Current Application Resources
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Wayne State University implemented an optional P/N grading policy for undergraduate students for the Winter 2020, Fall 20, Winter 2021, and Sp/Su 21 semesters. Students can find more information on the Office of the Registrar's Covid 19 Pass/No Pass Grading for Undergraduates page. Please speak with a pre-health advisor and consult individual program websites before making a decision about P/N.
The Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has published a COVID-19 Resources page to share DO school and application updates.
Students preparing for any professional program should begin thinking about their application at least one year before they apply. The advisors in the PMHSC are available to meet with students entering their application year to review coursework, discuss letters of recommendation, review extracurricular activities, discuss schools of interest, and more. Appointments can be scheduled through stars.wayne.edu. The center has also developed a self-paced, ungraded "Medical School Application Resources" Canvas course that is designed for students who are beginning the preparation process. This course provides modules with resources and activities on a range of topics involved in the application process. It is designed to be completed prior to, and in preparation for, a one-on-one appointment with a pre-med advisor who can provide constructive feedback and a deeper discussion on your process. Current modules include:
- Primary Application
- Secondary Application
- Personal Statement
- Letters of Evaluation
- School Selection
- Interviewing Preparation
Students who have attended a Pre-med Information Meeting and are approaching, or are within, their year of application can submit a request form to access the course. Questions about the course can be sent to email@example.com.
The medical school application is available for editing in early May. The AAMC provides a downloadable directions manual to help students understand the proper way to fill out the application. AACOMAS has online instructions. Students should review individual program deadlines, and should talk to a pre-med advisor about how application timing can impact competitiveness.
There are two options applicants can consider for submitting letters to their online application service.
1. Interfolio is a safe and reliable dossier service that is free to collect letters, but charges a fee to submit those letters to any program or application service. The benefit to this service is that letters can be stored for future application cycles.
2. Students can also utilize the various application portals to collect letters directly from their evaluators. This is a free component of the primary application websites, but letters cannot be submitted before the application opens or reused in later years. AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, CASPA, VMCas, OptomCAS, and PharmCAS all offer this feature.
Regardless of which option you choose, you will need to contact your letter writers directly and tell them how you plan to proceed.
Students looking for assistance with writing their personal statement can check out an article featured on AMCAS. UC - Santa Barbara has provides excellent resources on their website as well. You can also schedule appointments with the WSU WRT Zone for assistance with editing.
Students who have questions regarding their transcript and how to request it for their application should check out this document.
Wayne State University will report your AP or IB credit as one entry on your official transcript. If the medical schools that you apply to need to see a course by course breakdown, you will need to contact the registrar's office for an unofficial transcript as well as the official one that you send to AMCAS or AACOMAS. To do this, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting an unofficial transcript be sent to the medical school. Please remember to include your student number and the mailing address of the medical school in your email.