Category Archives: Medical

*Key Dates* for 2017 Applicants to Allopathic (MD) and Osteopathic (DO) Medical Schools

**The EARLY submission of complete and comprehensive centralized applications is strongly encouraged.**

 Key Dates for AMCAS (MD)

American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Opens for MD Applicants – May 2, 2017

Submission of applications allowed – June 1, 2017

First batch of processed and verified applications transmitted to MD Schools – June 30, 2017

Additional information can be found at in the month of April.


Key AACOMAS Dates/DO Applicant Information

American Association of Schools of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) Opens for Completion and Submission – May 4, 2017

First batch of processed and verified applications transmitted to DO Schools – June 15, 2017

 Academic Update (Coursework) Periods:

    • Sept 1, 2017 – Oct 13, 2017
    • Dec 14, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
    • Mar 15, 2018 – Apr 13, 2018

More information about Academic Update is included below.

Updates for the 2017-2018 AACOMAS Cycle

  • Repeat Coursework Policy Change
    Effective May 1, 2017, AACOMAS will include all course attempts in the GPA calculation. This change applies to students matriculating into the 2018-2019 academic year. In the event of multiple attempts of the same course, AACOMAS will no longer drop initial course attempts from the GPA calculation. Osteopathic medical schools may continue recalculating and weighing applicant GPAs per their established admissions practices. The scope of this policy change is limited to the AACOMAS verified GPA calculation. For additional information, see the full notice.

 College Information Resources

  • AACOM plans to create online content about each US college of osteopathic medicine available on the AACOM website by the end of April. More CIB content will also be digitally loaded onto the website. As in previous cycles, all paid members of NAAHP will receive a complimentary copy of the 2018 Osteopathic Medical College Information Book (CIB) in the mail by the end of May. The 2017 CIB is available online at

 Tips for Applying

  • Apply Early (but don’t rush!)
    While AACOMAS opens for submissions on May 4, colleges do not begin receiving and reviewing files until June 15. While applying early (by August 1) increases an applicant’s chances of obtaining an interview at a college of osteopathic medicine, students are still encouraged take their time in carefully completing their application.
  • Fee Waivers
    A limited number of AACOMAS fee waivers are available at the start of each cycle. AACOM plans to allocate additional funds for fee waivers this cycle, but traditionally, funds are exhausted by July. Once approved for a fee waiver, applicants must submit their application within 14 days (including holidays and weekends). For these reasons, advisors should encourage applicants to carefully review all fee waiver instructions and adjust their application timeline accordingly.
  • FAQ: Missing Official MCAT Scores
    Questions about missing official MCAT scores are one of the most frequent reasons for contacting AACOMAS customer service. Submitting official MCAT scores to AACOMAS is a 2-step process:

    1. Applicants must accurately self-report their name, date of birth, and AAMC ID (distributed upon taking the MCAT exam) in the AACOMAS application.
    2. Applicants must visit the MCAT Score Reporting System website and electronically release official scores to AACOMAS.
  • Academic Update (Coursework) Periods
    Academic Update enables applicants to enter newly completed or planned courses in their application after it has been submitted and verified. Failing to submit updated coursework 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 above.

 Contacting Customer Service

  • Applicant Customer Service
    Questions about the AACOMAS application or the Evaluator Portal (letters/references) should be directed to or (617) 612-2889 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm ET.

Spirituality in Health Care Dinner and Presentation

You’re invited to a potluck dinnerand presentation on
“Spirituality in Health Care”
Friday April 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Here are some questions that this talk and discussion will be addressing:
What does medical research say about the link between spirituality and health?
Why should we ask patients about their faith? Isn’t that unethical?
When is it ok to pray with patients and how do we do it?
How can we assist patients in improving their health and well-being by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs?
Whatever other questions you may have regarding this topic

David Holmes, MD, Clinical Assoc. Professor, UB Dept. of Family Medicine

Dr. Holmes is a family physician who sees patients at ECMC Family Health Center and the UB|MD Addiction Medicine Clinic. He teaches at UB and directs a course titled “Faith, Medicine and End of Life Care”. He also directs the global health education program where UB medical students and residents provide medical care in developing countries. His research activities focus on spirituality and addictions. He is the volunteer Medical Director for Good Neighbors Health Care and the Cornerstone Manor clinic. His UB faculty profile is at:

Good Neighbors Health Care 175 Jefferson Ave. Buffalo, NY 14210
(there’s plenty of off-street parking) Tel: 716-856-2400

Those who are interested, can get a tour of Good Neighbors and the Harvest House Ministry Center and learn more about the great things that take place in this building. Good Neighbors provides free healthcare for the uninsured and underinsured. The free services include primary care, psychiatry, dental care, optometry (with free glasses), chiropractic care, mental health counseling, social work and spiritual care. All services are free and are provided by volunteers. Good Neighbors is open Monday evenings, Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. For more info about these services check out:

Please contact Chris Sullivan, Director of CMDA of WNY


Come and enjoy! All are welcome regardless of beliefs, field of study or occupation.
Your family and friends are also invited.

Please note that students are not required to bring any food for the potluck, but please be sure to RSVP.

UB Mini Medical School for April 2017

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

UB Mini Medical School
Sponsored in part by UBMD

Trends in Medicine – Our Healthcare Future
Presented by the UB Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Covering genomics, telemedicine, electronic medical records and more.

Tuesday, April 4 • 6-8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 11 ​6-8 p.m.

150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium)
UB South Campus

UB’s Mini Medical School series is a public service offered to those
ages 16 and older. Anyone interested in learning about the latest advancements in medicine and healthcare is encouraged to attend.

Cost is $5 per session or free for students with a valid ID. Parking is
available in the Sherman Road lot, directly off Bailey Avenue next
to Farber Hall.

To register, click here.

For more information about the series, please visit
the Mini Medical School website.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Britton at or 716-829-2773.

Webinar: UQ Ochsner Meet the Students

Live with a MedEdPath Admissions Advisor and current UQ Ochsner students:

Tuesday, February 21
7:00 PM (EST), 6:00 PM (CST), 4:00 PM (PST)


2018 application information is available at

For complete information about the UQ Ochsner program, upcoming events and admissions requirements, please visit or contact The UQ School of Medicine’s US representatives at MedEdPath:

Whitney Bennett, MA
Director, Enrollment Management
Cell: 646.476.0616

Thea Volpe, Ph.D.
Vice President, Enrollment Management
Cell: 646.648.0213

Next Ochsner Clinical School Open House – New Orleans – March 25, 2017
For more info:

Mededpath | 77 Water Street | 8th Floor | New York, NY 10005 |

Mentoring in Medicine (MIM)

MIM seeks to:  to inspire and equip disadvantaged and low-income students to become health care professionals through academic enrichment, leadership development, civic engagement and mentoring programs. To engage, educate and empower students – from elementary to professional school – by providing resources, support and guidance to help them reach their true potential. To help meet the nation’s healthcare and science needs by diversifying the biomedical workplace.

 The MIM Program recently announced that they have a limited number of scholarships available for their Emergency Department – Clinical Exposure, Research and Mentoring Program.  Please go to for more information. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply soon.

Ruth D. Caraballo

National Program Manager

Mentoring in Medicine

“Inspiring, Educating & Training the Next Generation of Health & Science Leaders”



#SciencePathfinders #DrH

Preparing for Medical and Dental School

The UB Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and CSTEP are co-sponsoring “Preparing for Medical & Dental School” on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 9:00am – 3:00pm in the UB Jacobs School of Medicine – 150 Farber Hall (Butler Auditorium). This event is FREE and open to all students.

Why should you attend:

  • If you are thinking about or interested in a career in medicine
  • To learn important information about the medical school application process, the interview process and medical student life from current UB medical school students, local physicians, admissions staff and medical faculty.
  • To hear from Kaplan regarding the MCAT
  • Experience hands-on lab activities

This is a great chance for students interested in applying for medical school to meet and speak directly with current physicians, medical students, faculty, admissions staff, see labs within UB’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, and complete hands-activities.

Please register at or at this LINK by Monday, February 27th.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Unite For Sight Opportunities

Global Impact Corps: Global Health Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Join Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps for a hands-on, immersive and unique global health experience. A transformative volunteer abroad experience for students and professionals, Unite For Sight is renowned as the highest quality global health immersion and volunteer abroad program worldwide. Unite For Sight prides itself on offering the best global health experience for our volunteers, coupled with the highest quality healthcare delivery programs with our local doctor partners.

Locations of Year-Round Health Care Delivery: Ghana, Honduras, and India
(volunteer for 7 days, 15 days, 20 days, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 10 weeks, or more)

What do Global Impact Fellows do? Unite For Sight’s Global Impact Corps Program is an immersive global health experience for students and professionals who are interested in public health, international development, medicine, or social entrepreneurship. Fellows participate with and learn from Unite For Sight’s talented local partner doctors who have provided care to 2.2 million patients living in poverty, including more than 95,000 sight-restoring surgeries. Fellows assist with patient education, visual acuity testing, patient intake, distributing the glasses and medication prescribed by the local doctors, and other important support tasks.  They also have the opportunity to observe the surgeries provided by the local doctors.  Additionally, fellows may participate in the Global Impact Lab, an optional program for those interested in pursuing research. For example, we currently have fellows pursuing research studies about medication management, traditional medicine practices, and patient barriers to eye care.

Unite For Sight is the only organization in the world that:

  • is a healthcare delivery organization that also offers immersive global health education opportunities for students and professionals;
  • uses 100% of all donations and funds submitted to directly provide care for patients who are otherwise unable to access or afford care;
  • directly teaches the importance of supporting and assisting local professionals in their own social ventures to eliminate disparities in their communities and countries;
  • offers an opportunity to learn from local medical professionals about effective strategies to reach the hardest-to-reach patients in villages, slums, and refugee camps;
  • develops comprehensive training materials in cultural competency, ethics, and global health best practices to prepare its volunteers for a high-impact immersive experience.

Complete details are available online at

AAMC Medical School Virtual Fair – Registration Now Open

The 2nd Annual AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair is taking place February 16, 2017 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST! The virtual fair is an opportunity for medical schools, advisors and potential applicants to interact with one another in a secure platform from a computer, tablet or mobile device.

In addition to the 48 medical schools (listed below) from the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada participating, the AAMC and the National Association of Advisors to the Health Professions (NAAHP) will also have booths!

You can register for free:

Fair participants will be able to:

  • Connect a LinkedIn profile to their fair profile
  • Upload resumes/CVs
  • Upload a profile photo
  • Save resources and videos from booths to their own personal “briefcase”
  • Link to each school’s MSAR profile from each school’s booth
  • Use a promo code for a discount on MSAR subscription and the Official Guide to Medical School Admissions so they can prep before the fair (code available after completed registration).

In 2016, nearly 12,000 people registered and over 6,000 attended the fair.

Participating Medical Schools by Geographic Region

Central Region
·         Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
·         Rush Medical College
·         University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
·         University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
·         Creighton University School of Medicine
·         University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
·         Wayne State University School of Medicine
·         University of Minnesota Medical School
·         Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
·         Saint Louis University School of Medicine
·         The University of Toledo College of Medicine
·         Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
·         Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
·         Medical College of Wisconsin
·         Mayo Clinic School of Medicine
·         University of Michigan Medical School
·         Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Northeast Region


·         Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
·         SUNY Downstate Medical Center
·         Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
·         Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
·         SUNY Upstate Medical University
·         Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine
·         Drexel University College of Medicine
·         Georgetown University School of Medicine
·         University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
·         West Virginia University School of Medicine
·         University of Massachusetts Medical School
·         Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University
·         F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine – America’s Medical School
·         The Commonwealth Medical College
Southern Region & Puerto Rico


·         University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
·         Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
·         Morehouse School of Medicine
·         San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
·         FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
·         University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
·         University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio
·         McGovern Medical School
·         Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
·         Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
·         University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
·         Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Western Region


·         Stanford University School of Medicine
·         The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
·         University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
·         University of Utah School of Medicine


·         University of Toronto




·         Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
·         National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) Webinar

Are you a college freshman or sophomore seeking a summer career-enrichment opportunity within the health professions?  Register today to join the upcoming Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) webinar and get an in-depth look into all the program has to offer.  The webinar will occur Thursday, January 26, 2017 @ 5 PM EST. Register today for the SHPEP webinar to learn the first-hand experience of past SHPEP scholars who successfully completed the 6-week summer career-enrichment experience! Webinar panelists will include SHPEP alumni and ambassadors who will discuss the academic possibilities they obtained, thanks to their educational experience at the SHPEP. The University of Iowa will also offer great tips and insight to potential applicants eager to apply.

Formerly SMDEP (Summer Medical and Dental Education Program), the program expanded in 2016 to include a broader range of health professions beyond medicine and dentistry to include pharmacy, nursing, optometry, public health, physical therapy and physician assistant.  Participation in the summer enrichment program may better position students for acceptance into advanced degree programs.  Students should visit to learn more and apply to the SHPEP today.  The application deadline is March 1, 2017.