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Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Every Question You Have About the AMCAS

Filling out the AMCAS can be a bit cryptic, leaving pre-meds with many pressing questions. Whether it’s basic info like deadlines, or nuanced questions about specific parts of the application, we’ve got you covered!  

Welcome to our AMCAS FAQ!

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

Ruining Your 4-Year Plan: Good Reasons to Wait a Year to Apply to Medical School

By: Ryan Kelly

The last thing you want is to waste a year of your life. Becoming a doctor already requires four years of med school and another four of residency, so unless you want to get a real paycheck before you’re 30, you’d better get a move-on. Right?

We hear this line of reasoning from lots of pre-meds, but it most often comes from parents, who know that the biological clock is ticking. In their eyes, if you want to have kids and have a life, you’d better get through medical school as soon as possible.

Medical School Application Dates 2018-2019 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

Medical School Application Dates 2018-2019 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

By: Rob Humbracht

Cross this line, and you’re dead.

During the American Civil War, Henry Wirz, a particularly vicious Confederate general, was convicted and hanged for torturing Yankee prisoners of war. During the trial, it came out that he had drawn a line in the dirt, beyond which any prisoner who crossed would be shot. Some believe this particular act to be the origin of the term “deadline.”

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

Quiz: Are You Ready to Apply to Medical School?

By: Rob Humbracht

"I'm going to apply to medical school, just to see what happens."

Toddlers are willing to try anything. Why not have cereal with orange juice instead of milk? Why not run at top speed down a flight of stairs? Why not stick toys up your nose to see how it feels?

It seems that toddlers follow a mantra - "let's just see what happens" - not from free will but because it is one of the most basic human dispositions.

Medical School Application Dates 2017-2018 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

Medical School Application Dates 2017-2018 for AMCAS, AACOMAS, and TMDSAS

By: Rob Humbracht

Pre-meds are Type A. Rather than wait for the application deadlines, they rush to submit their application on the first day each application opens.

Is this crazy? Well, not really. When you apply affects whether you get in.

To help you stay on top of the application dates and deadlines for this cycle, we’ve written a quick guide to all the dates to know so that you can be on the application ball.

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

What Should I Do During My Gap Year (to stand out for medical school)?

One year from today, your life will be over.  When you start medical school, you will be consumed by academic and extracurricular responsibilities, and your free time will effectively end.  And of course, while it's hard to think about that day when we haven't yet gotten in, it's important to plan for it nonetheless.

So what should you do with this year?  Not to be too obvious, but this is YOUR year.  Medical schools won't tell you, "you should definitely do these things."  You are the one who has to decide what's right for you.  

Having said that, we think there are four principles that if you follow them, your gap year will be amazing and help you get into medical school.

Rejected in Less than 24 Hours

Rejected in Less than 24 Hours

The following situation happens to almost everyone when applying to med school.  You submit your secondary application to a school, pay the $75 fee for the secondary, and less than 24 hours later, you get rejected.  It sucks.  It's as if the med school didn't even read your application.

How to Avoid the Single Biggest Delay in Applying to Medical School

How to Avoid the Single Biggest Delay in Applying to Medical School

Ever imagine what it must be like to work in the registrar's office? Your job is to take orders from other people all day, deal with a mountain of paperwork, and pretty much never get thanked. It's amazing that the people working in this bureaucracy do such a good job and don't, say, burn the building down.  

So be nice to the people in the transcript office. They can cause you a major application headache...