You may be unaware, but there are a set of principles in place to help students, advisors, and medical school admissions staff ensure fairness and professionalism throughout the medical school process. Understanding the Application and Acceptance Protocols are important as you apply to medical school.
The AAMC Fee Assistance Program has updated its resources and benefits for the 2019 calendar year. The program is designed to assist those who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) or apply to medical school through the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®).
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
- Carle Illinois College of Medicine
- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
- Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
- Creighton University School of Medicine
- Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
- Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
- Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
- Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
- Saint Louis University School of Medicine
- The University of Toledo College of Medicine
- University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences
- The Pritzker School of Medicine
- University of Illinois College of Medicine
- University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
- University of Michigan Medical School
- University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
- Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
- Wayne State University School of Medicine
- Western Michigan University – Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Northeast Region (includes Canada)
- Albany Medical College
- Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
- Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University
- Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth – New in 2019
- George Washington University SOM and Health Sciences
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
- Howard University College of Medicine
- Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
- Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
- Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont – New in 2019
- Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
- State University of New York Upstate Medical University
- Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
- University of Maryland School of Medicine – New in 2019
- University of Massachusetts Medical School
- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
- University of Toronto School of Medicine
Southern Region (includes Puerto Rico)
- Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Florida Atlantic University – New in 2019
- Eastern Virginia Medical School – New in 2019
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Florida International University – Herbert Wertheim
- McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
- Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
- Morehouse School of Medicine
- Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine – New in 2019
- San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
- TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine – New in 2019
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
- Tulane University School of Medicine
- Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine – New in 2019
- University of Arizona – Tucson
- University of Alabama School of Medicine- New in 2019
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
- University of Florida College of Medicine – New in 2019
- University of Virginia School of Medicine
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
- UT Health San Antonio, South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (STX-MSTP) – New in 2019
- The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
- Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
- West Virginia University School of Medicine
- California Northstate University College of Medicine
- Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
- Stanford University School of Medicine
- University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix
- University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson
- 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
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.
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
There are many ways to gain experience when you are preparing for medical school, whether over the summer or during the year. One program to consider is the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). Learn more about this program from two students who recently completed it and what they learned.
Medical school admissions committees look at many different factors when evaluating your readiness for success in their programs, specifically, a set of core competencies. Learn more service orientation, and how current medical students demonstrated this competency in their application.
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.
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.