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Applying to the School


Our Admissions Philosophy

The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine's admissions philosophy emphasizes a holistic view of our applicants. As such, your academic achievements are always considered in relation to your experiences, milestones, and personal attributes. We believe this approach allows us to create a multidimensional portrait of each applicant, while admitting a class that embodies the School's commitment to diversity, inclusion, service, and academic rigor.

When you apply to the School, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. In all, 48 students will be selected for our inaugural class. It is our hope that their diverse skill set and unique perspectives will allow students to learn from one another and develop a greater capacity for empathy.

The Application Process

Applying to medical school consists of many requirements, including prerequisite coursework, exams, letters of recommendation, interviews, and more. To simplify the application process and help you know what to expect, this page describes, in chronological order, the various requirements you'll need to complete as part of your application to the School.


We Believe in Well-Rounded Students

We require all applicants to submit their MCAT scores. 

  • The MCAT is a standardized, multiple-choice exam administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges. It evaluates students' scientific knowledge and their problem-solving, critical thinking, and other relevant skills.
  • All applicants must have completed the MCAT within three years of matriculation to medical school.

However, know that your test scores will be considered in the full context of your application. 

Situational Judgement Test

The Situational Judgement Test measures the inter- and intrapersonal skills of medical school applicants. Applicants are asked to respond to specific scenarios, giving schools insight into their critical decision-making abilities. The test is administered online via CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). The cost is $10 to take the test and $10 to submit a report to the School.

Academic Requirements

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada, in any area of study, by spring of the year of matriculation. We will accept Advanced Placement (AP) credit if the undergraduate institution awarded the student credit toward graduation and those credits appear on the student's official transcript.

Primary Application

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) administers the Primary Application that all prospective students are required to complete. This is where you'll first formally connect with us and demonstrate your interest in the School.

The application is due October 1, 2019. 

Letters of Recommendation

As part of the Primary Application via AMCAS, all applicants are required to submit letters of recommendation, which assists us in the assessment of your promise as a medical student.

In particular, letters of recommendation should evaluate one or more of the following:

  • Collaborative teamwork skills
  • Communication skills 
  • Creativity and resourcefulness 
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills 
  • Cultural humility 
  • Demonstrated leadership potential 
  • Integrity and moral standards
  • Intellectual curiosity 
  • Passion for medicine and healthcare 
  • Persistence and resilience 
  • Reliability and accountability 
  • Responsiveness to feedback 
  • Self-awareness

You can submit letters in one of two ways:

  1. One committee letter that integrates comments from multiple recommenders, authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor
  2. Three to six individual letters submitted by three professionals familiar with your academic performance and personal attributes

Complete details on eligible recommenders are available on the AMCAS website. 

Secondary Application

Once we've received the Primary Application, we'll invite all eligible applicants to complete the School's Secondary Application as well as the online Situational Judgement Test. You'll also be able to monitor your status on our online application portal. Note: The last date to take the CASPer test to be considered for the current application cycle is October 23, 2019. 

Interview Day

Congratulations on moving to the next phase of the application process! We look forward to meeting you.

We believe that the interview is a critical part of our assessment and selection process, as it gives us an opportunity to get to know you better. It also provides you a better sense of who we are and allows you an opportunity to get your questions answered.  

Multiple Mini-Interviews

At the School, we utilize a hybrid interview model. Each applicant will participate in the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) and a traditional one-on-one interview with a faculty member. The MMI format allows the rater to assess an applicant’s personal and behavioral characteristics, including ethical decision-making, interpersonal communication, cultural humility, and problem-solving.

Interview Day Itinerary

We ask that all applicants arrive in the Pasadena and Los Angeles area no later than the evening before your interview. Your interview day will begin at 8 a.m. with breakfast, a welcome from our Dean, and an orientation from our Associate Dean for Admissions. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour and have lunch with our admissions staff and members of our leadership team. The interview day will end at about 4 p.m.

Admissions Decisions

Offers of admission will be extended on a rolling basis. Admitted students will have until April 30, 2020 to concurrently reserve a spot at the School and one additional institution.

Second-Look Weekend

Students accepted to the School will have the opportunity to visit the School during our Second-Look Weekend, which will be held in March 2020. This visit will allow you to meet our faculty, deans, and your future classmates, and assess whether we are a good fit for you.

We will send you a detailed schedule several weeks before the event. Here is a sample schedule:


Time Activity
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Evening reception



Time Activity
9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Check-in and breakfast
10 a.m. to noon Medical education presentation
Noon to 2 p.m. Lunch and tour
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Student affairs presentation
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Closing remarks and dinner

Application Timeline

Applying is easier when you know what to expect. Find all the necessary information, including important dates and deadlines to ensure that you remain on track.