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General Application Timeline for Medical/Dental School

Timeframe Event
August Attend MDAP Orientation (Medical and Dental School Application Program)
October MCAT and DAT preparation begins

Schedule an appointment (573-882-3893) with your MedOpp Adviser to discuss:

  • your final draft of your Pre Health Professions Resume
  • your self-evaluation
December Register for spring MCAT. MCAT registration information is available at www.aamc.org.

For most students, it is best to take the MCAT during the months of April-May. June-September MCATs may be late (for schools with rolling admissions) and can possibly have an adverse effect on your application. Early Decision (EDP) applicants must take the MCAT no later than July.

Register for DAT. DAT registration information is available at http://www.ada.org/dat.aspx.

For most students, it is best to take the DAT during the months of April-June. UMKC has a rolling admissions process and taking a late DAT can possibly have an adverse effect on your application. (Please note there is a 90-day waiting period after taking the DAT before you are allowed to register for another test).

Attend MDAP Workshop: Committee Interview to learn about the Committee Interview Process at MU.

January This is probably the last semester of academic work medical schools will see deciding whether or not to interview you, so make it a good one!

Begin contacting possible references to write letters of recommendation/ evaluation. We suggest that you include recommendations from three faculty members (two science professors, one non-science professor) and additional letters from persons with whom you’ve worked (as a volunteer, employee, research assistant, etc.). Four to six total letters of recommendation are suggested.

Attend MDAP Personal Statement Workshop

March-April Participate in a Mock Interview at the MU Career Center

Schedule an appointment (573-882-3893) with MedOpp Adviser to discuss:

  • your final draft of your Pre Health Professions Resume
  • your first draft of your personal statement
May

Attend MDAP AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS Workshops and Interview Preparation Workshops

AMCAS/AACOMAS applications are available online, to manipulate only, in May.

If you are applying Early Decision to Medical School you must solicit letters from your recommenders before the Spring Semester ends.

June June 1st (approximately) is the earliest date you can file your AMCAS/AACOMAS application. (medical school application)

  • If you are applying Early Decision, you must file your application sometime within the next month.
  • If you are applying regular decision, most school deadlines for submitting the AMCAS application are not until October 15 or November 1. However, we strongly recommend that you submit your AMCAS application as soon as you have received your MCAT scores. The sooner your application is complete, the sooner your file will be reviewed by the medical schools and (hopefully) an interview offer extended. This will speed the process up a bit for you in the fall and will be one less thing to worry about once classes have started.

June 1st (approximately) is the day AADSAS opens (dental application).

July Pre Health Professions Committee Interviews begin (interviews run until October)
August Early Decision Candidates should interview in late July/early August.

After your Pre-Health Professions Committee Interview, attend a debriefing with the MedOpp Adviser.

Invitations to submit secondary (also called supplemental) applications will begin to arrive during this time period. Many of these will be submitted on-line. Return completed secondary applications ASAP. Timely completion of these applications is important!

September – February Professional school interviews start and will continue until spring with the majority from November through February. EDP candidates will interview in early September.

Secondary applications continue to arrive. Remember to complete these in a timely manner.

Attend MDAP Post-Mortem meeting for Seniors.

March 15 Most students will be notified of status with medical schools to which they have applied, namely accepted, rejected, or wait listed.

If you have not been accepted to any medical schools at this point, you should make an appointment to meet with your adviser to discuss re-application. (573-882-3893)

May 15 Deadline for students holding more than one acceptance. Most movement off the wait list happens now.