Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

Announcing the 2020 ADEA AADSAS Application Dates

Mark May 14, 2019 on your calendar!

The 2020 ADEA AADSAS® (American Dental Education Association Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application “soft launch” is on May 14. The soft launch allows you three weeks to work on and refine your application information. You may submit your application starting on June 4.

Why is it important to get a jump start on your application in May?

  1. You’ll be ready to apply early! Three extra weeks to collect materials and polish your answers allows you to be one of the first to submit in June.
  2. Your Fee Assistance Program (FAP) application can also be submitted for review starting May 14! Decisions will be released starting June 4.
  3. Be an early contender for the first interview spots. Dental schools review applications on a rolling basis—so position your application for a prime review spot!

Make your application stand out by taking advantage of this opportunity.

As you prepare for May 14, be sure to check out ADEA GoDental for helpful information, resources and other important dates. View the Events Calendar for information about upcoming webinars and events to help prepare. The updated 2020 ADEA AADSAS application instructions are now available.

Questions? Contact ADEA AADSAS Customer Service at aadsasinfo@aadsasweb.org or 617-612-2045.

Registration Open for February 21, 2019 AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair!

We hope you will join us for the 4th annual AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair, Thursday, February 21 from 11:00am – 8:00pm ET. More than 70 U.S. (including Puerto Rico) and Canadian medical schools will be in attendance (listed below)!

Registration is FREE.

At this year’s fair you’ll be able to:

  • Chat with reps from each school
  • Save resources and information from schools into your own personal “briefcase”
  • Access documents, links, and videos from schools, and chat with representatives from the AAMC, the NAAHP, the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP), and the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
  • Receive a discount code (after registering) on an MSAR subscription
  • Attend live presentations with Q&A (or access the recordings on demand), covering
    • Preparing for the MCAT® Exam
    • Medical students sharing how to demonstrate Core Competencies for entering medical students
    • Learning how to pay for medical school
    • Tips and advice from admissions officers on applying, interviewing and professionalism

Current List of 2019 Virtual Medical School Fair Exhibitors

Central Region

  1. Carle Illinois College of Medicine
  2. Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  3. Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
  4. Creighton University School of Medicine
  5. Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
  6. Medical College of Wisconsin
  7. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
  8. Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
  9. Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
  10. Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
  11. Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  12. The University of Toledo College of Medicine
  13. University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences 
  14. The Pritzker School of Medicine
  15. University of Illinois College of Medicine
  16. University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
  17. University of Michigan Medical School
  18. University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
  19. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  20. Wayne State University School of Medicine
  21. Western Michigan University – Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Northeast Region (includes Canada)

  1. Albany Medical College
  2. Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
  3. Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
  4. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  5. Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth – New in 2019
  6. George Washington University SOM and Health Sciences
  7. Georgetown University School of Medicine
  8. Howard University College of Medicine
  9. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  10. Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  11. Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont – New in 2019
  12. Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  13. State University of New York Upstate Medical University
  14. Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
  15. University of Maryland School of Medicine – New in 2019
  16. University of Massachusetts Medical School
  17. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
  18. University of Toronto School of Medicine

Southern Region (includes Puerto Rico)

  1. Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University – New in 2019
  2. Eastern Virginia Medical School – New in 2019
  3. Emory University School of Medicine
  4. Florida International University – Herbert Wertheim
  5. McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  6. Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
  7. Morehouse School of Medicine
  8. Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine – New in 2019
  9. San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
  10. TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine – New in 2019
  11. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
  12. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
  13. Tulane University School of Medicine
  14. Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine – New in 2019 
  15. University of Arizona – Tucson
  16. University of Alabama School of Medicine- New in 2019 
  17. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  18. University of Florida College of Medicine – New in  2019
  19. University of Virginia School of Medicine
  20. University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 
  21. Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
  22. UT Health San Antonio, South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (STX-MSTP) – New in 2019
  23. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
  24. University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
  25. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  26. West Virginia University School of Medicine

Western Region

  1. California Northstate University College of Medicine
  2. Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
  3. Stanford University School of Medicine
  4. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
  5. University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
  6. University of Utah School of Medicine

Associations, Application Services and Summer Programs

  • AAMC – Association of American Medical Colleges
  • NAAHP – National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions
  • SHPEP – Summer Health Professions Education Program
  • TMDSAS ­– Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service – New in 2019

Registration Date Announced for July-September 2019 MCAT Exam Dates

Please be advised that registration for July-September 2019 MCAT dates will open on February 6, 2019. To assist students in securing a test center and location faster once scheduling becomes available, we encourage them to log into the MCAT Registration System and fill out biographical, background, and consent information in advance.

It is important to note that the MCAT Registration System will be unavailable after 11:59 pm ET on Monday, February 4, as we make final preparations. The system will not come back online until the full calendar is made available on February 6.

Please follow @AAMC_MCAT on Twitter for updates and announcements.

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 e-mail fap@aamc.org or call 202-828-0600. 

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.