The 2013 AMCAS Application For Applicants A Presentation to University of Iowa Pre-Meds Tuesday, April 17, 2012 About AMCAS • What does AMCAS do? • Provides an online medical school application and distributes your application to the medical schools you designate • Verifies academic records and calculates an AMCAS GPA • Collects & distributes letters of recommendation to the medical schools you designate • Facilitates criminal background checks for accepted applicants How does AMCAS work? Application Submitted • Online application completed & submitted to AMCAS • Fees paid (or FAP award used) Application Processed • All required official transcripts arrive at AMCAS • Verification of coursework and calculation of AMCAS GPAs Application Delivered • Verified application sent to designated medical schools • Letters delivered as they are received Application Timeline For the 2013 entering class May 1, 2012_____________ AMCAS application opens & AMCAS begins accepting transcripts June 5, 2012_____________ Earliest date that applications can be submitted June 29, 2012____________ Initial transmission of application data to medical schools Application Timing (Cont.d) Application deadlines are posted on the AMCAS website and within the online application Get your official transcripts sent early (summer). 2013 Processing Fees: The processing fee (includes 1 school) is $160. It’s $34 for each additional school you designate. 2013 AMCAS Participation Tentative Participation (finalized April 1) Application All eligible AAMC LCME accredited medical schools 141 with the exception of Texas public LCME Regular MD Letters 134 Schools/Programs Schools New to AMCAS • University of North Dakota • University of Missouri, Kansas City • Regular MD program starts in January • University of Texas, San Antonio • MD-PhD only Criminal Background Checks 102 Schools/Programs • Central Michigan University For complete participation listings, visit: Application: www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/participating_schools/ Letters: www.aamc.org/aboutamcasletters CBC: www.aamc.org/amcascbc Application Timing Apply Early Most students will apply in the summer: June, July, August. It can take AMCAS four to six weeks to process your application. The deadline is Nov. 1st, but Carver College of Medicine you should apply well in advance (summer). Deadlines Vary Deadlines for other schools generally fall between Oct 1 and Dec. 15 www.aamc.org/amcas The AMCAS Application • Identifying Information • Schools Attended • Biographic Information • Course Work • Work/Activities • Letters of Evaluation • Medical Schools • Essay(s) • Standardized Tests Changes for the 2013 application have been highlighted with a red box throughout the presentation Accessing the Application AMCAS Main Menu 1. Identifying Information 2. Schools Attended 2. Schools Attended 2. Schools Attended 3. Biographic Information Adjustment of Status (AOS) • Applicants are now able to indicate that they are “in process” for receiving U.S. citizenship • The options available for Visa Status are: Language Proficiency What languages do you speak? Self Identification This section is optional. Self Identification Additional options are available under each category and become visible after the main category is checked 4. Course Work 4. Course Work Use a personal copy of your official transcript to complete this section 4. Course Work Average # of courses entered: 52 Average # of schools: 2-3 5. Work/Activities • Maximum of 15 entries • Maximum of 3 “Most Meaningful” 6. Letters of Evaluation Tip: You can submit your application before your letters are received by AMCAS. 6. Letters of Evaluation 6. Letters of Evaluation Letter Request Form Applicant’s identifying information Letter ID and Letter Type Methods the author can use to send their letter to AMCAS Used by AMCAS to attach the letter to the application The author’s address Many medical schools require that recommendations are on official letterhead and bear the signature of the author 7. Medical Schools Be sure to select the correct program type and be mindful of program and transcript deadlines 8. Essay(s) 9. Standardized Tests If you are re-taking the MCAT and don’t indicate your upcoming testing date, medical schools may review your application without waiting for your new score. Contact the MCAT Team [email protected] | 202-828-0690 Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm ET Certification Statement After Submission • Verification • Post-submission Changes • Criminal Background Checks • Multiple Accept Data AMCAS Verification Transcripts Processing • Once the application is submitted • From the date of submission, and all required official transcripts are received, the application will join the verification queue verification can take up to 6 weeks to be completed Use the Official Transcript Request Form Applicants should consult the AMCAS Instruction Manual and video tutorials to ensure that all coursework is entered accurately, including AP credit and study abroad courses • Verification consists of: Line-by-line comparison of each coursework entry to corresponding item on official transcript(s) Normalization of GPA, including calculation of AMCAS GPAs (Cumulative, BCPM [Biology-ChemistryPhysics-Math], and AO [All Other]) • Academic Change Requests AMCAS Verification # of days to complete verification 2012 Application 2011 Application Post-submission Changes • Only these items can be updated or changed in the application after it has been submitted: Required and Alternate IDs Name, including Full Legal Name, Preferred Name, and Alternate Names Contact Information, including Permanent and Preferred Mailing Addresses Alternate Contact Information Date of Birth, Birth Address, and Sex Letters of Evaluation (only additions of up to 10 total letter entries and notifying AMCAS of a letter no longer being sent) Next MCAT testing date Add Medical Schools and change existing Program Types (deadlines, fees, and restrictions apply) Release application information to school-designated pre-health advisor Multiple Accept Data • Medical schools cannot view the number or names of other schools that an applicant has applied to • Beginning February 10 of the application cycle, schools will be able to see Multiple Accept Data, meaning that for applicants a school has accepted, other schools where that applicant is also currently holding an acceptance will be visible • Beginning April 1 of the application cycle, medical schools have access to the National Acceptance Report, which lists all applicants with a current Acceptance or Matriculated action See the Traffic Rules for Admission Officers for more info Criminal Background Checks •Participating medical schools have Criminal Background Checks on their accepted or waitlisted applicants facilitated by the AAMC • Applicants will receive an e-mail notification from our vendor, Certiphi Screening, Inc.,initiating the background check • Applicants will also have 10 calendar days to review their report for irregularities, after that time it will automatically be sent to the medical school(s) • There is no additional charge for this service 2012 Fee Assistance Program Benefits How to Apply • Assists applicants who, without financial assistance, would be •Visit www.aamc.org/fap unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools through AMCAS •Reduction of MCAT Registration fee from $240 to $85 • Free copy of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam & Complimentary access to MSAR Online • Waiver of AMCAS application fees for up to 14 medical schools • Benefits cannot be applied retroactively-- apply for fee assistance in advance of registering for the MCAT or submitting an AMCAS application Benefits are valid only for the calendar year in which the award is granted. AMCAS Resources https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/amcasresources/ More Resources for Applying AMCAS www.aamc.org/amcas Applicants: [email protected] 202-828-0600 www.facebook.com/amcasinfo Fee Assistance Program [email protected] 202-828-0600 www.aamc.org/fap www.aamc.org/mcat [email protected] 202-828-0690 MSAR [email protected] MCAT www.twitter.com/amcasinfo www.aamc.org/msar www.youtube.com/amcasinfo Best wishes for your application to medical school!