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Medical School Applications

Your application process should begin in the spring or early summer about a year before you plan to graduate, if you hope to graduate and continue directly into medical school. US medical schools admit students once a year, for fall; there are a few international programs that admit more often, or in January.  Talk with your advisor about these programs if you're interested in a foreign medical school experience.

MCAT

While each school's specific requirements vary, all US medical schools require the MCAT.

  • The MCAT is administered in January, and April through Sept.
  • Taking the exam by July will enable you to apply earlier. September is the last MCAT accepted by many schools for the following fall’s entering class.
  • The MCAT is divided into four multiple choice sections:
    •  Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems
    • Chemical and Physical Foundations of Living Systems
    • Psychological, Social and Biological Foundations of Behavior
    • Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills
  • The exam may be repeated, but the best strategy is to take it once. Before re-taking, we strongly recommend you meet with an advisor.
  • The PPA office tries to provide the latest information about the MCAT, as it becomes available to us, but you can also obtain the most updated information at AAMC MCAT Homepage

Registering for the MCAT Early! MCAT registration for January dates are usually available in Oct. of previous year. Registration for April-Sept. dates are usually available in mid-Feb. If you are trying to register for the MCAT on a published date, and see no nearby seats, this will be because the seats have already been filled. 

Application Services

There are three possible centralized application services processing primary applications for US med schools. (There are a handful of private med schools which are not affiliated with any of these centralized services and require other applications. Information for those schools is available on each of their websites.)

All the services “open” their online systems in early May to allow the building of applications. TMDSAS will allow you to submit your application right away. AMCAS and AACOMAS begin accepting submissions during the first week of June each year. Closing dates vary by service.

To help us advise future students as we have you, we ask that you please release your information to the Health Professions Advisor when you fill out any of these applications. This information will always be kept confidential.

Letters of Recommendation

Once any medical school receives your primary application thru the application service, they will usually request supplementary material, including program specific secondary applications, and Letters of Recommendation, or LOR’s.  Do not delay submitting your primary application while you wait for letters you have requested to arrive. Even though information is collected as part of the primary application, letters are part of the secondary processes. This leaves a small window of time for letters to arrive before your schools will look at them.

Application services do not “share” letters, so be sure to plan ahead regarding where your letters will need to go.

  • Applicants who plan to apply only to AMCAS-affiliated MD med schools should take advantage of the AMCAS letter service, which is part of the AMCAS primary application online. This service allows up to 10 letters.
  • Applicants plan to apply only to AACOMAS- affiliated DO med schools should take advantage of the AACOMAS Liaison system letter service, which is part of the online application.  This service allows up to 6 letters.
  • If you plan in advance to apply to more than one cental application service(CAS) or to independent/ international medical programs, it is usually simplest to use Interfolio. Interfolio allows your letter writers to submit their letters online, and sends your letters to application services. For more information how it works, click here.      

No matter what med schools you plan to apply to, as a general rule we recommend students follow this list based on the UUSOM’s requirements, and at a minimum, plan to ask for a letter from the following selection of letter writers.

  • 2 professors (at least one being a science professor, who has taught you in a traditional, lecture based class, for a grade)
  • a community service supervisor, OR a patient care supervisor
  • a research supervisor, OR another additional supervisor, such as a job or a second community service /patient care supervisor, etc.

General Timeline

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Contact PreProfessional Advising

801-581-5744
ppa@advising.utah.edu

Bldg. 44, Room 206 [MAP]  (This is the main PPA office which include Mayumi, Shelley, and Cari's offices. Amy's office is in HPER North 234)


Spring 2017
Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri.
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thu.
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The office will be closed for planned events on:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 16
  • Presidents Day: Monday, February 20
  • Spring Break: March 12-19

Appointments are required.

Current University students and Alumni can book their appointments ONLINE.
Appointment Manager

If you are a prospective students (freshman, transfer, post-baccalaureate) visiting our office for the first time, please call 801-581-5744 or email Catalina Cardona at ccardona@advising.utah.edu to schedule an appointment. 

 

"10 minute rule"

Please try to arrive a few minutes early to check in before your appointment time. Students who are more than 9 minutes late will be rescheduled.

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Last Updated: 1/24/17