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Medical and Dental School Applicants: Next Steps After Submitting your Primary App

Congratulations on nearing the AMCAS/AADSAS primary application submission date! It has been such a pleasure working with you all this past year and we look forward to supporting you through the application year as well. Please continue to ask questions as they come up – we are here to help!

  • The 2019 AMCAS Application is open for submission on Thursday, May 31st
  • The 2019 AADSAS Application is open for submission on Tuesday, June 5th

What are the next steps after submitting your primary app?

  1. TRANSCRIPTS: All applicants need to request official transcripts through AMCAS. Learn more here. 2018 graduates – the registrar’s office will be getting us your final transcripts within the next few weeks. Unofficial transcripts will be uploaded to your Interfolio account for our INTERNAL process. You will still need to request official transcripts through AMCAS.
  2. Make sure to CLEAN OUT YOUR INTERFOLIO ACCOUNT. Delete duplicate letters, archive any letters you no longer wish to use, etc. But please keep any documents you used to go through the HPC process. We still need access to your bio report, transcripts, etc. You do not need to update your bio report.
  3. Follow the APPLICATION TIMELINE to make sure you have everything in for the June 1st deadline.
  4. Use the GOOGLE TRACKER to see where you are in the process. Remember that we don’t start your committee letter until your file is complete. Use the Google tracker to see what you are missing and why your file is not yet complete.
  5. You will want to begin pre-writing your SECONDARY ESSAYS. Check out our Medical School Secondary Essays webpage for more info and a link to the Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts Database.
  6. Remember to email us when:
    1. You submit your primary – in that email include a PDF copy of your AMCAS/AADSAS application.
    2. When you send in your first secondary application – this triggers us to start your committee letter (as long as your file is complete.)
  7. Med School applicants, SCHEDULE YOUR CASPer! – More and more schools are using CASPer, and anyone applying to UVM needs to take it. Learn more here. CASPer has specific dates and times and it can be helpful to check this off the to-do list when you are finished with their primary application and waiting for the secondary applications to come through.

Timeline for the Committee Letter:

  1. We start a first draft of your letter after your file is complete (see the June 1st deadlines in the Application Timeline) and you submit your primary application. Email our office once your application has been submitted.
  2. Once you have submitted your first secondary application (and your file is complete), email our office and we will place your file in the Letter Writing Queue. It is at that point that we finalize your letter. The Queue is a first come, first served system. Letters are typically completed within 2 weeks.
  3. When your committee letter has been written and your dossier is complete, we will contact you to let you know.

You are almost done with the first stage of this external process – you are doing great! 

5 Last Minute Tips Before You Submit the AMCAS

The AMCAS application is almost open! All of those years of volunteer work and medical research and MCAT prep are culminating in this one application.

The medical school application process is, as you’re well aware, long and strenuous. You do not want all of that hard work on your AMCAS application to go to waste. While you might just want to submit the AMCAS once and for all so you can start focusing on secondaries, make sure to check these 5 last-minute tips by Hannah Smith at In Genius Prep Blog before you hit submit!

Submitting as early as possible is key. AMCAS will start verifying coursework in order of when applications were submitted. They will transmit this information to individual schools later in June, along with letters of recommendation and MCAT scores.

  1. Check your transcripts: Problems with transcripts are the number one cause of delays and missed deadlines for AMCAS applications. Especially if you’re final semester grades are just coming out, and you want to include them in your application, you must follow up with your undergraduate institution. Make sure that your official transcripts have been sent. This is a small, logistical reminder, but extremely important. For more information on these issues, look through the AMCAS site.
  2. Make Sure Your Information is Entered Correctly: Omitting coursework, grades, credits, or supplying incorrect grades on your AMCAS application may affect your AMCAS GPA. When you fill out this section, make sure that you have an official copy of your transcript in hand – use the exact same document that the schools will receive. When you input your information, make sure to check it against the official doc. And then check it again. And then check it another time before you send it. Inputting incorrect information is completely avoidable.
  3. Check In With Your Recommenders: Following up with your recommenders can feel annoying, but it is totally worth it for the peace of mind you get when confirming letters have been sent. Recommenders are people too: they procrastinate. Sending follow-up emails, or even giving them a call, should be seen as a courtesy. Nobody is happy with missed deadlines. Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your letter-writers, you should still follow up with every one of them. Always make sure you’re polite and appreciative!
  4. Look for Repetition in Your Work and Activities Descriptions: I once read an AMCAS application, where every single activities description started with “It was an honor to…” Don’t do this. Your time with each work experience or activity was different. So your descriptions should be different too. Vary your sentence structure and word choice. Make sure that you aren’t including “filler” activities, and group related activities together if they don’t need their own individual description. Also, pay close attention to your three “most meaningful” experiences, and make sure that you use all the space allotted to show the impact they have had on your journey to becoming a doctor.
  5. Proofread Your Personal Statement: This seems like an obvious last-minute AMCAS tip. But people still don’t do it! Proofread! And then proofread again! And then have your mom proofread your essay. And your advisor. And your best friend. And your little sister. You get the picture.Careless mistakes do happen, but they never look good. Becoming a doctor takes a lot of attention to detail. A messy personal statement is not sending the right message.

Full article available here.

Creating a Social Enterprise: Careers in International Development, Friday 4/13

Creating a Social Enterprise: Careers in International Development
When: Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:30 – 2pm
Where: CCI, Adirondack House Library
((LUNCH PROVIDED)
Join Middlebury alumnae Cara Myers ’13 as she talks about her experiences since leaving Middlebury, what its like to start a social enterprise and lessons learned: the process of growing something organically, working with international teams, raising funds, etc. for an international NGO she founded called the Mozambique School Lunch Initiative (mozambiqueschoollunchinitiative.wordpress.com). If you have interest in starting a nonprofit or have started one, come meet Cara, and bring our questions.

Medical School Secondaries Workshop with Denise Shekerjian ’75

RESCHEDULED from 3/13

Medical School Secondaries Workshop

Tuesday, April 3  
12:30 pm in MBH 219

Join Denise Shekerjian ’75, lawyer, writer and author of books and essays, specializes in assisting students who need assistance with college admission essays, medical school applications, and other graduate and fellowship applications. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls in your AMCAS secondaries that result in dull and predictable essays. Understand the well-worn clichés and how to steer clear of the “I love people and I love science!!!” theme in your essay. You’ll come away with a good appreciation for how to reflect on and synthesize an experience.

Lunch provided.

Medical School Secondaries Workshop with Denise Shekerjian ’75

Medical School Secondaries Workshop

Tuesday, April 3  
12:30 pm in MBH 219

Join Denise Shekerjian ’75, lawyer, writer and author of books and essays, specializes in assisting students who need assistance with college admission essays, medical school applications, and other graduate and fellowship applications. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls in your AMCAS secondaries that result in dull and predictable essays. Understand the well-worn clichés and how to steer clear of the “I love people and I love science!!!” theme in your essay. You’ll come away with a good appreciation for how to reflect on and synthesize an experience.

Lunch provided.

RESCHEDULED from 3/13

What I Wish I’d Known about Graduate School

On Thursday, April 12, we welcome to Middlebury four graduate students and one postdoctoral fellow from the University of Chicago. They specialize in English Language and Literature, Linguistics, Microbiology, and Sociology. They will discuss things that they wish they’d known about graduate school, including time management, combating isolation, and building community—a unique challenge for graduate students of color and first-generation college students.

Visitors: José Antonio Arellano, PhD candidate in English Language and Literature, Evelyn Campbell, PhD student Microbiology, Michael Dango, Postdoctoral Fellow in English Language and Literature, Melissa Osborne, PhD candidate in Sociology, Tran Truong, PhD candidate in Linguistics

What I Wish I’d Known about Graduate School

  • 4:30-5:45 p.m. in the Anderson Freeman Center at Carr Hall
  • Informal panel discussion by University of Chicago visitors with Middlebury students. Snacks provided.

Dinner  – RSVP required (email Rachel Hynson)

  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Atwater Commons
  • Small, on-campus dinner with UChicago visitors and Middlebury students.

 

Your Field Guide to What’s Next: Careers in Environmental Studies

Alumni will be on campus to share their paths and professional lives with students to help them think broadly about their Environmental Studies major and a variety of different career paths. Events are Thursday, March 15 – Friday March 16.

What did they do at Middlebury and what are they doing now? Find out at these events!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Alumni Panel 5:00 p.m.
Dinner with alumni, 6:15 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!

 

Friday, March 16, 2018

One-on-one Alumni Chats, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Adirondack House – Click the links below to SELECT A SLOT for a 1:1 conversation.

Participating Alumni –

Click here to learn more about our alumni panelists! You don’t have to be an Environmental Studies major to meet with these alumni.

Andrew Forsthoefel ’11
Self-EmployedSign up for a 1:1 Alumni ChatAndrew Forsthoefel Photo
Ben Wessel ’11.5
Deputy Political Director
and Director, NextGen Rising

NextGen AmericaSign up for a 1:1 Alumni ChatBen Wessel Photo
Carolyn Barnwell ’07
Documentary Producer
National Geographic SocietySign up for a 1:1 Alumni ChatCarolyn Barnwell Photo
Lauren Sanchez ’11
International Policy Director
California Air Resources Board  Sign up for a 1:1 Alumni ChatLauren Sanchez Photo
Lea Davison ’05
Clif Pro Team
Professional Cyclist &
Two Time Olympian
Sign up for a 1:1 Alumni ChatLea Davison Photo