2022-2023 Cycle Timeline for the UK MD/PhD Program

  • AMCAS application opens: May 2, 2023
  • First Day to Submit AMCAS: May 30, 2023
  • Earliest Extension of a Secondary Application:  Mid-July 2023
  • Secondary Application Deadline: Nov. 15, 2023
  • Applicants Interviewed: October - December 2023
  • Decisions Sent to Applicants: December 2023 - March 2024
  • Second Look Weekends: March 21-23 & April 18-20, 2024
  • UK MD/PhD Program Start (Program Retreat and 1st Lab Rotation): June - August 2024
  • M1 Orientation Begins: July - August 2024

Because of the competitive nature of the program, we STRONGLY encourage you to complete your entire file as early as possible. This includes your secondary application, letters of recommendation, MCAT scores, and application fees.

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AMCAS Application

The admissions process for the MD/PhD Program is coordinated in conjunction with the UK College of Medicine Admissions Office. To apply to the MD/PhD Program, applicants must submit an online American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) application to the UK College of Medicine, meeting their pre-requisite requirements and designate the UK MD/PhD Program. This application in conjunction with the University of Kentucky's College of Medicine application must be completed in a timely manner. Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores must be submitted at this time. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required.

Because of the competitive nature of the program, we strongly encourage you to complete your AMCAS application EARLY. 

Secondary Application

All AMCAS applications are reviewed by the College of Medicine Office of Admissions and the MD/PhD program. Applicants who meet preliminary screening criteria will be asked to complete a Secondary Application. The Secondary Application is a supplement to the AMCAS® application. You will be notified via email (on the account listed in your AMCAS application) of the offer to complete the Second Application. Please be aware that spam filters on your e-mail account may interfere with Secondary Application notification.

Please note: If you have been offered the secondary application and are having trouble logging in, please be aware that the login information must exactly match the information as you entered it into the AMCAS application. If you need additional help, please contact the Admissions Office.

You should make sure that your secondary application is complete as early in the application cycle as possible. All materials should be sent to:

MD/PhD Program
UK College of Medicine
Office of Admissions
800 Rose Street
Lexington, KY 40506-9983

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation are an important component of our evaluation. We recommend that you have at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty member who served as a research mentor. Letters of recommendation should be submitted through the AMCAS letter service.


Your file will be complete when we have received your Secondary Application, MCAT scores, letters of recommendation, and secondary application fee. Select candidates will be invited for an interview. Students who apply directly to the MD/PhD program will receive priority consideration. However, students who apply and are offered admission to the MD Program and would like to be considered by the MD/PhD Program should contact the MD/PhD Program for more information.

Please note: students who wish to be considered for regular medical school admission in addition to the MD/PhD program should inform the College of Medicine Office of Admissions in writing via email.

Please refer to the Interviews tab for more information.

The Offer

Recommendations for acceptance to the Program are made by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. The Program will notify you of decisions by e-mail. Applicants who are offered admission are encouraged to return for a second visit. Lodging and food will be provided by the program during your stay. During your second visit, we will arrange for you to meet with faculty members of your choice, spend time with current students, and explore Lexington.

We strongly encourage incoming students to complete a laboratory rotation in the summer prior to the start of their first year in medical school. For additional information on laboratory rotations and fellowships, refer to the Lab Rotations and Transitions link listed under our current students tab.

Please note: students who are not accepted into the MD/PhD Program and wish to be considered for regular admission into the medical school should contact the Office of Medical Education Admissions.