- Attend a HPPLC Medical School Application Workshop (check the HPPLC Events Calendar for dates).
- Assemble materials in preparation for completing your application (spring transcript from IU, transcripts from all other universities attended, list of activities or resume).
- Work on writing personal statement. Keep a journal throughout the application process, and use it for ideas for your personal statement and secondary applications.
- Research medical schools. Consult the Medical School Admissions Statistics chart available from the HPPLC office, which shows in-state and out-of-state acceptance rates, and the average grade point averages and average MCAT scores of accepted students.
- Study for the MCAT! We generally recommend taking the MCAT in the early summer, but make sure that you have time beforehand to thoroughly prepare. Late May or June MCAT dates work well because they leave time for you to study for the MCAT in the early part of the summer, while still allowing you to submit your application early.
- Before you take the MCAT, your priority should be to spend as much time as possible preparing for the exam. You can use the time period after you take the MCAT and before receiving your score to work on the primary application.
- Order transcripts from every school attended for AMCAS/AACOMAS. Use the AMCAS and AACOMAS Transcript Request forms to order transcripts for the centralized application services.
- Check on the status of your requests for evaluations from your recommenders.
- After you have taken the MCAT, begin work on your primary application (AMCAS and/or AACOMAS). You should generally try to complete the primary application by the time you receive your scores.
- Once you receive your MCAT score, if you are ready to go ahead with the application process, submit your primary application as early as possible. Your letter of recommendation file does not have to be complete before you submit your primary application.
- Ideally, you should submit your primary application by early July.
- After you submit your AMCAS/AACOMAS application you should periodically log in and monitor the status of your application. You should call and check with AMCAS/AACOMAS regarding any transcripts that are listed as not having been received and then check with the Registrar's office to see if there was a problem with the order.
- As you receive secondary application materials from each medical school, you should follow their instructions and submit the secondary applications as quickly as possible, in order to keep your application moving into the next stage of the admissions process. At most schools your application will not be reviewed until all materials are received; bottom line: if you have not submitted all secondary materials you have not applied.
- Send recommendations as requested by the medical schools and confirm that they have received them.
- Prepare to re-take the MCAT exam, if appropriate in your case.
- Ideally, you should submit all secondary applications and recommendations to every medical school where you have applied by early to mid-August, the time when schools are beginning to set up interviews for early fall.
- Double check on everything. Be sure that secondary applications and recommendation packets have been received by each school. Admissions offices receive thousands of documents and it is easy for one to get misfiled. Check everything by phone or on the school website if there is one dedicated to applicants and application status.
- Prepare for interviews. Continue to keep your journal, and review it for ideas to emphasize to an admissions committee. Consult the Sample Medical School Interview Questions handout from the HPPLC office and prepare for questions you may be asked. Review questions and information on the format of medical school interviews at studentdoctor.net.
- Attend one of the HPPLC Interview Skills Workshops to be held in the fall semester (check the HPPLC Events Calendar for dates).
- Visit with the representative of any medical school to which you have applied who visits our campus.
- Most schools will allow you to send additional recommendations in December or January from professors from your fall classes if you have not yet received an acceptance and would like to try to strengthen your application. Check with the schools about their policies.
- Most schools request that you submit updated transcripts at the end of the fall semester directly to them if your application is still under consideration. Check the instructions from each individual school.
- Attend the HPPLC-sponsored Health Programs Fair. Meet with any representatives of any schools where your application is still under consideration.
- Remain in contact with schools if you have submitted applications and have not heard back. A polite email or phone call to inquire about your status is generally acceptable.
- If there are additional activities or achievements that you would like to report, you can send a letter updating the medical schools that are continuing to consider your application.
- If you are waitlisted at a school, stay in touch with them and make sure they are aware that you would accept a seat in their class even if it is offered late in the year (if you are willing to do this).
- Prepare alternate plans if your admission to medical school is in doubt. Remember that there are many possibilities for a career in healthcare if that is what you desire.