Medical School Application Timeline
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Being organized is a very important characteristic that a medical
student needs to succeed in a medical school; therefore, you should
keep your application process in a great order. This also help you
to avoid a lot of troubles later on such as missing an application
deadline. The best way to organize your application process is to
set up a time-table for important events. Here is an example:
*** Junior Year:
November through April:
February or March:
- Think about which medical schools to apply for
- Collect letters of recommendation
- Take the April MCAT.
- Get the AMCAS application packet from your premedical
advisor or request it from:
- Interpret MCAT scores and GPA with premedical advisor
- Make first draft of AMCAS essay.
- Send for medical school catalogs.
- Send transcripts to AMCAS and non-AMCAS schools
- Revise and polish AMCAS essay
- Submit AMCAS application at earliest allowed date.
- Begin completing non-AMCAS applications as soon as possible
- Inform premedical committee where to send your composed
recommendation letter (if your school has such a committee).
- Register for fall MCAT if scores were low and you feel you
are now better prepared.
- Take the August MCAT if needed
*** Senior year:
- Make sure that your applications are complete and that
letters of recommendation have been received. Call to confirm if
- Be patient! Interviews will come!
- Try to schedule interviews during Winter Break for
- Fill out GAPSFAS form for financial aid.
- Send updated transcripts if requested by schools
- If no one loves you by Valentine's Day, speak immediately
with your premedical advisor. He or he may be able to call on
- If you are wait-listed, send a letter expressing continued
- Acceptance letters are still sent out, so stay calm. Made
sure medical schools can each you or a family member by
telephone at all time.