Category Archives: Medical

Osteopathic Medical School Online Fair January 17, 2019

AACOM, along with our Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, will be hosting another online Medical School Fair on Thursday, January 17th from 9am-9pm ET. In the AACOM Online Booth we have a variety of interesting topics planned throughout the day, see below for schedule. All of our member colleges have exciting activities happening in their booths as well!

9:00 -10:00         Osteopathic Medical Student Panel

10:00 -11:00      Ask AACOM: Questions and Answers about the Application Process to Medical School

11:00-11:30       The Cut Suite Video Presentation (Surgical Simulator) from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine followed by Q and A

11:30-12:00       Financial Aid: Financial literacy is an important part of the equation when considering medical school. Financial aid officers from our schools will be on hand to chat about general financial aid options. In addition, we will share information about AACOM’s Financial Aid Debt Management Modules as a helpful resource to make educated and informed decisions about financing your education.

12:00-12:30pm AACOM’s Office of Gov’t Relations: Learn about federal policies that impact your access to medical education, how to advocate for your future through AACOM’s ED to MED campaign, and other opportunities, such as internships and informational resources

12:30-1:00pm    Ask AACOM: Questions and Answers about the Application Process to Medical School

1:00-3:00pm      Featured Doctor: Come chat with Dr. Stephen Shannon, President & CEO of AACOM; Board Certified in Osteopathic Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine

3:00-4:00pm      Ask the Advisor: Pre Health advisors from the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions will be on hand to answer questions you may have

4:00-5:00pm      OMM Fellows: Learn about Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM) from OMM Fellows at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

5:00-7:00pm      Featured Doctor: Come chat with Dr. Tyler Cymet, Chief of Clinical Education at AACOM; Primary Care Internal Medicine Physician

7:00-9:00pm      Ask AACOM: Questions and Answers about the Application Process to Medical School

2019 AAMC Fee Assistance Program: Increased Benefit

The AAMC Fee Assistance Program provides financial assistance to individuals who, without this aid, would find it very difficult — if not impossible — to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®), apply to medical schools through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), and fulfill other obligations on the path to a career in medicine. The AAMC encourages all eligible aspiring physicians to apply for fee assistance. 

The AAMC is pleased to announce the following improvements to the AAMC Fee Assistance Program:

  • The number of schools that AAMC Fee Assistance Program awardees may designate in the AMCAS application will be increased for benefits awarded in the 2019 program year (begins January 7, 2019).  Awardees will now have all AMCAS fees waived for one application submission including up to 20 medical school designations. This is a total savings of up to $911. As always, additional fees will be charged for each medical school designation beyond the initial award designations. 
  • They have updated and simplified the Fee Assistance Program website to make it easier to find information and navigate the Fee Assistance application process, including updated FAQs.  
  • They have also published a comprehensive and easy-to-follow 2019 Fee Assistance Program Essentials guide which provides instructions on preparing materials and applying. All applicants to the program must certify that they have read the Essentials before applying. 

Applicants who were approved for fee assistance prior to 2019 and have not utilized their AMCAS benefit will remain with the benefit they were approved for. Recipients awarded prior to 2019 received AMCAS fees waived for one application submission including up to 16 medical school designations. 

Please visit their website for the full list of Fee Assistance Program benefits. If you have additional questions, please contact fap@aamc.org or 202-828-0600. 

Save-the-Date: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine Information Session

You are cordially invited to the College of Medicine’s Annual Information Session at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, which will take place on Wednesday, July 18, 2019.

The Program is geared towards juniors, seniors and graduates interested in medical school.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with currently enrolled medical students and to learn more about the curriculum, admissions process, student and campus life.

Interested students may register to attend via the website.

There is no cost to attend this fair.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

How to Train for a Marathon—or the MCAT Exam

Sunny Nakae, MSW, PhD, assistant dean for admissions, recruitment, and student life, and assistant professor of medical education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, likens preparing for the MCAT exam to training for a marathon. Just like a marathon takes training and preparation, you won’t be able to wake up one day and take the MCAT exam. Dr. Nakae highlights four principles to help you tackle the MCAT exam.

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.