AMCAS Application

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 Schools’ Varied Update Letter Policies

Find out everything you need to know about whether or not to send a medical school update letter, if allowed by the med school, including the timing, content, length, number, and how the letter should be delivered!

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 Interviews: AAMC PREview™

This is part 2 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. A smaller but growing number of medical schools require or recommend the AAMC PREview™ Professional Readiness Exam, formerly known as the AAMC Situational Judgment Test. Find out how to prepare for the AAMC PREview™ and learn more about the structure, timing, and scoring.

Medical School Interviews: Traditional

This is part 3 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Learn more about the structure, content, timing, and how to prepare for traditional interviews, which can take place one-on-one or with a panel of interviewers.

Medical School Interviews: Samples of Selected Med Schools’ Interview Requirements

This is part 5 of our 5-part series on medical school interviews. Medical schools vary in terms of whether they require Altus, AAMC PREview™, a traditional interview, and/or multiple mini interviews (MMI). In this post, we detail the interview requirements of six top medical schools, to show you how varied the interview experience can be.

Medical School Application Plans

Which medical school application plan suits your needs and schedule? There are three different options, each with its own timetable: Regular Admissions, Early Decision Programs (EDP), and Early Assurance Programs (EAP). In this post, we’ll walk you through the differences between these three plans, and the requirements for each.

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!

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