Section 7 of the AMCAS® application: Medical Schools

Here you will enter all of the medical schools to which you wish to apply.
Review the most recent edition of the Medical School Admissions Requirements and consult with a pre-health advisor for guidance in choosing schools.

Medical School Program Types

  • Regular MD: Regular MD refers to the standard Medical Degree program at the selected school.
  • Combined Medical Degree-PhD: Designating this program type notifies the MD program at this school that you are interested in applying to one of their Combined Medical Degree-PhD programs, either alone or in combination with the Regular MD Program. Upon making this selection, you will also be asked to indicate the specific combined program(s) in which you are interested. This program type requires you to complete two additional essays in the Essay section (Section 8). Designating this program type is not the same as applying to this program and may require an additional application. Contact the medical school directly for additional information. See MD-PhD Dual Degree Training for information on research, careers, and financial support.
  • Combined Bachelors/Medical Degree: You may not designate this program type without pre-approval from the medical school to which you are applying. Designating this program type is not the same as applying to this program and may require an additional application. Contact the medical school directly for additional information.
  • Combined Medical Degree-Graduate: Designating this program type notifies the MD program at this school that you are interested in applying to one of their Medical Degree/Combined Graduate programs, either alone or in combination with the Regular MD program. Upon making this selection, you will also be asked to indicate the specific combined program(s) in which you are interested.
  • Deferred/Delayed Matriculation: You will need pre-approval from the medical school if you were admitted and granted a deferral to a medical school in a previous application year.
  • Other Special Program (OSP): An OSP is typically a special program of study offered by a medical school. OSPs vary greatly from one institution to another, so you should refer to the Medical School Admissions Requirements website or the medical school’s website for detailed information about programs offered at the institution. This program option is made available to medical schools to use in the event that they have a program in addition to the program options already listed.

Early Decision Program (EDP)

The Early Decision Program (EDP) allows you to secure an acceptance from one EDP-participating medical school by October 1, while allowing sufficient time to apply to other schools if you are not accepted. The Early Decision Program deadline for AMCAS is August 1 (application and official transcripts). See the Early Decision Program FAQ for more information.

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