How to Apply to Medical School
The application process typically begins 15 to 16 months before matriculation into medical school. A centralized application service (AMCAS) is used submit your application.
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) a centralized application processing service that is available to applicants applying to participating U.S. medical schools. Most M.D. granting medical schools use AMCAS as their primary application method. The notable exceptions are the Texas medical schools that belong to Texas Medical & Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS). There is a fee associated with this application service. See the AAMC Fee Assistance Program for information concerning financial assistance.
- AMCAS Participating Medical Schools
- AMCAS Resources
- AMCAS Instruction Manual
- List of AAMCs’ Accredited US and Canadian Medical Schools (Member Institutions)
- AMCAS Application Grade Conversion Guide
- TMDSAS (Texas Medical & Dental School Application Service)
AAMC Fee Assistance Program
The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) assists MCAT examinees and AMCAS applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT exam or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application. See the links below to learn more about this program, the eligibility requirements, and how to apply.
- Fee Assistance Program
- Eligibility Requirements
- Application Requirements
- Fee Assistance Program Application
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) is a service run by the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) through which prospective osteopathic medical students can apply to osteopathic medical schools in the United States that grant the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree.
International students applying to U.S. medical schools
International students in the USA on a Visa without permanent U.S. resident status ("Green Card") often find it surprising that it is much more difficult to enter a U.S. medical school (M.D. or D.O) than it is to enter a U.S. university or graduate school to study for a Ph.D. or M.S. degree. Many U.S. medical schools give preference to legal residents of the geographic state in which the school exists. Eligibility for many U.S. Federal Government sponsored financial loans may well be defined by being a U.S. citizen, or a U.S. permanent resident ("Green Card"), or PERHAPS being designated sometimes as a 'political refugee', fleeing violence in their homeland. Information on such issues can usually be found on U.S. college campuses in the Financial Aid Office (at UGA in the Hunter-Holmes Academic Bldg. near the Arch) and in the Office of International Education (at UGA on the 2nd floor of Barrow Hall) or Office of International Student Life (at UGA in Memorial Hall).
Some students may benefit from discussing their situation with an attorney knowledgeable in immigration law and procedures in applying for U.S. residency. Some international students not eligible for U.S. Federal Government Loans, but have the ability to pay (such as through family financial resources), sometimes write the Admissions Offices at U.S. medical schools to declare such an ability to pay.
International students should review the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) to determine the medical schools they are interested in accept international applicants.
How do I apply as an international applicant?
- AAMC and Aspiring Docs Applying as an International Student PDF