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Navigating the 2019 Admissions Cycle

New Application and Acceptance Protocols (“traffic rules”) were approved for the 2019 admissions cycle to guide how medical school admissions officers and applicants should interact and share information during the medical school application process. These protocols are distributed for the information of prospective MD and MD-PhD students, their advisors, and personnel at the medical schools and programs to which they have applied, and are offered in the spirit of undertaking the admissions process with the high degree of integrity expected of the medical profession. These guidelines are not intended to supersede the policies, timelines, or discretion of the individual schools or programs.

Committed to working together with the admissions community to identify effective solutions for supporting future admissions seasons, the AAMC convened a working group of national stakeholders to provide subject matter expertise and to serve as liaisons to ensure that constituent feedback informs the development of new products and resources.

AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool

Beginning with the 2019 application cycle, AMCAS will provide a suite of tools and reports that better protect applicant confidentiality while promoting fairness in the application process for applicants and medical schools alike. Developed in partnership with the Ad Hoc Working Group on Admissions Tools and Resources, Choose Your Medical School is the first of these new tools. The objective of the Choose Your Medical School Tool is to improve a school’s ability to know the intentions and final selections of applicants within their applicant pool. However, it is not intended to take the place of the primary and official communications between an applicant and a school.

Connect with Colleagues about Effective Practices for Using the New Tools

Meet your colleagues at Learn Serve Lead 2019 in Austin, Texas to share your strategy for integrating the new AMCAS tools and resources to support your admissions goals for 2019.

Saturday, November 3, 7-8:30 a.m.
Navigating the 2019 Application Cycle: A COA /AMCAS Joint Session

In this session, the GSA Committee on Admissions along with representatives from AMCAS will provide a brief history of the national changes and historical data on application trends, demo new enrollment management tools, provide feedback from medical students on the 2019 application process, and present promising practices from member institutions on their school-specific approach to enrollment management.

Register for Learn Serve Lead 

Update Your MSAR Profile with your 2019 Admissions Policies

As you revise your admissions policies in light of the 2019 Application and Acceptance Protocols, be sure to update your MSAR profile with this important information.

Access the MSAR

For feedback or questions about the 2019 Application and Acceptance Protocols, please contact trafficrules@aamc.org.

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