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Med School Activity Essays for Different Application Platforms

Find out the different requirements for the Activity Essays for each of the three med school application platforms (AMCAS, AACOMAS, & TMDSAS), including the number of activities you can describe, the length of each description, and the categories you can choose from. Read our tips for crafting excellent Activity Essays, which include both science-related extracurriculars and additional activities that provide opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and community service.

Med School Personal Statements for Different Application Platforms

Set yourself apart from other med school applicants through a compelling, well-written Personal Statement that captures your journey to a career in medicine. Whether you are applying through AMCAS, AACOMAS, and/or TMDSAS, we outline each platform's expectations for the Personal Statement, and share our tips for crafting a unique essay.

Medical School Interviews: Overview

In this overview, we’ll walk you through the various kinds of interviews you may be asked to complete as you proceed through the medical school application process. Find out the purpose of each type of interview, as well as typical timing and recommended preparation.

Medical School Application Platforms and Their Essays

The three US-based medical school application platforms are AMCAS, which is for MD (allopathic) programs; AACOMAS, which is for DO (osteopathic) programs; and TMDSAS, which is Texas’s own, special system for (mostly public) MD and DO programs. Each platform has different deadlines and essay requirements, so keeping track of which you’re applying through is key!

Applying to Med School: The Importance of Secondary Applications

The purpose of secondary med school (or supplemental) applications is to further differentiate between candidates, and to determine whether you’d be a good fit for that particular program. Read our tips for preparing and crafting high-quality secondary essays for successful medical school admissions!

Applying to Med School: Make Your Personal Statement Count

Medical school admissions committees are sifting through record-high numbers of applications each cycle. Set yourself apart by reading our tips for crafting a compelling and well-written Personal Statement.

APPLY!! Deadlines for Medical School Applications

See the final deadlines and dates for the 2022-23 medical program application cycle. Medical school applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. From planning your college curriculum to completing the applications themselves, the earlier you begin the process, the better!

The Value of a DO Degree in Osteopathic Medicine

Find out more about the DO (Doctor of Osteopathic) degree offered by osteopathic medical schools and if this path could be right for you. Examine the differences and similarities between the MD (Doctor of Medicine) program offered by traditional allopathic medical schools and DO programs.

Evaluate Your Candidacy for Medical School Part II: Application Factors

In Part II of this two-part blog series, we discuss application factors that impact med school admissions outcomes. Learn how your medical school list, essays, recommendations, and interviews, as well as the timing of your submission, all determine the competitiveness of your med school candidacy.

MCAT Part I: The Structure and Scoring of the Test

The first installment of a three part series on all you've ever wanted to know about the MCAT! Read Part 1 to learn more about the structure and scoring of the MCAT.

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