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Application Process and Requirements

Prospective PSTP applicants must first apply to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM) through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and complete the UPSOM supplemental application. 

Important Note: The AAMC Fee Assistance Program helps those who, without financial aid, would be unable to apply to medical schools, by providing discounted fees, complimentary access to the MSAR online database, and free MCAT Official Prep products. Learn more about the eligibility requirements for the Fee Assistance Program.  

Applicants must receive an interview invitation from the UPSOM Admissions Committee before being permitted to access and complete the PSTP online supplemental application.

Besides completing the PSTP supplemental application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from scientists who are conversant with the applicant’s training, previous research experience, and commitment to a career as a physician-scientist.

Additionally, a bachelor's degree or equivalent must be completed prior to matriculating.

Application Timeline

Application Task Timeline
The PSTP application opens and is available to applicants invited to interview at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (UPSOM). July 1
UPSOM interview invitations are sent; the PSTP application becomes available immediately upon receipt of interview invitations July 1– December 1
UPSOM interviews Late August– mid-December
PSTP application screening begins and continues until mid-February November 15
PSTP interviews Mid-January – mid February
PSTP application deadline for a given admissions cycle; however, early applications are strongly encouraged February 6
PSTP interviewees are notified of final acceptance decisions Late February