University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

About University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) is a school of the University of Wisconsin which is located in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. It is the only public medical school in Wisconsin and was established in 1907. The Medical School has been ranked as one of the nation’s best primary-care medical schools and among the top 30 research schools by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2020 edition of graduate school rankings, UWSMPH was listed as 16th in primary-care education and as 27th among research schools.

The UWSMPH is also an academic center for embryonic stem cell research. The Medical School has research as well as a teaching partnership with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UW Health) and the University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation which is one of the largest physician practice groups in the country.

Requirements for University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

The candidates applying should have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university before starting the MD Program. The courses mentioned below should be completed before applying for the MD Program.

  1. General Biology: 2 semesters, one of which must be with a lab
  • Courses that meet the general biology, general chemistry and physics prerequisites should be taught at the level required for students majoring in science or engineering.
  1. General chemistry: 2 semesters, both with lab
  2. Organic chemistry: 1 semester
  3. Biochemistry: 1 semester
  4. Physics: 2 semesters, both with lab
  5. Statistics or equivalent: 1 semester
  6. Humanities/social sciences intensive writing requirement: 1 semester

Admission Process for University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

After completing the requirements the candidate should take MCAT, the last date for accepting MCAT test results in September, scoring at least 500 in the test.

Complete your primary application through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a centralized online application service sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Once AMCAS has received your application and transcript(s), it takes approximately four to six weeks before it is sent to the medical school.

NOTE: Applications of only current U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are accepted by the Medical School.

About 90 percent of applicants who apply to the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through AMCAS will receive a secondary application from the school. The application will not be complete till the time the processing fee, letters of recommendation are submitted after which the office registrar confirms the candidate if they are a Wisconsin resident or a non-resident.

After the completion of the application, the candidate will be asked to come in for an interview with the admission committee. The students are called in on Thursday evening where an informal event with no evaluation is taken place, this is an optional event where candidates get to know and chat with the current medical students.

On Friday morning the students have to bring in their student ID and check-in with the admission staff. The candidate will then be assigned their name tag, schedule, and welcome packet. This is followed by breakfast, curriculum presentation, then there is a Health Sciences Learning Center tour and at the end, interviews are held.

You’ll have two interview activities — one with a faculty member, and one with two current students and three to four other interviewees.

  • The faculty interview is a one-on-one conversation where a faculty member will get to know you better and answer any questions you have. You can also provide updates about activities and experiences that have occurred since you submitted your AMCAS and secondary applications.
  • The small group exercise takes place with about three to four other interviewees and two current medical students. You will be asked to work with the other interviewees to respond to a situational question. You will be evaluated by the current medical students – not on your outcome of the exercise, but on the way you interact in a group and the processes you use to answer the situational question.

After the interview, the candidates enjoy lunch with some of the currently enrolled students.

Programs offered at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

    Health professions programs

  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Master of Genetic Counselor Studies (MGCS)
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Graduated Programs

  • GENETICS (Ph.D.)

Departments in University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH)

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Human Oncology
  • Medicine
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Surgery
  • Urology
  • Bio-molecular Chemistry
  • Biostatics and Medical Informatics
  • Cell and Regenerative Biology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical History and Bioethics
  • Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Medical Physics
  • Neuroscience
  • Oncology
  • Population Health Sciences
  • Area Health Education Center
  • Carbone Cancer Center
  • Cardiovascular Research Center
  • Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention
  • Center for Training in Pharmacology and Drug Development
  • Center for Urban Population
  • Center for Women’s Health Research
  • Collaborative Center for Health Equity

Campus Facilities UWSMPH

  • Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC)
  • Clinical Science Center (CSC, University Hospital)
  • Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research
  • Ebling Library
  • American Family Children’s Hospital
  • UW Medical Foundation Centennial Building (MFCB)
  • Bardeen Medical Laboratories
  • Microbial Science Building

Tuition Fee of UWSMPH

The tuition rates are approved each year by the Madison Budget Office and the student individual rates are calculated based on several factors including Academic Program, the number of credits taken and residency status.

Apart from tuition, there are other fees as well, some of them are one-time fees while some are assessed each semester depending on the student’s status, enrollment date, courses taken and if the student is living in University Housing. Some of these include:

  • eTextbook Fee
  • Registrar Office Document Fee
  • New Student Fee
  • International Student Fee
  • Late Registration Fee
  • Housing and Dining charges

The University of Wisconsin provides student loans as well which are assigned by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Bursar’s Student Loan Office. The types of loans provided are:

  1. Federal Perkins Loan
  2. Federal Health Profession Loan-Pharmacy
  3. Federal Nursing Loan (Undergrad)
  4. Nurse Faculty Loan
  5. Primary Care Loan
  6. UW Madison Institutional Loans

The university also provides aids and scholarships to its students.

  • Bucky’s Tuition Promise

The program guarantees scholarships and grants to pay for tuition & segregated fees for students whose household adjusted gross income (AGI) is $60,000 or less. Incoming freshmen will receive eight (8) consecutive semesters (4 years) of free tuition & segregated fees and transfer students will receive four (4) semesters (2 years).

  • Badger Promise

The program guarantees a period of free tuition and segregated fees to those who have successfully transferred from any of the two-year UW Colleges or liberal arts associate degree programs at Madison College (Madison Area Technical College), Milwaukee Area Technical College, Western Technical College, Nicolet College, the College of Menominee Nation, and the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.

  • Fast-track and Banner Programs

These programs are designed to assist Badgers from low-income households to pay for college through a combination of grants, work-study, and small loans. It includes a commitment to meeting a student’s financial need for four consecutive years.

  • Federal Pell Grant

Offered to undergraduate students with significant financial need. Eligibility and annual amounts are determined by Congress and can change from year to year.

  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Offered to undergraduate students with the greatest financial need; helps to supplement the Pell Grant.

  • Federal Teach Grant

Offered to teacher education students who are formally admitted to a “high-need” teacher education program and who meet specific academic requirements. This grant requires a separate application.

  • Wisconsin Grant

Provides assistance to undergraduate, Wisconsin residents enrolled at least half-time at colleges or universities based in Wisconsin. Grant amounts are based on financial need and eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.. The maximum amount is established annually by HEAB.

  • Wisconsin Covenant

Provides funding for students who signed the Wisconsin Covenant Pledge before beginning high school and fulfilled the requirements of the pledge. The Covenant program was closed to new participants after 2011. The last cohort of Wisconsin Covenant students graduated from high school in 2015.

  • Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant

Assists to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To continue to receive the TIP Grant, you must continue to show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters.

  • Indian Student Assistance Grant

Provides assistance for students who are at least 25% Native American or who are recognized as a member of a Native American Tribe.  Graduate students and students enrolled less than half-time may also receive this grant.

  • Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant

Provides financial assistance to statutorily designated minority undergraduate students (African-American, Hispanic, Native American (or American Indian) and Southeast Asian of Vietnamese, Cambodian or Laotian descent who entered the United States after December 31, 1975) to improve their opportunities for retention and graduation and lessen the burden of student debt.

  • Madison Non-Resident Grant

Offered to non-resident undergraduates with significant financial need and do not receive MN reciprocity, other non-resident fee remissions, or full-tuition scholarships.

After Getting Into UWSMPH-University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Firstly, if you make it this far, then congratulations! Because getting into a medical college is no less than a challenge, not only in India but all over the world too. And if you get selected for the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health than you are probably one of the hard workers who deserve that their talent is groomed by one of the best professionals of the medical industry. By the intention of warning you, and not scaring you away, we would like to point out that life at a medical college is not easy, may it be any college. Even the most intelligent and hardworking people sometimes get frustrated and tangled in all the work along with extra-curricular activities. So to give you a heads up and a few guidelines on how to deal with basic issues that students may face in a medical college are listed below:

    Managing Time in UWSMPH:

    To stay on top or even survive in a medical college you need to stay up to date on everything. Managing time can be hard and a lot of work can go to waste, deadlines can be missed, marks can be lost and it can even affect your health if a proper schedule is not formed and followed. The minute the studying starts you need to start organizing your tasks according to their importance and impact. You can either make a schedule by hand or use applications available for this purpose which can even remind of tasks to be done. Never leave something on tomorrow, try to get every assignment/worksheet/homework you get as soon as possible. Keep a track of your classes, carefully read your college time table so that you don’t end up accidentally missing a lecture because you read the time table wrong (believe us, that happens).

    A Little Formal Education and a lot of DIY:

    Once you are done with your school and then intermediate studies, do not expect things to run that smoothly from there onwards. Because you have to enter professional life after college, college is your trial where you learn how to deal with people around you and do most of your work on your own. Hence in college, it will be your and only your job to make sure you’re on top of your work, your friends, teachers, or anyone else will not take the responsibility of making sure you understand everything and complete whatever work is required. Teachers will give lectures and that is probably all the formal education you will be getting, there will be no spoon-feeding so you will have to add a lot of do-it-yourself to it. Research, practice and ask questions. “Practice makes perfect” it is said. Do not depend on lecturers to teach you every single thing; it is not even humanly possible for them to do so with such a high number of students. The point being, a lot of self-help will be involved in helping you achieve your goals.

    Dr. Najeeb Lectures:

    As stated previously, there will be numerous times when self-studies will be required. There can be plenty of reasons for that i.e. you might have missed some lectures or the teacher assigned to you might not be so good at delivering the lectures, or their way of delivering lectures might not match your way of learning. For that, you can either ask Teacher’s Assistants or your classmates to help but even that can fail at times. For such times, Dr. Najeebs lectures will be your guiding star. Dr. Najeeb’s Lectures are the world’s most popular medical Lectures, covering all the topics of Gross Anatomy, Neuro-anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology. They are video lectures that cover almost all the topics in the current medical curriculum of most medical colleges. They contain visualization of what you study in your books. The hand-drawn illustrations in these lectures make it very easy to grasp the concepts. Furthermore, one can get lifetime access to these lectures and even download the app to avail them anytime, anywhere.

    Clinical Learning and Long Term Retention:

    Just as no two human beings can ever be the same in their life experiences, no two students can have the same clinical experience. Your experience will be what you make of it. Keep in mind that whatever you learn is not to be forgotten. You are opting for a career that requires retention of this knowledge for a lifetime. To look at the short term aspects, what you learn will be there again in your finals, and again during residency when you start treating actual patients. So whatever you learn, make sure you understand it completely now, casual look=ups are fine to jock up your memory when required but if you don’t understand the concept you will have to do it later on.

    People Management:

    Throughout your life, you will get to meet new and different people. Consider your life at this college as training for that. Here too, you will meet different kinds of people. You will have to learn how to assess a person; it will be for your good. Avoid trouble and steer clear of bad influencers. Even if you end up having a bad experience with some, do not get your hopes down, instead, consider it a lesson.

    In the end, we would like to assure you that there are always ups and downs in life. Don’t lose hope, keep our tips in mind and Good luck!


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