Selection Factors

M.D. Admissions

There are many selection factors medical schools consider when evaluating potential students. We encourage you to do your research. Familiarize yourself with each school's requirements, admissions process and what will help your application stand out.

A high priority is given to residents of Nevada. A small number of nonresident applicants are considered each year that have strong residential ties to Nevada.

The Admissions Selection Committee encourages applicants of all genders, age groups and from all socioeconomic, racial, religious and educational backgrounds.

The School of Medicine is committed to the recruitment, selection and retention of underrepresented minorities. Residents of the state of Nevada and individuals who meet the nonresident criteria who are from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds are encouraged to apply. A limited number of scholarships are available for underrepresented minority students.

At the School of Medicine, we look at the following selection factors. We've included the basics and added a few tips to help your application.

Tips for your time as a Pre-Med

  1. Upon matriculating to your undergraduate institution, start asking questions. Find out what resources are available to students interested in medical school. Are their student organizations you can join? Is there support groups or medical admission seminars you can attend? What resources are available to get help with your application and the MCAT? These are just a few of the pieces you will want to inquire about.
  2. Meet with your undergraduate pre-professional advisor or college major advisor regularly. They are one of your best resources for staying on track with course requirements, graduation and medical school admissions deadlines.
  3. Update your resume on a regular basis with all your clinical experiences, community service, research, etc. It will be much easier to fill out your application if all your experiences are in one spot.
  4. Invest time to learning behavioral science and cultural competence. It will be very helpful for your MMIs, as well as becoming a great physician.
  5. Use your undergraduate career to improve study habits, time management, test-taking skills and gaining a better understanding of the type of learner you are.
  6. Develop and refine your communication skills. It is extremely important you know how to communicate with diverse populations in many different types of settings.
  7. When thinking about applying to medical school, understand it is more than just "checking the boxes." There is a "life experience" piece that is important to medical school admissions committees to see in you as an applicant. Invest time and energy in your course work, clinical experiences, volunteering, etc. Use these to gain knowledge, skills and wisdom.

Review our FAQ's

What else do I have to consider?

We know, what else could there be? You've read through so much already, but we want to make sure you understand everything there is to know about this process!

  • Research: Although not a requirement, the admissions committee likes to see that students have done research during their undergraduate career. It doesn't need to be biomedical, as all research shows students' ability to problem-solve and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Residency: What state are you a resident of? How will that affect your application to medical school? Please read through the School of Medicine's residency requirements.