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Monday, May 6, 2013

Medical School Admissions (2013-2014 Cycle): Get ready for the AMCAS

The AMCAS application "opens" on May 8 at 9:30am EST. "Opens" means you will be able to log into the online application and officially begin filling it out. It does not mean you can submit the application. This is not allowed until early June.

Even though you can't submit the application for about a month, it will take you a month or more to prepare. Now that finals are behind you or soon to be behind you, it's time to dedicate serious time and effort to the AMCAS application. It's a huge process. But as with any large task, it is best to break things down into smaller, less intimidating chunks. Here is my suggestion for how to tackle the AMCAS:

1. Obtain AAMC ID and login
2. Send recommenders letter writer form (if you have not yet done so)
3. Request official transcripts to be sent to AMCAS
4. Obtain unofficial transcript for yourself
5. Fill out identifying, schools attended, and biographic sections
6. Enter grades from transcript (this takes longer than you think)
7. Use updated resume to create first draft of AMCAS work-activities. After you have edited the draft at least three time and chosen your most meaningful activities, send to an editor.
8. Write personal statement. Go through at least three drafts and then send to editor.
9. Re-edit work/activities section based on editor's comments. Send out for one more round of edits.
10. Re-edit personal statement based on editor's comments. Send out for another round of edits.
11. Finalize AMCAS work/activities
12. Edit personal statement again. You will likely go through about 10 drafts. Do a final copy edit for any typos or spelling errors.
13. Choose where to apply, casting a wide net.
14. Copy and paste (from txt or rtf) work/activities and personal statemnet
15. Proofread entire app and send in early June

If you like the idea of a step-by-step guide to the medical school admissions process, I think you will find The Medical School Admissions Guide quite helpful.

Good luck and get in!

Suzanne M. Miller, MD, FACEP
Emergency Physician
CEO of MDadmit Medical Admissions, 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

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