Every applicant is required to submit a Personal Comments essay. The available space for this essay is 5300 characters (spaces are counted as characters), or approximately one page. You will receive an error message if you exceed the available space.
Applicants who apply to an M.D.-Ph.D. program must complete two additional essays: the M.D.-Ph.D. Essay and the Significant Research Experience Essay.
To avoid formatting issues, we recommend typing your essay directly into the AMCAS application rather than cutting and pasting your essay from other software.
Applicants who plan to cut and paste their essays into the application should draft their essays in a plain text format, preferably in text-only word processing software, such as Microsoft Notepad or Mac TextEdit. Copying formatted text into the application may result in formatting issues that cannot be edited once your application is submitted.
Be sure to proofread carefully! There is no “spellchecker” in the AMCAS application, and no changes will be permitted to this section after the application has been submitted.