If you want to have a good chance of getting into your preferred medical school, you will need to ensure your application is sent in early. If you have not yet submitted your application forms, you will need to know the implications of submitting it late.
Will it Hurt Your Chances?
Several medical schools operate on a rolling admission process, with around 44 percent of applicants receiving their acceptance letter. Schools that use the rolling admission system can choose to accept an application on the first day of admission season or even after two months. However, by the month of August, most schools have already decided which applications have been chosen. Since medical schools interview only a select number of applications, your late application could be automatically rejected if there are no more interview spots remaining.
What You Should do if Your Application is Late?
The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) starts the application process in May and sends applications to schools by the beginning of June. Though the deadline to submit application forms is in October, some schools can extend up to December. The AMCAS has to verify applications before transmitting it, so the wait in May is the shortest. If you wait until June to then, you will have to wait longer. If you submit your application in September, it could be too late. In which case, it would be better to wait and apply the following year.
Alan Faustino is a well-known doctor and entrepreneur, having founded two companies.