Before you Begin
The following "Guest Account" has been created to allow future applicants to preview the application and begin to prepare:
- Username: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Password: aacomastest1
The application will be available for viewing as early as May 5, 2012. Applicants can submit their application as early as June 1, 2012. The deadline to submit is March 1, 2013. (Deadlines vary by college, so confirm deadlines for the schools to which you are applying.).
Take a look at the AACOMAS website to find out exactly what is needed to apply using their centralized application, access valuable information pertaining to the application, and view step-by-step instructions on how to apply. All of this information can be found at http://www.aacom.org/infofor/applicants/Pages/default.aspx
Have official copies of your transcripts sent directly to AACOMAS from the registrar's office of the college. Request additional copies of transcripts for your own use in completing the Academic Record/Coursework section of the application.
Be professional when interacting with AACOMAS staff members and the college staff members. Remember to APPLY EARLY!!!
The Colleges and Coursework section of the application includes the option to print transcript request forms. While not required, submitting this form with each transcript will expedite the processing of your application.
Transcripts should be mailed directly from the registrar's office of each institution attended, regardless of if the courses appear on another transcript you submitted. The address transcripts must be mailed to is:
1900 L. St. NW, Ste 603
Washington, DC 20036
If you are currently enrolled in the Spring 2012 Term, you may not submit your transcript(s) until your Spring 2012 grades are posted on your transcript.
Coursework taken at a foreign institution must be evaluated for U.S. equivalence by one of the following evaluation services:
- World Education Services
- Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
- Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
AACOMAS will calculate your GPA and credit hours according to the following rules: GPAs and credit hours will be calculated for Science, Non-Science and All Coursework. Science GPAs include Biology/Zoology, Biochemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Other Science, and Physics. Non-science GPAs include Behavioral Science, English, Math, and Other Non-science.
Courses with AACOMAS Grades of Pass, Non-pass, and Advanced Placement are not included in GPA calculations. Only the last instance of a repeated course is included in the GPA calculation.
AACOMAS does not process letters of evaluation or recommendations, or forward letters of evaluation to the colleges. All letters of evaluation and other such materials should be sent to the individual colleges that one applies to using VirtualEvals or Interfolio, or sent via mail. The HPAO utilizes VirtualEvals to transmit letter or committee packets to the professional schools you apply to.
There is no prompt for the essay/personal statement portion of the application. The application states: "Personal Statement goes here," and requests it to be 4500 characters (includes spaces)
Please keep in mind that processing begins when your application is submitted and your payment is received by AACOMAS. You may update your application at any time prior to the ending of the cycle. All updates other than coursework are to be completed by the applicant via the application.
Monitoring the Status of Your Application
To view the status of your application, you can go to the right side of the homepage of your application.
Check this page often; it is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is your responsibility to make sure AACOMAS and your designated schools have received all your materials.
To become a re-applicant successfully, 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!
Those who applied for the previous cycle and are reapplying this upcoming cycle will need to follow the instructions on the login page for creating a new application using data from your prior application. If you haven't completed additional coursework, you may be able to recycle your transcripts from the previous application cycle. However, if you took any courses since the application cycle, you will need to reenter your course information in the application and submit new transcripts verifying the new coursework.
MCAT scores submitted to AACOMAS within the last three years will be kept on file and will automatically transfer to your application.
If your application was NOT submitted and verified, you must request the complete set of official transcripts be forwarded directly to AACOMAS by the registrar of each U.S. institution you have attended.
Information provided in this document was retrieved from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine on March 21, 2012.