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The AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service

The Association of American Medical Colleges recommends that all U.S. medical schools procure a national background check on applicants upon their conditional acceptance to medical school. This is to ascertain the ability of accepted applicants to eventually become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and well-being of patients and, in so doing, to bolster the public's continuing trust in the medical profession.

This service is conducted in recognition of the desire of medical schools to procure appropriate national criminal history reports and to prevent applicants from paying additional fees at each medical school to which they are accepted. Medical schools that participate in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check service may continue to require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process, if required to do so by their own institutional regulations or by applicable state law. Medical schools not participating may also require applicants to undergo a separate national background check process.

Criminal Background Check Details

Participating Medical Schools

To determine if a school participates in the AAMC-facilitated Criminal Background Check Service, visit the Schools and Deadlines page. Please note that this list is subject to change.

This application is for those applying to the 2014 entering class. The application for those applying to the 2015 entering class will be available May 1.

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Important Dates

January 2
2014 Fee Assistance Program Application Opens

May 1
2015 AMCAS Application Opens

June 3
2015 AMCAS Application Opens for Submission


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2013 AMCAS Sign In

This application is for those applying to the 2013 entering class.


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