Primary and Secondary Applications
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- Difference between a primary and a secondary application
- Submitting primary and secondary applications
- Important notes
Primary applications are centralized applications that allow an applicant to apply to multiple medical schools.
- MD programs' primary application - The American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS)
- DO programs' primary application - The Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
- Texas MD, DO and Dental programs use one application - The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) .
- Texas residents should talk with UAAC; TMDSAS deadlines differ slightly.
Secondary applications, a.k.a. supplemental applications, are school-specific applications sent to an applicant after the primary application has been submitted. Secondary application questions are intended to elicit additional information about applicants and their fit for the school.
- Aim to submit your primary applications ideally between the beginning of June to mid-July.
- Aim to submit your secondary applications within one to two weeks after you receive them. Student who submit their primary application in June-July are completing their secondaries in July and August. Typically, the request for your letters of recommendation is part of a secondary application.
- 2014 Medical School Application Tips handout
- AMCAS Overview and Q&A information session are in the spring quarter
- The American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS)
- The Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS)
- The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS)
- Don't use the conversion chart on the AMCAS web site for the AMCAS application. Enter your courses into your AMCAS application as they appear on your transcript.
- The AAMC Fee Assistance Program (FAP) assists MCAT® examinees and AMCAS applicants who, without financial assistance, would be unable to take the MCAT or apply to medical schools that use the AMCAS application.
- Not all schools have secondary applications. The majority of schools that have secondary applications usually send them to applicants without screening the primary applications. A small number of schools will screen the primary application first.
- Some secondary application will ask you to convert your NU hours to semester hours (1 NU course unit = 2.7 semester hours)
- Make sure you tailor your answers for each secondary application to that particular school
- Some medical schools will request a "Certification by Current Dean of Students or Comparable Administrative Official" via their secondary application. You can request this document, known as a "Dean's LEtter or Certificate," from the NU Student Affairs Office of Judicial Affairs.