Three-year M.D. Program

The three-year M.D. program is the only one of its kind in Michigan. WSU is among a small group of nationally-recognized schools to offer a three-year alternative to what is traditionally a four-year path.

Geared to fit students who have previous health care backgrounds and careers, the program diversifies the School of Medicine's offerings for students who are ready to accelerate into their physician career by completing medical school and receiving a conditional, non-binding acceptance into a Wayne State residency position upon completion.

3-Year M.D. Handbook

The Warrior M.D. three-year program

  • Cuts student school time without sacrificing the education received because it is the same nationally-recognized education minus the fourth-year internships and residency preparation
  • Significantly reduces the amount of education debt incurred by eliminating fourth-year costs and allowing new physicians to realize income sooner.
  • Reduces student stress because they will have already been identified for placement in one of Wayne State University's six sponsored residencies


WSUSOM-sponsored residencies

How to apply

Anyone interested in applying for the Three-Year M.D. program will need to first be accepted into the Wayne State University School of Medicine four-year program. All accepted applicants will be given the opportunity to apply for the Three-Year M.D. program. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the Three-Year M.D. admissions committee and ultimately with residency program leadership. If a candidate applies for, but is not accepted into, the Three-Year M.D. program, this will not affect his/her acceptance into the WSUSOM four-year program

Three-year M.D. will accept applications on a rolling basis.

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Program structure and requirements

Students in the three-year program are required to:

  • Meet the educational objectives and graduation requirements of the four-year track.
  • Meet additional curricular requirements designed to provide career mentoring and advanced clinical skills.
  • Three-year students must pass all coursework and medical examinations on the first attempt. Students failing to meet any standards set in the new program will move into the four-year program.

Each student in the three-year program will be assigned a faculty mentor within the student's identified specialty upon beginning their medical education. They also will be assigned a clinical preceptor in their specialty as part of clinical skills courses during the pre-clerkship phase. These mentors and preceptors support students' success in the program.

Per National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) rules, students cannot be guaranteed a spot in their residency program of interest nor is the student bound to enter the residency at their program of interest.

For more information about Three-Year M.D. programs nationwide, please visit the website for the Consortium of Accelerated Medical Pathway Programs:

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