Medical School Applications

Medicine (MD/DO/MD-PhD)

Medicine is an inclusive profession that offers varied opportunities. Ideally, all physicians aspire to be:

  • Altruistic, compassionate, trustworthy, and truthful in their relationships with patients, patients’ family members, and professional colleagues.
  • Knowledgeable about the scientific basis of medicine and the normal and abnormal functioning of the body.
  • Skillful in communicating with and providing care to their patients.
  • Dutiful in working with other physicians and health care professionals to promote the health of individual patients and community members.

(source: Medical School Admissions Requirements publication)

Osteopathic physicians receive the same medical training as their allopathic (M.D.) counterparts, plus an additional 200 hours of osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM) – a hands-on therapy that is used to diagnose and treat illness and injury.

(source: Become and Osteopathic Physician)

MD-PhD programs provide training in both medicine and research. MD-PhD trainees prepare for careers in which they will spend most of their time doing research, not only taking care of patients – “bench to bedside.”  MD-PhD graduates often become faculty members at medical schools, universities, and research institutes.

  • MD-PhD training efficiently integrates the scientific and medical education of the physician-scientist.
  • Most MD-PhD programs provide trainees a stipend and tuition scholarships. The extent of financial support varies among programs and may only support U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

(source: AAMC MD-PhD website)

There are typically some basic science requirements – biology, chemistry, physics, math/statistics – for admission to most U.S. & Canadian Allopathic (MD), Osteopathic (DO) and MD-PhD programs. It is important you refer to each school’s website for specific requirements.

📝 All U.S. and Canadian medical schools require applicants to take an entrance exam. The test assesses your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.

Application Timeline (begins the fall prior to the cycle you plan to apply)


  • Attend an Applicant Preparation Meeting (check OCS Calendar for dates)
  • Considering a gap or short-term experience?  View this blog.

January – April



  • Submit copies of completed application to HPAP
  • Complete secondary applications
  • Take CASPer test if required by certain schools

August – February

  • Practice interview multiple times with Big Interview
  • Sign up for a virtual mock interview through Yale Career Link
  • Watch this video and learn valuable tips from one of our Health Professions Mock Interviewers Interviewing for Medical School
  • Review additional interviewing resources
  • Access the interview surveys where you can read about Yale College Alums’ interview experiences. Log into Yale Career Link, go to Resources, then Career Library & choose the category of Health Professions Survey
  • Interview at medical schools
  • Share your interview experiences with peers and future applicants through a brief, anonymous survey

March – April

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Medical Assistant Position; Benefits included; Ear, Nose and Throat Center – Stamford, CT

Full time medical assistant position available at the Ear, Nose and Throat Center, a busy but friendly physician’s office in Stamford, CT. Duties range from obtaining medical histories, and educating patients, to assisting with in office procedures. Medical assistants are …

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Medical Assistant Position in NYC

We are a dermatology practice located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan with an opening for a medical assistant who is a reliable, friendly, flexible, and motivated individual. This is an ideal position for someone with previous medical experience or interest …

By Kristin McJunkins
Kristin McJunkins Director of Advanced Degree Applications & STEM Career Advising
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