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Medical School Preparation Timeline




  • Engage in extracurricular activities (i.e., research, volunteer or internships) that interest you and demonstrate leadership, teamwork & caring, and altruism.
  • Consult the MSAR (Medical School Admission Requirement) database online to confirm school-specific requirements. To view the MSAR online you need to purchase access to it from AAMC for $15. See the AAMC website for details. Review individual school pre-requisites and determine if there are additional courses you need to complete.
  • If all prerequisites have been completed, prepare for & take the MCAT within this window of time - June - September.


  • Continue considering prospective letter writers and cultivate relationships with the professors that you will eventually request letters of recommendation from.
  • Continue to do well in classes and engage in extracurricular activities that interest you.


  • If all pre-requisites have been completed, prepare for & take the MCAT within this window of time - January - (no later than) April.
  • Attend personal statement workshops & write your statement. Have it reviewed by your letter of recommendation writers and other friends, family members or peers who know your story and possess excellent writing skills.
  • Request letters of recommendation.



  • AMCAS, AACOMAS & TMDSAS Applications open early in May – begin filling out applications.

June (1 year before Medical School)

  • Submit application to medical schools using AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS.

July - August

  • AMCAS is in the process of verifying primary applications.
  • Medical schools begin sending out secondary applications (through September).

August –December

  • Medical schools are interviewing applicants.
  • Prepare for interviews by scheduling a mock interview with a Pre-Med counselors, in addition to practicing with friends and family.


  • Beginning of admissions offers to applicants.
  • Primary applications final deadlines (serious applicants apply in June, well before this deadline).

January - March

  • Interviews continue.
  • Admissions offers continue.


  • April 15th offer acceptance deadline for medical schools that start on June 30th.
  • Admissions offers continue.


  • May 15th offer acceptance deadline for medical schools that start in August.

June - August

  • Active waitlist class filled.
  • Start medical school.


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