Did you know that at many medical schools, current medical students have the opportunity to be part of the admissions process? Luis E. Seija, class of 2019 at Texas A&M University College of Medicine, is one such student. We asked him to share his experience on the admissions committee and his advice for perspective students.
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If you’re applying to the 2019 application cycle, the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is now open! There is a lot that goes into the application process—and your primary application is one of the first steps. You may be wondering what makes a successful applicant. We asked medical school admission officers to share their top five tips.
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Attendees will benefit from several free, live, online events for anyone interested in applying to dental school!
Wednesday, May 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time: Log in for Live Interviews With ADEA AADSAS® Staff! Experts from the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) will share advice in three areas of the application process.
- Transcripts and coursework.
- The ADA Dental Admission Test (DAT).
Q&A session to follow – you don’t want to miss this live event. There are giveaways for participants!
Plus, students should join us on Thursday, May 24, to take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit with admissions staff from more than 50 dental schools from the convenience of a laptop or mobile device.
Also “stop by” the ADEA AADSAS virtual booth with your application questions on May 23 or May 24 between 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
“See” you soon!
– The ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs Team
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the newly elected officers of Premeds Without Borders for 2018-19!
President – Maddy Carroll
Vice-President – Samantha Hidalgo
Treasurer– Elizabeth Arenare
Secretary– Maria Mazuca
Co-Community Chairs: Leonardo Hernandez-Gomez and Rae Hermans
Co-Public Relations Chairs: Bryan Velez and Hamza Ahmed
Do you have questions about applying to dental school? Find the answers during the FREE, live, online 2018 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 23 and 24! Over these two days, prospective applicants can visit multiple dental school booths and learn about the ADEA AADSAS® application—without travel expenses or registration fees.
What attendees can expect at #GDVF18:
ADEA AADSAS Prep Day Live, May 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Online)
- Hear advice on completing a successful ADEA AADSAS application.
- Learn how to overcome common obstacles related to the application.
- Gain strategies to better prepare for the American Dental Association Dental Admission Test (ADA DAT).
- Benefit from the opportunity to chat with customer service representatives who can answer questions about ADEA AADSAS.
Dental School Chat Day, May 24 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Online)
- Interact with dental school admissions officers from more than 50 U.S. dental schools in live, virtual booth spaces.
- Watch video presentations on financial planning, interviewing and other “hot topics” for successful applicants.
The 2018-2018 CASPA application cycle will open on Thursday, April 26, 2018. Applicants can create their application as of 12:00am ET on that date. Please read below for important cycle dates and information.
CASPA Fees & Fee Waivers
The CASPA application fees for the 2018-2019 cycle are as follows:
- First application designation: $179
- Each additional application designation: $52
The fee waiver bank will be increased to a total amount of $138,800, which amounts to approximately 775 fee waivers that will be awarded to eligible applicants.
Applicants should use the CASPA Applicant Help Center before staring an application. With additional questions, you may contact the customer service team directly at email@example.com or 617.612.2080 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday.
There are nine deadlines programs can select from in the application cycle. See a complete list of deadline dates and requirements (submit, complete, or verified) here. Note, information will be updated when the cycle goes live on April 26.
PAEA Program Directory
The PAEA Program Directory is currently under construction with updates for the 2019 entering class pending. It should be complete by June due to a recent merging of internal PAEA program surveys. We apologize for the delay of this resource, but please encourage your applicants to check out individual program websites for detailed requirements and information.
- WAIT! Don’t send documents to CASPA yet. Wait until launch day and when you’ve created an account before you send transcripts or letters of reference. Sending them in before April 26 will cause them to be shredded. Letters of reference must be submitted by the letter author, so don’t send those to CASPA either – you won’t get them back and they won’t be uploaded to your application under any circumstance.
- Save yourself the pain of an email response or phone call to customer service. Read the applicant help center before you start or re-start your application. 95% of the questions we receive can be answered here.
- You don’t have to start over. If you applied in the 2015-2016 application cycle or later then you can choose to carry over your application (or you can start fresh, it’s up to you). After the cycle launches, use your previous log in credentials and follow the prompts on screen.
- Skip launch day. Don’t take off work or skip class to start your CASPA application. Let launch day pass. It’s busy and the server can get overcrowded, causing delays or even the inability to access the application for some users. Save your day off for some real fun!
- Increase your chances of success by doing research, research, and more research. Then submitting. Applying early is a great idea, but the completeness and accuracy of the application is more important. Encourage applicants to take their time, research the individual PA program requirements (both prerequisite and application submission), and read all application instructions to ensure the accuracy of their application before submitting.
- Fee waivers are available as soon as the application cycle launches. Once an applicant is approved for a fee waiver, they must submit their application within 14 calendar days. An application cannot be submitted before fee waiver approval and there will be no extensions for fee waiver consideration if the 14-day window for submission is missed. The fee waiver pool is typically exhausted by June or early July every cycle, so plan ahead.
- Professional transcript entry (PTE) isn’t for everyone, but, if you don’t want to enter your coursework yourself and have the funds, it may be an option for you. Make sure you’re clear on how it works because once you pay for it, no refunds are issued, and sometimes PTE can take longer (think missed deadlines) than inputting the information yourself.
- You are responsible for your application status and progress, for inputting complete and accurate information, and getting your application to the ‘complete’ status, which then puts your application in line for verification.
Live Webinar: Meet the Resident & Students
Current UQ Ochsner students will speak on their experiences in medical school followed by a live Q & A.
Wednesday, April 18
7:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (CST), 4:00 PM (PST)
2019 application information is available at http://www.mededpath.org/cohort_2019.html
For more information, please visit www.mededpath.org or contact The UQ School of Medicine’s US representative at MedEdPath:
Whitney Bennett, MA
Vice President, Enrollment Management
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:
- 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.
- 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.
As you prepare for test day, you might be wondering how the AAMC calculates your MCAT scores. Or, perhaps you have already heard one of the many theories on how we do it. To help remove the mystery of the process, we are answering your frequently asked questions about how your exam will be scored.
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Are you preparing to apply to medical school in the near future? Applicants have a variety of qualifications and motivations that make them suited for a career in medicine. Learn more about the applicants who applied and enrolled during the 2017 AMCAS application cycle with this new infographic.
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