AMCAS Pages

**NOTE:  Below is a brief description of the AACOMAS  application process.  You should consult the instructional manual provided.  If you wish to apply to osteopathic schools, you must have spent some time with an osteopathic physician since one of your letters must come from a D.O.

 

It will take several hours to complete the online application form.  It is best to complete it over time.  It can be started usually as soon as April.

 

1.      Biographical Information

a.     Addresses, citizenship and birth, High school

2.     Family Information

3.     Personal Information

a.     Fill in all identifying information exactly as it would appear on any official document.  Do not use your nickname/preferred name but your legal name.

4.     Personal Statement (4,500 characters, ~1 page

a.     See personal Statement Handout

5.     Experiences (Work/Extracurricular/Volunteer/Community Service)

You have several slots.  You should choose a variety of experience types that well represent who you are and how you have prepared yourself for medical school. Put in the average hours per week and then in your experience description include the information about how many weeks you participated in that experience.  You have 750 characters for each activity. 

 

In your explanations you should describe:

            1.  The nature of your involvement (intern, nurse’s aid, office aid, etc.)

            2.  Your duties/activities (washed glassware, took vital signs, filed charts, etc.)

            3.  Meaningful accomplishments and concepts you learned

 

You should take as much care composing these short essays as you would your personal statement.  You should use concise sentences and follow all rules of grammar.

 

6.      Additional Academic, Professional and Personal Profile

 

7.     Awards/Honors/Scholarships

 

8.     MCAT Information (must be sent separately)

 

9.     Colleges and Coursework

10.                        Medical Schools

a.     List all Medical Schools that you wish to apply to.  You should carefully choose the schools based on in-state/out of state percentages, average MCAT average GRE and selection criteria.

 

NOTE:  To choose these schools, you should consult your pre-med advisor AND also review details from the internet.  The AACOMAS book  can be purchased from AACOMAS.     It is impossible for the pre-med advisors to know everything about every school. 

 

 

Letters of Evaluation

You need to speak to potential letter writers no later than about April of the application year.  Ask your letter writers if they would be willing to write a letter of evaluation for you in behalf of your application to a medical school.  If they are willing to write such a letter, you MUST provide them with additional information about yourself so that they are prepared to write the best letter of recommendation. You need to look at the schools you are going to apply to and see what kind of letters you need and then approach potential writer.  When you have someone agree to write a letter, you should provide the information below in the form of a packet.

 

Letters must be sent to the schools directly.  There is not a central upload location for letters of recommendation to Osteopathic schools like there is through the AMCAS system for Allopathic schools.  You must set up a file in the career center and provide the career center with the address of the schools that you are sending secondary application forms to.  The Letters of recommendation should be sent at about the same time you return your secondary application.  Do not have the letters sent beforehand.

 

Packet Contents

1.     The nature of the letter

·         Most Osteopathic schools require two letters.  One letter must come from a practicing D.O. and another from either the pre-professional health committee or from a science faculty member.  Additional letters of support can be sent to the schools but only send additional letters if they are significant.  Make sure that the letter from the D.O. will speak to your ability to practice yourself as a D.O. and make sure that the letter from the science faculty member will speak to your ability to succeed in your studies.  Of course the letter writers will mention other personal characteristics but you need to make sure that they provide the kind of information that the schools are looking for.

2.     A reminder of significant interactions between you and the letter writer.

·         If you took several classes from a faculty member, remind them of the classes that you took and the grade you received.  If that faculty member also made some remark on a class activity or a paper, you might also remind them that one of the most memorable experiences that you had in their class was when you did exceptionally well on X and they commented Y.  This is especially important if you took a class from that individual more than one year prior.  You could remind a M.D. that you shadowed that you spent several days with them for example and maybe they had commented on your professionalism. 

3.     A copy of your personal statement – even in rough draft form.

·         Letter writers can learn even more about your character sometimes from your personal statement or it may remind them about a particular characteristic that they would also like to highlight in their letter.

4.     A list of schools that you are applying to and a brief summary of the mission of the school and the selection criteria

·         Some schools are looking for very specific attributes.  If a letter writer can comment on an important attribute then that does help show that you are a good fit for that school.  This list could also help you and your letter writer have a meaningful conversation about if they are able to write a strong letter of evaluation.  If the letter writer cannot comment on any of the important attributes then it may be better to find another writer.  An example of how you might prepare such information for your writers is shown below.

California

Stanford

academic readiness, relevant life experiences, personal qualities

California

Loma Linda

strong academics, foundation in human behavior, preference for 7th day Adventists and those with strong Christian principles, service oriented

Connecticut

Yale

Diversity in background, academic interest, goals. Admit students with ability to make significant contributions to medicine and demonstrated leadership

DC

Georgetown

academic achievement, character, maturity and motivation

DC

Howard

demonstrated motivation and strong character as demonstrated in statements and letters, academic strength, most likely to serve in underserved communities

Florida

U of Miami

Preparedness for study as evidenced by GPA and MCAT, diversity of life experiences, meaningful direct patient exposure, quality letters

Georgia

Emory

Diverse student will become humane and competent physicians in community and world.  Must have high scholarship and leadership, strong motivation, experience in clinic

Georgia

Morehouse

Interest in primary care and motivation to serve the underserved people of color and rural populations.  Consider many factors in application

Illinois

U of Illinois

Selected applicants have best combination of academic, extracurricular achievement, maturity, integrity and motivation.

Illinois

Rosalind Frankland Chicago

selected on various criteria and demonstrate ability to practice medicine

Illinois

Northwestern

Evidence of academic excellence, mature motivation for medicine, altruism and character.  Premium placed on breadth and depth of academic and life experiences as well as clinical and research exposure.  Prefer applicants that go beyond the conventional premedical courses

Illinois

Rush

evidence that student can handle academic demands, strong emphasis on humanistic concerns, unique experiences and demonstrated motivation for career including healthcare experience