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AMCAS - Summer sessions out of sequence

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Caffeinated, Jun 21, 2002.

  1. Caffeinated

    Caffeinated Army Strong

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    Has anyone had this problem yet? When I enter the course work, I enter the calender year in which the courses were taken for the summer session, and it lists the terms in the order they appear on the transcript. However, when I go to the print application section, it puts them forward by one year. What's going on? Do I have to subtract a year from the actual year in order to have it appear in the right order on the application?
     
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    I did the same thing you did, but even though it's placed forward by a year, it is still listed under the academic year you put it under. I had summer of '01 so I put it as academic year of '01, even though it showed up after the '02 academic year... It's still listed as academic year '01. Not sure if this is correct though, already submitted my AMCAS <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />
     
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    If only I knew what the med schools were going to actually see...What if the "print application" feature has this glitch, but the version that goes to the med school is correct? If I try to fix it so that my printout looks normal, then the med school version could have the opposite problem. To make matters worse, my undergrad considered the summer session the end of the year, whereas AMCAS considers it the beginning. For example, summer of 1993 was still part of the 1992-1993 school year for my undergraduate. But I simply played along with AMCAS and put the true calender year and let AMCAS call it what they want. I just want it all to appear in the same order as on the transcript. But I have no freakin' idea how to do this.
     
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    I have the same question.

    Technically, at the end of your regular semester/quarter, you become the next grade up. (e.g. end of freshman year, you become sophomore) So when you take summer courses, you are taking them as a sophomore.

    Ok, that's how is done at schools. How does AMCAS do it? I have no clue. What happened with me is that the summer courses showed up in the correct order when you look at the list of semester/courses (the screen where you choose which term to edit/add), but the summer term is placed in the wrong order at the print screen. I wonder which is right...

    For now, I'm sticking to the way that I've done it so far, and hoping that the print screen is the one with the error. Someone please help us with this...
     
  6. UCLA Paratrooper

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    I had the same problem and so I called AMCAS. The guy I talked with told me that AMCAS was having some computer glitches with the "print application" function. He said that as long as you input all the info in chronological order you should be OK.

    I suggest someone else try calling AMCAS and post what they say...

    UCLA Paratrooper
     
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    Glad to hear I am not alone in this. I sent an email to AMCAS. I am going to wait until they respond before I transmit. However, I am starting to believe that if enough people are having the same problem, they will realize the glitch in the printout and fix the glitch. If I try to "fool" the system and then they fix the glitch, then I will be messed up again. In fact, it's probably safe to transmit now, huh?
     
  8. PrincessCKNY

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    You guys are fine.

    Suppose you take a summer course between your 98-99 school year and your 99-00 school year. That course will be listed as 1999 (so, it goes w/ the academic year subsequent, NOT PREVIOUS). In addition, all the courses you take in 99-00 will be listed as 1999, even if the calendar year was 2000 towards winter and/or spring. Got it?

    This is just so all the classes you took fresh, soph, jun, and sen years will each have their own year (which accounts for the summer session prior to that academic year too).

    As long as your calendar year was correct, the changes AMCAS automatically makes are what it's supposed to do.

    **NOTE: If you are on the quarter system, a winter quarter course (for example during 98-99) should have a calendar year of 98, EVEN IF it may have started in 99. Weird quirk, I know.

    Hope this helps and didn't confuse people further. Take a look at the instruction book AMCAS has online...it really helped me to have a hard copy in my hands while I applied.
     
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    I had this problem last year and asked someone on an adcom committee about it. Basically, their take on it was they don't care. They receive a transcript that has the order anyway. As long as you've taken the prereq's, you are fine. It won't hurt anything because I was accepted :) .
     
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