Fall semester before you apply:
Research Medical Schools:
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)’s MSAR is an online database of every medical school in the country. You can purchase a subscription for use during the application cycle. For a list of schools, visit the AAMC.
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) publishes the Osteopathic Medical College Information book every year. You can download a free copy from their website.
Make a list of your activities (employment, internships, volunteer, etc.) outside of class:
* hours, dates, locations, contacts
* what your role was, what you learned
Identify possible faculty for letters of recommendation:
Spring semester before you apply:
Study for the MCAT:
Both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools require the MCAT. For more information about the MCAT, click on the EXAMS button.
Write personal statement:
For tips or assistance on writing your application essay, please make an appointment with a Career Counselor.
Request letters of recommendation:
Schools vary in their letter of recommendation requirements. Please check with individual schools. Most will generally require 2 letters from science faculty, 1 letter from non-science faculty, and 1 non-academic letter.
Summer that you apply:
AMCAS, the American Medical College Application Service's centralized medical school application
processing service; or
AACOMAS, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine's centralized online application service.
The centralized application includes:
Coursework & Transcripts
Work & Volunteer Experiences
Letters of Recommendation
2. Complete school-specific secondaries:
Medical schools require a secondary application unique to each school. We recommend returning the secondaries two weeks after you receive them.
3. Interview Preparation:
Applicant finalists will be asked to participate in interviews. For help preparing for interviews, please make an appointment with a career counselor in the Career Center.