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MedStart is a unique undergraduate/medical degree program that conditionally guarantees admission to Wayne State's School of Medicine for as many as 15 select freshmen per year. 

This program trains medical innovators and creative thinkers. MedStart nurtures future leaders in medicine by treating MedStart members as part of the medical community. The program emphasizes mentoring and research opportunities for each student and provides immediate contact with School of Medicine faculty and upperclassmen. MedStart undergraduates are also Honors students and must meet Honors College requirements.

Students maintain their positions in MedStart and seats in the School of Medicine by fulfilling the continuation criteria listed below.

Minimum requirements for application

  • Indication of a 3.75 or higher grade-point average
  • Submission of an ACT score of 30 or higher (or a 2010 SAT score)
  • Verification of US or Canadian citizenship, or US permanent resident status
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) that describes amount of time and experience related to activity in:
    • health care
    • community service
    • team activities (athletics, debate, etc.)
    • leadership
    • employment
    • summer activities
    • high school extracurricular activities
  • Submission of a two-page typed essay describing why you are pursuing MedStart and why you should be accepted
  • Submission of two letters of recommendation:
    • one from a high school teacher, counselor or administrator familiar with your extracurricular activities, team and/or leadership skills
    • one from a member of the community (may not be a family member or from high school) who can address your health care experience

Students with an outstanding record of achievement who meet the minimum requirements and complete a separate MedStart application will be considered for an invitation to campus and a series of interviews with representatives from the campus and the School of Medicine.

How to apply

Your application package to Honors must include

  • admission to Wayne State University by December 1 (apply online at admissions.wayne.edu)
  • a completed MedStart application
  • a high school transcript
  • an ACT score of 30 or higher (or a 2010 SAT score)
  • a 3.75 or higher grade-point average
  • details of honors received in high school, to be included on CV
  • a two-page essay, "Why Pursue MedStart," and explanation of why you should be admitted to the program
  • a  CV with descriptions of experiences as listed under minimum requirements
  • letters of recommendation as listed under minimum requirements

MedStart Application (PDF)
The Four-Year Plan
Sample MedStart student journal


After collecting all applications for the MedStart program, the top 50 candidates will be selected to participate in MedStart interviews at the Honors College. Based on interviews, 30 candidate files will be forwarded to the School of Medicine for one-on-one interviews with the MedStart admissions team. Fifteen students will be notified of their acceptance into the MedStart program as members of the Honors College.

Continuation criteria

  • Completion of
    • one year of general biology with lab
    • one year of general chemistry with lab
    • one year of organic chemistry with lab
    • one year of general physics with lab
  • Maintenance of a 3.30 or higher grade-point average during the first year and a 3.50 or higher thereafter
  • Maintenance of a 3.50 or higher grade-point average in biology, chemistry, math and physics courses
  • Participation in MedStart seminars
  • Participation in physician shadowing
  • Demonstration of continuing volunteer work related to health care
  • Submission of a monthly journal of MedStart experiences
  • Active membership in the university's chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the Honors Student Association (HSA).
  • Submission of a score from the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) during junior year, with a TBD minimum percentile on each section of the MCAT. This test cannot be taken prior to completion of five semesters (spring/summer semester not included) at Wayne State University.
  • Graduation with University Honors (36 credits of Honors coursework, including a senior thesis and seminar)
  • Application to Wayne State University's School of Medicine and its designation of Special Programs no later than August 1 of senior year.
  • Compliance with the professional attributes and the Honor Code of Wayne State University's School of Medicine, including: professional responsibility, competence and self-improvement, respect for others and professional relations, honesty, and social responsibility. A criminal background check may be required before entering medical school and could result in removal from the program.

Monthly information sessions:

Information sessions for Fall 2014:

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - CLICK HERE to register for this session

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - CLICK HERE to register for this session

Monthly information sessions are held from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the Community Room, located on the third floor of the Undergraduate Library [campus map].


Application deadline

Submit all items by January 1 to:

Irvin D. Reid Honors College
2100 Undergraduate Library
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI 48202

For more details about MedStart, visit honors.wayne.edu or call Honors at (313) 577-3030.

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