Getting admission into a medical school is a dream of many aspiring students. But the process is complex and there is a lot of competition. Medical school admissions in the United States is divided into four stages, all of which are crucial and must be completed by every applicant – * MCAT (Medical College Admission Test). * AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). * Letters of recommendation. * Personal Statement.
Here, we will discuss specifically on the AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). This is a non-profit and centralized application process for entering into the first year of medical colleges of United Sates. These applications do not provide for admission to joint courses or special programs of colleges. This is just an application process and is related to the admission of students. Independent colleges have full independence in giving admissions to the students. AMCAS is the single form through which you can apply to innumerable number of colleges. AMCAS also sends MCAT scores to the medical colleges, if a particular student provides the necessary details. You must remember here that the individual schools send a supplemental form after they get the AMCAS form.
Regarding the fees for the application, you are required to pay $160 for the first and subsequently $30 for every school that you apply. You can also apply for a fee waiver, for which you are eligible if you get a seat in a medical college.
The AMCAS has certain requirements. As this is a computerized application process, you need a computer with internet facility. Further, the system should have 16MB of RAM and modem with speed of at least 28.8 mbps. Also, you require a valid email address.
A special feature of this form is that you can make changes in the form even after it has been submitted, provided that you do not cross the deadline. Following, are the areas that can be changed medical schools that are applied, essential and alternate ids, name and contact information.
Once you submit the AMCAS form, all the transcripts are checked. It usually takes a time of about 4 to 6 weeks to process your application and then a confirmation email is sent.
For the year 2008, the schools that have agreed to participate in the AMCAS application process are:
* University of Mississippi School of Medicine * Northwestern University – The Feinberg School of Medicine * UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School * University of Vermont College of Medicine * Morehouse School of Medicine * The University of Toledo College of Medicine * University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry * University of California Los Angeles David Geffen SOM * Boston University School of Medicine * University of Colorado School of Medicine