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    GSA Admissions Resources

    The AAMC offers members access to a wide range of resources. 

    Programs and Services

    American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®)
    The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service. Most U.S. medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application method for their first-year entering classes.

    Holistic Review
    The Holistic Review in Admissions workshop is designed to assist medical schools in enhancing student body diversity as a means of achieving the mission-based excellence they seek.

    MCAT® Resources for Admissions Officers
    AMCAS delivers services to support medical school admission offices, including processing solutions, data delivery, collection and distribution of letters of evaluation, in addition to criminal background checks.

    Admissions Lifecycle
    This page provides a centralized repository of AAMC tools and resources to support you in designing your admissions process, evaluating applicants, finalizing your matriculating classes with the AAMC, and reviewing and refining your process after each cycle.

    Services Hub
    The AAMC's Services Hub to bring all our admission resources together to support the efforts of medical schools to identify, select, and train physicians for the health care system of the future.

    Medical School Admission Requirements™(MSAR®)
    Updated annually, this resource provides data and detailed descriptions of all LCME-accredited US and Canadian medical schools, focusing on admissions requirements. It includes information provided directly by staff at each medical school as well as unique data provided by the AAMC. Users can compare MCAT scores and GPAs of accepted applicants and review premed coursework, class profiles, key application data and other important information. A new edition is released every spring. Admissions staff at each medical school have access to update the information and policies in their profiles year-round.

    MSAR Reports (Sign In Required)
    A repository of reports representing MSAR data and policies frequently referenced by pre-health advisors for use in advising pre-meds, gap year students and applicants. Topics include: Application Timeline, Letter of Evaluation PreferenceBS-MD Program List, DACA Policies, Debt Information, Oldest MCAT considered, Premedical Coursework ChartMedical School Mission Statement, Secondary Application InformationInterview,  PoliciesWaitlist ProceduresDeposit Due Date.  

    Publications, Guides, and Handbooks

    Application and Acceptance Protocols - Admission Officers
    The AAMC application policies are established protocols for applicants and admission officers.

    Application and Acceptance Protocols - Applicants
    AAMC recommendations to help ensure that all MD and MD-PhD applicants receive timely notification about the outcome of their AMCAS® application.

    Revised Application and Acceptance Protocols FAQs
    Answers to frequently asked questions regarding revisions to the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for Admissions Officers and Applicants.

    Choose Your Medical School Tool Overview for Admission Officers (Sign In Required) 
    A one-page overview of the Choose Your Medical School tool, a new resources for the 2019 application cycle.

    Clinical Experiences Survey Executive Summary (PDF)
    In the spring of 2016, the GSA Committee on Admissions of the AAMC distributed a survey to the designated medical school admissions contacts at each AAMC member medical school. The goal of the survey was to gather information on current medical school admissions practices related to requirements for clinical experiences for medical school applicants. This document provides an executive summary of those findings.

    Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Policy (PDF)
    This table shows the partial list of medical schools that have reported willingness to consider Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) applicants.

    Guidelines for Clinical Shadowing Experiences for Pre-medical Students (PDF)
    These guidelines are intended to be used as a model and by no means are intended to supersede any agreements already established. Advisors, students and others are welcome to adopt all or portions of this document for the use of pre-medical students interested in pursuing a career in medicine. These guidelines also suggest a protocol for a physician/pre-medical student agreement as it relates to patient interaction.

    Effective Practices for Using Socioeconomic Status Indicators in Medical School Admissions (PDF)
    This document presents an indicator of the socioeconomic status (SES) of medical school applicants using parental information provided in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) application. This document establishes criteria for the SES indicator, describes the validity of the indicator by examining its relationship to additional information that applicants provide about their SES, and provides guidance for the use of SES information in medical school admissions.

    Guidelines for the Consideration of Applications for Transfer or Advanced Standing
    These guidelines were established by the GSA Steering Committee to assist medical schools in the handling of applications.

    Guidelines for Premedical Students Providing Patient Care (PDF)
    This document provides guidelines for premedical and medical students providing patient care during clinical experiences abroad.

    GSA Member Handbook (Sign In Required)
    A comprehensive online resource for GSA members that includes handbooks for the Admissions Officer, the Financial Aid Officer, the Student Affairs Officer, the Student Diversity Affairs, and the Student Records Administrator. The new resource also includes handbooks for the regional groups, as well as AAMC services and initiatives, GSA organizational structure, GSA representatives roles and responsibilities, and contact information for AAMC staff. The GSA will continue to evaluate and refresh the resources available to you and welcomes your feedback.


    Post-baccalaureate Premedical Programs
    A number of schools now offer post-baccalaureate premedical programs designed to assist individuals in preparing for medical school. This database can be searched by state, school/institution name, undergraduate or graduate program, degree type and special program focus.