2018-19 AACOMAS Application Cycle Updates

The 2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle will open for submissions on May 3, 2018. Please find important information about the upcoming cycle below, including key AACOMAS dates, updates for the 2018-19 cycle, and tips for applying.

Key AACOMAS Dates

  • May 3: 2018-2019 AACOMAS application cycle opens for submissions.
  • June 15: Schools begin receiving and processing 2018-2019 cycle applications.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods:
    • Sept 3, 2018 – Oct 12, 2018
    • Dec 13, 2018 – Feb 15, 2019
    • Mar 14, 2019 – Apr 12, 2019

More information about Academic Update is included below.

Increase AACOMAS Fee Waiver Funding
AACOM is proud to announce that, for the first time, fee waivers were awarded to all eligible financially disadvantaged students who applied to the AACOMAS Fee Assistance Program in the 2017-2018 cycle. Historically, AACOM waived the application fee for approximately 800 students and exhausted funds in July of each application cycle. This left nearly 700 eligible fee waiver applicants without waivers each year. Due to an increase in funding for the 2017-2018 cycle, AACOM doubled the reach of the fee waiver program and awarded nearly 1,700 financially disadvantaged applicants with fee waivers. AACOM will continue to review this fund to ensure we can assist as many future physicians as possible and diversify the pipeline.

Updates for the 2018-2019 AACOMAS Cycle

  • College Information Resources
    The 2018-2019 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) is now available for free online at www.aacom.org/cib. The College Information Book contains an overview of the profession, lists key data about each of the 34 accredited U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine, and is an essential resource for students applying in the upcoming AACOMAS cycle.
  • Applicant Help Center
    The online AACOMAS Instructions and FAQs has also been redesigned to provide a more intuitive and user-friendly experience for applicants. The new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will contain a quick start guide and easy-to-navigate online interface. The Help Center contents will now be fully searchable to ensure applicants can efficiently find the information they need to apply successfully. The new AACOMAS Applicant Help Center will launch on May 3 with the 2018-2019 AACOMAS cycle.

Tips for Applying

  • Apply Early (but don’t rush!)
    While AACOMAS opens for submissions on May 3, applications are not released to colleges for review until June 15. Encourage students to apply early (by August 1) to increase  their chances of obtaining an interview at a college of osteopathic medicine. Students should also be encouraged to take their time in carefully completing their application.
  • Fee Waivers
    AACOMAS fee waivers are available at the start of each cycle. Once approved for a fee waiver, applicants must submit their AACOMAS application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). For these reasons, encourage applicants to carefully review all fee waiver instructions and adjust their application timeline accordingly.
  • FAQ: Missing Official MCAT Scores
    Failure to release official MCAT scores to AACOMAS may delay a college from reviewing an applicant’s file. Follow the following two-step process below to ensure their official MCAT scores are submitted correctly:

    1. Applicants must accurately self-report their name, date of birth, and AAMC ID (distributed upon registering for the MCAT exam) into the AACOMAS application. The information entered into AACOMAS must match exactly what is on the MCAT.
    2. Applicants must visit the AAMC’s online MCAT Score Reporting System and electronically release official scores to AACOMAS.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods
    Academic Update Periods are windows throughout the application cycle when  applicants  enter and submit newly completed or planned courses to AACOMAS after their application has been submitted and verified. Failing to submit updated coursework within these three periods may delay a college’s review of the applicant’s file. Encourage applicants to submit updates and final transcripts to AACOMAS during the designated Academic Update Periods outlined at the top of this communication.

 

 

APMS Officers for 2018-2019

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Association of Pre-Med Students for2018-2019!

President: Katie O’Donnell

Vice President: Sarah Hosking

Treasurer: Matt Helou

Secretary: Amy Trieu

Chief Shadowing Coordinator: Alyssa Reese

ER Shadowing Coordinator: Cynthia Chan

Public Relations Coordinator: Emily Heim

Volunteer Coordinator: Anxhela Nezha

 

2018 PA Virtual Fairs

In an ideal world, you’d be able to visit every PA school you’re interested in. You would see the campus, the classrooms, chat with faculty, and connect with students.

But we don’t live an an ideal world, so we have the next best thing: PA virtual fairs. Not familiar with virtual fairs? They are a great way to connect with program representatives right from your computer or phone.

Register today so you can: 

  • Visit almost 40 program chat rooms
  • Get direct access to program faculty & staff
  • Learn more about PA program campuses, student life, and more
  • Get application tips
  • Explore admissions requirements to help you find your best fit programs
  • Access CASPA representatives to help you easily navigate the application

The best part? It’s FREE!

This year’s virtual fairs will be held on April 10 and July 25. Registration is now open for the April virtual fair.

Questions? Send an email to events@careereco.com.

 

CSTEP Internship Program at SUNY Optometry

Please see message below from the Director of Career Development and Minority Enrichment at SUNY Optometry, Dr. Quy Nguyen:

Are you interested in learning more about the profession of optometry?  We have opened our application cycle for new students for 2 programs:

1) Spring Internship: Monday June 4 – Friday June 15.  This is an exploratory program, designed to let students shadow in the clinics, visit private practices, go through professional school readiness workshops, network with our students and faculty, and do a research presentation to name a few.

2) Summer Academic Program: Every Tuesday, May 29 – July 24th.  In this academic program, students will get a chance to take introductory optometry curriculum courses with our renowned faculty, for 2 elective credits, possibly transferrable to the students’ college institution.  They also get a chance to shadow one day in the clinic.

For more information, visit:

https://www.sunyopt.edu/education/admissions/cstep

**Applicants for the internship program must be New York State Residents and identify with a historically underrepresented group or an economically disadvantaged background.**

2019 ADEA AADSAS (DDS) Application Cycle

Gain Early Access: Start the 2019 ADEA AADSAS Cycle in Mid-May!

 NEW!  The 2019 ADEA AADSAS® (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) “soft opens” on May 15, 2018, allowing applicants to start the 2018-2019 application **three weeks prior** to the official opening.

  • For applicants, this added preparatory time ends the pressure to submit same-day, resulting in applications at-the-ready for submission on June 5, 2018.
  • The submission period runs from June 5, 2018 to February 1, 2019.

Top Benefits for Applicants

  • Gain Early Access. With an early start in mid-May, applicants may submit in early June once the cycle opens.
  • Plan Ahead. Applicants now have extra time to learn what the application requires and what is needed for its completion before having to submit it.
  • Manage Application Costs. Applicants who request an ADEA Fee Assistance may obtain a decision in June.

The 2019 ADEA AADSAS Application Schedule

Starting May 15, 2018:

  • Applicants and reapplicants may begin to prepare the 2019 ADEA AADSAS application in mid-May. Added time for preparation allows applicants to submit early—June 5, 2018 is the first date to submit an ADEA AADSAS application.
  • Applicants can print the Transcript Matching Form and send it to their registrar’s office.
  • Applicants can request recommendation letters.
  • ADEA AADSAS will accept Dental Admission Test (DAT) scores from the American Dental Association (ADA).
  • Applicants requesting funding from the ADEA Fee Assistance Program (FAP) can mail the required documents to ADEA AADSAS.

Starting June 5, 2018:

  • Applicants and reapplicants, make the choice to submit early—June 5, 2018 is the first date to submit an ADEA AADSAS application.
  • If all official transcripts are received, ADEA AADSAS will start the application verification process.
  • Applicants who submitted all required documents for ADEA Fee Assistance will begin receiving decision statuses.

 Questions? Review the ADEA AADSAS instructions on ADEA GoDental or contact the ADEA AADSAS Customer Service Team at aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org or 617.612.2045.

2018 MSAR Now Available!

We’ve just released the 2018 edition of the Medical School Admission Requirements for the United States and Canada website (www.aamc.org/msar)! Students with a current subscription will automatically receive the updates.

In this edition, you’ll find new features including:

  • Ability to Rank Favorites

Subscribers can rank and re-order their list of favorite schools to manage a ranked list

  • Ability to Email Favorites
    Students will now be able to email a list of their favorite schools to their pre-health advisors
  • Expanded data
    This year, most MSAR charts display two years of data so users can toggle between both years or compare them side by side. Additionally, the dynamic MCAT and GPA charts now feature additional drop down menus which allow users to break down data by in-state and out-of-state applicants.

 Two newly accredited medical schools are also included:

  • California University of Science and Medicine – School of Medicine
  • Seton Hall – Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

To learn more about Medical School Admission Requirements products, please visit www.aamc.org/msarinfo.