2022 Cycle Update
The AAMC has been working closely with the medical school admissions and pre-health advisor communities to consider the impacts on applicants due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical schools are aware of the many challenges applicants are facing and understand the need to be flexible in their admissions approach during this application cycle. Please review the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) and Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines for updates provided by medical schools. We encourage you to check directly with the medical schools where you are applying for their most current information.
AMCAS only accepts official transcripts mailed by your registrar or electronically submitted by our approved vendors, National Student Clearinghouse and Parchment. Transcripts will not be accepted via email or fax. Please review transcript processing timelines and the transcript FAQs below for more information.
The verification process may take six to eight weeks once your application reaches “Ready for Review.” Your application is “Ready for Review” once your applications is submitted and all required transcripts have been processed. We recommend checking transcript processing timelines and the transcript processing tool for the status of your transcript, as well as our website, for updates on application processing timing.
AMCAS Application and Operations
I understand that all AAMC staff are working remotely. How will this impact AMCAS?
The AAMC is continuing to monitor guidance from the CDC and WHO. We have worked remotely since March 2020 and implemented operational adjustments and processes to ensure services continued without disruption. We will post any updates on our website.
How long does it take after submission to be verified?
Once you have submitted your application and all transcripts are received, verification may take six to eight weeks.
How will alternative grading policies (e.g., pass/fail) put in place by my undergraduate institution because of COVID-19 impact my GPA?
Applicants are encouraged to reference school-specific grading requirements for the most current information. Additionally, there are tools and resources available to assist medical schools, applicants, and pre-health advisors understand the potential impact of alternative grading policies on applicants’ cumulative and Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math (BCPM) GPAs:
- AMCAS developed a resource to provide a comparison of an applicant with letter grades against pass/fail grades to understand how the pass/fail grade may impact a GPA calculation, which is available here.
- The AMCAS GPA calculator, which is available here.
Will there be additional COVID-19-related questions in the AMCAS application?
There will not be a question about the impact of COVID-19 on the AMCAS application. Medical schools that would like additional information have been encouraged to include this in their secondary application.
I am having trouble getting a committee letter and/or letters of recommendation from university professors/staff. What should I do?
Admissions committees in medical schools nationwide are aware that there may be difficulties and delays in completing letters of recommendations and committee letters to support your application. The AAMC has encouraged schools to take these challenges into consideration when reviewing applications this cycle, as well as look at their school-specific policies and requirements and plan to adjust as needed. Please review school-specific policies in Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) and/or on each school’s website to confirm requirements. We suggest you reach out to schools directly if you have questions about their policies. Please note: There are no anticipated disruptions of service from the AMCAS Letter Writer Application or Interfolio due to COVID-19 restrictions.
I am unable to complete my scheduled volunteer work and physician shadowing. What should I do?
We understand prospective applicants are facing challenges in completing experiences such as physician shadowing and volunteer work. Schools are encouraged to take these challenges into consideration when reviewing applications this cycle and screening for applicants. Please check directly with the medical schools to which you are applying to confirm their requirements.