Prospective students

It takes a village to raise a child, and I firmly believe that giving back to the community that shaped me and made me who I am is an integral part of what it means to be a physician. Health disparities was a part of growing up for me, so to be able to potentially alleviate some of the struggles faced by my community would be the most rewarding part of being a physician.                                                     -Kishwar Basith-Wayne Med-Direct cohort 2016


New admission information for Fall 2023

Wayne Med-Direct accepts 10 students each year for fall admission. 

To become a Wayne MedDirect scholar, you must be driven by the passion to learn about and help reduce health disparities in our communities as future leaders in the medical community. This is a unique opportunity for students who want to pursue a career in medicine. 


Wayne Med-Direct evaluates candidates through a holistic admission process. To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Have a minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Have a minimum 1310 SAT or 28 ACT score
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be an incoming freshman

Preference will be given to students from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds who are also interested in studying health disparities.

Admission process

Applications are evaluated by the Wayne Med-Direct admission committee using a holistic approach, considering the following factors:

  • Academic achievements (Awards/Honors)
  • Intentions of applying to Wayne Med-Direct (Why)
  • Interest in learning about health disparities (How and Why)
  • Socioeconomic disadvantages faced
  • Leadership experiences
  • Extracurricular and team activities
  • Letters of recommendation from academic and community standpoints
  • Health care experiences
  • Community service/volunteering experiences

25 semifinalists are selected and called for an in-person interview at the Wayne Med-Direct Academic Day held on campus. 10 finalists are selected from the semifinalist pool at the interviews.

Admission timeline

All communication is via email to the address provided in the application.

  • WSU undergraduate application becomes available online: Aug. 1, 2022
  • Application deadline for Wayne Med-Direct: Dec. 1, 2022
  • All applicants will be notified if selected for an interview by Jan. 23, 2023
  • Virtual interviews for semi-finalists will be on Feb. 4, 2023
  • Semifinalists will be notified about finalist standing by Feb. 9, 2022
  • Finalists must inform the Wayne Med-Direct program of their decision to accept the offer within two weeks of being notified