Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

2019 Registration Date Announced for MCAT Exam Dates January-June

Registration for the January-June MCAT exam dates will open on October 25, 2018.  Registration to select test dates for July-September will open in February 2019.

Students will have the ability to begin their registration process in advance of selecting their test date and location. Beginning next week, students will be able to complete the necessary background and biographical information and agree to the terms. The option to select a date and location will not be available until registration officially opens on October 25.

Starting the registration process early will allow you more time to enter your personal information and read and accept important MCAT policies and forms carefully before searching for a test date and location on October 25.  Completing personal information and terms in advance does not give students priority in selecting their test date and location.

Follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for updates and announcements. For additional information about registration, visit their website.

 

Engage in Storytelling: A Fresh Approach for Your Personal Statement

Once your letters of recommendation are submitted and your test scores are sent, it is time to draft your personal statement. Your personal statement matters. It is critical to take the time required to craft a captivating and uniquely personal story. Prehealth Career Counselor, Dana Lovold, M.P.H., and her team at the Pre-Health Student Resource Center at the University of Minnesota share helpful key tips for applicants who want to create a personal statement that is compelling and authentic. Take advantage of the proven technique she’s developed after reviewing hundreds of personal statements over the years.

Read more of this article, which is widely applicable to several health professions applications.

 

 

 

2018-2019 AACPMAS is now open

The American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine (AACPM) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 AACPMAS APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN to new and re-applicants! Customer service is available to answer applicant questions at (617) 612–2900 or by email AACPMASinfo@liaisoncas.com.  When contacting via email, students need to include their full name and AACPMAS ID number.

Hours:

Customer Service hours are from Monday – Friday (9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Time).

Students are able to submit one application via the AACPMAS application to our any of our nine member colleges:

Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University

Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine

California School of Podiatric Medicine at Samuel Merritt University

Des Moines University, College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery

Kent State University College of Podiatric Medicine

New York College of Podiatric Medicine

Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine

Western University of Health Sciences, College of Podiatric Medicine

 

Need Resources?  We’ve got several for you:

Visit our new Career Center for videos and digital resources to help introduce students to careers in podiatric medicine:  http://www.aacpm.org/becoming-a-podiatric-physician/career-center/

Download the College Information Book for 2018-2019.  It’s filled with current career information and is in the digital format for the current cycle.

#IChosePodiatry – Follow AACPM and our member schools between August and October for inspiring stories that capture the heart of podiatric medicine:  why our students choose careers in podiatric medicine.  We’re posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #IChosePodiatry and #DiscoverPodiatricMedicine.  It’s fun to follow along!

Save the Date:  AACPM and the nine member colleges are hosting the Podiatric Medicine Virtual Fair on February 6, 2019.  Meet admissions representatives, current students, current residents and faculty.  They’re ready to share with you why they chose podiatric medicine!

The Traffic Rules are the AACPM policy statements that have been approved by the AACPM Board of Directors and represent the rules under which the podiatric medical schools and colleges have agreed to operate. These rules are being distributed for the information of prospective DPM students, their advisors, and personnel at the podiatric medical schools and colleges to which they have applied.

  • AACPM Responsibilities
  • Responsibilities of Schools and Colleges of Podiatric Medicine
  • Student Responsibilities

Click here to read more:  http://www.aacpm.org/wp-content/uploads/aacpmas-traffic-rules.pdf

VMCAS (Vet School) Fee Reimbursement System

The VMCAS 2019 Fee Reimbursement Program is now LIVE.

Requirements:

To be considered for a VMCAS Reimbursement, you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident, or have refugee/asylum status.
  • You must have submitted your VMCAS 2019 Application.
  • Submit this VMCAS Fee Reimbursement Program Request Form.
  • Upload a copy of your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return. (Submit your parent’s tax return if you can be claimed a dependent).
  • Do NOT send any documents by any other method but the submission program.

For more information on the VMCAS 2019 Fee Reimbursement program, please see the website: http://www.aavmc.org/students-applicants-and-advisors/feereimbursement.

 

Association of American Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) Virtual Fair

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is pleased to announce that, along with the majority of our colleges, they will conduct their first ever Virtual Fair on Wednesday, August 1st from 9am-11pm ET. Although our college of medicines hours of availability will vary they hope that this broad time frame allows for students to get the answers they need about osteopathic medicine and each schools’ mission. In addition, they plan to have NAAHP representation, current medical students, DO physicians as well as AACOM staff on hand to answer questions.  Our Colleges of Medicine are eager to meet students!  

Please register for free @ careereco.com/events/aacom.

 

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2018-2019 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN: OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2018-2019! As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application. The application is available at https://www.optomcas.org/ and also directly at http://optomcas.liaisoncas.com.

MORE INFORMATION: General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website. I would also recommend our Applicants and Advisors page that is a wonderful resource for applicants.

SUNY Optometry Admissions Camp

With the launch of the 18-19 OptomCAS application happening June 28th, SUNY Optometry invites you to attend their Admissions Camp this summer:

  • Date: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
  • Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Location: SUNY Optometry campus
  • Register: www.sunyopt.edu/camp

Throughout the day, they’ll be providing tips and insights on how to build a competitive application, including: the personal statement, how to interview successfully, preparing for the OAT, strengthening self-control muscle, and more.

The camp will be of value to any pre-health student, at any stage of their undergraduate careers, but particularly beneficial to those applying this upcoming cycle.