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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!

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!

Start Early to Be Successful in Med School Admissions

Preparing for and applying to med school is complicated and can be overwhelming, so beyond starting early, we recommend working with an experienced and knowledgeable advisor to set yourself up for success. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the ways that a long lead time—and expert guidance—can boost your medical school application outcomes.

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 I: Background Factors

In Part I of this two-part blog series, we discuss background factors that impact med school admissions outcomes. Learn how your academic factors of GPA and MCAT; and experiential factors of clinical experience, shadowing, research, and non-clinical activities all determine the competitiveness of your med school candidacy.

Taking a Gap Year Before Medical School

Taking one or more years off after college before applying to med school will give you time to gain experience that will strengthen your application. Read on to learn all the benefits that a gap year or two can offer.

MCAT Part III: The Impact on Your Med School Application Timetable

The third installment of a three part series on all you've ever wanted to know about the MCAT! Read Part 3 to learn more about the ideal timeline for taking the MCAT and factors to consider in deciding whether to retake the test.

MCAT Part II: Test Preparation

The second installment of a three part series on all you've ever wanted to know about the MCAT! Read Part 2 to learn more about how to register and prepare for the MCAT.

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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