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Primary Application FAQs

The 2020 AMCAS processing fee is $170 and includes one medical school designation. Additional school designations are $40 each.

AMCAS will not transmit your application to a medical school if it is not complete by that school’s deadline.

For example, if your AMCAS application for School A was received before its October 15 application deadline, but one of your transcripts was received on October 30, one day after School A’s transcript deadline, AMCAS will not transmit your application to the school. You have missed the deadline, and you are not eligible for a refund.

To prevent these delays from occurring, you should use the AMCAS Transcript Request form when requesting that official transcripts be sent to AMCAS in support of their application. You can find this form in the Schools Attended section of the application. This form, which registrars submit to AMCAS alongside the requested official transcript(s), includes the AAMC ID, the Alternate ID identified by the applicant as being used by the transcript-issuing institution, and other information helpful to the matching process.

You can submit as soon as you have completed all sections of the AMCAS application and you have carefully reviewed your information for errors. To meet an application deadline, your application must be submitted (not processed/verified) by 11:59 p.m. ET on the date specified. Your application is not submitted until you have agreed to the certification statements and paid applicable fees. Your MCAT scores and letters of recommendation do not have to be received by AMCAS before you submit your application.

Within the AMCAS portal, you can utilize the AMCAS Letter Writer Application. Here, you can generate a Letter Request Form that can be distributed to your letter of recommendation authors. The form will contain information the letter author will need in order to identify you and successfully upload the letter to your AMCAS application. 

Include experiences exclusive to medicine though do not forget to include those that are not. Play a sport competitively? Add it! Did playing an instrument your entire life teach you discipline? Add that too! Be sure to articulate what your roll was in this experience and what you learned throughout your time participating. In some activities, you may even articulate how this experience has prepared you for a career in medicine. 

Yes! Some of your identifying information will roll over if you submitted your AMCAS application in the previous cycle. Keep in mind that letters of recommendation and transcripts need to be resubmitted to the new application. Remember that even if information rolled over, read through each section carefully for accuracy.

AMCAS does allow for certain application information to be changed. Refer to AMCAS guidelines for further information. 

Yes, AMCAS will verify and process your application without your MCAT scores. Once the scores are made available, AMCAS will upload your scores automatically into the application. If your application has already completed verification, AMCAS will send updates to the medical schools indicated in your application informing them of the update.
Current exam scores will continue to be reported by AMCAS through the 2020 admission cycle. Each school has its own requirements for test reporting, more information can be found in the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

What is the Early Decision Program?

The Early Decision Program (EDP) gives you the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted.

For the AMCAS Application Cycle the Early Decision Program is:

  • AMCAS: August 1 (application and official transcripts)
  • Non-AMCAS: contact the medical school admissions office or refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements website.

If your application is received by the stated deadline, but one or any of your transcripts are late, you will not meet the Early Decision Program deadline. You may still apply to the regular applicant pool.

The EDP is a restricted program, in that applicants are bound by program agreements. To apply through the Early Decision Program (EDP), you must:

  • Apply to only one U.S. medical school by the stated deadline date (August 1 for AMCAS participating schools). You may not apply through the EDP if you have already submitted an initial or secondary application (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) to a U.S. medical school or a M.D. degree program for the current entering class;
  • Provide the school with all required supplemental information by the stated deadline date (August 1 for AMCAS participating schools);
  • NOT submit additional application(s) (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) until:

    • receipt of an EDP rejection; or
    • receipt of a formal release from the EDP commitment; or
    • the October 1 notification deadline passes. Contact your EDP school if you have not been notified of your status by October 1.
  • Attend only this school if offered a place under the EDP.

All EDP applicants accepted by a medical school must adhere to the tenets of the Early Decision Program. This includes, but is not limited to, applicants accepted to the current entering class, delayed matriculants from a previous entering class, and all other applicants who are required by the medical school to submit an ED application to the current entering class. Under these circumstances, application to other schools is prohibited. Any violation of these conditions will result in an investigation. Medical Schools agree:

  • To notify EDP applicants of admission decisions by October 1; and
  • To defer applicants to the regular applicant pool, if appropriate.

Secondary Application FAQs

The cost varies for each medical school and can range from $25-$100, or free! Check with the individual institution regarding secondary application fees.

You may come across secondary prompts of which are similar and while this may be the case, no two prompts are identical. Therefore, we encourage students to produce authentic work of which is tailored to what that school’s secondary prompt is specifically asking. Remember, schools are asking these questions for a reason so it is crucial to answer that question specifically!

Absolutely! Motivate MD offers packages tailored for pre-med secondary essay success. Our team of medical students and physicians are meticulous in reviewing each essay to ensure your application has the best chance of being placed in the “yes” pile as opposed to the “no” pile for medical school acceptance. Check out the secondary essay review packages here

Within the AMCAS portal, you can utilize the AMCAS Letter Writer Application. Here, you can generate a Letter Request Form that can be distributed to your letter of recommendation authors. The form will contain information the letter author will need in order to identify you and successfully upload the letter to your AMCAS application. 

Submitting early in the application cycle can benefit students though not if the submission consists of lower quality work. Students should be confident in their responses and submit when they are ready but also in a timely manner. For schools of which no deadline is specified, make a realistic goal with yourself and stick to it in order to allow for optimal success in the application process.

Info Source: AMCAS

Additional Information

Your Work & Activities section is a big opportunity to show admissions committees that you’re a well-rounded person while demonstrating you have what it takes to succeed in med school and become a great doctor.

This is why longevity and quality is much more important than the number of experiences you highlight.

The road to becoming a doctor is long and difficult and will definitely challenge you in every way possible.  By showing your level of commitment through other activities, admissions committees will see that you’ll be able to preserve and stay committed to the field of medicine once accepted into med school.

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