As we approach June, there’s only one thing on a young premed’s mind. No, I am not talking about vacationing in the Bahamas with friends (although that’s an appropriate guess). It’s med school application season friends. As I have mentioned in my previous posts my path towards medicine was not “typical”. I took 2 years off, working and completing a post-bachelorette program before applying. One of the more common questions among pre-medical students is “should I take time off before applying?” I think that’s a personal decision and varies from student to student. Some take time off because they need a break from school. Others need to boost their GPA or MCAT score. Some travel, do research, or volunteer. Whatever the case may be taking some time to get your bearings or vacation in the Bahamas is not entirely a bad idea. With that said, that does not mean those who apply straight to medical school aren’t just as successful. One of the best pieces of advice I received when I was applying, was to apply when I felt “ready.”
So how does the application process work when you are ready to apply? There are two “Central” application centers” AMCAS for the allopathic schools and AACOMAS for the osteopathic schools. You must submit your applications through them first with a few exceptions. These websites open a month before the applications are sent to schools. And I should inform you all, the earlier you apply the better, because medical school admissions accept on a ROLLING bases. Once you click submit and pay an application fee all the schools on your list will receive your primary application that has your grades, MCAT scores, activities, etc. Within a few months or hours your will receive a secondary application depending on the institution. Some schools send a secondary application to every applicant, others send it to those who “qualify”, each school has its own criteria. You will then fill out this secondary application which consists of essay questions to get a better sense of who you are and why you want to apply to their program. Other schools just require another fee as their “secondary application.” Once you have submitted those secondaries, schools will contact you for an interview. You can choose to go to as many or as little interviews as you want, even after you have been accepted! It’s a long and challenging road towards medicine but I have no doubt in my mind that if your heart and soul belongs in this profession you will find a way to accomplish your dream. Don’t forget you have a lot of support such as your premedical advisors and students that been through the application cycle. You can also message me on IG: @kimiaandmedicine if you have any specific questions that I might be able to help you with. I wish you all the best of luck this application cycle!