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professional School Applicants Spring ‘16 Meeting DAT (Dental Admissions Test) GRE (Graduate Record Examination) PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test) MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test) Summary Reports @ aamc.org/mcat “How Scores are Used by Medical Schools” Holistic Review Flexible & Individualized Assessment Balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics How the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician Read about the Holistic Review Process: https://www.aamc.org/initiatives/holisticreview/about/ Ratings of Core Personal Competencies’ Importance to Entering Student’s Success in Medical School Importance of Application Data: Invitation to Interview / Acceptances Red = Academic Data Blue = Experiential Data Black = Combination 5 = Extremely Important 4 = Very Important 3 = Important 2 = Somewhat Important 1 = Not Important Internal Review Process Applicant File Biographical Report Transcripts Personal Statement/Responses to Prompts Ratings Good Very good Excellent Superior Interviews w/ 3 members of the Health Professions Committee Committee Ratings Based On: Overall/Science GPA (avg 3.67/3.65) Academic Rigor/Strength of Schedule Leadership Service Clinical Experience Extracurriculars Letters of Recommendation Maturity/Readiness Interview HPC Application Timeline Student generally go through HPC during the academic year leading up their application, 2 years prior to matriculating. (Process begins Fall 2016 for Fall 2018 matriculation) Oct: Deadline to join HPC Jan-Feb: HPC Interviews Mar-Apr: HPC Review Period June 1: All Final HPC Materials Submitted June: Complete Primary Applications http://sites.middlebury.edu/hpandstem/application-timetable/ AMCAS Application Deadlines AMCAS applications open the first week of May Begin submitting applications to AMCAS the first week of June Plan to submit your primary application as early in June as possible Use the AMCAS Instruction Manual and AMCAS Tools and Tutorials for information about how to accurately classify courses, etc. Application Deadlines How does AMCAS work? The AMCAS Application Identifying Information Schools Attended Biographic Information Course Work Work/Activities Letters of Evaluation Medical Schools List Essay(s) Standardized Tests aamc.org/amcas Releasing Dossier to Schools Middlebury submits applications to Medical Schools through Interfolio; applicants submit to AMCAS Veterinary and Dental Schools receive applications via their application systems. Interviewing Review and Practice Stay up-to-date with research and healthcare issues www.studentdoctor.net Follow-up with thank-you notes Send to each health professions committee member that interviews you Send to Director of Admissions at medical schools where you interview Admissions & Health Professions Committees Seek Answers to the Follow Questions BUILDING YOUR SCHOOL LIST Choosing Where to Apply to Medical School Important & challenging part of the application process Time consuming Can be expensive How many schools should I apply to? How does my state of residency impact where I should apply? How do I make sense of residency requirements? Are there new medical schools I should consider applying to? Are there special interstate agreements? Should I consider applying to public medical schools that are out-of-state for me? How should my GPA and MCAT score affect where I apply? How important should rankings be as I decide where to apply? Aren’t all mission statements the same? What should I look for as I examine a school’s curriculum? Should cost be a factor in my decision of where to apply? What other factors should I consider? I want to apply to MD/PhD . How do I decide where to apply? programs I want to apply to osteopathic medical schools. How do I decide where to apply? 1. How many schools should I apply to? ~15-20 schools 25+ schools generally indicates a lack of strategy and that the schools have not been well researched 2. How does my state of residency impact where I should apply? Applying as an in-state candidate usually puts you at an advantage Many state schools have <15% of their class from outside their state Tuition tends to be lower 3. How do I make sense of residency requirements? In the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR), each school’s listing includes the numbers of ‘resident’ and ‘non-resident’ applicants, interviewees, and matriculants. The Princeton Health Professions Advising website is a great resource. Residency rules vary from state to state, and HOW residents and non-residents are defined by an Admissions committee varies from school to school. 4. Are there new medical schools I should consider applying to? The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) website is a great resource. (www.aamc.org) List of recently accredited and new schools are overviewed in Snapshot of the New and Developing Medical Schools in the U.S. and Canada. There are also many new osteopathic schools listed there. 5. Are there special interstate agreements? Yes - some states that either don’t have medical schools or who have very few have created special interstate agreements so that their residents will have in-state privileges WICHE Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education operates an exchange program for students from 13 western states that gives them preference in admission & reduced tuition in selected out of state medical & other professional schools WWAMI The University of Washington School of Medicine serves as the public school for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. FAME Finance Authority of Maine’s Access to Medical Education Program, which gives Maine residents preferred access to Dartmouth, Vermont, and UNECOM. DIMER Delaware Institute of Medical Education & Research, which has Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia serve as Delaware’s medical school. 6. Should I consider applying to public medical schools that are out-of-state for me? It depends on which school… Consult the Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) and the chart entitled ‘Acceptance & Matriculation Data’ When a public school has over 25% of its class from out-of-state, there’s a reasonable chance of qualified out-of-staters being considered. The percentage of in-state versus out-of-state residents is also available on this AAMC Site: http://www.aamc.org/data/facts/start.htm 7. How should my GPA and MCAT score affect where I apply? Consult the MSAR ( again!) MSAR Online contains admissions statistics including the school’s mean MCAT and the ranges of overall and science GPAs they accept. Use this data to assess whether or not you will be a competitive candidate at a specific school. Make sure you select a mix of schools where you are at or close to the average GPA and some schools where you may be above the average. Take a similar approach with the MCAT. 8. How important should rankings be as I decide where to apply? Be careful not to put too much emphasis on rankings. Apply to a diverse group of schools. The U.S. News and World Report ranking uses a methodology that may change year to year and may emphasize qualities that are not as important to you. Think about which schools will be the best fit for you; where you can thrive. 9. Aren’t all mission statements the same? Not necessarily. Some vary pretty dramatically. You want to identify schools whose mission parallels your professional goals and personal values. You can read each school’s mission statement in the MSAR. It’s also important to explore the websites of your schools of interest. They often feature more in-depth information about the school’s philosophy. 10. What should I look for as I examine a school’s curriculum? Consider your learning style. The AAMC website has Curriculum Inventory and Reports (CIR) page which provides information about the structure, delivery, and assessment of medical school curricula. Look at the grading policy of the school. Pass/No Pass vs. Letter Grading System Residency program information. (American Medical Association) www.ama-assn.org 11. Should cost be a factor in my decision of where to apply? Tuition varies considerably based on factors including residency, availability of scholarships, etc. While nearly all medical students graduate with some debt, the amount of that debt can range from between a few thousand dollars to upwards of $200,000. MSAR includes information on financial aid. Important to balance financial benefits of various programs with how well that school matches your needs. Consider outside sources of funding. National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program: http://nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov/applications/ Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarships are available from each branch of the military. 12. What other factors should I consider? Location. You will be spending 4 years of your life at medical school, so you want to make sure it’s an environment you like. Where have you lived before and what did you like about those places? City vs. rural, different climates, cost of living, etc. Consider international where appropriate. programs Composition of Student Body. Do you prefer a smaller or a larger class? How diverse is the class? What is the male/female ratio? Personal Factors. Are you close to your family and want to be at a school near them? 13. I want to apply to MD/PhD programs. How do I decide where to apply? Consider what type of research you’re hoping to do and which faculty members you’d like to work with. Look at the structure of the program. Do you do 3 years of your MD and then do your PhD and finish your last year of medical school after that? Or do you do your PhD first and then your MD? 14. I want to apply to osteopathic medical schools. How do I decide where to apply? Utilize many of the same strategies as when applying to allopathic medical schools. Ask yourself similar questions about your background, the school’s mission statement and curriculum, cost, location, etc. Your best source of information about osteopathic medical schools is the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine: http://www.aacom.org/Pages/default.aspx They publish an Osteopathic Medical College Information Book Resources Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) Can be purchased online through the Association of American Medical Colleges (http://www.aamc.org) or at http://www.amazon.com Source for: Application procedures and deadlines Selection factors such as MCAT & GPA data Medical school class profiles Costs and financial aid packages MD/PhD and other combined degrees Graduates’ specialty choices Updated USMLE Policies Association of American Medical Colleges Curriculum Guide Free online resource: http://services.aamc.org/currdir/start.cfm Princeton Review’s Searchable Medical School Database. You can search for schools based on your GPA and MCAT score, geographic location, class size, and other factors. http://www.princetonreview.com/medical/research/advsearch/match.asp US! Your Health Professions Advisors. Building Your School List Questions?
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