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AMCAS 2003 in a week....Will AMCAS actually work this year?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Nogpa, Apr 23, 2002.

  1. Nogpa

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    Hmmm...I haven't even applied, and already I dislike them. I'll be a real peach by this time next year, I'm sure. What do you guys think?
     
  2. SMW

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    Hopefully they learned a few things from last year's debacle..........but I wouldn't count on it. :rolleyes: Best of luck to you. Be sure to read <a href="http://forums.studentdoctor.net/ubb/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=1;t=010171" target="_blank">Jalbrekt's thread.</a>
     
  3. Epi

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    I'm sure the whole process will go a lot smoother this year. with all the mistakes they made, im sure they dont want to go through any of that again. the med schools might get really angry again too if it doesn't run better this year...
     
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  4. oldman

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    i'd like to see what happens.
     
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  5. banannie

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    Apparently, they paid 100 undergrads $100 dollars each to do "beta-testing", ie to go through the entire AMCAS during early to mid April to see if there are any bugs. So hopefully that will help them work out some of the glitches ahead of time.

    $100 for 20 hours of headache. That's less than I made at 16, working at Boston Market. And at least they gave me free food!
     
  6. zancudo

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    probably not. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
     
  7. johnM

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by banannie:
    <strong>Apparently, they paid 100 undergrads $100 dollars each to do "beta-testing", ie to go through the entire AMCAS during early to mid April to see if there are any bugs. So hopefully that will help them work out some of the glitches ahead of time.

    $100 for 20 hours of headache. That's less than I made at 16, working at Boston Market. And at least they gave me free food!</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">are they nuts? i would have to be starving before I would go through the AMCAS for $100!
     
  8. Kermie

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    I heard a rumor, that if you are a reapplicant you will not have to re-enter all your data again (grades and extracurriculars). Does anyone know if this is true?
     
  9. bebe2

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    FYI: At the Yale MMEP Summer 2000, we were asked to beta test the online application. We said it sucked, the pages loaded very slowly and often came up with the dreaded error message, and the content was horrible (practice vision essay, phone and contact info for extra-currics). Did they listen? :rolleyes:

    I just hope you guys won't have to go through what we had to, this year! :)
     
  10. medical22

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Kermie:
    <strong>I heard a rumor, that if you are a reapplicant you will not have to re-enter all your data again (grades and extracurriculars). Does anyone know if this is true?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I hope this is not a rumor, and is actually true. It would be great if we don't have to fill out all of the information again. That will save a lot of time.
     
  11. la9s

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    About the reapplicant question: I've heard the same thing, that there will be a box to check if you're reapplying so you don't have to re-enter everything. I am SO skeptical that it's going to actually work, though. I'm keeping a printed copy of AMCAS just in case.

    Also, since I know I'm going to reapply (I'm defering), I was warned by the school I will attend that AMCAS has already said that all the bugs will NOT be worked out by this year. For example, I know the UC schools are still keeping their alternative application for the upcoming application cycle.

    So, for all those applying now, make sure you talk to someone who applied last year to get a sense of the kinks in the system.
     
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    OK, so is there anyone out there who applied last year that can give us newbies a breakdown as to pitfalls that they encountered last year?

    My dealings with AAMC thus far, just in regards to getting access to the on-line MCAT practice, has not been stellar thus far. I take any of their reassurances with a huge grain of salt.
     
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  13. johnM

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by la9s:
    <strong>About the reapplicant question: I've heard the same thing, that there will be a box to check if you're reapplying so you don't have to re-enter everything. I am SO skeptical that it's going to actually work, though. I'm keeping a printed copy of AMCAS just in case.

    Also, since I know I'm going to reapply (I'm defering), I was warned by the school I will attend that AMCAS has already said that all the bugs will NOT be worked out by this year. For example, I know the UC schools are still keeping their alternative application for the upcoming application cycle.

    So, for all those applying now, make sure you talk to someone who applied last year to get a sense of the kinks in the system.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Are you saying that you are going to re-apply AND defer an acceptance? you really can't do that dude, it can get you in a lot of trouble. plus it's really easy for the schools and AAMC to catch you.
     
  14. Doctora Foxy

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    johnM: sometimes there are reasons for deffering, like on medicalgold someone is reapplying and deferring due to an unexpected pregnancy. But it is not unethical if you have no acceptances and are a reapplicant because of that. Amd for some schools, if you defer you have to reapply EDP, so maybe that's what the poster is reffering to.

    And for the rumor, I heard directly from the dean of admissions at USF that you don't have to re-enter data as a reapplicant. :D
     
  15. THE instiGATOR

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    Bwa ha ha ha ha!!!

    Oops, I mean good luck!

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    ERROR (3 minutes wasted)

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    SUCCESS!!! Now time to enter my next course grade! :D
     
  16. Nogpa

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    So basically the message that I'm getting is that those of us applying for the first time may or may not get humped by AMCAS? I feel so confident in their ability to make life unpleasant for a few months...year...whatever. It doesn't help that my transcript is unrecognizable as such. Good times will be had by all.
     
  17. la9s

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    Sorry for the ambiguity: I have been granted a deferral and in order to matriculate in 2003 I need to file another AMCAS so I'm in the system for next year. I'll only be applying to the one school and am guaranteed acceptance.
     
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    I got this from the pdf AMCAS instructions they have online now at:

    <a href="http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/2003instructionbook.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/2003instructionbook.pdf</a>

    "Applicants who applied through AMCAS to the 2002 entering class:
    Your application has been pre-populated with the responses you entered in your application to the 2002 entering class. Certain fields, such as
    those that appear in the Certification & Submission section, have not been pre-populated."

    So I guess you won't have to fill all that in again.

    arrgghhh, it gives me an ulcer just thinking about it. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Kermie:
    <strong>I heard a rumor, that if you are a reapplicant you will not have to re-enter all your data again (grades and extracurriculars). Does anyone know if this is true?</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">yes it is. The only thing you will have to change is a few dates and a few updates on what you've been doing in the last year. I got the same info from a pre-med group I am a part of. good luck!
     
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  20. GATC

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    No...I am sure it will not work properly. And I still want my money back.

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