Timing of AMCAS primary submission

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I'm currently wrapping up a first-author manuscript and plan to submit it to a journal sometime around mid-late May, depending on when co-authors submit revisions/corrections. This is a really meaningful paper for me--I'm sure I'm overestimating the importance of publications, but it's coming from 4 years of research and I've been involved with the project since the literature review stage, and the research topic is my main motivation for medicine.

My question is: should I wait until I get a decision from the journal prior to submitting my primary? I believe the earliest date to submit the AMCAS primary is around May 30th (?), and this specific journal averages ~3 weeks between submission and first decision. If the manuscript were submitted end of May, I'd hopefully have a decision by the third week of June. Would it be worth it to delay my primary submission so that I'd be able to include the publication in my work/activities section or maybe even my PS? Or would it be wiser to just submit as soon as possible and then maybe include an update in secondaries?

Thanks!

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You are overthinking the importance of your paper unless you are applying MD/PhD. You can submit in June without a problem. I don't think it's worth delaying submission until you hear back about your paper. Have something to update before interviews.
 
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You are overthinking the importance of your paper unless you are applying MD/PhD. You can submit in June without a problem. I don't think it's worth delaying submission until you hear back about your paper. Have something to update before interviews.

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