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Association of American Medical Colleges

Early Decision Program (EDP)


The Early Decision Program (EDP) gives medical school applicants the opportunity to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while still allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted.

To apply through the EDP, applicants must follow these guidelines:

  • Apply to only one U.S. medical school by the stated deadline date (August 1 for schools that participate in AMCAS);
  • Provide the school with all required supplemental information by the stated deadline date (August 1 for schools that participate in AMCAS); and
  • Attend only this school if offered a place under the EDP.

If these guidelines are met, applicants will be notified of the school's admission decision by October 1.

If not accepted under the EDP, applicants will automatically be placed in the regular applicant pool by the school and may then apply to additional schools. EDP regulations apply to both AMCAS and non-AMCAS participating schools.

Not all medical schools offer admission through the EDP; check medical schools' admission requirements to verify a school's participation. Since most participating schools only admit a small portion of their entering class through the program, only applicants with an excellent chance of admission to a particular school should apply under this program.

Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®)

Before submitting an EDP application, students are strongly urged to refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®). The MSAR provides specific admission criteria for each medical school in the United States and Canada including participation in the EDP. For those schools which have an EDP, the MSAR lists not only the deadline dates, but also any specific residency requirements. (Some schools will consider only in-state residents through the EDP; others will consider out-of-state residents only if they apply as Early Decision applicants.)

The MSAR is available at most medical and undergraduate college libraries, premedical advising offices, and from the AAMC.
Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR®)

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