Do you have questions about the application process? Remember that many questions can be answered on our website, in the application manuals, or by reaching out to the application system’s staff directly. Please read through the various pages/links thoroughly first, then let us know if you still have questions.
- Review the online Application Timeline.
- Make sure you read the Next Steps Email we sent the cohort on 4/16/19. You can also find it online here.
- Check your email for a link to the Google sheet that allows you to track the internal application progress.
- Review the FAQs below.
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AMCAS Application Questions
AMCAS 2020 Applicant Resources
Call AMCAS directly: 202-828-0600
Make sure you have looked through the 2020 AMCAS Applicant Guide – We realize that this primary application is a long and tedious process; however, most answers are available through AMCAS.
If you are more of a visual learner, AMCAS also has wonderful Video Tutorials available on their website. We have found the following tutorials to be helpful with frequently asked questions:
- Course Classification Guide
- Study Abroad Application Tutorial
- How to Enter AP Coursework
- AMCAS Quick Tips
- Basic Coursework Tutorial
Entering Coursework in AMCAS
We have a page on our website called Entering Coursework on AMCAS that shows what previous applicants have done – what works best and what doesn’t seem to work. These are insider tips from Midd alumni.
Q: “If I took a college course in high school, does that get factored into my GPA for medical school applicants?”
A: Yes. Any course that is listed on an official college transcript, regardless of when or where you took it, will be factored into your AMCAS GPA.
Q: “What courses are considered “BCPM” (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math)?”
A: You can find this answer on the Calculating your BCPM Coursework on our website.
Q: “I know that for Middlebury’s computation of the science GPA they include Psychology courses that are cross listed with Neuroscience, but I was wondering how to classify these courses on my AMCAS application, since Psychology generally falls under the behavioral and social sciences category. I understand that a course like Introduction to Psychology would fit under the behavioral sciences category, but I’m not sure about Psychopharmacology, since it was heavily neurobiology based.”
A: If a PSYC course is cross-listed in the Middlebury catalog, then you enter it as BIOL in the AMCAS application. If it is not cross listed, it is BESS. If it helps, the AMCAS Course Classification Guide shows that Neuroscience is under Biology and Psychology is under Behavioral & Social Sciences (BESS).
Letters of Recommendation
Q: “I wanted to verify that I am meeting the criteria for letters from two professors in the natural sciences. I have one external recommender who was my Organic Chemistry professor and a Middlebury professor with whom I took Physiological Psychology and Neuropsychology and who was my Neuroscience Thesis Advisor, and lastly a Middlebury professor with whom I took the seminar Memory: A User’s Guide and Cognitive Psychology and who was my general academic advisor. The last two are professors from the Psychology department and Neuroscience program. Will this be sufficient? As I am not a pre-med student, I built my strongest relationships with professors in the psychology department, does that count as part of the natural sciences?”
A: Most medical schools will require at least 3 letters from professors of undergraduate classes: 2 science & 1 non-science. A “science” letter refers to the BCPM category (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math). A “non-science” letters refers to a class that falls outside of the BCPM category, typically humanities, social science or arts. Where this gets sticky is with your two Neuroscience classes. If they were taught by Psychology professors, they would not be considered BCPM, and although they are science, would fall outside the BCPM category. Ironically, if the identical classes were taught by a Biology professor, the class would be sponsored by the Bio department, and it would be considered a “science” class. Like so many things in the medical school application process, there is no “one size fits all” answer. We run into this a fair bit when it comes to math and AP credits. Bottom line? I would say that for the vast majority of schools you are fine with the Organic Chemistry letter and the two Psychology/ Neuroscience letters. My one caveat, is that since applying to medical school is inherently competitive, some students will always choose the most stringent option, which in this case would be getting a second BCPM letter if you are able to do so. This question has given us a chance to delve deeply into the topic of “Letters of Recommendation” and we have learned a lot. Hannah Benz started with the list of all US medical schools and selected the top ten schools (Tufts, UVM, Boston University, Dartmouth, Rochester, Temple, Einstein, NYU, Drexel, Brown) to which Middlebury students are accepted as a sampling. Here is a summary of her findings.
Q: “What letters of recommendation are you including in the committee letter?”
A: That is entirely up to you! On May 1st you should have received an email listing the letters we think you are including in your application. You were asked to email us if there are any changes. This information is also included in the Google Sheet that you were given access to that tracks your application progress. If you see any changes that need to be made, please contact Nicole.
Q: “What will my committee letter look like?”
A: For a sample committee letter, click here.
Q: “When entering total hours for activities that are ongoing and have a future end date, do we input only the hours we will have completed up to this point, or the projected amount of hours that we expect to complete?”
A: As for project hours, the AMCAS guide (on page 44) states: “Enter the total number of hours that you completed (or expect to complete) for the experience during that date range you indicated.” So it looks like it is okay to project your hours for experiences that are ongoing.
Q: “In the AMCAS Applicant guide they say “If the experience was a student-organized group and there is no advisor, you may list a staff member in the Student Affairs/Activities Office who can verify your experience.” My instinct was to put the then Co-chair of the org as the contact but he has since graduated. I’m wondering if there is a certain person from the Middlebury Student Life office who is a go-to contact person for things like this.”
A: I would suggest reaching out to Maria Farnsworth, the Office Manager in Student Activities – email@example.com or 802-443-3156.
Q: “I was recently published as an author on a paper and an abstract. I would like to include these in my application. Do you have any examples of what previous applicants have done?”
A: Experience Type: Experience Name: Contact Name & Title: Contact Email: Organization Name: City / State / Country: Experience Description: Publications
John Doe MD
Ultrasound Radiology, ABC Hospital
Anywhere / Any State/ United States
Most Meaningful Experience: No
Dates: 02/2025 Total Hours: 80
Contact Phone: 5555555555
*Smith, AB Doe, John, Brown, JG, et al A case of XXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Journal of XXXXXXX Surgery 2025 ;9:e35.
Experience Type: Experience Name: Contact Name & Title: Contact Email: Organization Name: City / State / Country: Experience Description: Publications
Author on Published Manuscript
John Doe Post Doctorate Scholar Johndoe@ABCDEFG.edu
ABCDEFG Viral Technology Manipulation Center, Anywhere /Any State/ United States
Most Meaningful Experience: No
Dates: 05/2025 Total Hours: 0
Contact Phone: 555-555-55555 From my work at the XXXXXXXXX I am listed as a co-author on a paper entitled XXXXXXXXXX This paper was published in the XXXXXXX journal in November of 2025
Other AMCAS Questions
Q: “I know the first day for primary application submission is June 1. Obviously, it’s advantageous to submit the application as soon as possible, but I’ve heard different things regarding how important it is to submit the application on June 1 compared to a few days later. Is it critical to submit the very first day, or is there some flexibility because the AAMC waits a few weeks to send out the first batch of verified applications?”
A: In the past, it has taken AMCAS an average of 15 days to process applications, so the first batch of applicants come from the pool of applications that come in June 1st through mid-June. That batch will be released to medical schools on June 30th. If you are super concerned about being in the first batch, AMCAS recommends getting your application in by June 12th. June 13 or 14th is cutting it pretty close. Some students feel pressure to apply on June 1st, but AMCAS assured us that while those June 1st applications may be processed within 24 hours, it doesn’t get your application to medical schools any faster. They will still wait to release it by June 30th. If you still have questions for AMCAS, you can call them at 202-828-0600.
Q: “What is considered to be an AMCAS re-applicant? When I initially completed the AMCAS application, I listed a number of medical schools on the application. I did NOT complete any supplements to these schools and in early September withdrew all my applications and sent “withdrawal” letters to each school. When applying to AMCAS this summer, do I click the button as “reapplying” or as if this my first time applying to these schools even though they would have been contacted by AMCAS in 2013?”
A: You are not considered a re-applicant if you formally withdrew your application through AMCAS. According to the AMCAS website, your application may only be withdrawn prior to the verification process when your application is in one of the following states: “Submitted to AMCAS – Ready for Review,” “Submitted to AMCAS – Waiting for Transcripts,” or “Returned”. As long as you withdrew during one of those states, you will essentially be a “new” applicant this time around.
Note: Even though you applied previously to AMCAS, you will need to resubmit official transcripts. AMCAS does not keep transcripts on file from previous years’ applications. Thus, transcripts submitted in previous years cannot be reactivated.
Q: “What is NECOME and how does Middlebury being part of the cohort help my application?”
A: Middlebury College is a member of a professional organization called the NorthEast Consortium on Medical Education (NECOME). This group of premedical advisors and medical school deans and admissions directors meets twice a year to discuss medical school trends and issues regarding medical education. The following colleges and medical schools comprise NECOME.
- Amherst College
- Bowdoin College
- Hamilton College
- Haverford College
- College of the Holy Cross
- Middlebury College
- Swarthmore College
- Wesleyan University
- Williams College
- Albany Medical College
- Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
- Harvard Medical School
- Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
- Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
- Tufts University School of Medicine
- University of Connecticut School of Medicine
- Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
- University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Within our NECOME cohort, most medical schools require a committee letter or a letter packet since they know Middlebury provides it. In some cases, waivers for the committee requirement must be granted by the admissions committee. If you wish to receive a waiver you may have to email an explanation of the circumstances that led to your decision not to pursue the committee letter, and it will be presented to the admissions committee.
AACOMAS Application Questions
Make sure you have looked through the online ADEA AADSAS Quick Start Guide – again, most answers are available through their website or you can call them directly at 617-612-2889.
AADSAS Application Questions
Make sure you have looked through the ADEA-AADSAS Application Instructions – again, most answers are available through AADSAS or you can call them directly at 617-612-2045.
Middlebury Advising Team – Who to Contact
If you cannot find answers to your questions in the resources above, you are also welcome to reach out to our team. Please don’t double dip. Whenever possible, direct your question to only one personto only one of us to avoid confusion and duplication of work on our end. We are in frequent communication and often collaborate to find the best possible response to a student’s question, so you can be confident in the response you get from any of us.
Application & HP Deadline Questions: For Middlebury-specific questions about deadlines or professional school application process, contact Nicole (firstname.lastname@example.org). Note that Nicole will be out of the office May 11-26. During those dates, please reach out to the advisor you interviewed with during the committee cycle.