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California State University, Fullerton

Allopathic: AMCAS

Before You Apply

  • Log in using the following guest account to see what the application looks like and begin to prepare
    • Username: AMCASGuest
    • Password: AMCASGuest
  • Read the AMCAS Instruction Manual which was published in April
  • Consider applying for the Fee Assistance Program, which will be detailed later on in the presentation
  • Obtain a copy of your transcripts so that you can reference the transcripts while completing the application
  • The application opens on Tuesday, May 1, 2012
  • Application submission begins on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
  • We cannot stress this enough, apply as EARLY as possible!
  • You are required to obtain a username and password before beginning the application.
    • Student will already have an account if they registered for the MCAT exam or they applied to AMCAS in the past.

Fee Assistance Program (FAP)

Fee Assistance Program (https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/fap/)

  • This program reduces registration fee from $240 to $85
  • If you are applying for FAP, don't submit your application until a decision on your FAP has been determined. If you submit before a decision is made, you will automatically be denied for this program.
  • Applicants who qualify for the Fee Assistance Program will be given a free copy of The Official Guide to the MCAT Exam, complimentary access to MSAR Online, and a waiver of AMCAS application fees for up to 14 medical schools
  • Benefits cannot be applied retroactively, so apply for FAP before registering for the MCAT or submitting an AMCAS application
  • FAP is only valid for the one calendar year in which it is granted

Early Decision Program (EDP)

This allows applicants to secure an acceptance from an EDP medical school by October 1. To learn more about the EDP program, please visit AAMC Frequently Asked Questions page. 

MCAT

Your MCAT score is automatically released to AMCAS. You can submit your application without your score. Please keep your testing date updated during the application process. You should notify AMCAS if your testing date has changed. Most medical schools require that MCAT scores are no more than three years old.

Course Work

AMCAS always counts repeated courses

Letters of Evaluation

  • Letters of recommendations are required to be sent from your letter writers or the HPAO - don't have your letter writers send letters that the HPAO sends.
  • The AMCAS system allows up to 10 letter entries
  • Letters are delivered electronically to the medical schools on a rolling basis
  • You do not need to enter your letters in your AMCAS application prior to submission, but please note that applications and letters will be made available to medical schools after processing is complete, regardless of whether or not all letters have been received.
  • The Health Professions Advising office will transmit letters of recommendations to AMCAS in either a letter packet or a committee packet.
  • You should not list each individual letter writer on your application; you should only insert one entry, either letter packet or committee packet. You should only have one Letter ID. Christina A. Goode, Ph.D., Director of Health Professions, information should be entered in under the contact information. You should use the office's contact information for the phone (657-278-3980) and mailing address (800 N. State College Blvd. Health Professions Advising. Fullerton, CA 92834-6848) and use Dr. Goode's email address, (cgoode@fullerton.edu).
  • The Letter ID is a 7-digit ID number that is provided for every letter writer included on your application. This is different from your AAMC ID. It is important that you provide your letter writer or the HPAO with these IDs, in addition to your AMCAS ID.
  • You should provide the HPAO with your Letter Request Form and AAMC and letter IDs

Transcripts

You need to submit official transcripts directly from the registrars' office.

Make sure to print out the transcript request form, which is automatically generated, located on the main menu of your home screen and submit it to the registrars office. You must submit a transcripts from every educational institution attended after High School, even if the course(s) appear on another transcript!

For those who participated in a study abroad program and/or took courses outside of the United States, please refer to the instruction manual.

Essays

Every applicant is required to submit a Personal Comments essay. The available space for this essay is 5300 characters (spaces are counted as characters), or approximately one page.

Applicants who apply to an M.D./Ph.D. program must complete two additional essays: the M.D./Ph.D. Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay.

To avoid formatting issues, we recommend typing your essay directly into the AMCAS application rather than cutting and pasting your essay from other software.

  • Applicants who plan to cut and paste their essays into the application should draft their essays in a plain text format, preferably in text-only word processing software, such as Microsoft Notepad. Copying formatted text into the application may result in formatting issues that cannot be edited once your application is submitted.

Be sure to proofread carefully! There is no "spellchecker" in the AMCAS application and no changes will be permitted to this section after the application has been submitted.

You should use the Personal Comments essay as an opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. Some questions you may want to consider while writing this essay are:

  • Why have you selected the field of medicine?
  • What motivates you to learn more about medicine?
  • What do you want medical schools to know about you that hasn't been disclosed in another section of the application?

In addition, you may wish to include information such as:

  • Special hardships, challenges or obstacles that may have influenced your educational pursuits.
  • Commentary on significant fluctuations in your academic record that are not explained elsewhere in your application.

Submitting your Application

Deadlines vary from September-December, to learn more about the specific medical school deadlines, please visit the AAMC AMCAS Deadlines page.

PROOFREAD EVERYTHING!! You have the ability to "print application" and proofread a hard copy.

After Submission

It takes up to 6 weeks for AMCAS to process during peak period; last year's peak period was between July 22nd-October 7th. The processing does not begin until everything has been submitted, including all transcripts.

  • Check your application status often!
  • No delays or recharge to resubmit application

There are only a few things that can be changed. These are your required and alternative IDs, name, contact information, date of birth and sex, letters of evaluation, and next MCAT test date You can also add schools and change existing program type, and release application information to your pre-health advisor.

Reapplying

If you applied in a previous year (excluding those who withdrew), your information will automatically be rolled over to the current application.

To successfully become a re-applicant, you must first determine why you were not accepted. It is very important to apply to schools that match your GPA and MCAT scores. Double check the GPA and MCAT requirements to the medical school's you plan to apply. Strengthening your application is going to take some time, so make sure to plan ahead. You may want to retake the MCAT, increase your clinical or community experience, take on a leadership role, receive stronger letters of recommendation, rewrite you essay, strengthen your communication, reading, and writing skills, and reapply early!

Resources

Video tutorials will become available on AMCAS in early April, please check the website to view. 

AMCAS application information available on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube

Information provided by the 2012 AMCAS Instructional Manual and the 2013 AMCAS PowerPoint Presentation for Advisers.

AMCAS

www.aamc.org/amcas

Applicants:

amcas@aamc.org
202-828-0600

Fee Assistance Program

www.aamc.org/fap
fap@aamc.org
202-828-0600

MCAT

www.aamc.org/mcat
mcat@aamc.org
202-828-0690

MSAR

www.aamc.org/msar
msar@aamc.org