Intro & Disclaimer
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Early, early, early
Advisor & Committee
Acceptance & Rejection
Med School Diaries
Money and Finances
Taste of Med School
Medical schools send out secondary applications once they receive your AMCAS or AACOMAS application information.
Getting a secondary application does not necessarily mean that you have passed any screening processes at the school.
Most schools do not screen your application until they have received your secondary application. However, a few
medical schools do screen first and then send out secondary applications (although this is less common).
At times, you wonder if medical schools just mail you a secondary application (without prior screening), so that they
can collect the additional fee you have to submit along with the application. In most cases, the secondary
application fee is somewhere between $40 and $100, depending on the school. What makes you wonder even more
about the need for a secondary application
is the fact that many medical schools don't even ask you for any new significant information. Some just ask
you to verify the information you submitted through AMCAS or AACOMAS or ask something new (but very unimportant).
Some secondaries actually ask you for new information, to answer some more questions, including
why you are interested in attending the specific medical school or specific questions like "Why medicine?".
You may have to write a small essay and answer some other related questions.
Read what successful applicants have to say about secondary applications.
Return all secondary applications you receive promptly within no more than 1 week from
the day you receive them. Fast turn-around is essential and shows you are committed and interested
in the school. Ideally, secondaries should be turned around within 2 days.
The earlier you return the secondary application to a medical school, the earlier the school will
schedule an interview and the earlier you will be able to receive an offer.
Read about the importance of timing and getting everything completed promptly and
early in the application process.