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.
Criminal History Search
What is it?
The Criminal Background Check is a search and report of your criminal history. The report is used to ascertain the ability of conditionally accepted applicants to eventually become licensed physicians in the future, enhance the safety and well-being of patients, and to ensure the public's continuing trust in the medical profession. The AAMC recommends that all U.S. medical schools procure a national background check on applicants upon their conditional acceptance to medical school.
What does it tell schools about me?
This confirms your integrity, and whether you have been forthcoming and truthful about your criminal history within your application or during your interview(s). It also communicates to medical schools your potential ability to become a licensed physician. Some medical schools may require an additional form asking you to disclose additional information.