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  1. DoctoOcto

    1 class withdrawal NOT on transcript, but on internal student records - does it need to be reported?

    Wondering if I should withdraw from a class that's taking up WAY too much time. Essentially, the school policy is that you can withdraw from a class before the final and it'll be marked as a W on your internal student records, but it does not appear anywhere on transcripts or any other...
  2. LindaAccepted

    Medical AMCAS Traffic Rules: How to Use the “Choose Your Medical School” Tool

    Everyone is probably aware that this is an “unprecedented time” for medical school applications. With applicant numbers at an all-time high, admissions staff working remotely, and interview dates stretching into the spring and possibly later, this application season has been like nothing we’ve...
  3. B

    In need of major guidance (looks like I have to reapply)

  4. chemdoctor

    Listing Activities on AMCAS?

    Hi everyone. Just curious how to list certain things? I understand we get ten - fifteen slots and three can be most meaningful. Organic research - did it for a bit, had a thesis, defended it and presented at multiple conferences and received several research grants. Should these be listed as...
  5. B

    Amcas throwaway school/late?

    Hi all! First post here! I'm planning on taking the MCAT on June 19th (I know it is a bit later). I'm wanting to send off my AMCAS application on May 27th to get verified ASAP. I should get my MCAT score back on July 20th. If I sent off my full/completed AMCAS application to medical schools on...
  6. C

    Most meaningful remarks style: story or overview?

    Hello everyone, I've been writing up my Work & Activities and while I had no problems with the general descriptions, I'm kind of torn about how to write the most meaningful remarks. Different websites seem to give different recommendations (and I understand that's because there's really no...
  7. P

    Should I be communicating with schools?

    Do the majority of successful applicants send letters of interest, updates, call the admissions office of the schools they are interested in/waitlisted at? I have not done any of that this cycle and have seen many people on SDN regularly emailing/calling admissions and staying in close...
  8. S

    Do Admission Committees look into course descriptions?

    The answer to my question is likely no as that would be very time consuming, but I was just wondering if admissions committees ever scrutinize university course descriptions to make sure certain courses covered all the topics that they deem essential knowledge for a course. I have seen one...
  9. T

    My acceptance rescinded?

  10. ScrubswithnoSleeves

    Application Horror Stories

    Here is a thread to vent your application horror stories and potentially help other applicants avoid situations you fell victim to. I will start with the awful event that inspired me to start this thread: I received an email today that my application was withdrawn from one of my top choice...
  11. P

    LoR question for adcoms

    hello all. so long story less long, im an MA during my gap year and by boss/doctor loves me. we have an amazing relationship. i know he will write me such a great LoR. However, if i send an LoR to AMCAS, will that push my application back on the queue at schools? I sent my pre med committee...
  12. P

    do you think the MCAT will matter less very soon?

    wassup err1. hope everyones doing well. so i was wondering, now that step 1 is pass fail, does that take some importance off of the MCAT? Bc i heard MCAT is supposed to be the main predictor for Step scores but now what? Im sure theres more to this, so im wondering what yall think of my opinion...
  13. sasukeuchiha33

    Was "complete by Labor Day" too late for this cycle?

    Hi all. So, I was complete with almost all of my apps on 9/1 (a week before Labor Day). Given that the SDN guideline is apps completed by Labor Day are considered on time, I felt pretty good about when I submitted. That, coupled with the delays caused by COVID, made me think that this was...
  14. N

    Question About Being US Citizen But Having Permanent Residence Abroad

    Hello! I am a US citizen, but my permanent residence (parent's/family's home) is in a foreign country. I went to high school in that foreign country and am currently in the States (New York) for college. When I apply to medical school, I do not think that I can claim New York State residency...
  15. P

    My first interview! :D

    Hey guys Just completed secondaries 10 days ago. Been blessed to already receive my first II from a SUNY :) (Am I allowed to say the name of the school or does that go against some type of privacy policy?) Anywho, I can't believe that the earliest date available already is December 1... Jw in...
  16. P

    Good luck to all applicants!

    Just completed all 34 secondaries this week (damn premed committee took 4 months to send in my LoR...???) Hope I'm not late Feeling relieved getting these out of the way and can relax at nights after work Just wanted to say good luck to everyone and hope we all get blessed with our top choices!
  17. yuh

    Been over a month and haven’t heard anything?

    Applied to ~25 schools and haven’t heard anything from 1 school sending secondary. It’s been over a month since I completed my AMCAS. I understand COVID is pushing back the schedule, but I haven’t even received secondaries from schools that don’t screen. Is anyone else in this position? What, if...
  18. P

    Does my IA ruin my chances at med school?

    3.68 sGPA, 503 & 522 MCAT scores Long story less long; i got too drunk at my first homecoming experience in 2017. I took the basic online alcohol ed class. I forgot to include this to my AMCAS and secondaries so I sent updates to secondaries/emailed admissions that don't have that option. Will...
  19. P

    How do yall think COVID affected this year's applicants?

    1.Yall think MCAT scores are lower or higher? 2.More/Less ppl applying? 3."Easier" or harder to get accepted this cycle? 4.Schools will prefer their in-state kids to minimize travel bc of COVID? BQ- Are most schools still doing rolling admissions bc it's kinda effed up for kids who had...
  20. P

    My finalized school list! Any thoughts on my chances?

    Asian/NY/Stony Brook Undergrad cGPA 3.70/ sGPA 3.68 (went up by .1-.2 each semester starting from a 3.4 freshmen year) MCAT 503/522 clinical hrs 400ish, I'm a full-time medical assistant now but couldn't put it on my amcas which would've helped research= 2 1st-author posters but I really...
  21. P

    School List Help?

    All advice would be appreciated! Planning on applying to 30 schools and sending in secondaries soon. Aiming to shoot as high as possible. Demographics: African American Male Cumulative GPA: 3.94 Science GPA: 3.9 MCAT: 513 (129/125/131/128) Research: 1800 hrs in my university lab (2 poster...
  22. P

    AMCAS School List Advice

    All advice would be appreciated! Planning on applying to 30 schools and sending in secondaries soon. Aiming to shoot as high as possible. Demographics: African American Male Cumulative GPA: 3.94 Science GPA: 3.9 MCAT: 513 (129/125/131/128) Research: 1800 hrs in my university lab (2 poster...
  23. P

    Struggling with Diversity Essay

    I'm working on the quote on quote diversity essay and I'm struggling to find a topic that I can tie in with medicine. I'm a pretty privileged person so there is no reason to go down that path. I've also a traditional med student so I haven't had any cool jobs either. I do have a hobby of art and...
  24. D

    Would Adcoms be annoyed if I explained why I submitted secondaries close to the end of the 2-3 week deadline?

    I submitted the primary AMCAS application on 6/14, was verified and received a batch of secondaries on 7/13. Within the last two weeks, I was thankfully hired at a job after months of unsuccessful job hunting, had to move to a cheaper apartment because I couldn't afford my current one (at the...
  25. H

    NEED HELP. How do I mark an LOR on AMCAS as "No Longer Being Sent" ?

    The AMCAS application portal literally says after you submit you can only mark letters as "no longer being sent" do I do that? I'm looking at AAMC's directions and the option to mark them as such isn't even on there?? Can someone help me? Am I just blind?
  26. M

    Not disadvantaged, but kinda?

    Hey everyone, I’m applying for the 2021 cycle and when I did my AMCAS app, I selected “no” when asked if i believed I was a disadvantaged student. To my surprise, AAMC designated me as disadvantaged when my app was verified. Although I am a first-generation American born to immigrant...
  27. I

    "Previous Matriculation" question on AMCAS with throwaway school method ??

    Hey guys, Theres a section on AMCAS that asks about previous matriculation. if you were to send your application to one "throwaway" school but not apply, would you put yes? I'm a little confused because I thought the whole point of it was so that you won't be considered a re-applicant if you...
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  29. G

    Transcript parchment email not received

    Parchment said my transcript was received on June 15, but AMCAS is now processing e transcripts from June 23, and mine has not been marked as received. I’ve called, emailed, had my case escalated by both parchment and AMCAS...still don’t know what to do? My school refuses to just email a...
  30. A

    How do med schools group GPA by year when applicant has more than 2 years in community college?

    So med schools look at each year of undergrad & postbacc or whatever else after that. But what about spending super long in community college part-time before transferring to a university? I read somewhere that med schools look at freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year individually, then...
  31. Fresc_0

    Mistake on Contact Information - AMCAS Experiences

    Hey Everyone, I was recently reviewing my submitted AMCAS (submitted on June18th) and I noticed that 3 of the experience entries have a weird error where the "Contact Phone" field only shows string of 9s (like 999-999-9999). This did not happen when I was reviewing the printed app before...
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  33. 8YearsLate

    Read this if you're scared

    Hi Friends, I'm writing this because A) I finally just the last of my apps and B) I know there's gotta be someone who needs to hear it today. I am not a genius. I skipped most of high-school because I was made fun of constantly. Which I didn't understand. I wasn't super-nerdy or super-anything...
  34. 8YearsLate

    Does anyone use "repeated" feature on AMCAS?

    I am just going over final touches before submitting and I don't feel like adding "repeated" for future volunteering/shadowing/work, etc. Of course I am going to continue to do at least half of these activities. However, I don't understand the point of putting future accomplishments. They...
  35. LindaAccepted

    Medical Time to Get Started on Your Med School Personal Statement!

    In our recent webinar, How to Create a Winning Med School Personal Statement, pre-health advisor and Accepted consultant Lolita Wood-Hill taught attendees about the importance of the personal statement and provided guidelines for composition and tips for getting started on the right foot. If...
  36. A

    Postponing MCAT, Finishing Prereqs, Transcript Confusion

    Thanks in advance to anyone who is able to give me some guidance on these issues - here's what I have going on: - My current scheduled test date for MCAT is June 27th. I posted another thread about how I've been studying for it and people have suggested that I should postpone to get the best...
  37. Rosalind_Franklin

    Issue with Coursework section of AMCAS

    Hello, I have tried to call the AMCAS hotline several times, but was told to call later by the answering machine as I am sure they are all so busy, especially this time of year. Regarding my AMCAS application and the Coursework section, I have a major issue. Whenever I try to input my AP...
  38. H

    AMCAS application - slight error. is this a big deal?

    So, I just submitted my AMCAS application yesterday but I realized after I made a mistake in my bio info. I put the wrong sex for one of my parents on accident. i immediately emailed AAMC but haven't heard back. on their website it says you can change DOB, sex, etc but does that include parents...
  39. N

    is it even worth applying to Harvard?

    Honestly wondering what it takes to get into HMS. I have selected 15 or so MD programs, and considering HMS even though its practically impossible lmao.
  40. W

    WAMC - Need Help with School List and Feedback (3.80cGPA 3.88sGPA 518 MCAT)

    Hello all, I hope this thread finds you well. I'm hoping to gain some insight into what my odds look like for this application cycle. It's hard for me to judge and I have a hard time deciding if I should apply to some schools due to location, costs, and in-state biases. I would be delighted to...