Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) application process. For more detailed FAQs on the AMCAS Letter of Evaluation process including information for letter authors please visit the AMCAS How to Apply section of the site.
Work and Activities
What if there is no one who I can list as the contact for an Activity/Experience?
Contact information for each Activity/Experience entry is required so that medical schools can verify your experience.
If the original point of contact for the experience cannot be reached or if you do not have the person's contact information, you may choose to include the email or phone number for someone else who can validate the experience. This could be the current contact person where the experience took place, your Student Affairs/Activities Office, or your Prehealth Advising Office. If there is no one to contact, you may list yourself as the contact person, explaining in the description why there is no longer a valid contact person for that experience.
How do I list repeated experiences?
If you participated in an experience more than once, check Yes next to the "Repeated?" field for that particular entry. You may then enter up to three additional date ranges.
When listing repeated experiences, you should list the most recent contact in the designated contact fields (name, e-mail, phone, etc.) and list prior contacts in the body of the experience description.
How many hours should I enter for Total Hours spent on Honors/Awards/Recognitions, Presentations/Posters, Publications or Conferences Attended entries in the Work/Activities section of the application?
You may enter “0” Total Hours for these entries in the Work/Activities section of the AMCAS application. However, if you spent a measurable amount of time on one of these activities, i.e. at a conference or event, use your discretion to indicate the number of hours that you participated in this activity.
What changes are in the Work and Activities section of the AMCAS® application for the 2023 cycle?
There are several changes to the Work and Activities section of the AMCAS® application for the 2023 cycle. Please refer to this guide which provides instructions for entering “Completed” and “Anticipated” experience hours. Information for first-time applicants and reapplicants, as well as examples, are included.