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Applying to Medical School: Out-of-State? Out of Luck.

Posted by: Author · Date 09.17.2013 @ 12:35 am ⋅ Comments 1 Comment


Applying to medical school is a process that requires careful research into which schools will even bother to consider your application. At many schools that decisions can be based upon your state of residence1. The reason why a school can limit the number of accepted out-of-state (OOS) applicants or simply reject them is based upon the desire to grant certain privileges to in-state applicants and prevent evident physician shortages. States like Texas, Tennessee, and Indiana2 are considered among the best states to practice medicine, so one can see why those states would be even more selective with OOS applicants.

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However, I am still looking into the benefit of denying OOS medical school applicants admission. I believe that if I attended medical school in Nebraska, I know that it would be my ultimate goal to return to Maryland to practice where I grew up. What are my reasons? I honestly love Maryland–even though it is on the list of the WORST places to practice medicine2.

Most schools have an agenda to educate future physicians who will remain in their state of residence instead of pursuing residencies in other states. It is their mission to educate those who will continue to serve the underserved regions of their home state. There is also an increasing need to prevent physician shortages by offering early admittance programs, bonuses, and loan repayment programs3.

But what does this mean for OOS applicants? What if the scenario were different? Some schools have less than 10% of matriculants of African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American descent. Does that mean they should not apply? No. You should apply to whichever school you want. But honestly, I would never apply to a school that obviously will not accept out-of-state applicants and I am glad that I did not. That is the very definition of a “waste of money”.

Below is a list of allopathic medical schools that DO NOT accept out-of-state applicants:
  • Mercer University School of Medicine (GA)
  • Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (IL)
  • University of Mississippi School of Medicine (MS)
  • The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University (NC)
  • University of California: Davis (CA)

List of Medical Schools with Less than 10% Out-of-State Matriculants:
  • University of South Alabama College of Medicine (9.5%)
  • University of California: Los Angeles – Geffen (8%)
  • University of California: Irvine (11.5%)
  • University of Florida College of Medicine (10.6%)
  • Florida State University College of Medicine (0.8%)
  • Medical College of Georgia (3.5%)
  • Louisiana State University: Shreveport (2.5%)
  • University of Massachusetts (2.4%)
  • UMDNJ: New Jersey Medical School (1.1%)
  • UMDNJ: Robert Wood Johnson (9.0%)
  • University of New Mexico (4.9%)
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University (3.7%)
  • University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (6.4%)
  • East Tennessee State University: James H. Quillen College of Medicine (6.9%)
  • University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine (6.1%)
  • Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (5.0%)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (9.3%)
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center: Paul L. Foster School of Medicine(6.3%)
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine (Galveston) (3.5%)
  • The University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio (10.3%)
  • University of Texas Medical School at Houston (8.3%)

List of Medical Schools with 11-16% Out-of-State Matriculants:
  • University of California: Los Angeles – Drew (12.5%)
  • Florida International University: Wertheim (15.8%)
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine (14.2%)
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine: New Orleans (11.6%)
  • University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine (14.6%)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (11.7%)
  • SUNY: Upstate (12.2%)
  • University of Oklahoma School of Medicine (12.4%)
  • Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine (11.9%)
  • Sanford School of Medicine at The University of South Dakota (13.8%)
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (14.3%)

List of Medical Schools with 17-20% Out-of-State Matriculants:
  • University of California: San Francisco (20%)
  • University of Connecticut (16.7%)
  • Florida Atlantic University – Schmidt College of Medicine (19%)
  • Indiana University School of Medicine (19.4%)
  • University of Minnesota Medical School(19.6%)
  • University of Nebraska College of Medicine (19.4%)
  • University of Nevada College of Medicine (20.6%)
  • Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine (17.4%)
  • SUNY: Downstate (19.5%)
  • Wright State University-Boonshoft (17.5%)
  • Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences (18.6%)
  • University of South Carolina-Columbia (19.1%)

List of Medical Schools with 21-25% Out-of-State Matriculants:
  • University of Central Florida (25%)
  • University of South Florida-Morsani (21.5%)
  • University of Hawaii-Burns (22.7%)
  • University of Louisville (21.9%)
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine (21.9%)
  • Michigan State University (23.5%)
  • Wayne State University (22.1%)
  • Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine (21.5%)
  • University of South Carolina-Greenvile (22.6%)
  • Baylor College of Medicine (25.4%)
  • University of Utah (25.6%)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (22.3%)

Kaplan's Med School Insight blog gets you all the first hand info you need!

  1. Table 1: U.S. Medical School Applications and Matriculants by School, State of Legal Residence, and Sex, 2013 from AAMC
  2. Best and Worst Places to Practice: 2013 by Shelly Reese of Medscape (2013)
  3. How states are keeping doctors from moving out by Carolyne Krupa (2011)


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  • Jimmy808

    If you’re concerned about in state/out of state, you could also look into osteopathic schools..only a few are really state or region specific. Only med school interview I got last year was in Virginia and I’m from Pennsylvania. A lot will say they want people who will end up practicing in the same state though.. But I’m sure they realize a good portion don’t even do residency in the same state so I think they’re much more open.