Medical School Admissions Committee (MSAC)

The mission of the Medical Student Admissions Committee (MSAC) is to select a class of diverse medical (MD) students who possess outstanding academic, personal, and professional attributes and hold promise to succeed as clinicians, scientists, educators, and/or leaders. The MSAC is the sole authority by which prospective students are accepted for MD training at SMPH. The MSAC chooses which applicants to accept to the traditional MD program, Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD), and Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine through a holistic review. The MSAC approves all procedures and policies at a yearly business meeting and as needed.


Per its charter, the MSAC is composed of voting and non-voting, ex-officio members. Voting members include faculty from both clinical and non-clinical departments, as well as student and community members. Non-voting, ex-officio members include the SMPH dean or the dean’s designee, the senior associate dean for academic affairs, the associate dean for medical student education and services, the associate dean for admissions, the associate dean for multicultural affairs, the associate dean for student services, the director of admissions, the director of multicultural affairs, the director of the Native Center for Health Professions, and the director of pathway programs and recruitment.

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Election and Appointment

Some MSAC faculty members are voted in by peers through a yearly election process. Others are appointed by the assistant dean for admissions with the goal of securing a diverse group of individuals all focused on selecting a medical school class through a holistic review and in keeping with the UWSMPH mission. Student members are elected by their peers. Additional members may be identified from the community, emeritus faculty, or other well-qualified individuals.

Membership Terms

MSAC members serve staggered three-year terms with a limit of two consecutive terms and at least one year off before serving again. The MSAC chair and vice chair are not bound by a term limit. Student appointments are for one or two semesters, depending on class schedules. Vacancies will be filled for new three-year terms with occasional adjustment in length if the staggered terms become uneven.


A quorum is defined as greater than 50% of voting members. Votes are made by simple majority.