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Hi,

I wanted to withdraw from a few schools after I submitted my AMCAS, but when I went through the process without reading thoroughly, I withdrew my whole AMCAS application. AMCAS does this horrible thing where you cannot re-apply anymore, which is so devastating being on the other end of this given that all medical schools use AMCAS. After having faced the consequences, I would recommend no one to ever withdraw their application. I did it hastily because you can only withdraw the AMCAS application before it's reached a certain point. However, that was a huge mistake of my life. Even if I wanted to withdraw from a certain schools, I should have just left that application incomplete. It would've been better then losing all your rights to apply in the first place.

I called them, told the rep that I withdrew on accident thinking I could withdraw only from certain schools, but the rep said that my application is unrecoverable. Is this true? Has anyone been successful in unwithdrawing an application. I saw in 2011 someone posted a thread and it was possible. Should I give up? or can I really keep calling and ask them to help me.
 
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Hi,

I wanted to withdraw from a few schools after I submitted my AMCAS, but when I went through the process without reading thoroughly, I withdrew my whole AMCAS application. AMCAS does this horrible thing where you cannot re-apply anymore, which is so devastating being on the other end of this given that all medical schools use AMCAS. After having faced the consequences, I would recommend no one to ever withdraw their application. I did it hastily because you can only withdraw the AMCAS application before it's reached a certain point. However, that was a huge mistake of my life. Even if I wanted to withdraw from a certain schools, I should have just left that application incomplete. It would've been better then losing all your rights to apply in the first place.

I called them, told the rep that I withdrew on accident thinking I could withdraw only from certain schools, but the rep said that my application is unrecoverable. Is this true? Has anyone been successful in unwithdrawing an application. I saw in 2011 someone posted a thread and it was possible. Should I give up? or can I really keep calling and ask them to help me.

Unfortunately, as it's stated in the AMCAS application guide, you're out of luck for this current application year. I'm sorry - that's definitely the hard way to find out :/
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Unfortunately you’re stuck on the MD side. You can always submit a DO app and work from there though.
 
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Any adcoms know why withdrawing an application is irreversible? Seems like a rather harsh policy but I could be missing something.
 
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Well even the OP said he didn’t read thoroughly while going through the process. So he has to just accept it and move on I guess. I’ve never heard of AMCAS changing it back. Very disappointing situation.
 
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OP, it was an accident. Everyone makes mistakes. Take this time to reflect but don’t be hard on yourself. Use this year as another year to rest, relax, pick up some hobbies, try new things, connect more with loved ones, and improve your app so you are the best candidate possible. Reach out to people if you need to. Keep your head up - SDN is rooting for you!!
 
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Hey All, I really appreciate the positivity from all of your responses, that makes me much more happy about it. Yeah, it's definitely clearly stated policy. When the rep told me no, I didn't want to be mean to the rep on the phone, so I figured I post here and see what y'all think about whether someone in amcas can actually help me or not.
 

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OP was trying to remove specific schools from their list, not withdraw their app. It was an accident.
AMCAS literally tells you this.
 
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I’m sorry OP that’s truly a bummer. On the bright side, you can use this year to become an ever better applicant which might give you better opportunities when you apply again. Not sure if you have taken a gap year yet, but it is quite awesome not to have to be in school. As others have said you can always apply DO or to Texas medical schools if you really don’t want to take the extra year.
 
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