Disadvantaged status is self-determined and each medical school has their own
policies for how they use this information.
This information is voluntary and will not affect the processing of your application.
To help determine if you are disadvantaged, click the How do I know if I should be
considered disadvantaged? link, which displays the following information:
Underserved: Do you believe, based on your own experiences or the
experiences of family and friends that the area in which you grew up was
inadequately served by the available health care professionals? Were there
enough physicians, nurses, hospitals, clinics, and other health care service
providers? Immediate Family: The Federal Government broadly defines "immediate
family" as "spouse, parent, child, sibling, mother or father-in-law, son or
daughter-in-law, or sister or brother-in-law, including step and adoptive
relationships." State and Federal Assistance Programs: These programs are specifically
defined as "Means-Tested Programs" under which the individual, family, or
household income and assets must be below specified thresholds. The
sponsoring agencies then provide cash and non-cash assistance to eligible
individuals, families, or households. Such programs include welfare benefit
programs (federal, state, and local); Aid to Families with Dependent Children
(AFDC or ADC); unemployment compensation; General Assistance (GA); food stamps; Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Medicaid; housing assistance;
or other federal, state, or local financial assistance programs.
Click the Yes button to be considered a disadvantaged applicant. A Disadvantaged
Status form will appear. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
the only one i don't get is the immediate family one..
but in regards to the underserved point, i think AMCAS actually determines if the county you grew up in can be classified as "underserved". From my verified app AMCAS Notes and Explanations at the end...
1. Next to County Names, you may see an indicator (R),(U). AMCAS maintains federal data on areas considered Rural or Medically Underserved that are reported to
your designated medical schools along with your application. An indicator of (R) next to a County indicates that the county is considered Rural. An indicator of (U)
indicates that the County is considered Medically Underserved. An indicator of (R)(U) indicates the County is both Rural and Medically Underserved.