SMLP How to Apply


Dr. Vivian Pinn, UVa alum and Former Director of Research on Women’s Health at the NIH, with SMLP participants


Application review will begin in early January, so early applications are highly encouraged. Announcement of successful applicants will be batched to 3 dates:

Required materials:

  • Completed online application
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty or advisers
  • Uploaded copy of your unofficial academic transcript
  • Completed 1 page essay (saved as PDF) on the subject “Why Are You Interested in Pursuing a Medical Career?”

Application instructions:

  • Click on this link
  • Follow the remaining prompts.
  • Submit your essay and unofficial academic transcript on the application form.
  • NOTE: You have to complete the application in one sitting. You cannot edit the application after submission.

Undergraduate Transcript:

Upload your most recent unofficial transcript. If coursework has been completed at several institutions and your recent transcript doesn’t reflect the grades from all courses at all schools you must submit transcripts from each institution attended.

Letters of recommendation:

Two letters are required. Try to choose individuals whom know you well and can comment on you aptitude for research and academic abilities. Recommendation letters should be sent by the letters writers on behalf of students to:


SMLP Program Questions can be directed to:
Kristina Dobrovic, Program Coordinator

Questions frequently asked by applicants are answered here.

2019 SMLP Survival Guide

2019 UVA SMLP Code Of Conduct

Student Selection Criteria

Our program has a rolling admission process and applicants will be informed as soon as completed applications are reviewed.
To be eligible for the SMLP, an applicant must:

  • Be an undergraduate college student
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or hold a permanent resident visa
  • Come from a disadvantaged background (i.e. economically disadvantaged background, racial and ethnic groups that have been historically underrepresented in medicine or from parts of the country such as rural areas, first generation college student, meet the American with Disabilities Act requirements and/or identify as LGBTQIA)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Submit a strong personal statement and strong letters of recommendation (2)
  • Demonstrate a serious interest in a medical career
  • Note: preference is given to veterans, surviving spouses or children of a veteran killed in the line of duty
  • No applications will be accepted after March 15

For more information contact:
Kristina Dobrovic, SMLP Coordinator