Transfer Policy

In accordance with the LCME element 10.7:

“A medical school ensures that any student accepted for transfer or admission with advanced standing demonstrates academic achievements, completion of relevant prior coursework, and other relevant characteristics comparable to those of the medical students in the class that he or she would join. A medical school accepts a transfer medical student into the final year of a medical education program only in rare and extraordinary personal or educational circumstances.”

this policy explains how medical students can transfer into or out of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM).

Transferring In

BSOM follows guidelines for transfers from the Association of American Medical Colleges [AAMC] (https://www.aamc.org/professional-development/affinity-groups/gsa/transfer-guide).

If clinical capacity permits, BSOM will consider transfer/advanced standing requests from students who have fulfilled all eligibility requirements for promotion to the clinical phase of training at an LCME-accredited medical school. In general, applicants are only considered for transfer to BSOM at the beginning of the Doctoring (clinical) Phase (generally mid-March of each year). To be considered for transfer, the applicant must:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Liaison Committee on Medical Education (leading to the M.D. degree) or American Osteopathic Association (leading to the D.O. degree) accredited school
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or have an I-94 Form showing asylum or refugee status
  • Have verified documentation of a passing USMLE Step 1 exam score prior to matriculation at BSOM.

Transfer/advanced standing applications are considered on a space-available basis. In some years, no applications are considered. Transfer/advanced standing applicants must demonstrate compelling circumstances as one of the reasons for requesting a transfer. Transfer/advanced standing applications must be accompanied by:

  • An official transcript from the school the student is petitioning to transfer out.
  • A letter of recommendation, indicating that the student is in “good academic and ethical standing,” from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the applicant's current school.

Interviews are by invitation only. Candidates selected for interviews will be assigned to two separate Admission Committee members. Normally, interviews are about 45 minutes in length. Committee members approach interviews as an opportunity to become personally acquainted with applicants and if necessary, clarify components of the written application. Areas evaluated in the interview process include dedication to human concerns, communication skills, maturity, motivation, academic performance, and the applicant’s compatibility with the mission of the school. In evaluating candidates, the Admissions Committee considers the following factors:

  • Undergraduate school(s) attended and degree(s)
  • Allopathic/osteopathic school GPA trends
  • MCAT score(s)
  • Honors and awards for achievement
  • Research experience(s)
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Volunteer experiences

The completed interview assessment and the application for transfer will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the BSOM Admissions Committee to either grant or deny the transfer. The timetable for consideration of transfer/advanced standing applications is as follows:

  • January 1: applications are available, providing space is available
  • March 1: applications are due
  • March 10: Deadline for notification of applicants

Accepted transfer/advanced standing applicants are expected to complete all Doctoring and Advanced Doctoring requirements for graduation. Accepted applicants must commit to BSOM in writing within 2 business days or the conditional offer of transfer/advanced standing acceptance will be invalidated.

A student who accepts a transfer invitation from BSOM must submit a written letter of resignation to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs of the school from which they are transferring. Once accepted for transfer, the AAMC will be informed that the applicant’s application for transfer has been accepted by BSOM.

Transferring Out

BSOM students who wish to transfer to another medical school may request that a letter of good standing and a copy of their official transcript be forwarded to the school(s) to which they are applying. These items can be obtained by contacting the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions. A Wright State student who accepts a transfer offer from another medical school must submit a written letter of resignation to the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Admissions at BSOM.

Last edited on 08/15/2018

Revised 09/15/21

Revised and approved by FCC on 9/22/2021

Last edited on 09/27/2021.