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Welcome to Medical Student Admissions

The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has a proud tradition of training outstanding clinicians and leaders in biomedical research and academic medicine.

The College of Medicine strives to provide a stimulating and challenging environment that prepares graduates for the demands of clinical practice. With each incoming class, we select students who will help advance this mission.

Attend an Online Information Session with the Assistant Dean of Admissions

If you'd like to hear more about the process of applying to the UC College of Medicine, what we look for, and how to refine your application, please attend one of our Information Sessions listed below. These sessions are conducted virtually (online) by our Assistant Dean of Admissions, Dr. Abbigail Tissot. Online Information Sessions typically last 60-75 minutes and consist of a broad overview followed by an opportunity to have your questions personally answered by Dr. Tissot. Our Spring 2018 dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 03/15/18: 7:00-8:00 PM EST - thanks to all of you who attended!
  • Tuesday 04/10/18: 3:00-4:00 PM EST
  • Thursday 05/03/18: 7:00-8:00 PM EST

NOTE:To attend a webinar, simply click on the link above to enter the session. The link will be active only on the day of the session immediately before the session begins.

Tour Cincinnati Medicine

To schedule a tour of our facility that is provided by a current UC College of Medicine student, please click here to sign-up for either of the dates below.  If you are unable to attend one of these dates, please check back in late August as we'll have a new list of available tour dates for the fall semester.

  • Friday, June 1st, 2018: 12:00-12:30 PM
  • Friday, July 13th, 2018: 12:00-12:30 PM

Please note, these tours are intended for current undergraduates and prospective applicants intending to apply to our College of Medicine within the next 2 years. If you are currently a high school student, please contact our Medical Sciences Program for a tour.  

Students in the News

Excitement and a Sealed Envelope Usher In Match Day 2018 at UC

Excitement and a Sealed Envelope Usher In Match Day 2018 at UC

Published: 3/13/2018

Taylor Kantor has applied to more than 50 residency programs and gone on two dozen interviews. The fourth-year University of Cincinnati medical student from Columbus is ready to know his future.

Kantor, along with graduating medical students from across the country, will learn Friday, March 16, during the annual Match Day event where they will spend the next three to seven years of their lives in residency training. At UC, medical students will gather for festivities around noon in Room E-351 in the Medical Sciences Building, while their parents, friends and supporters will watch via satellite video in Kresge Auditorium.

Their names are called lottery-style during the event, and the students come to the front of the room to open their residency envelopes. Kantor dual applied for cardio thoracic programs—the specialty he hopes to enter and one of the toughest in which to snag a coveted residency spot—along with general surgery programs. He has a few thoughts about Match Day.

"For one, it’s scary, from the sense you are going to be opening up that letter for the very first time,” says Kantor. "You are going to be showing your emotions to everyone that’s there in the process. You learn as they learn where you are going for the first time. I think overall it’s also really exciting.”

Christine Rubeiz, a fourth-year medical student from Carmel, Indiana, hoping to match in pediatrics agrees.

"The match day tradition here is such an honor,” she says. "There is so much excitement in the air. I remember watching Match Day as a first-year and as a second-year medical student and feeling like it was so far away. Even as a third-year, I felt like ‘that’s never going to be me’ but now I get to be here and participate in all the Match Day traditions. I am really excited.”

After a months-long residency interview process, the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) does the actual matching, linking the program preferences of students with those of residency program directors.

"The matching process starts pretty early on, about a year before you plan to match,” says Nisha Giridharan, a fourth-year medical student from Cincinnati who hopes to match into neurosurgery. "It involved submitting the electronic residency application. You fill out extracurricular activities, grades and get letters of recommendation. I did that back in September. Then you get interview invites over the next few months, from October to February. You make a rank list and then just wait for the matching process to begin.”

This year, College of Medicine Dean William Ball, MD, will pull the first envelope for the class, with Aurora Bennett, MD, associate dean of student affairs, and Bruce Giffin, PhD, associate dean for medical education, pulling the rest of the envelopes for Match Day. 

Bennett says Match Day is the culmination of years of grueling study for medical students. It’s also an unforgettable milestone for most physicians.

"It’s a very shared experience and our students are very supportive of each other,” says Bennett. "This really is the moment. They have been apart rotating on different services during the year, but they get to come together for this one moment to connect around one of the most important decisions of their career.

"Of course I remember my Match Day,” says Bennett. "At the school I attended, everyone opened their envelopes at the same time and shared the results with peers and family. There was laughter and some sad tears because not everyone matched where they had most hoped to be.

 "Where I went everyone opened the envelope at the same time and everyone is showing their envelope and there is laughter and there are happy tears and there are some sad tears because not everyone got maybe where they had hoped to be. Family members could be there with you. Overall, it’s a very joyous moment for the vast majority of students.”

Sara Stigler, a fourth-year medical student hoping to match into family medicine, says her family along with a loyal contingent of former co-workers from Cincinnati Children’s will be watching and cheering her on. She’s interviewed at 10 different programs and hopes to stay in the Midwest.

"I remember when I first decided I wanted to do medicine,” says Stigler. "I originally thought I might be a lab scientist. I was working over at UC as an undergraduate in engineering and decided that sitting with machines and not with people all day was not for me. I ended up getting a job at UC’s emergency department and I fell in love with patient care and medicine and it changed my whole trajectory.”

UC’s Match Day will be live streamed online at

UC Academic Health Center will post Match Day photos via Twitter @UCHealthNews using the hashtag #CincyMatch2018.  

Spectators can also follow the event on Snapchat. Visit to add the main UC account and receive snaps/view stories on Match Day.

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At Interview Day, I felt like they rolled out the red carpet, and then I came back for Second Look, and it’s still the same—it’s not an act. I am getting to know more people and starting to feel more at home. UC really has a great community and everything I need to really excel.”

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