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1 Completing the 2015 AMCAS Application Spring 2014 Oona Ceder, Sirinya Matchacheep, & Ellen Williams Office of Career Services Harvard College 1

2 Before you start AMCAS and med schools use applicant addresses to send notices of updates, changes, deadlines, errors, and the status of your application. Be sure that your SPAM filters do not delete these multiple addressee s. Add aamc.org as a safe domain. Obtain and review copies of your transcripts Check the admissions requirements of med schools to be sure you fill the eligibility requirements for each school. 2

3 Before you start If eligible, apply for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP). To receive benefits of FAP approval, you must wait to receive decision before submitting AMCAS application. Because over 100 med schools utilize criminal background checks, be sure to check the status of prior arrests that you thought were expunged. 3

4 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 4

5 About AMCAS What does AMCAS do? ◦ Provides an online medical school application ◦ Collects one set of official transcripts from all applicants ◦ Verifies academic records and calculates an AMCAS GPA ◦ Distributes application data to participating medical schools ◦ Collects & distributes letters of recommendation ◦ Facilitates criminal background checks for accepted applicants 5

6 How does AMCAS work? Application Submitted Online application completed and submitted to AMCAS Fees paid (or FAP award used) Application Processed All required official transcripts arrive at AMCAS Verification of coursework Calculation of AMCAS GPAs Application Delivered Verified application sent to designated medical schools Letters delivered on a rolling basis MCAT scores automatically received (before or after application is submitted

7 Application Timeline May 1, 2014AMCAS application opens & AMCAS begins accepting transcripts June 3, 2014AMCAS opens for submission of applications; if your transcripts have arrived at AMCAS, your submitted AMCAS enters queue for verification June 27, 2014Initial transmission of application data to medical schools For the 2012 entering class 7

8 Application Fees $160 processing fee which includes one medical school $36 for each additional school Payable online via Visa/MasterCard or Telecheck See MSAR for school secondary fees And our MSAR Data By Med School resourceMSAR Data By Med School 8

9 2015 AMCAS Participation For complete participation listings: Application: Letters: CBC: AMCAS Participation Application143 Schools/Programs All MD granting schools in the United States with the exception of MD programs at Texas public schools AMCAS Letters141 Schools/Programs See Criminal Background Checks 109 Schools/Programs See

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11 AMCAS Registration ◦ Use accurate biographical information during registration: The AMCAS Application 11

12 AAMC Registration Only complete registration if you do not have an AAMC ID number

13 Account Details As of last year, additional information was provided to applicants about the receipt status and date of their letters and official transcripts Pre-2014:Since 2014:

14 AMCAS Main Menu

15 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 15

16 Schools Attended 16

17 Advisor Release select “Yes” 17

18 Advisor Release Advisor Information Release Service: Please give permission for AMCAS to share information with Harvard Premed Advisors by checking YES. (These reports will go to Oona and Sirinya at OCS, NOT your House Tutors) The reports we develop on applications and acceptance to medical school are based on the data we receive from AMCAS. The information will only be used for aggregate statistics and all identifying information is kept strictly confidential. If you encounter problems with your application, we cannot discuss your situation with AMCAS staff unless you check this box. 18

19 Schools Attended List every post secondary institution where you enrolled for at least one course; even if credits were transferred, no credits were earned, or you withdrew. Include colleges at which you took courses while in high school and received college credit. 19

20 Schools Attended Can indicate secondary field under minor 20

21 Official Transcripts (OTs) AMCAS Transcript Request Form should be sent to the Registrar at every school where you enrolled in college level classes If a school has placed a financial hold on your transcripts, AMCAS will not grant an exception under any circumstances. Transcripts must be sent to AMCAS directly from your Registrar’s Office. Transcripts provided by applicants, even if sealed, will NOT be accepted 21

22 Transcripts AMCAS cannot validate foreign transcripts and will not accept them. Applicants must request an exception for transcripts that are not required; failing to do so may result in missed deadlines Missing and unmatchable transcripts are the number one reason for processing delays 22

23 Transcripts 23

24 Institutional Action 24

25 Institutional Action If you answer Yes, you may use the provided space beneath the question to explain; this space is 1325 characters or approximately one-quarter of a page in length. Failure to provide accurate information in answering this question or, if applicable, in completing the form provided by the school, will result in an investigation Applicants who become the subject of an institutional action after certifying and submitting the AMCAS application must inform their designated medical schools that an action has occurred. 25

26 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographical Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 26

27 Biographical Information Legal Residence: applicants who qualify for residency in more than one state may declare only one of those states as their legal residence on the application. Language Proficiency: at least one language and one proficiency required. Asks re use in childhood home. Defines levels from “basic” to “native/functionally native”. Legal Residence: applicants who qualify for residency in more than one state may declare only one of those states as their legal residence on the application. 27

28 Biographical Information Legal Residence: applicants who qualify for residency in more than one state may declare only one of those states as their legal residence on the application. Language Proficiency: at least one language and one proficiency required. Asks re use in childhood home. Defines levels from “basic” to “native/functionally native”. 28

29 Biographical Information Legal Residence: applicants who qualify for residency in more than one state may declare only one of those states as their legal residence on the application. Language Proficiency: at least one language and one proficiency required. Asks re use in childhood home. Defines levels from “basic” to “native/functionally native”. 29

30 Biographical Information Language Proficiency: Indicate languages that you speak. You will be asked to identify your level of proficiency in each of the languages you selected and the use of each language in your childhood home. Guidelines are provided for levels that range from “basic” to “native/functionally native”. 30

31 Childhood Information Socioeconomic Disadvantage Indicator: Derived from parents’ Education and Occupation (EO) – only two lowest SES’s (EO-1 and EO-2) are reported to medical schools Underserved: do you believe that the area in which you grew up was adequately served by health-care professionals? Were there enough physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics, and other health-care providers? State and federal assistance programs: these are defined as "means-tested programs” (such as AFDC, unemployment compensation, GA, food stamps, SSI, Medicaid) where family income, assets must be below certain thresholds After completing this section, you will then be asked if you wish to be considered a disadvantaged applicant by the medical schools. If YES, you will be given an additional 1325 characters to explain. 31

32 Felonies and Misdemeanors 32

33 Felonies and Misdemeanors Applicants need not disclose any instance where applicant: ◦ was arrested but not charged; was arrested and charged, but the charges were dropped; ◦ was arrested and charged, but found not guilty by a judge or jury; ◦ was arrested and found guilty by a judge or jury, but the conviction was overturned on appeal; or ◦ received an executive pardon 33

34 Felonies and Misdemeanors For any post submission convictions, applicants MUST notify their medical schools within 10 days of the offense. Warning: In Virginia and Ohio, speeding conviction = misdemeanor! Must be reported on AMCAS. 34

35 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 35

36 Course Work Summary To assist applicants with completing the Course Work section, the summary screen provides additional information at a glance:

37 Coursework 37

38 Coursework Coursework to be listed: Any course ever attempted at any U.S. or Canadian post-secondary school, even if no credit was earned. Includes all college-level courses taken while in high school. Courses taken at an American college overseas (see AMCAS Instruction Manual for list) 38

39 Coursework Coursework to be listed (cont’d): Courses from which you withdrew. Courses for which you received a grade of "Incomplete" and for which no final grade has been assigned. Courses that have been repeated. Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated. Courses you audited. 39

40 Coursework 40

41 Coursework Year and Term Add courses in chronological order exactly as they appear on the official transcript. For courses taken at Harvard, use the semester system calendar designation. List a full-year course as “Full Year”. Do not divide full-year classes by term. For summer courses, assign the upcoming status (e.g., courses between FR & SO year are listed as SO status). 41

42 Coursework Year and Term (cont’d) Do not assign more than one status to a term. Assign High School (HS) status to college-level courses taken while you were in high school, regardless of the physical location of the college- level course. 42

43 Coursework 43

44 Course Classification 44

45 Course Classification The Science GPA for AMCAS is comprised of courses that are considered Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics only. Note: LS1a=Chemistry; LS1b=Biology If you have a question, such as coding a psychology course as biology, ask yourself if the primary content of the course was biology. If yes, you can code the course as biology. This classification is not based on the department offering the course. Use your best judgment. 45

46 Course Classification To learn more about the BCPM GPA, click on the HELP button at the top of the AMCAS application webpage. Open the "Course work Classification" section under "Course Work." Scroll down to find a list of courses. Any course classification followed by "BCPM" will be included in the BCPM GPA If AMCAS changes a classification, and the applicant disagrees with the change, the applicant can appeal the change via the application's Academic Change request option (available within the AMCAS application). 46

47 Course Classification BCPM subjects as defined by AMCAS: 47

48 Specific Course Information 48

49 Specific Course Information Because Harvard does not indicate credit hour equivalents on the front of the transcript, AMCAS prefers that Harvard applicants leave Credit Hours blank. When AMCAS verifies the application, each half course will be coded as 4 credit hours and each full year course will be coded as 8 credit hours. If you choose to list credit hours, be aware that the 4 and 8 will be taken out in Verification processing and an "X" will be placed in the Verification Mark Column. The “X” only represents a change made in Verification to reflect the view of the official transcript. 49

50 Specific Course Information A half-year course (one semester) is equal to four credits; a full-year course (two semesters) is generally equal to eight credits.* * Note: Half courses (“hf” courses) extending throughout the two terms of the academic year are equal to four credit hours. For older alumni who took Chem 10/15: equivalent to only 4 credits. (It will, however, fulfill the medical school requirement of one full year of general chemistry.) You can write “Accel” to indicate it was an accelerated course. 50

51 Specific Course Information Lab hours are not counted separately. They are included in course credit hours. > Select “combined lecture/lab course” for the question “did this class include a lab section?” 51

52 Special Course Types 52

53 Special Course Types Only necessary for certain courses. Audit: if officially registered, but no credit, then no credit hours or AMCAS grade should be assigned. Pass/Fail: courses are listed on Academic Record, but excluded when computing AMCAS GPA. Harvard’s SAT/UNSAT courses should be listed as such. Honors: Harvard does not have “honors level” courses. 53

54 Advanced Standing Only Official Rules : To claim AP credit, the AP credits must be listed on your transcript. Harvard does not put AP courses on transcript unless you accept Advanced Standing. So, if you list an AP on the Academic Record, and it is not on the transcript, AMCAS cannot verify the AP score. The Harvard College Registrar will NOT verify these AP scores for AMCAS. Do NOT include AP credit unless: 1.You accepted Advanced Standing OR 2.You did not take Math at Harvard and need to show AP Calculus/Statistics credit 54

55 Advanced Placement Scores If a medical school wants verification of the AP score (some California and Texas schools do), then you must request the official AP score to be sent directly from ETS to the medical schools and not to AMCAS. Most secondary applications will allow you to indicate AP scores being used to meet math requirements. Only if granted and accepted Advanced Standing: The total credit hours for the AP courses should be equal to 32 (e.g., 4 AP courses at 8 credit hours each.) 55

56 Study Abroad Courses attempted through a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. or Canadian institution must be entered. Include the foreign institution and the sponsoring U.S. or Canadian institution in Schools Attended. Request a transcript exception for the foreign institutions. Indicate the U.S. or Canadian institution on whose transcript credits will appear. List study abroad coursework under the foreign college at which it was attempted exactly as it appears on the sponsoring U.S. or Canadian’s institution's transcript. Do not enter the coursework twice. If the sponsoring U.S. or Canadian institution provides letter grades and credit hours for each course on their transcript, enter all required course data. QUESTIONS: Please contact AMCAS directly. 56

57 Coursework Summary This is only a warning; you do not need to change anything for Harvard coursework. 57

58 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 58

59 Work/Activities 59

60 Work/Activities The Experience Types have been updated: Pre-2014: NOW:

61 Work/Activities A maximum of 15 experiences may be entered. Enter only significant experiences. You do not need to enter 15! Each experience has space for a 700 character description. Supervisor contact information must be provided. If activity was organized by a student group, list advisor or another administrator who can verify your experience, if possible. You are asked to select up to three experiences as most meaningful to you. Additional space (1325 chars) is provided for each, to explain why you selected these experiences. 61

62 Work/Activities Applicants may indicate repeated activities Applicants can enter up to four separate date ranges Applicants can enter future end dates up to the start of the matriculation year (up to August 2015) Applicants will specify the total hours spent on this activity for each date range Work/Activities entries will be shown in the order they are entered by the applicant within the online application, but are sorted by each medical school’s preference during application review

63 Work/Activities Work & Activities ◦ Enter any work or extracurricular activities, awards, honors or publications you would like to bring to the attention of medical schools ◦ A maximum of 15 experiences may be entered New ◦ Contact or phone is required 63

64 Work/Activities Remember that each experience you list is "up for grabs" if you are invited to interview. You may be asked about anything in your application Experience Type: from the drop-down menu, select experience Type that best describes each experience. You can only select one Type per experience. It is up to the applicant to decide which experience Type best suits each particular experience. Please do not ask your House Tutors or the OCS Premed Advisors how to list experiences. Use your best judgment. 64

65 Work/Activities Repeated Activities: (from year to year) List a repeated activity just once and use the space beneath the activity to show multiple dates, roles you served, or multiple awards you received in that activity. Multiple Roles: If you held multiple positions in one organization, list this as one experience only, and describe your various roles within the description section. Description: Limited to 1325 characters (including spaces) or 1/4 page. Use to provide information or to describe responsibilities. Resume or narrative format. 65

66 Work/Activities Work & Activities ◦ Applicants will be asked to indentify up to three experiences they consider to be the most meaningful ◦ When considering which experiences are the most meaningful applicants will be prompted to consider the transformative nature of the experience, the impact made while engaging in the activity and the personal growth experienced as a result of participation 66

67 Work/Activities Advice from the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Weill Cornell Medical College: Think carefully about which kind of experiences were really meaningful to you -- don't try to fill up space. Don't repeat information in the “description” section already noted in “experience type”, “title” “organization”, etc., sections. If the organization in which you participated is not well known, give a brief description followed by the role you played there, especially if it involved any type of responsibility. 67

68 Work/Activities If you list a publication, make sure it's been accepted for publication and cite it properly. If the paper is just being "prepared for submission" or "submitted," include this fact as part of the research description in the section where you listed the research activity. If listing a research experience that extends through the academic year as well as summer, use the description area to note time invested, e.g., full time during the summer, 10 hrs/week in the fall/spring). 68

69 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 69

70 Letters of Evaluation AMCAS will receive your rec letters directly from your House via VirtualEvals. There are three steps for applicants: 1.Under Letters of Evaluation, you’ll need to “add” a committee letter to let AMCAS know about the letters they are going to receive from your House Office. 2.Send your Letter Request Form ID (7 digits) to your House Office. 3.Complete the Medical Schools section and assign the letters to each participating school. 70

71 Letters of Evaluation select 71

72 Letters of Evaluation Select “committee letter”. All of the letters that come from Harvard are considered a single committee letter. (This includes the House Letter and the individual accompanying letters.) For letter title: “Harvard Committee Letter” For primary contact, use your Resident Dean’s name (or simply “Resident Dean”). Now you’ll be able to access the AMCAS Letter Request Form. Letter ID # to your Resident Dean’s Office. 72

73 Letters of Evaluation 73

74 Letters of Evaluation this to your Resident Dean’s Office 74

75 Letters of Evaluation schools receiving letter listed here 75

76 Letters of Evaluation 76

77 Letters of Evaluation In rare situations, Harvard applicants may wish to add additional individual letters AFTER the House Committee Letter (which includes attached individual letters) has been submitted. In this case, applicants should use the AMCAS Letter Writer Application program. This program allows recommenders to upload individual letters. For more, please see the AMCAS Instruction Manual. Please note that the Houses are not ordinarily involved in uploading additional individual letters to AMCAS after the House Committee Letter has been submitted. House Committee Letters will be sent by mid-August if the applicant has abided by House deadlines. 77

78 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 78

79 Medical Schools Research individual medical schools before designating them in the application. Schools cannot be removed after submission Designate only program types for which you are eligible and for which the deadline has not passed. If you wish to apply to both an MD and MD/PhD program at the same medical school, you must check directly with that medical school regarding the application procedure. 79

80 Medical Schools type of program (e.g. MD vs. MD/PhD) 80

81 Medical Schools 81

82 Medical Schools 82

83 Medical Schools AMCAS does not evaluate state or U.S. residency eligibility or citizenship status. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine eligibility before designating a school. You must indicate if you have ever previously applied to this medical school. Failure to acknowledge previous application activity will result in an investigation. 83

84 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 84

85 Essays Please refer to the OCS webpage on creating your personal statement: ◦ applicationprocess/personalstatement.htm Remember: PROOFREAD! No changes can be made after your application is submitted to AMCAS You cannot run a spell check in the AMCAS application 85

86 Essays 86

87 MD/PhD Essays 87

88 MD/PhD Essays 88

89 Certification Statement Submission Certification: Revised ◦ Statement is now bulleted and requires acceptance to each statement rather than one paragraph. Easier for applicant to read certification statement and highlights importance of statement New ◦ Applicants must certify that all written passages have been written by them. 89

90 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests (info on past and upcoming MCAT tests/test dates) Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 90

91 Standardized Tests Contact MCAT 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.

92 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 92

93 Criminal Background Checks After January 1, accepted/waitlisted applicants to a school that participates in the AAMC CBC service will receive an from Certiphi Screening asking to provide consent to conduct a Criminal Background Check Results will be made available for review prior to their release to medical schools which have accepted the applicants. Applicants have 10 days to review the report and contest the accuracy of the results 93

94 Criminal Background Checks Conducted on first acceptance (or, in some instances, Alternate List) Disclosure/Consent must be certified by all applicants Searches: Social Security Number, County Criminal Records, Statewide Criminal Records, Federal Criminal Records, National Criminal Database, National Sexual Offender Database, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General List of Excluded Individuals/Entities, Dishonorable Discharge from the Armed Forces, International Screening 94

95 Criminal Background Checks The report procured during this process will not be released to any party other than the medical schools requesting this report. On the report, history including infractions and juvenile records will be displayed to the applicant but medical schools vary on the content they can and will view. 95

96 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 96

97 2014 Fee Assistance Program Benefits Reduction of MCAT Registration fee from $275 to $100 Free copy of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam & access code for The Official MCAT Self- Assessment Package® (if award is used to register for MCAT exam) Free access to MSAR Online Waiver of AMCAS application fees for up to 15 medical schools Benefits are only valid for the calendar year in which the award is granted. Apply: Apply for fee assistance before registering for the MCAT or submitting an AMCAS application. Benefits cannot be applied retroactively.

98 Fee Assistance Program AMCAS fee waiver for up to 15 medical school designations (>$500 savings) Benefits are only valid for the calendar year in which the award is granted. If you are re-applying and received FAP, you will need to reapply for FAP Assists applicants who, without financial assistance would be unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools through AMCAS 98

99 Fee Assistance Program Eligibility Criteria ◦ Must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have refugee/asylum status FAP does not distinguish between dependent & independent applicant status Note: Most medical schools waive supplemental application fees for applicants who have been granted fee assistance by the AAMC Must have FAP application approved before can apply benefits to AMCAS application or use for MCAT registration. 99

100 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring Application Status The Verification Process 100

101 Monitoring 101

102 Monitoring Progress AMCAS Application Status ◦ Not Submitted to AMCAS ◦ Submitted to AMCAS – Waiting for Transcripts ◦ Submitted to AMCAS – Ready for Review ◦ Submitted to AMCAS – Under Review ◦ Returned to Applicant ◦ AMCAS Processing is Complete 102

103 Overview About AMCAS The AMCAS Application Schools Attended and Transcripts Biographic Information Courses Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools Essays Standardized Tests Criminal Background Checks Fee Assistance Program Monitoring your Application Status The Verification Process 103

104 Submission & Processing Ideally, submit application and transcripts by mid-June. You should wait for your spring grades before submitting. If waiting to take MCAT later in the summer, you should still submit AMCAS Application by the end of June. You should then indicate under Standardized Tests that you plan to take a future MCAT Emphasize completeness over early submission Errors/typos/missing information can’t be corrected after submission 104

105 AMCAS Verification Once application is submitted and all transcripts received, the application will join the verification queue. From the date of submission, verification can take up to 6 weeks to be completed. Only the GPA calculated and verified by AMCAS will be considered official by the medical schools. You will be able to view the AMCAS Verified GPA when your application status is “Processed by AMCAS.” A=4.0 A-=3.7 B+=3.3 B=3.0 B-=2.7 C+=2.3 C=2.0 C-=1.7 D+=1.3 D=1.0 D-=0.7 F=0 105

106 What is verified for each course? Academic Status Academic Year & Term Grades Hours Course Classification (BCPM vs. All Other) Course Type (Honors, Repeat, AP, etc.) The end result: ◦ Verified AMCAS GPA broken down by science & non-science courses and by academic status ◦ Note that medical schools do not just see your GPA. They receive all of the detailed information that you entered in the coursework section of your application. AMCAS Verification 106

107 AMCAS Verification 107

108 AMCAS Verification Once the application is submitted and all required official transcripts are received, the application will join the verification queue  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  From date of “Ready to Review” application status, 4-6 weeks  Processing updates are provided weekly on Facebook & Twitter to help applicants gauge where they are in the verification queue Application Submitted Application Submitted All Official Transcripts Received All Official Transcripts Received Verification Queue

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

110 AMCAS Verification 2013 Application 2012 Application # of days to complete verification

111 # of business days to complete verification AMCAS Verification 2014 Application Cycle 2013 Application Cycle

112 Verification To address changes to Course Work made by AMCAS during the Verification process, you must submit a change request to AMCAS using the Academic Change Request option, available only after your application has completed the Verification process. Allow at least fifteen working days for AMCAS to review and/or process any change request. 112

113 Post-Submission Changes AMCAS understands that post-submission changes are confusing for applicants: Once an application is submitted, the “Submit Application” button will be grayed-out A new “Update Application” button will appear to aid applicants in making a post-submission change or update

114 Changes After Submission AMCAS states that only the following changes by the applicant are allowed after submission: ◦ Required & alternate IDs ◦ Name (full legal name, preferred name, & alternate names) ◦ Contact information ◦ Date of birth & birth address ◦ Sex ◦ Next MCAT date ◦ Additional medical schools; change of Program types ◦ Release of application information to prehealth advisor ◦ Letters of evaluation 114

115 Changes After Submission If you change any information (ID’s, name, contact information), you must re-certify AND re-submit your application or the medical schools will not get the update. Updated information (grades, activities, awards) after submission to AMCAS, must be sent directly to individual medical schools. AMCAS will not make changes to course work or activities that become available after your application has been processed. 115

116 “Traffic Rules” Medical Schools cannot view the number or names of other schools that an applicant has applied to. Beginning February 10 of the application cycle, med schools will be able to see Multiple Accept Data, meaning that for applicants a school has accepted, other schools where that applicants 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 See the Traffic Rules for Applicants for more infoTraffic Rules for Applicants 116

117 Resources & Information AMCAS Help Line: Office hours 9 am -7 pm ET M-F; 24 hour automated phone line Applicant Website: especially 2015 AMCAS Instruction Manual This presentation will be on the OCS premed website 117


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