Admission to medical schools has always been competitive.
It has been estimated that the average pre-medical student applies
to eleven different medical schools in hopes of being admitted
to at least one.
Application services have been established to reduce the paperwork
and expense of applying to medical school. Instead of completing
a separate application for each school, you submit one standard
application to the service, and they distribute copies of your
material to as many schools as you request.
Most U.S. medical schools are members of the appropriate application
service. If you want to apply to a member school, you must
use the application service. A few medical schools do not belong
to an application service; you must apply to those schools individually.
The following application services are currently available:
(American Medical College Application Service) for allopathic
(M.D.) medical schools.
- AACOMAS (American
Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service)
for osteopathic (D.O.) medical schools.
- AADSAS (American
Association of Dental Schools Application Service) for dental
- AACPMAS (American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine Application Service) for podiatry schools.
- VMCAS (Veterinary
Medical College Application Service) for veterinary schools.
Note: if you intend to apply to Ohio State University,
contact the school first before using VMCAS.