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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Medical School Admissions (2013-2014 Cycle): Important Medical School Application Dates and Deadlines

AMCAS is being finicky with their dates. Here are the most recent application dates and deadlines:

May 8, 2013: AMCAS application opens
June 4, 2013: AMCAS starts accepting submissions
June 28, 2013: AMCAS starts transmitting data to medical schools. This is the first day you can receive secondary applications from medical schools.
August 1, 2013: Early Decision Program deadline
Sept-Dec: Application deadlines. But you are going to submit your application in June, right?

--Dr. Miller

Suzanne M. Miller, MD, FACEP Emergency Physician
CEO of MDadmit: Medical Admissions Consulting and Essay Editing, 415.939.5251

Author of:
How to be Pre-Med
The Medical School Admissions Guide
How To Get Into Medical School with a Low GPA

1 comment:

  1. Hi there,

    I am an applicant for the entering class of 2014. I was wondering what your opinion is on the "optional" HMS essay prompt:

    "If there is an important aspect of your personal background or identity, not addressed in the application, that you would like to share with the Committee, we invite you to do so here. Many applicants will not need to answer this question. Examples might include significant challenges in access to education, unusual socioeconomic factors, identification with a minority culture, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Briefly explain how such factors have influenced your motivation for a career in medicine."

    I am a white, upper-middle class, straight, cis-gendered, Christian female who graduated from an ivy league university. I have had no real "challenges", fortunately, in any of these categories. I could write about how my religion - although I am Christian, I am Orthodox Christian and could possibly be considered a "minority" (?) - and how that has influenced my desire to be a physician. I don't want to be offensive, however, by submitting an essay about something 'trivial,' when other applicants will have big and heavy topics to talk about in this essay.

    Do you think it is worth it to write something just to show I am making the effort?

    Thank you for any and all of your help!