Applying to Medical School with AMCAS: The Definitive Guide (2021) (2023)

Part 1: Introduction

If you're applying to medical school, chances are you've heard a lot of terms (like AMCAS) that you don't understand. As in any field, there is a lot of jargon that becomes normal for those who are used to it. But if you're just starting your journey, it might get confusing.

learn these terms

  • AMCAS / Primary Application
    – AMCAS means theAmerican Medical College Enrollment Service. AMCAS is another name for its core application. They are the same.
  • Work and Activities Section
    – You will see this mentioned in some of our guides. This refers to the Work and Activities section that is in the AMCAS application. We discuss this later in this article.
  • personal statement
    – Although commonly referred to as your personal statement, it is called yourpersonal comment essayin the app
  • Secondary Application
    Your secondary application is the application that you submit directly to each medical school. Medical schools will send you the link to their sub-applications after they receive your AMCAS application.

    It is important to note that some medical schools automatically send sub-applications to all applicants. Other medical schools selectively send them. So if you don't get one, it usually means you didn't make the cut. It is similar to job interviews in that sense.

Part 2: The Definitive Guide

In today's ultimate guide, we'll walk you through theAMCAS. while we haveI played this before, we will guide you step by step through the application process. Many prospective students find the application process intimidating, and that's a notion we want to break. It's only intimidating if you don't understand how it works.

main application

The American Medical College Application Service is for all prospective medical students. As we mentioned in the "Terms to learn" section, it is known as yourmain application. Each medical school you apply to will receive a copy.

Secondary Application

They aresecondary appIt is the one that will be sent directly to each medical school. Secondary applications are unique to each school and usually involve essays. If you need help writing your side essays, check out ourlist of guidesto enter medical school. We cover topics like diversity, adversity, and being a non-traditional student.

Now that you understand thedifference between parent and child apps, let's dive into AMCAS. We will review each step of the application process. After reading this entire guide, you'll be ready to complete your application.

creating your account

The first step to using the AMCAS system iscreating an account. There are three steps to creating your account.

  1. Personal information
    This section includes the standard information requested by most forms. The only out-of-the-ordinary question is what your postnominal suffix is. If you have a bachelor's degree, you can put "BA" or "BS" in this place. Or you can leave it blank as it is optional.
  2. initial questions
    This section asks where you are in the application process. You are a future medical student. You may still be in your undergraduate years or have completed your bachelor's degree. Just select wherever you are.

    They will check if you already have an account.

  3. Account Settings
    You'll create a username and password, answer security questions, and verify your email.

You will be taken to a page that shows the different AMCAS cycles. This can be confusing.You will want to choose the current AMCAS cycle. The past cycle should not show anything and the future cycle will not have opened yet. click on thepurple barto start your application.

create your profile

Once your account is set up, you will be redirected to your profile page where you will be given your AAMC ID. AAMC stands for Association of American Medical Colleges. The AAMC is the organization that hosts AMCAS and administers theMCAT.

After setting up your profile, the site will redirect you to your dashboard.

You'll start on the right side where it saysApplication - Not sent to AMCAS. You will see the following list.

  • identifying information
  • attended schools
  • biographical information
  • course work
  • work activities
  • recommendation letters

Work through these sections one at a time, starting with your identifying information.

identifying information

This includes your:

  • Cool name
    This is usually the name on your driver's license.
  • preferred name
    If your name is Abigail, but your name is Abby, this is the place to specify it.
  • alternate name
    If you were married or divorced, or if you changed your name for any other reason, please list them here. This ensures that AMCAS is profiled and applied correctly.
  • identification numbers
    If you took the MCAT, provide your ID here. The same goes for any evidence that comes with an ID.
  • birth and sex
    AAMC needs to know the sex you were assigned at birthyWhat gender do you identify with now? They also want to know what pronouns you use. If you tell AMCAS that your name is Abby, but your pronoun issheoheThey will respect that.

attended schools

This section covers your high school and college education.

Secondary school

Transcripts are not required for your secondary education. All the AAMC needs to know is where you went to high school and what year you graduated.


You will need to be very specific about the colleges you attended. Be sure to include the following information.

  • High School Double Credit Courses
  • military education
  • Non-foreign study programs

List all the courses you took at each institution. Don't leave anything out.

Upon entering your university, you will be asked if you had a major or a major. If you don't have any, selectNone. You will not be able to continue to the next section until you make this selection.


Transcripts are required for your AMCAS application. AMCAS will not accept transcripts that you submit yourself. They must be sent by the registry office of each institution you attended.

biographical information

The questions included in this section are as follows.

  • preferred address
    This is the address you prefer your correspondence to be sent to.
  • Permanent Address
    Your permanent address is where you legally reside.
  • Alternative contact (optional)
    A trusted parent, spouse, or friend can be a good alternate contact if AMCAS needs to reach you but is unable to.
  • Citizenship
    Wherever you legally reside is where you are a citizen.
  • legal residence
    If you are a college student in a state other than your home state, you will need to review the requirements for becoming a legal resident of that state. You will likely want to include the state you lived in with your parents or legal guardians before attending college.
  • self identification
    This is optional. Please do not identify yourself if you live in the European Union.
  • Languages
    You must list all the languages ​​you speak, no matter how fluent you are. List the language your family primarily spoke first, followed by any secondary languages ​​you learned or are familiar with. Basic knowledge must be included. The more languages ​​the better, but speaking only one language doesn't disqualify you.
  • Childhood Information
    This includes demographic information and questions about your family income while you were growing up.
  • Military service
    If you served in the United States Armed Forces, there are programs to help you get your education at a more affordable cost. Complete the information in this section according to your circumstances.
  • felony or misdemeanor
    Pay close attention here to whatnoneeds to be reported. Also, remember that reporting a felony or misdemeanor conviction does not disqualify you from medical school. There are medical schools in the United States that accept students with backgrounds.

    Do not include a felony if...
    – They didn't charge you.
    – Charges dropped.
    – A judge or jury found you not guilty.
    - His conviction was overturned on appeal.
    – You received an executive pardon.

  • disadvantaged state
    If you feel that you were disadvantaged and that this significantly affected your life, you have the opportunity to explain how. selectSim, and space will appear to explain your circumstances.
  • Parents and guardians, siblings, dependents
    If you are a single parent, you will want to include your children as your dependents.


AMCAS provides the following videos to help you learn how to enter your course.

Work and Activities

If you've been reading our blog for a while, you've probably seen us referring to this section. The Work and Activities section is your opportunity to list extracurricular activities, such as student debate team, chess club, or newspaper. You have 15 openings, so list your experiences in order of importance. (By the way, good for you if you have more than 15 experiences to list!)

Evaluation/recommendation letters

AAMC provides the following videos to help you send your letters correctly.

There are several things to remember about appraisal letters.

  1. You may submit your application without the evaluation letters if you have not already received them. The letterssonHowever, it is necessary, so don't forget about them!
  2. Due dates for evaluation letters are set by medical schools, not AMCAS. Be sure to submit your letters before the due dates listed for each school, or your application will be rejected as incomplete.
  3. If your appraiser sends the letter directly to AMCAS, you will not be able to read it.
  4. If you are a second-year applicant, you will need to resubmit your letters. They will not automatically appear on your freshman applications.
  5. AMCAS does not forward letters. Therefore, if your school does not participate in AMCAS, you will need to follow that school's submission guidelines. They will likely ask you to upload it through a portal on their website.

medical schools

This section is perhaps the most interesting part of the AMCAS application. This is where you select the medical schools you want to apply to. It's self-explanatory. You can type in the name of the school you are looking for or you can scroll through the list. Add here all the schools you are applying to. Don't skip any, or they won't have access to your AMCAS application.


personal comment essay

This is also known as yourpersonal statement.Do not hurrythis section. Medical schools that do not automatically submit subapplicationsnosend him a request if they don't like what he writes here. You tooI can'tPlease go back and edit this essay after submitting it. Therefore, we recommend using a tool likegrammaticallyoHemingwayto edit your personal comment essay before submitting it. Both tools have basic versions that arebookand easy to use.

You have 5,300 characters in your personal comment essay to discuss why you want to go to medical school.

Here is an example:

I come from a family of doctors. I grew up seeing my parents in aprons, switching between 24-hour shifts and making sure I had a babysitter when they were both on night duty. My father lived in his mantle. I saw my mother more often. He spent every spare second he had with me, doing whatever he could to positively influence me. Sometimes it bothered me so much that my parents were gone, but it made me appreciate the time I spent with them more. He knew when they were on duty and when they weren't. So I knew when to expect interruptions and when to have them all to myself. But honestly, the highlight of my childhood was all the time I spent with my grandmother. He moved out when I was 10.

Although both my parents were doctors, it was my grandmother who first inspired me with stories about her OB/GYN. My grandmother was 35 when she found out she was pregnant with my mother. She was scared of having another child because she thought she was too old. She had smooth deliveries with her other children, but because of her age, she had an irrational fear of dying from complications in childbirth. My grandma's anxiety was so bad that her OB/GYN saw her once a week throughout her pregnancy, even though she wasn't high risk. Seeing her lab work return to normal and hearing Mom's heartbeat on the ultrasound helped my grandmother get through the pregnancy. My grandmother used this story as an example of how to be kind to others. He talked about using my skills to help others and make a difference in their lives.

My parents rolled their eyes every time Grandma told that story because they'd heard it a million times before. But my parents also told stories over and over again, just different ones. Although it was my grandmother who caught my attention with her stories, I was also positively influenced by my parents' stories. My father is an anesthesiologist. He would talk to his patients before putting them to sleep. He once put a celebrity to sleep for surgery, but he couldn't tell me who it was due to confidentiality concerns. He has also assisted a United States Senator and a County Commissioner. But his favorite stories to tell were about families. He loved helping families because they reminded him of us. At the end of the day, Dad was a doctor so he could come home to Mom and me.

Mom was a pediatrician. Her stories weren't as much fun when I was young, but I appreciate them more now. Her days consisted of prescribing inhalers for young children suffering from asthma. She gave antibiotics to children with strep throats and comforted young children with colds who just needed to rest until they got better.

It might not come as a surprise that he wants to go to medical school. Between my grandmother's gratitude for her OB/GYN, to my parents taking care of their patients, becoming a doctor is pretty much all I decided on. I thought about it countless times and decided to become an obstetrician/gynecologist. As I researched, I realized that I wanted to specialize in a specific area of ​​medicine, like my mother, only I wanted to specialize even more. An eighteen-year treatment period is too long for me. I wanted to be part of a specific phase of life. My decision to become an OB/GYN stems from the female body's ability to bring new life into this world. I think it's amazing and almost miraculous, and it's an experience I want to be a part of again and again.

I think I know exactly how I can help any woman who walks into my office. By studying OB/GYN, I will be prepared to advise women on topics such as hormones, birth control and pregnancy. I will help newlyweds enjoy their wedded bliss until they are ready to raise their family. I will be there for future mothers, from the first visit to my office until the moment of delivery. I hope my patients trust me because I want to alleviate their anxiety as much as I can. After all, bringing new life into this world already causes anxiety.

My grandmother passed away, but her story stays with me. And my parents are retired, so now it's my turn to carry on my family's legacy. I want to be a doctor for several reasons. Without a doubt, my family influenced my decision. But my desire to be a doctor is because I want to help patients. I hope that my desire along with my education and qualifications will be enough for me to be accepted to at least one medical school so that I can fulfill my dreams.

This essay is 807 characters long, so it is within the 5300 character limit. If you're convinced you need to type exactly 5300 characters, don't worry. The word limit is designed to keep the essays at a reasonable size for the admissions committee, as they receive a lot of submissions. It is also designed to ensure that the essay is long enough to answer the question.

This prospective student did well in her response to writing personal comments. She chose to speak from a personal experience. She knew she wanted to be a doctor, but it took her a while to decide which area she wanted to study. And while she cites her grandmother as an inspiration, she also has her own reasons for choosing the OB/GYN field. This essay meets all requirements and presents a student well prepared for admissions committees.

standardized tests

This is where you will report your test scores including MCAT, GRE andCASPer. Be sure to include the following information:

  • what test did you take
  • The date you took the test
  • test section
  • your score

Here is an example:

  • Test taken: GRE
  • Date: January 11, 2020
  • Section: Mathematics Section
  • Score: 610

Once you've submitted all of your test scores, you've completed your AMCAS application! Let's not deny that it's a lot to fill. that's why wehighly recommendedStarting your app as soon as it opens and working diligently until it's done. However, do not rush. It takes, on average, one month to complete the order.

AMCAS Quick Links

AMCAS provides the following tools to help prospective students as they prepare to submit their applications.

My document status

You can control your assessment letters and transcripts from your dashboard. This saves you the hassle of logging into the app to see what's there.

International Medical Assistance

The American Medical College Application Service is here to make your college application process a little easier through its centralized system. If you find that you need help with this,International Medical Assistanceis here for you. We offer comprehensive consulting services.

We can…

  • Review your primary and/or secondary applications.
  • Read your essays for your sub-applications and provide suggestions for improvements.
  • Take a mock interview to help prepare you for the real deal.

If you're still wondering if medicine is right for you, consider taking an international trip with you. We take students with us to South America, East Africa and Haiti. You will be able to provide medical assistance to underserved populations that are in need of medical assistance. if you decide medicineesthe right field for you, you will have experiences to write about for your secondary applications!

Lastly, if you're wondering which medical schools to apply to, check out our comprehensive guides to various schools. We update our blog regularly, so check back often to see which schools we have listed.

  • School of Medicine at the University of St. George
  • George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine na Pensilvânia
  • Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Drexel University School of Medicine
  • Western University of Health Sciences in California
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • Perelman School of Medicine
  • UCLA School of Medicine
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Washington University School of Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • brown medical school

We wish you the best of luck on your journey to medical school! Remember, International Medical Aid is here for you. It will be an honor to help you, wherever you are on your journey. You can contact us through oursite webat any time. We look forward to working with you!


How hard is it to get into medical school 2021? ›

So, how hard is it to get into medical school? According to the AAMC, over 55,000 applicants applied during the 2022-2023 application cycle and only 22,000 matriculated. That's an acceptance rate of only 40%, which is an increase from the previous cycle but still less than favorable odds.

Is 7 activities enough for AMCAS? ›

It will hurt your application if you have less than 15 activities. As you'll see below, the types of activities that you include, the length of time you participated, and your description of these events all have an impact on how the adcom views your dedication to this career path.

Is the 2023 AMCAS application open? ›

When does AMCAS open for the 2023-2024 application cycle? AMCAS will open on May 2, 2023 and you will be able to submit your application as early as May 30, 2023.

When can I submit AMCAS 2021 2022? ›

Finalize AMCAS personal statement and work and activities entries. Finalize medical school list unless you don't have your final MCAT result. AMCAS opens on May 2, 2023. AMCAS submission begins May 30, 2023.

Is a 3.7 too low for med school? ›

Admissions experts advise aspiring medical school students to aim for a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

What are the odds of medical school in Canada? ›

The country's average medical school acceptance rates are lower than 20%, which means that for every 100 applications that Canadian medical schools receive, less than 20 students get offered admission.

What is the most meaningful character count on AMCAS? ›

When you designate an experience as “most meaningful,” AMCAS will prompt you to complete the “Most Meaningful Experience Remarks” section, which has a 1,325-character limit.

Should you use all 700 characters on AMCAS? ›

It is absolutely critical that you try to optimize the 700 characters allotted. When you look at the AMCAS example below, you'll see the various elements of a good AMCAS activity description. As of the 2021-2022 cycle, premedical students can now have multiple date ranges.

What is the most meaningful experience limit for AMCAS? ›

A maximum of 15 experiences may be entered; however you can enter up to four occurrences for each experience. Enter only significant experiences; medical schools are interested in quality rather than quantity.

Can I submit AMCAS without MCAT? ›

No, an MCAT score is not required for AMCAS (the American Medical College Application Service) to verify your application. The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is a standardized test that is required for admission to most medical schools in the United States.

How many letters of recommendation do I need for medical school? ›

How Many Letters Will You Need? In most cases, schools request a minimum of three recommendations: two from science professors and one from a non-science professor or an extracurricular supervisor.

How early can you start AMCAS? ›

The AMCAS application typically opens during the first week of May each year for the following year's medical school class. Since AMCAS submission doesn't open until the first week of June, you'll have about a month to begin working on your application before you can submit it.

What is peak season for AMCAS? ›

During peak periods from June to September, it will take approximately 6 weeks for AMCAS to process your application.

Is August too late to submit AMCAS? ›

The best time to apply to medical school is in June or July. August and September are considered late in the cycle. But with a strong application, you can still be accepted when applying late.

Is September too late to submit AMCAS? ›

Remember that the AMCAS doesn't close until September. But many students will have been able to take the MCAT and submit their scores by then. So, your chances are much, much lower than they were even in July. That rolling admissions system will ultimately bite you!

Will one C ruin my chances of med school? ›

In general, pre-med students are advised to retake courses in which they have earned a 'C. ' In reality, one or two 'C's will not rule out medical school for anyone, especially for otherwise high-achieving students.

Can I get into med school with a 3.7 GPA in Canada? ›

Although graduate applicants may apply with the minimum required GPA of 3.3, the possession of the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Based on statistics from recent admissions cycles, a minimum GPA of 3.7 is considered competitive for graduate applicants.

What is the hardest pre-med class? ›

Organic Chemistry:

1 spot as the hardest college course. This course is often referred to as the “pre-med killer” because it actually has caused many pre-med majors to switch their major.

How many people fail med school in Canada? ›

There are very few medical school dropouts in Canada. In 2017, only 53 students left medical school, representing 0.5% of the student body, according to data from the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada. Of those, 21 dropped out in the first year, like Gatrall.

Is med school harder in Canada or USA? ›

Getting into medical school in Canada is considered more competitive compared to getting into medical school in the U.S. based on average MCAT scores and admissions rates.

What is the hardest medical school to get into in Canada? ›

Which medical school in Canada is the hardest to get into? With an acceptance rate of only 1.8%, Queen's University is the hardest to get into.

Can a hobby be a most meaningful experience on AMCAS? ›

Can a hobby be one of my most meaningful experiences? Absolutely! There are no stipulations that indicate which activities you can identify as your AMCAS most meaningful experience, however, it's important to choose experiences that truly warrant this classification.

What is the most meaningful experience for medical school application? ›

Your AMCAS “most meaningful” experiences should tell a story that grabs the attention of the reader and builds a consistent narrative about your passion for medicine, responsibility, leadership, initiative, empathy, cooperation, and commitment to service.

Is shadowing the most meaningful experience for AMCAS? ›

Q: Can I include shadowing as a most meaningful AMCAS activity? Yes, you can include shadowing as a meaningful activity. But most of the time, our Cracking Med School Admissions team finds that shadowing is not a strong activity.

How many hours of shadowing do you need for med school? ›

Many medical schools have a minimum requirement for shadowing hours. This may vary; some schools require 12–24 hours, while others require more than 75 hours. Generally, the range is between 40 and 100 hours. Shadowing can be arranged in half or full-day stints (typically from four to eight hours).

Should I fill out all 15 activities on AMCAS? ›

You aren't required to use all three slots, but ensure you utilize at least two. If you're able to write about three meaningful experiences, do so. If you can speak about research, clinical, and volunteer experiences, that's great, but it's more important to choose the experiences that were most significant to you.

Do med schools check social media? ›

Although only about 9% of the admissions officers said they routinely checked applicants' social media at the time, about 50% said that unprofessional content on an applicant's social media network could negatively affect his or her chance for acceptance.

How many hours of research is good for medical school? ›

Since research is not a requirement at most medical schools, there's no minimum number of hours you should be spending at the lab. Some students report entering medical school with over 2,000 hours of research experience, while others had no more than 400.

Is 1000 hours of clinical experience good for med school? ›

There's no universally applicable set of clinical hours that will get you into medical school. However, generally speaking, about 100 to 150 hours of meaningful clinical experience completed in a consistent schedule over a few months can give your application a competitive edge.

How many hours of clinical experience is good for med school? ›

In general, having between 100 and 150 hours of experience is ideal for your med school applications. Make sure to plan for this ahead of time. Sure, you could cram your 100 hours into six weeks so that you can say that you did them.

Do medical schools know if you are a reapplicant? ›

Do medical schools know if you are a reapplicant? Assuming you didn't get in anywhere previously, schools will only know whether you are reapplying to their program, but not others. Moreover, they can only see your previous application if they saved it in their database.

What doctors don't have to take the MCAT? ›

Here is the list of US medical schools with BA/MD or BS/MD Programs that do not require the MCAT.
  • Adelphi University. ...
  • Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. ...
  • The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. ...
  • Case Western Reserve University. ...
  • CUNY School of Medicine. ...
  • Drexel University College of Medicine.
Mar 31, 2023

How many reference letters for Canadian medical school? ›

How Many Reference Letters Should I Get? Most residency programs will request that you submit at least three (3) reference letters as part of your application, but some will permit up to five (5). Some, notably certain Francophone Family Medicine programs in Quebec, do not want any at all.

Can a friend write a letter of recommendation? ›

Employers may request applicants to submit letters of recommendation to better assess their character, skills and potential as new employees in their company. A variety of acquaintances, including personal friends, can provide a character reference.

What makes a letter of recommendation stand out for medical school? ›

Any outcomes from your work that are emphasized will make the letter stand out from others. Information such as the number of patients you have assisted and positive quotes from people you have worked with can provide convincing evidence of an exceptional character.

What age is too late to apply to medical school? ›

There is no age limit for medical school. You can become a doctor in your 30s, 40s, 50s, and even 60s. In the end, medical schools want students who will make good physicians. Age is not a factor.

Is starting med school at 25 late? ›

Non-traditional applicants often fear it may be too late to attend medical school. It's important to know there is no age limit to attending medical school. You can become a doctor at any age.

When should I submit secondaries? ›

Generally it is best to turn in the secondary at least within two weeks after you received it. If the school gives you a submission deadline, try to submit at least two or three days before that deadline. You can imagine that it is extremely difficult and time-consuming to fill out each secondary application.

What month do most people get accepted to medical school? ›

Medical schools begin sending acceptance letters mid-October. You may be contacted any time thereafter, so early applicants may receive acceptances in late October. Applicants can hold multiple acceptances until the end of April. Each program will use school-specific procedures regarding acceptance deadlines.

What year is best to apply to med school? ›

The traditional timeframe is to apply at the end of your junior year as a rising senior in college. This requires that you take the MCAT early in your junior year or even during the summer between your sophomore and junior years of college.

What is the best time to study for medical students? ›

While it is true that not everyone has the privilege of being a morning person naturally, the morning is inarguably the most productive and stress-free moment of the day. There's a simple reason for this: nothing happens at 6 AM.

What day does AMCAS open 2023? ›

When does AMCAS open for the 2023-2024 application cycle? AMCAS will open on May 2, 2023 and you will be able to submit your application as early as May 30, 2023.

Should I submit AMCAS the first day? ›

Waiting until your application is ready, however, is more important than submitting on the earliest possible date. As long as you can avoid submitting your primary and secondaries after August, you should still be on time.

Can you get secondaries without MCAT scores? ›

Writing Secondary Essays Takes a Lot of Time

But they're very time-consuming. When you apply to 20 medical schools and your applications all go out at the same time, all of those medical schools are going to send you secondary essays, even without your MCAT score.

Should I delay applying to medical school? ›

Waiting a bit could improve your chances based on sheer numbers. You can get your finances in order. Medicals school is expensive, as is the process of applying. Taking time away from school may mean that you will, however, have to start replaying student loans.

Is it OK to submit AMCAS in June? ›

As most of you who are applying to medical school this cycle are aware, the AMCAS opens during the first week of June. Typically, you are allowed to begin filling it out sometime in mid-May, but can't officially complete it until it opens in June.

What percent of applicants get into med school 2021? ›

The number of applicants has now leveled off after an unusually competitive year in 2021-2022 when there were 62,443 applicants. For reference, there were 53,370 applicants in 2020-2021. In total, 23,810 applicants were accepted meaning 43% of medical school applicants were accepted.

What GPA do you need for medical school 2021? ›

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) reported an average GPA for medical school of 3.60 across all applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Is it harder to get into med school now? ›

Why is it so hard to get into medical school? While the overall matriculation rate to U.S. medical schools is at an all-time low, it may simply be due to a larger number of applications from less-qualified students. Therefore, it's important to know the stats with which applicants apply today relative to years past.

What are the odds of getting into medical school? ›

Your overall chance of getting into med school is 41.2%. However, your application's strength and MCAT/GPA scores can improve your chances!

How many interviews do most medical school applicants get? ›

On average, an applicant can expect to receive 2.5 interviews in a medicine application cycle. Approximately 12% of medical school applicants will not get any interviews while 30% will be interviewed by all four of the medical schools they applied to.

What is the average GPA for Canadian med school 2021? ›

A competitive GPA for admission, which is the average GPA of admitted students, is between 3.8-4.0 depending on the school and whether you are an in-province or out-of-province applicant.

What is the lowest MCAT score to get into med school? ›

These suggestions might change depending on your state residence, ethnicity, disadvantaged status, and other factors. MCAT of 505 or below: Consider applying to your state allopathic medical schools and osteopathic medical schools. MCAT score ranges of 506 – 509: Apply to your state medical schools.

What GPA DO med schools look at Canada? ›

Grade Point Average (GPA)

You must obtain a minimum GPA of 3.6 / 4.0 on the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) scale. The possession of the minimum GPA requirement does not guarantee acceptance. Based on statistics from recent admissions cycles, a minimum GPA of 3.8 is considered competitive.

What is the average GPA of med school matriculants in Canada? ›

Minimum GPA of 3.2/4.0 for in-province applicants or 3.8/4.0 for out-of-province applicants. MCAT score with a minimum of 128 in the CARS section for non-Albertans.

How many C's are acceptable for med school? ›

In general, pre-med students are advised to retake courses in which they have earned a 'C. ' In reality, one or two 'C's will not rule out medical school for anyone, especially for otherwise high-achieving students.

What is the hardest year of med? ›

Fourth Year (MS4 or M4)

The first half of fourth year is arguably the hardest part of the entire medical training process, at least if you go into a competitive surgical subspecialty.

What year is the most difficult in med school? ›

Year one is the hardest year of medical school.

Many students will likely disagree, but the first year is widely recognized as being the most difficult. The majority of the first year of medical school is spent in classrooms and labs and requires an enormous amount of memorization.

What is the hardest major to get into med school with? ›

Specialized health sciences majors have the lowest acceptance rate while physical science majors have the highest acceptance rate. Biological science majors are the most popular in terms of both applicants and matriculants, however, the acceptance rate of these individuals falls somewhere in the middle of the majors.

What percentage of students fail medical school? ›

What is the graduation rate of medical school? Findings vary depending on circumstance, but overall, roughly 81.6 to 84.3 percent of four-year medical program students graduate, explains the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

What is the best age to go to medical school? ›

The best age to start medical school is around 24.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, this is the average age of the first-year medical student.

How many people drop out of medical school? ›

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the attrition rate for medical students in four-year programs falls between 15.7% and 18.4%. This drops to 4.1% for students who enroll in five and six-year programs. This research begs the question, why do so many people drop out of four-year medical schools?


Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Foster Heidenreich CPA

Last Updated: 12/31/2023

Views: 6382

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (56 voted)

Reviews: 87% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Foster Heidenreich CPA

Birthday: 1995-01-14

Address: 55021 Usha Garden, North Larisa, DE 19209

Phone: +6812240846623

Job: Corporate Healthcare Strategist

Hobby: Singing, Listening to music, Rafting, LARPing, Gardening, Quilting, Rappelling

Introduction: My name is Foster Heidenreich CPA, I am a delightful, quaint, glorious, quaint, faithful, enchanting, fine person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.