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

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)
  • Applicants must qualify for Michigan in-state tuition. Applicants must provide proof of US 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 MedStart application will be considered for an invitation to campus and a series of interviews with representatives from the Honors College 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 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 in:
    • health care experiences
    • community service activities
    • team activities (athletics, debate, etc.)
    • leadership experience (team leader, officer, etc.)
    • employment history
    • summer activities
    • high school extracurricular activities
  • two letters of recommendation
  • application materials should all be submitted electronically through the admissions website

The Four-Year Plan
Sample MedStart student journal


After collecting all applications for the MedStart program, the top candidates will be selected to participate in MedStart interviews with representatives from the Honors College and the School of Medicine. Based on interview results, applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the MedStart program as members of the Honors College.

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

Continuation criteria

  • Completion of course work in the follow areas (AP credit may be used to fulfill these requirements for students in MedStart; however at least one upper level course must be taken in each disciple at WSU (or at another four year college or university with prior permission from MedStart Coordinator):
    • 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
    • completion of Biochemistry before the end of the junior year and prior to taking the MCAT
    • students are strongly encouraged to take Human Physiology
    • students are strongly encouraged to participate in an MCAT preparation course
    • one semester of statistics
    • one semester of ethics, preferably medical ethics
  • 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; MedStart students must earn a grade of B or higher in all science courses
  • Participation in MedStart seminars
  • Annual evaluation with MedStart coordinators to insure compliance with all continuation criteria
  • Participation in physician shadowing
  • Demonstration of continued volunteer work related to health care
  • Completion of assigned coursework in the MedStart seminar
  • 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.
  • Students will be asked to sign a MedStart Commitment Form accepting both admission to the Honors College as undergraduates and to the School of Medicine upon successful completion of all continuation criteria as outlined above.  Students in MedStart will be expected to matriculate into the WSU School of Medicine for medical school as part of this early assurance program. MedStart students who choose to apply to other medical schools will be considered as regular applicants to the medical school and will be subject to the same requirements as other applicants without early assurance; decisions about admission to the School of Medicine will be made in these cases only after an interview and presentation to the admissions committee is completed.  

Monthly information sessions:

Fall 2015: Dates to be determined.

Application deadline

Submit all items by January 1.

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

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