Medical Student Admissions Committee (MSAC)

The responsibilities of the MSAC include:

  • developing medical student admissions policies that are bias-free and ensure consistency across campuses and programs;

  • ensuring implementation of the admissions processes according to approved policies and procedures;

  • reviewing data, including individual applications as necessary, to ensure appropriate admissions outcomes across campuses and programs; and

  • overseeing final decisions regarding the admission of prospective students to the educational program leading to the MD and MD/PhD degrees. 

Faculty Administrative Liaison: Dimple Patel, MS, Associate Dean of Admissions

Administrative Contact: Office of Admissions

Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: MSAC meetings will be held every other Tuesday. Meetings are scheduled by the Office of Admissions staff.

MSAC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

The Duluth Admissions Committee (DAC), the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program Steering Committee (MSTPSC) and the Twin Cities Admissions Committee (TCAC) are standing subcommittees of the MSAC.

  • DAC
  • MSTPSC
  • TCAC
  • DAC

    The responsibility of the Duluth Admissions Committee (DAC) is to annually recommend to the MSAC candidates for admission to the Duluth campus to carry out studies toward the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

    Faculty Administrative Liaison: Kendra Nordgren, PhD, Assistant Dean of Admissions

    Administrative Contact: Erin Wiig, Director of Admissions

    Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: Recurring weekly meetings on Tuesdays from September through March

    Meeting Agendas: To review, discuss, and vote on applicants who have interviewed with two members of our Duluth Admissions Committee. The outcomes for the candidates will be sent to the Medical School Admissions Committee (MSAC) for final approval. Agendas will include the Date and Number of Applicants to discuss.

    Meeting Minutes will include the following:

    • Date
    • Start Time
    • Committee Members in Attendance
    • Opening Comments and Updates
    • Executive Session Start time
    • Numbers of Applicants to Discuss
    • Discussion of Applicants
    • Executive Session End Time
    • Closing Comments and Updates
    • End Time

    *Anything discussed in Executive Session will not be released to the public

    Contact for further information: Erin Wiig, erinwiig@d.umn.edu

  • MSTPSC

    The responsibility of the Medical Scientist (MD/PhD) Training Program Steering Committee (MSTPSC) is to annually recommend to the MSAC candidates for admission to the MD/PhD program to carry out studies toward the dual degrees of Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

    Faculty Administrative Liaison: Yoji Shimizu, PhD, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

    Administrative Contact: Medical Scientist Training Program staff

    Committee Members

    Committee Meeting Frequency and DetailsThe MSTPSC meets after each interview day at a day and time scheduled by MSTP staff

    MSTPSC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    Meeting Agendas: To review, discuss, and vote on applicants for Medical Scientist Training Program admissions. The outcomes for the candidates will be sent to the Medical School Admissions Committee (MSAC) for final approval. Agendas will include the Date and Number of Applicants to discuss.

    Meeting Minutes will include the following:

    • Date
    • Start Time
    • Committee Members in Attendance
    • Opening Comments and Updates
    • Executive Session Start time
    • Numbers of Applicants to Discuss
    • Discussion of Applicants
    • Executive Session End Time
    • Closing Comments and Updates
    • End Time

    Contact for further information: Nicholas Berg, nick@umn.edu

  • TCAC

    The responsibility of the Twin Cities Admissions Committee (TCAC) is to annually recommend to the MSAC candidates for admission to the Twin Cities campus to carry out studies toward the degree of Doctor of Medicine.

    Faculty Administrative Liaison: Dimple Patel, MS, Associate Dean of Admissions

    Administrative Contact: Office of Admissions

    Committee Meeting Frequency and Details: Biweekly meetings on Tuesdays

    TCAC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

    Meeting Agendas: To review, discuss, and vote on applicants for Twin Cities admissions. The outcomes for the candidates will be sent to the Medical School Admissions Committee (MSAC) for final approval. Agendas will include the Date and Number of Applicants to discuss.

    Meeting Minutes will include the following:

    • Date
    • Start Time
    • Committee Members in Attendance
    • Opening Comments and Updates
    • Executive Session Start time
    • Numbers of Applicants to Discuss
    • Discussion of Applicants
    • Executive Session End Time
    • Closing Comments and Updates
    • End Time

    *Anything discussed in Executive Session will not be released to the public

    Contact for further information: Office of Admissions