- Amherst College Guide for Premedical StudentsAmherst College Guide for Premedical Students
- Part I: Preparing to Apply to Medical School
- Part II: The Medical School Application Process
- Some Up-Front Advice
- What You Need to Do, and When
- Your Amherst Recommendation
- Information for the Health Professions Committee
- The Medical College Admission Test
- The Application: AMCAS and Non-AMCAS
- Selecting Medical Schools
- Medical School Interviews
- Early Decision
- M.D./Ph.D. Programs
- Financing Medical School
- Appendix: Medical School Favorability to Out-Of-State Residents
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.
PLEASE ENSURE YOUR NAME IS ON ALL PAPERWORK SUBMITTED
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
Start planning for the MCAT this coming winter or spring. Decide whether to prepare
on your own or to take a commercial review course.
[Read p.8, "The MCAT"]December 2013
Register with the Health Professions Assistant in the Career Center, College Hall, ext. 2935. Complete this form and return it via email to Erin Cherewatti, the Health Professions Assistant, at email@example.com.
Attend Dean Aronson's one-hour workshop, “Writing the Medical School Application Personal Statement” (Thursday, December 12)
Return Interview Questionnaire by January 1, 2014 to the Health Professions Assistant, Erin Cherewatti (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Richard Aronson, MD MPH. Interviews will start in December. The interview must occur before the end of March. Complete the interview questionnaire and send it to him as a Word document electronically before your interview. Also, send him your latest unofficial transcript and resume.
[Read p.6, "Interview"]
Attend the mandatory meeting for applicants (excluding those not in the Amherst area) on Tues. Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:30 pm in Merrill 4.
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!
By mid-February at the very latest, ask four professors to send letters of recommendation to the Health Professions Assistant, Erin Cherewatti (email@example.com) by April 15. There is only one exception: If you are asking a professor who currently teaches you in the Spring 2014 semester (and this is primarily for thesis students), 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.
Read p.6, "Letters of Recommendation"
March 1, 2014
Very Important Deadline – Do not miss it!
Draft of Personal Statement is due March 1 to Erin, the Health Professions Assistant. 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.
Read p.6, "Personal Statement"
April 15, 2014
Attend the mandatory meeting for all Amherst applicants (except for graduates who live away from Amherst) on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 at 7:00 pm in Merrill 4 (note updated time).
Due date for submitting the following items to Erin Cherewatti, the Health Professions Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- One-page final resume[Read p.6, "Resume"] Note: We need the resume as a Word document.
- Personal Statement[Read p.6, "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, the Health Professions Assistant, unless you are currently taking a class with the recommender.
Purchase the 2014-2015 MSAR (Medical School Admissions Requirements) book from the AAMC web site.
May 2014 (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 (https://www.aamc.org/students/). Start your data entry.
May 15, 2014
Due date for submitting your Summer Contact sheet to the Health Professions Assistant, Erin Cherewatti (email@example.com).
Due date for recommendations from faculty whose class you're taking this semester.
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, 2014
Due date for submitting your list of medical schools and your AMCAS ID number to
the Health Professions Assistant.
[Read p. 11, Selecting Medical Schools]
June – August 2014
Complete non-AMCAS applications and supplementary applications for AMCAS
schools. Be aware of individual deadlines, but don't wait until just before those deadlines! Your chances are improved by completing your application well in advance of the deadlines, and definitely before the end of August.
Start scheduling mock interviews with Dr. Aronson.
From then on
Interviews and acceptances! Keep in touch with us with all updates on interviews and acceptances.