Junior (3rd) Year: Fall
- Seriously consider medical school and what is entailed in a successful application.
- Review course requirements and ensure that your transcript satisfies these minimums. Gain clinical, community and volunteer experience.
- Gather information about medical schools. Review the resources at the Association of American Medical Colleges site.
- Become familiar with the application process.
- Find out how your school handles writing letters of evaluation (recommendation) for med school applicants as well as the process for obtaining one. Some programs provide a committee letter, written by several faculty who collectively evaluate your potential for a career in medicine. Other schools permit students to
- Prepare for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). The MCAT is critical to your application. Learn about its content and how it is administered. The MCAT tests knowledge of science. Prepare by studying material in biology, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. Invest in MCAT prep books and perhaps review courses for a thorough review of science and practice exams that can help you determine your strengths and weaknesses.
- Continue studying for the MCAT. It may be taken as early as January (through the summer). Register early because seats fill quickly. Take the MCAT in Spring, early enough to allow you to retake it if needed.
- Continue researching medical schools.
- Take the MCAT. If you are unhappy with your score register for another exam. Remember that seats fill quickly - even more so in Spring when many med school applicants compete for seats.
- Request letters of evaluation. If your school does not provide committee letters, consider which faculty you will ask, prepare materials for them, and request letters.
- Request a copy of your transcript to ensure that there are no errors and that you have taken the range of courses required by most medical schools.
Junior (3rd) Year: Late Spring
- Finalize your letters of evaluation.
- Finalize your list of medical schools.
- Begin working on the writing your essays and seek advice from professors and proofreading by peers.
Fall of Senior (4th) Year
- Submit secondary applications.
- Send thank you notes to faculty who wrote on your behalf to thank them but also to subtly remind them.
- school interviews may begin as early as August but usually in Fall and continues into early Spring. Prepare for interviews by considering what you may be asked and determining your own questions
- Schools begin notifying applicants of acceptance beginning in mid-October and continuing through Spring.
- If you are waitlisted, update schools about new accomplishments.
- Letters of acceptance and rejection arrive. If you are not accepted to med school, learn from your experience and consider your options and whether to apply again next year.