The Medical School Process (part 1)

As any person dreaming of becoming a healthcare provider, you must go to medical school. It may be an MD or a DO school, but go you must. You will first obtain a high school diploma and then your college diploma (with all the pre-medical classes completed). If your school has a pre-committee letter you might go through a pre-committee processes around January of the year that you want to apply. May 1st will signal the start of the official application processes. I began my application near the beginning of May and had it all ready to be submitted on the first day that the AMCAS application opened up. I heard somewhere that it is essential to get it in within the first wave. First of all, most medical schools participate in ‘rolling acceptances.’ Just get it in, the sooner the better. Second of all, it takes the AMCAS organization a couple of days to even process your letter. I submitted my application around 8PM the day that the application opened and it took them almost two weeks to even process and verify my AMCAS.

Around June 28th or so the schools will begin to get your application from the AMCAS. Some schools send secondary applications to everyone who send them the primary application. Other schools will screen out applicants based on GPA and MCAT scores. Some schools might even read through your primary application before they screen. It all depends and you can usually find this type of information on their school websites. Schools like NYU have a tertiary application (rare). After you submit all this you will wait for them to review your entire application.

You may or may not be granted an interview. Some schools have 2,000+ applicants and they are only seeking 100 or 200 people for their entering class. Some schools have 10,000+ applicants. All schools will choose to interview how many applicants they think they can handle. There’s no ‘golden’ ratio for all the schools, but I tend to think that they interview about 25% of the applicants (if you are looking at schools that don’t have a lot of applicants in the first place). Then you wait for an acceptance (or a rejection) letter.

It’s tiring and it takes months long. It does do a little bit of weeding. Some won’t apply unless they really want to pursue medicine. Despite all that, you still get those few students who change their mind after a few months. I seriously hope that those who are subjecting themselves to this really want it because not only is it long, it is expensive. Some people spend nearly $1,000 on their primary application and then go on to spend another $1,000+ on their secondaries. Then you have to account for airfare and hotel stays (interviews). Ouch.

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