Beginning the Application
As long as you have registered for an AAMC username and password, you may sign in to the AMCAS application at any time. Continue reading "How to Apply" for tips on what to expect as you proceed through the application process.
Section One: Identifying Information
The Identifying Information section of the application allows you to enter your legal name, preferred name, any variations of your name (such as a family name or a nickname), and ID numbers that may appear on transcripts sent to AMCAS by one of the schools you have attended. You will also include your birth and sex information in this section.
Section Two: Schools Attended
High School: You will enter the High School from which you graduated. Specific instructions for applicants who received a GED certificate, were home schooled, or attended high school in a foreign country are provided within the AMCAS Instruction Manual .
Colleges: You will list every post-secondary institution where you were enrolled for at least one course, even if credits have been transferred, no credits were earned, or you withdrew.
Transcripts: One official transcript is required from each U.S., U.S. Territorial, or Canadian post-secondary institution at which you have attempted coursework, regardless of whether credit was earned.
AMCAS has difficulties matching applications to official transcripts that are not accompanied by the AMCAS Transcript Request Form. Problems with transcripts are the number one cause of processing delays and missed application deadlines.
AMCAS strongly recommends that you request a personal copy of your official transcript(s) for your use in completing the Course Work section of your application.
Institutional Action: Medical schools need to know if you were ever the recipient of any institutional action resulting from unacceptable academic performance or a conduct violation, even if such action did not interrupt your enrollment, require you to withdraw, or does not appear on your official transcripts due to institutional policy or personal petition.
Section Three: Biographic Information
The Biographic Information section allows you to enter basic information regarding your contact information, citizenship, legal residence, languages spoken, ethnicity and race, parent(s) or guardian(s), siblings, military service, military discharge, and criminal convictions.
Contact Information: E-mail is the primary mode of communication between AMCAS, the medical schools, and applicants. If, at any point, your contact information changes, you will need to sign in to your application and enter the new information. If you have already submitted your application, you must re-certify and update the application in order to save the changes.
Felonies and Misdemeanors: These sections of the application are intended to give you the opportunity to disclose and explain any felonies or misdemeanors that may appear on your record.
After the date of your submission of the AMCAS application and prior to your medical school matriculation, if you are convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime, you must inform the admissions office of each medical school to which you have applied. This communication to each medical school must be in writing, and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the conviction.