Admission to medical school is very competitive. However, in some ways medical school applicants have it easy. All applications for post-baccalaureate study include the same basic components, such as standardized tests and admissions essays/personal statements. Usually letters, transcripts, and standardized test scores are submitted separately by professors, testing agencies, and university registrar offices. Each school has an admissions office that compiles all applications. Applicants must monitor each graduate program to ensure that all items have been received and their application is complete. There is great room for error as you might guess. Why then do medical school applicants have it easy? Medical school applicants use the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS). What's the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)? The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a non-profit centralized application processing service. AMCAS compiles your application and transmits it to the medical schools to which you are applying. The AMCAS is one application. You're responsible for collecting all of the materials, requesting transcripts and standardized test scores, and soliciting letters of recommendation once as  a medical school applicant. AMCAS forwards your application to all of the schools to which you're applying. One application is simple, right? Not so fast.

AMCAS

The AMCAS is likely the most thorough application you will ever complete. Expect to spend a great deal of time compiling the information you need, entering it in, and proofreading. The AMCAS includes the following sections. Enter your legal name, sex, birth date, preferred name, any variations of your name, such as a family name or a nickname, and ID numbers that may appear on transcripts sent to AMCAS by the schools you have attended. Provide a comprehensive list of your educational experiences.  Enter the high school from what you graduated. The AMCAS Instruction Manual has information for students who obtained a GED certificate, were homeschooled, or attended high school in a different country. List every post-secondary institution where you were enrolled for one course or more.  Even in case you withdrew from the course, transferred the credits, or no credits were earned, enter all colleges. Submit a transcript for every post-secondary institution at which you took coursework, regardless of whether the course was repeated or credit earned. Even in case it did not interrupt your enrollment, require you to withdraw, or appear on your official transcript, explain f you were ever the recipient of any institutional action resulting from unacceptable academic performance or a conduct violation. Enter basic information such as your contact information, citizenship, legal residence, languages spoken, ethnicity and race, parent or guardian, siblings, felonies, and misdemeanors. our email address is entered with your biographical information, but your email address is such an important part of your application that it deserves its own section. Email is the primary mode of communication between AMCAS, medical schools, and applicants. Email is the only way that you will be notified about your application .A correct and up-to-date email address is critical because AMCAS correspondence is sent only by email.