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2012 Medical School application Workshop. Timeline MCAT Choosing Schools Letters of Recommendation HPAC application AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS HPAC Interview Confirming your letters have been sent Secondary applications Interviews at the schools Accept/deny/hold. 1: Register for the mcat.

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2012 medical school application workshop
2012Medical School application Workshop
  • Timeline
  • MCAT
  • Choosing Schools
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • HPAC application
  • HPAC Interview
  • Confirming your letters have been sent
  • Secondary applications
  • Interviews at the schools
  • Accept/deny/hold
preparation for the mcat
Preparation for the MCAT

Kaplan and TPR


BYOD (Bring your own discipline)

AAMC tests are the best

AAMC Guide (cheap & effective)

Examcrackers – Amazon or B&N

AED course in spring 2011

  • Built-in accountability
  • Popular
  • All materials included
  • Class does NOT replace Study!
2 choose your medical schools
2: Choose your medical schools


  • MD Degree
  • UAB, USA, etc.
  • State of Residency Matters
  • 131 US Schools
  • National Avg: 31 MCAT, 3.7 GPA
choose your medical schools
Choose your medical schools


  • DO Degree
  • Schools in AL, MS, TN, GA, FL
  • Essentially the same residency options
  • Less research oriented
  • Slightly more emphasis on primary care
  • About half consider January 2012 MCAT
  • AACOMAS is the primary application service
  • National Average: 26 MCAT, 3.5 GPA
messin with texas
Messin’ with texas
  • TMDSAS – Most Texas Schools use this instead of AMCAS or AACOMAS
  • Application very similar to AMCAS/AACOMAS
  • Application available May 2012
offshore medical schools
Offshore medical schools
  • No centralized service; apply directly to the schools
  • INVESTIGATE graduation rates, board pass rates
  • May (and often will) take longer than 4 years
  • Limited residency options
  • Extremely limited transfer options
the application amcas aacomas tmdsas
  • 3 parts:
    • Transcript
    • Activities
    • Personal statement
  • Obtain copies of your transcript from each school attended.
  • Enter each course you have taken exactly as it appears on your transcript(s).
  • Send official transcripts from each undergraduate school attended to AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS
sample activities
Sample activities
  • Honors/Awards/Recognitions
  • Conferences Attended
  • Presentation/Posters
  • Publication
  • Extracurricular/Hobbies/Avocations
  • Leadership – not Listed Elsewhere
  • Other
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Artistic Endeavors
  • Paid Employment - not Military
  • Paid Employment – Military
  • Community Service/Volunteer – not Medical/Clinical
  • Community Service/Volunteer – Medical/Clinical
  • Research/Lab
  • Teaching/Tutoring
  • 15 slots
  • What do you do when you’re not studying?
  • Nothing off limits – almost
  • Don’t feel like you need to use every available character! Some may not warrant long descriptions.
  • Estimates are fine when listing the number of hours invested in each activity; don’t get mired down in the details.
personal statement
Personal statement
  • 5300 Characters AMCAS 4500 AACOMAS
    • (approximately 1-1.5 typed pages single spaced)
    • Good articles & examples online at www.premed.ua.edu
    • Tell your story
    • Address (but don’t dwell on) deficits
    • This and LOR most carefully read part of the application
letters of recommendation
Letters of recommendation
  • MAX of 5 Letters: 3 from Faculty, 2 personal
    • Planks in your platform: what can each one say about you?
    • AT LEAST ONE from a BCPM professor (engineering OK)
    • Content of the letter more important than the author
    • DO schools want a letter from a DO

How to ask for a letter:

~ our form

~ For recommenders who don’t know you as well, providing a resume with a picture is a good idea.

hpac pre application
HPAC pre-application
  • For UA use only: application at www.premed.ua.edu
  • Complete this in addition to your primary application
  • We need both the Pre-Application and a copy of your primary application if you wish to interview with our committee (recommended by medical schools).
when to ask for a letter
When to ask for a letter

Ask now

Ask later

Someone you don’t know well (YET!)

Someone who will be able to write a stronger letter in a few months

  • Someone you already work with/know well
  • Someone you’ve worked with in the past.
  • Someone who isn’t likely to have new information on you in the next few months

Sabbatical? Summer?

2 interviews
2 Interviews

HPAC interview

School Interview

At the medical school

Some blind, some not


  • In Lloyd Hall
  • Basis for your committee letter
  • Must be done before other letters sent to the schools
  • March-September
  • NOT Blind
primary vs secondary
Primary vs. Secondary

Primary Application

Secondary application

Request from the individual school for more information

Time sensitive

Most schools will not invite you for an interview prior to reviewing the secondary


Be concise!

  • Individual application for non-service schools