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Prep Materials & Application Process

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:

  1. Complete the centralized application: (Online application services open in May, but you cannot submit the application until June)

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:
Biographical Information
Coursework & Transcripts
Personal Statement
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.