Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Medical School Admissions (2013-2014 Cycle): The AMCAS is Coming!
It’s April! Spring is in the air. And the American Medical College Application Service, or “AMCAS,” will let you start filling out your application in less than a month. AMCAS is a centralized application processing service for those applying to medical schools in the United States. AMCAS has nothing to do with the admissions decisions – that’s the job of each school’s individual admissions committee. The vast majority of medical schools use this service. But in true Texas style, many schools in that state use another system called TMDSAS. To make it even more confusing, some Texas schools MD-PhD programs go through AMCAS. If you are applying to schools Texas, be sure to check early to determine which application processing service to use. For most up-to-date information on AMCAS participating schools, visit: www.aamc.org/students/amcas/participatingschools.htm.
Even though the AMCAS doesn’t let you see the application until May, you can get a head start by checking out the 2014 AMCAS instructions manual, a free download found here https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/how_to_apply/. It may be a long, relatively boring read, but understanding the application is a must!
If you are applying to DO or Canadian schools, separate application services exist. To determine which schools accept which service and gain a sense of each school’s competitiveness, purchase the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR). It is available in print or electronic form at: https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/requirements/msar/. Everyone heading to medical school should obtain and read this book.