The AMCAS is extremely useful and efficient in that you only have to fill out one application to apply to almost every school in America. However, it is important to realize that although they use the same application, medical schools have their own varying deadline dates. It is important to acknowledge the application deadlines for the schools you are interested in so that you can make sure your application is submitted on time. Speaking of deadlines, the AMCAS application due dates aren’t the only ones to keep track of. Medical schools also have transcript and secondary application deadlines. With so many dates, having a way to keep up with them all is key. I entered all of these due dates into the calendar on my phone before I even started to fill out my application so I could be sure to keep these dates in mind. Another good idea is to print off a blank calendar, pencil the dates in, and put it up on your wall or bulletin board. Just having them some place where they can be seen often is essential so that you don’t forget and only remember the night before. Completing an application in a few hours will not be a good way to put your best foot forward. These things take time to pour over and think about, so start early, always having the end date in mind. Even if you have an outstanding GPA and MCAT score, if your application is late…let’s just say it’s better to be prepared.
Do you have a great way of keeping up with all these deadlines? Let me know by leaving a comment below. You can also leave a comment with any questions or suggestions you might have. I’d love to hear from you!
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