applications procedures & services
Centralized, non-profit application services exist for both allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools:
- The application service for allopathic schools is called the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS), which is a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- The organization that processes applications for osteopathic medical schools is called the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM).
All students applying to AMCAS- and/or AACOMAS-participating schools submit their application materials to those schools through the respective centralized application service(s). A student, therefore, submits only one set of application materials and official transcripts for each type of medical school, regardless of the number of participating AMCAS or AACOMAS schools to which he or she applies. The major goal of the centralized application services is to simplify and standardize the application process and to provide the participating medical schools with uniform, readable information on their candidates.
Medical schools fill their classes on a “rolling admissions” basis, so the sooner you submit your application, the better your chances are at getting accepted. Medical schools get the majority of their applications in August, just before school begins. Do not wait until late summer to submit your application! Avoid the competition by submitting early.
The AMCAS application will ask you whether or not you plan to retake the MCAT in August. You should receive results for the spring exam by mid-June. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you submit your application as soon as you receive your MCAT scores, and no later than June 30th. Increase your chances of admission — apply early!
Write to these schools in the late spring and request an application and a catalogue. Addresses are located on each school's web page and may also be found in Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), a book on reserve (BI 000) in O'Neill Library and which can also be bought through the AAMC's website.
The book Osteopathic Medical College Information is another very thorough and helpful resource; it is also on reserve (BI 000) in O'Neill Library. Osteopathic Medical College Information can be bought through the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
Each non-AMCAS school requires you to submit transcripts from any college and summer school you have attended. Have the Registrar's Office send your transcript to each school individually. Simultaneously, order a transcript for yourself to make sure that the correct transcript was sent to AMCAS and/or AACOMAS. Allow plenty of time. If you have been granted a fee waiver from AMCAS, inform the non-AMCAS schools, and they will probably waive the fee as well.