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AMCAS 2010 Presented by: Mr. Mike Istwan, Admissions Director, Medical College of Wisconsin and Mrs. Laurie Goll Pre-Health Professions Advisor, Marquette University. AGENDA. About AMCAS Understanding the Medical School Admissions Process The 2010 AMCAS Application

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AMCAS 2010Presented by:Mr. Mike Istwan, Admissions Director, Medical College of WisconsinandMrs. Laurie GollPre-Health Professions Advisor, Marquette University


  • About AMCAS

  • Understanding the Medical School Admissions Process

  • The 2010 AMCAS Application

    • Completing the primary application

    • Submitting the application

    • Monitoring your application’s progress

    • Knowing your responsibilities

    • Application Life Cycle

    • Criminal Background Checks – ongoing Pilot

    • AMCAS Letters Pilot

    • Personal Statement

    • MCAT

  • The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP)


  • A service of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

  • Non-profit, centralized application service

    • Collects applicant information

    • Collects one set of transcripts

    • Verifies academic records

    • Provides standardized grading information to participating schools


Applying is a two-step process

1.Primary Application: AMCAS

2. Secondary Applications: Medical Schools

AMCAS does not screen applications or make admissions decisions

Admissions and application requirements and decision processes vary from school to school


Medical School

Primary Application

AMCAS processes the primary application.

Once this processing is complete, AMCAS sends the primary application to the medical schools selected by the applicant.

At this point, the medical school takes over the application.

Secondary Application


Upon invitation from the medical school:

Submit letters of recommendation – for non participating schools

Submit additional writing samples

Send updated transcripts if necessary

Pay additional application fee if required

Schedule interview date upon invitation from the medical school

Complete online application

Send college transcripts – these stay at AMCAS

Send Letters of Recommendation for Participating Schools

Pay application fee

AMCAS 2010

  • General Information/Getting Ready

    • Know the admissions and application requirements at each school

    • Obtain official copies of your transcripts

      (must do this in person at the Office of the Registrar, Marquette

      Hall 208 because you need to bring a transcript matching form)

    • Finish your personal statement before you apply

      (Visit the Writing Center, Raynor Library 207)

    • Make sure you have access to a computer that meets AMCAS system and browser requirements

    • Application is available on or around May 5, submission begins

      June 2 – apply early!


Application Navigation

Become familiar with the navigation sections of the application:




  • Common Pitfalls

    • Missed application deadlines

    • Delayed processing/missed transcript deadlines

      • Late shipping

      • Incomplete or inaccurate

      • Missing

      • Unofficial

    • Typos and other errors in essay, experiences, etc.

    • Failure to receive and respond to AMCAS notifications

    • Recording your retake of the MCAT incorrectly

    • Enter any and all laboratory coursese sure to enter any and all lab courses, even if you need to enter the course separately.


  • Common Pitfalls

    • Course work errors

      • Missing course work

      • Missing grades / credits

      • Incorrect academic status

      • Incorrect course classifications


  • Early is good. Error-free is better!

    • Emphasize completeness and accuracy over early submission

    • Use print option to check your data as final step before submission

    • Have your payment information ready

    • Ensure successful submission by checking the Main Menu

    • Utilize resources to review your personal statement


Check your AMCAS status – process may take 6 weeks

Monitor progress by frequently checking e-mail and Main Menu:

Knowing your responsibilities

  • Applicant Responsibilities

    In addition to meeting deadlines and accurately completing the AMCAS application, you must:

    • Know the admissions and application requirements at each school

    • Promptly notify AMCAS of change in contact info

    • Review verified course work immediately after AMCAS processing is complete

Criminal Background Checks


AAMC Facilitated Criminal Background Checks are currently run for 41 participating medical schools for 2010:

(you will be notified via email if applying to a CBC school. A list of schools can be found at

  • Conducted on first Acceptance embargoed to January of the application year except for Early Decision Program

  • Subset of alternate list starting in May

F. AMCAS Letters

  • Pilot program for 2009 , now most medical schools are participating.

  • Purpose of service expansion:

    • Enables medical schools to centralize application

      • Reduce scanning/printing in admissions offices

      • Create “single point of entry” for application data & documents

    • Limit change for students and advisors

    • Letters sent to AMCAS but application is complete without letters

AMCAS Schools NOT Participating (20)

AMCAS Letters

Letter Basics

In AMCAS, the student will:

  • Identify the letters AMCAS will receive (up to 10 letters)

    • Letter packet OR Individual letter

    • Institution Information

    • Letter Writer / Contact information

      • Can add additional authors for committee letters / letter packets

  • Identify the medical schools to which each letter should be sent

  • Print letter request form and provide it to the Office of Pre-Professional Studies / Laurie Goll

  • Track receipt of letters by AMCAS

AMCAS Letters

Packet Letters

  • Within the AMCAS Application students should be instructed to:

    • Enter packet only once in the AMCAS application as a letter packet

    • Enter Laurie Goll, Pre-Health Advisor, as the "Primary Author/Contact“ – does not mean that Laurie writes the letter, she is just the contact

    • Enter the authors of the other letters in the packet as "Other Authors" 

      • Optional

      • For schools not participating in the letters pilot, letters will be sent at the student’s request directly to schools with secondary applications. Students should email [email protected] in the Office of Pre-Professional Studies with mailing information.

Letter Basics

  • Applicants can add up to 10 letters

    • 2009 Applicants averaged 2-3 letters per application

  • Applicants can send “targeted” letters

    • Alumnus

    • MD/PhD

  • AMCAS retains letters for one application cycle only

Letter Basics

  • Designating Letters to Medical Schools

    • Select Medical School

    • A pre-populated list of letters entered by the applicant will appear

    • Choose from the list of letters by either selecting all letters or designating them individually

    • Letters DO NOT have to be entered before submission of the application.

      • Once application is submitted with letter information it can NOT be edited/deleted

Letters – not sending

  • Applicants will be able to let AMCAS know if a letter is no longer going to be received so that:

    • Medical Schools will not wait for the delivery of a letter

    • Applicants will stop receiving reminders about a letter they don’t plan to have sent

      • This letter still makes up one of their 10 letter entries

AMCAS Fee Increase

  • $160 Processing Fee includes one medical school

    • $31 each additional school

AAMC Fee Assistance Program

Funded by AAMC - Assists individuals with extreme financial limitations

  • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) poverty level guidelines

  • AAMC Multiplier

    • 300% for 2008 calendar year

  • Reduces MCAT fee from $225 to $85

  • A FAP approval is also good for one free copy of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam.  This is a $30 value provided free to FAP recipients who have used the fee assistance to register for the MCAT exam.

  • Provides 13 free medical school designations for AMCAS


    • Assists individuals with extreme financial limitations

    • Based on federal poverty guidelines

    • Reduces MCAT fee from $210 to $85

    • Provides 13 free medical school designations for AMCAS

    • Funded by AAMC

    • Applicants apply online and receive timely decision


    Contact AMCAS @ (202) 828 0950 or

    [email protected]

    HOURS 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM ET

    Final thoughts…

    • Credit reports

    • Prerequisites

      Additional Resources:

      Email: [email protected]

      AMCAS helpline: 202-828-0950

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