Career Center

What You Need to Do, and When

The schedule below shows what you need to do during the coming year to apply to medical school, dental school, and veterinary school, and where to find information about each requirement in the following pages of this Guide. Use the checklist on the last page of this Guide to keep track of the many things you must do, and deadlines for doing them.




Fall 2015
Start planning for the MCAT this coming winter or spring. Decide whether to prepare
on your own or to take a commercial review course. If you’ve already taken the MCAT and have questions about a retake, decide about that. Also, meet with Dean Aronson if you haven’t met with him in the past year.

November 2015
Register to apply via the Health Professions Committee by completing the online form. Contact Erin Cherewatti at with any questions.

December 2015
Attend the mandatory meeting for all current on-campus student applicants on Wednesday December 2, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Merrill 1. For alumni applying, a comparable later meeting will be held as a conference call, and it too will be required.

January 4, 2016
Return Interview Questionnaire by January 4, 2016 to Erin Cherewatti ( in the Career Center, College Hall, ext. 2935 -  in Word format.  Take your time to fill out the questionnaire, give it a lot of thought, and provide detailed and specific responses to the questions. Use the questionnaire as a framework for your personal statement and AMCAS application.

Schedule your one-hour interview appointment with Dean  Aronson.. This appointment is called the “medical school interview”, and all applicants are required to complete this interview by March 31, 2016.  Send your latest resume to Erin ( before the interview. You will be able to schedule your interview  as soon as you send in your questionnaire.

Start writing your personal statement. Schedule a time to meet with the Writing Center.

Begin serious MCAT preparation and register for the MCAT if you haven't already taken it. Plan to take it no later than July at the very latest (preferably June) to have your score reported to medical schools in a timely fashion, or May if you want to know your score when you finalize your school list. The summer MCAT dates fill up early - plan ahead!

February 2016
By mid-February at the very latest (preferably earlier), ask four professors to send letters of recommendation to the Health Professions Assistant, Erin Cherewatti (  by April 15. There is only one exception: If you are asking your thesis professor, the letter is due by May 15.  Give each of your recommenders a copy of the official information sheet you receive after you register.  If you are an alum, you’re eligible for a fifth letter as part of the Health Professions Committee letter packet.

March 1, 2016
Very Important Deadline – Do not miss it! 
Draft of Personal Statement is due March 1 to Erin Cherewatti (  Please send this as a Word document.  Final version is due on April 15 – no exceptions. Dean Aronson is available from March 1 – April 15 to review your personal statement with you.  Submit at least a third or fourth draft, not a first draft. Take advantage of this “window”. Please note: We are not able to offer additional personal statement review after April 15.

April 2016 (date TBA)
Attend the mandatory meeting for all Amherst applicants (except for graduates who live away from Amherst).

April 15, 2016
Due date for submitting the following items to Erin Cherewatti (, at

  • One-page final resume  Note: We need the resume as a Word document.
  • Personal Statement  Note: We need the personal statement as a Word document.
  • Waiver / non-waiver of right to see the evaluation letter
  • Faculty recommenders list

Due date for all recommendations to be received by Erin Cherewatti (, unless you are currently taking a class with the recommender.

Purchase the 2016-2017 MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) book from the AAMC web site.

May 2016 (Before leaving campus)
Send thank-you notes to your faculty recommenders.

Familiarize yourself with the basic sections of the AAMC's website for students and applicants ( your data entry.

June 2016
Submit your AMCAS application as soon as possible after the earliest allowed
submission date in June. More than 80% of all AMCAS applications are submitted by June 30 - make sure yours is one of them!

June 15, 2016
Due date for submitting your list of medical schools and your AMCAS ID number to Erin Cherewatti (

[Read p. 11, Selecting Medical Schools]

June – August 2016
Complete non-AMCAS applications and secondary applications for AMCAS
schools. Be aware of individual deadlines, but don't wait until just before those deadlines!   Turn these around quickly! Aim to return secondary applications within two weeks of receiving them.Your chances are improved by completing your application well in advance of the deadlines, and definitely before the end of August.

Late July 2016    
Amherst College Committee Letter (includes the summary committee letter plus the individual recommendation letters) uploaded to your medical schools. We will let you know exactly when they were uploaded.

From then on
Interviews and acceptances!  Keep in touch with us with all updates on interviews and acceptances.



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