded into the MMI circuit or will take place in the afternoon, depending on scheduling. Interviewees will receive their individual schedule when checking in the morning of interviews.
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