Category Archives: Medical

Taking the MCAT this summer? There’s time to apply to UQ Ochsner

With many students taking the MCAT this summer, I wanted to let you know that applications are still open for The University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine Ochsner Clinical School entering class of 2020, beginning in February 2020.

UQ Ochsner Clinical School will be conducting interviews in New Orleans and via video conference through late September 2019, so potential applicants taking the MCAT in June or July are encouraged to submit their application and transcripts now. Interview spaces are limited.  

Minimum requirements to apply:

  • MCAT score of 504 taken since January 2017
  • B average, cumulative Bachelor’s Degree (or higher), awarded 2010 or later
  • US citizenship or permanent residency

Application Information

As always, I encourage you to contact me directly with any questions that you may have about the program.

Warm Regards,

Whitney Bennett
Vice President, Enrollment Management

AACOM Launches New Search Tool for Osteopathic Medical Colleges

We are excited to announce that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has launched the Choose DO Explorer, the Association’s first online search tool created to help prospective medical students more readily find information about admission to osteopathic medical colleges.

The Explorer provides information on school locations, dual degree options, institutional campus settings, mean overall GPA and MCAT scores for enrolled students, and application deadlines, among other relevant college details. 

With 25 percent of all U.S. medical students now attending a college of osteopathic medicine, the field has become one of the fastest growing health professions in the nation. As part of the Choose DO initiative, the Explorer reflects AACOM’s commitment to promoting osteopathic medical education as a preferred pathway for future physicians and looks to increase the number of qualified physicians available to meet U.S. health care needs.

Enhancements and added searchable criteria will be made to the Explorer in the future.

2020 AACOMAS Cycle Opening Information

AACOM is pleased to share that the 2020 AACOMAS application cycle will open for submissions on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Medical Schools will begin to receive applicant data from AACOMAS on Friday, June 14, 2019. The initial application fee remains flat at $195 for the primary application and one college designation and $45 for each additional college designation.

All students seeking to explore osteopathic medicine should look at the resources at 2019-2020 Application Deadlines by college can be found here:

Applicants are encouraged to explore the 35 colleges of osteopathic medicine and their pages in the Student Guide to Osteopathic Medical Colleges.

Key Updates to the 2019-2020 AACOMAS Application cycle:

  • The Personal Statement Character length has increased from 4,500 characters to 5,300 characters.
  • We have one new college designation: California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In the coming months, AACOM is thrilled to be launching an online search database as a companion to the Student Guide to Osteopathic Medical Colleges. This database will allow prospective applicants to view and compare colleges of osteopathic medicine through key data points, such as location, campus setting, dual degrees and more. We will update you as soon as this resource is made available.

2020 AMCAS Cycle Opening Information

The 2020 AMCAS application cycle will be opening on Wednesday, May 1. Applicants will be able to submit their applications beginning Thursday, May 30. Finally, AMCAS will start transmitting applicant data to medical schools on Friday, June 28. Applicants can now prepare for this year’s cycle by reviewing the 2020 AMCAS Applicant Guide and Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines. Furthermore, the AMCAS web content will reflect 2020 cycle information by Monday, April 22.

2019 MSAR Now Available!

The 2019 edition of the Medical School Admission Requirements for the United States and Canada™ (MSAR ®) website ( has been released with updated dates and deadlines for the 2020 matriculating class! Students with a current subscription will automatically receive the updates.

In this edition, you’ll find new data and enhanced features including:

  • Letter of Evaluation Preference which includes space to indicate which letter types are preferred, accepted, and not accepted by each medical school
  • Applications Accepted where schools clarify their policies for accepting out-of-state and international students and explain additional admissions policies and procedures
  • Application Timeline a section created at the request of GSA Committee on Admissions so that schools can include details about their application protocols and dates
  • Expanded Canadian data provided to us from the AFMC
  • Expanded Data with most charts displaying three years of data so users can toggle between all three years or compare them side by side.
  • An updated favorites list that includes an option to indicate if students are “considering” or “applying” as well as the reason why, and
  • The ability for subscribers to enter their overall GPA and total MCAT score and view their on each school’s charts

Three new LCME-preliminarily accredited medical schools have  also been added:

  • Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
  • NYU Long Island School of Medicine
  • TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine