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  • Charting A Course to Medical School: PART V

    AMCAS and the AACOMAS 

    The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is a non-profit central processing unit for applicants to participating allopathic medical schools, and AACOMAS is the comparable entity for osteopathic medical schools. Most medical schools participate in the AMCAS or AACOMAS application process, and they are rather efficient services. The application is only a four-page "academic autobiography" that is sifted and sorted into a one-page sheet which is sent to all of the medical schools to which you wish to apply. For all of its benefits, the AMCAS or AACOMAS application process is expensive. There is a fee waiver program for financially disadvantaged applicants, but there is a separate application for a fee waiver, requests for which may be submitted beginning May 15 of each year.

    The AMCAS and AACOMAS application packets contain an overwhelming amount of paperwork. There is an acknowledgement postcard (which is sent to you when they receive your application), designation forms, an application form, a code booklet, a GPA calculation sheet, a fee waiver request packet, an official transcript inventory form, a pre-addressed return envelope, and four transcript matching cards. There is also a 36-page instruction booklet which is reminiscent of registering for the ...

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