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1 The 2013 AMCAS Application For Applicants A Presentation to University of Iowa Pre-Meds Tuesday, April 17, 2012

2 About AMCAS What does AMCAS do? Provides an online medical school application and distributes your application to the medical schools you designate Verifies academic records and calculates an AMCAS GPA Collects & distributes letters of recommendation to the medical schools you designate Facilitates criminal background checks for accepted applicants

3 How does AMCAS work? Application Submitted Online application completed & submitted to AMCAS Fees paid (or FAP award used) Application Processed All required official transcripts arrive at AMCAS Verification of coursework and calculation of AMCAS GPAs Application Delivered Verified application sent to designated medical schools Letters delivered as they are received

4 Application Timeline For the 2013 entering class May 1, 2012_____________ June 5, 2012_____________ June 29, 2012____________ AMCAS application opens & AMCAS begins accepting transcripts Earliest date that applications can be submitted Initial transmission of application data to medical schools

5 Application Timing (Cont.d) Application deadlines are posted on the AMCAS website and within the online application Get your official transcripts sent early (summer). 2013 Processing Fees: The processing fee (includes 1 school) is $160. It’s $34 for each additional school you designate.

6 2013 AMCAS Participation Schools New to AMCAS University of North Dakota University of Missouri, Kansas City Regular MD program starts in January University of Texas, San Antonio MD-PhD only Central Michigan University Tentative Participation (finalized April 1) ApplicationAll eligible AAMC LCME accredited medical schools 141 with the exception of Texas public LCME Regular MD Letters134 Schools/Programs Criminal Background Checks 102 Schools/Programs For complete participation listings, visit: Application: Letters: CBC:

7 Application Timing Apply Early Carver College of Medicine Deadlines Vary Most students will apply in the summer: June, July, August. It can take AMCAS four to six weeks to process your application. The deadline is Nov. 1 st, but you should apply well in advance (summer). Deadlines for other schools generally fall between Oct 1 and Dec. 15


9 The AMCAS Application Identifying Information Schools Attended Biographic Information Course Work Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essay(s) Standardized Tests Changes for the 2013 application have been highlighted with a red box throughout the presentation

10 Accessing the Application

11 AMCAS Main Menu

12 1. Identifying Information

13 2. Schools Attended



16 3. Biographic Information

17 Adjustment of Status (AOS) Applicants are now able to indicate that they are “in process” for receiving U.S. citizenship The options available for Visa Status are:

18 Language Proficiency What languages do you speak?

19 Self Identification This section is optional.

20 Self Identification Additional options are available under each category and become visible after the main category is checked

21 4. Course Work

22 Use a personal copy of your official transcript to complete this section

23 4. Course Work Average # of courses entered: 52 Average # of schools: 2-3

24 5. Work/Activities Maximum of 15 entries Maximum of 3 “Most Meaningful”

25 6. Letters of Evaluation Tip: You can submit your application before your letters are received by AMCAS.

26 6. Letters of Evaluation

27 Applicant’s identifying information The author’s address Used by AMCAS to attach the letter to the application Methods the author can use to send their letter to AMCAS Many medical schools require that recommendations are on official letterhead and bear the signature of the author Letter Request Form Letter ID and Letter Type

28 7. Medical Schools Be sure to select the correct program type and be mindful of program and transcript deadlines

29 8. Essay(s)

30 9. Standardized Tests Contact the MCAT Team | 202-828-0690 Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm ET If you are re-taking the MCAT and don’t indicate your upcoming testing date, medical schools may review your application without waiting for your new score.

31 Certification Statement

32 After Submission Verification Post-submission Changes Criminal Background Checks Multiple Accept Data

33 AMCAS Verification Transcripts Once the application is submitted and all required official transcripts are received, the application will join the verification queue  Use the Official Transcript Request Form  Applicants should consult the AMCAS Instruction Manual and video tutorials to ensure that all coursework is entered accurately, including AP credit and study abroad courses Processing From the date of submission, verification can take up to 6 weeks to be completed Verification consists of:  Line-by-line comparison of each coursework entry to corresponding item on official transcript(s)  Normalization of GPA, including calculation of AMCAS GPAs (Cumulative, BCPM [Biology-Chemistry- Physics-Math], and AO [All Other]) Academic Change Requests

34 AMCAS Verification 2011 Application 2012 Application # of days to complete verification

35 Post-submission Changes Only these items can be updated or changed in the application after it has been submitted:  Required and Alternate IDs  Name, including Full Legal Name, Preferred Name, and Alternate Names  Contact Information, including Permanent and Preferred Mailing Addresses  Alternate Contact Information  Date of Birth, Birth Address, and Sex  Letters of Evaluation (only additions of up to 10 total letter entries and notifying AMCAS of a letter no longer being sent)  Next MCAT testing date  Add Medical Schools and change existing Program Types (deadlines, fees, and restrictions apply)  Release application information to school-designated pre-health advisor

36 Multiple Accept Data Medical schools cannot view the number or names of other schools that an applicant has applied to Beginning February 10 of the application cycle, schools will be able to see Multiple Accept Data, meaning that for applicants a school has accepted, other schools where that applicant is also currently holding an acceptance will be visible Beginning April 1 of the application cycle, medical schools have access to the National Acceptance Report, which lists all applicants with a current Acceptance or Matriculated action See the Traffic Rules for Admission Officers for more infoTraffic Rules for Admission Officers

37 Criminal Background Checks Participating medical schools have Criminal Background Checks on their accepted or waitlisted applicants facilitated by the AAMC Applicants will receive an e-mail notification from our vendor, Certiphi Screening, Inc.,initiating the background check Applicants will also have 10 calendar days to review their report for irregularities, after that time it will automatically be sent to the medical school(s) There is no additional charge for this service

38 2012 Fee Assistance Program Assists applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools through AMCAS Reduction of MCAT Registration fee from $240 to $85 Free copy of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam & Complimentary access to MSAR Online Waiver of AMCAS application fees for up to 14 medical schools Benefits cannot be applied retroactively-- apply for fee assistance in advance of registering for the MCAT or submitting an AMCAS application How to Apply Visit Benefits are valid only for the calendar year in which the award is granted. Benefits

39 AMCAS Resources

40 More Resources for Applying AMCAS Applicants: 202-828-0600 Fee Assistance Program 202-828-0600 MCAT 202-828-0690 MSAR Best wishes for your application to medical school!

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