Applications to most medical schools in the United States are handled by the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). The AMCAS application packet must be correctly completed by a specific deadline date (approximately one year before the anticipated date of admission). Generally November 1 is the deadline for submission of the application to AMCAS. Other common deadlines for the submission of the application are October 15 or November 15.
After AMCAS has processed your application, they will send the information to each medical school that you have indicated. Upon receipt of the material from AMCAS, each medical school will evaluate your application and inform you by letter. You may be advised at this point that you are not competitive at a particular medical school or you may be asked to fill out supplementary application material specific to a particular school, obtain letters of recommendation, and subsequently be invited for an interview.
Realize that filling out the AMCAS application is only the first step in the application process. It may take AMCAS and each medical school several weeks to process your application. Medical schools will not even consider an applicant until his/her file is complete, including all supplementary materials and recommendation letters.
The AAMC Home Page contains considerable information helpful to pre-med students.
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