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 by the end of June.
- Aim to submit your secondary applications within one to two weeks after you receive them. Students who submit their primary application in June are usually completing their secondaries in July and August. Typically, the request for your letters of recommendation is part of a secondary application.
- 14-15 Applying to Medical School handout
- 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 Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution.