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Completing Your Journey to Medical School

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Each section of the AMCAS application provides opportunities for applicants to explain their "why." Think to yourself, why do you deserve to be in medical school? Tell your story and include any challenges, obstacles, accomplishments and more that occurred throughout your journey.

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Premed Journey: Demonstrating your "Why"

Check out the resources below to learn how you can successfully complete the applying to medical school application process through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) and the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA™).

Applying to Medical School with AMCAS®

The American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) is the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service. Most U.S. medical schools use AMCAS as the primary application method for their first-year entering classes.

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AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA™)

The AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions, developed and administered by the AAMC, is a one-time, one-way video (recorded) interview designed to help medical schools assess applicants’ pre-professional competencies important for success in medical school.


What Other Resources Can I Find From AMCAS?

2021 AMCAS® Applicant Guide

Outline of the current AMCAS application process, policies, and procedures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and AMCAS

The AAMC continues to monitor guidance about the coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and we are modifying our operations as needed to best support the medical school community during this rapidly changing situation. Below please find answers to some of our most common questions. Please contact medical schools directly about changes to their specific dates, policies, and requirements.

Parts of Your Medical School Application

There are many different components that go into a complete medical school application. Learn what these pieces are, why medical schools ask for them, and what each part says about your qualifications as an applicant.

AMCAS Application: Quick Tips

Successfully complete your AMCAS application by reading these quick tips.

AMCAS® Tools and Tutorials

The AAMC American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®) resources, tools and tutorials for premed students preparing to apply to medical schools.

AMCAS Resources for Prehealth Advisors and Letter Writers

As a prehealth advisor, you have a critical role in guiding your students on their individual paths to medical school. The AAMC provides accurate, reliable resources and tools on medical school admission requirements, financial aid, the application process, and more, to support you in providing the best guidance to your students.

2019 AMCAS® Medical School Applications by the Numbers - Infographic

This publication depicts some aggregate information about those who applied to medical school in the 2019 AMCAS cycle, and the enrollees.

What Other Resources Can I Find From the AAMC VITA?

AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions: Essentials for the 2021 Season

The official policy and procedure guide for the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions.

AAMC VITA: Applicant Preparation Guide

The official applicant preparation guide for the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions.

Conducting Interviews During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Access additional AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA) interview resources and webinars to prepare for your medical school virtual interview.

Practice AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions

Prepare for the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA™) interview by practicing within the video technology platform using official interview questions written by the interview developers at the AAMC.

Medical School In-person Interviews

Interviews are an important part of the medical school application process. Find out what to expect so you can plan ahead.

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Popular Premed Resources

In a rush? Here is a “cheat sheet” with links to some of our most popular resources.

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Premed Calendar

See upcoming events, webinars, and important deadlines.

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