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You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing best time to apply, preparation for the MCAT, the AACOMAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
|Prior to January||Begin studying for the MCAT and take multiple practice exams before the real exam|
|January||Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness.|
|February-March||Begin collecting letters of recommendation.|
|April||Take the MCAT no later than April|
|May||If taking the MCAT in April, you will receive your scores in May. Determine schools to apply to, begin filling out AACOMAS.|
|June||Submit AACOMAS as soon as possible. Medical schools typically start receiving applications mid-June.|
|July-December||You may start receiving supplemental applications or be invited to interview during this time.|
Prep courses and practice exams
Review of AACOMAS application offered by the Pre-Health Office
Review of your personal statement offered by Pre-Health Office.
Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a medical student and future physician. Doctor of Osteopathy programs may favor having at least 1 letter of recommendation from a practicing physician (D.O). AACOMAS only allows up to six references to be submitted. Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit. Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
The Pre-Professional Advising Office offers a Letter of Recommendation Service for students applying to AMCAS, AACOMAS, or AADSAS (all other application services use their own portal for LOR). In most cases, letters are not required to be submitted prior to you submitting your application but can be sent at a later date. For steps and information regarding the LOR Service, visit https://prehealth.asu.edu/prepare.
Some schools have specific requirements
After medical schools have received your primary AACOMAS application, they may invite you to complete a secondary or supplemental application. Supplemental applications are sent between July and October and usually have fees associated with them. It is important that you are aware of deadlines, complete and submit supplemental applications as soon as possible.
Review of supplemental application offered by the Pre-Health Office
Mock Interviews are offered by Pre-Health Office