AMCAS Error

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I have made what I perceive to be a significant error on AMCAS. One of my volunteer experiences which ended in Jan. 2008, is recorded on my verified AMCAS application as ending in April, 2008 as I had another, similar volunteer experience come to an end at that time. In the event of getting accepted somewhere and having this experience fact checked, (which is possible because it was in a hospital) I don't want them to think that I was trying to mislead them by having them believe I have 3 more months of experience with this activity than I really do. Should I mention my error on my secondaries? How else can I let these schools know?

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I think the best way to go to would be to mention it in interviews if asked or on secondaries if there's an appropriate space. It would be odd to bring it up out of the blue. You should let them know, but I would guess that it wouldn't affect your acceptance.
 
Thanks, I think I will let them know in my secondaries if I can find a spot. I would just hate to have them discover this on their own.
 
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Placing a "correction" on secondaries may do more harm than good -- it may confuse the adcoms. Remember that some schools have blind or partially blind folders, meaning some people that see your secondary may not see your primary.

All of my interviews have ended with "So, is there anything else you'd like to tell me?"... and the interviewers typically took notes on this to took them to the adcom. This interview period seems to me like the best place to mention this correction.

Overall, it doesn't seem like too bad of an error. btw, how long was the event to begin with? In other words, did the extra 4 months that you mistakenly added make a significant extension to the event? If the event was going on for 2 years, for instance, extending by 4 months is negligible.
 
don't put it in your secondaries
you could just send them an email saying you made a mistake and want to make a correction.
 
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Placing a "correction" on secondaries may do more harm than good -- it may confuse the adcoms. Remember that some schools have blind or partially blind folders, meaning some people that see your secondary may not see your primary.

All of my interviews have ended with "So, is there anything else you'd like to tell me?"... and the interviewers typically took notes on this to took them to the adcom. This interview period seems to me like the best place to mention this correction.

Overall, it doesn't seem like too bad of an error. btw, how long was the event to begin with? In other words, did the extra 4 months that you mistakenly added make a significant extension to the event? If the event was going on for 2 years, for instance, extending by 4 months is negligible.

It was a year long commitment and I actually called the hospital today to ask about my volunteer time and they actually told me that I had volunteered up until June of last year, lol. How did I not remember that? So anyway, my freak-out was over nothing, if anything I have shorted myself some hours on the application. So I'm really not too worried about it. It was a good experience and I'll definitely be able to talk about it at length in an interview. Thanks for the input.
 
It's a relatively minor error and adcoms are not going to waste their time calling up hospital volunteer offices to check your hours. I wouldn't worry.
 
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