Applying to Medical School in Summer 2020 For Matriculation in Fall 2021

If you plan to apply to medical schools in summer 2020 for matriculation in fall 2021, please follow the instructions on this page.  Please bookmark this page now and refer to it throughout the application process; this should be your first source when you have questions.  If you are a reapplicant, follow the special instructions on the "Being a Reapplicant" page in the left sidebar instead that are coming soon.  There are also Application Resources at the bottom of this page, including the slides and resources from workshops. 

We strongly encourage applicants to attend the workshops outlined on this page to support their application process.  If you are unable to attend it is our expectation that you review all posted materials prior to your RMA appointment.

NOV –DEC 2019

  • Starting November 14, 2020, Declare your Intent to Apply.  Complete the Qualtrics Form to be added to our applicant listserv and be eligible for a RMA appointment and Committee Letter.  The last day to declare your Intent to Apply is May 1, 2020
  • Begin to work on a draft of your RMA (Review My Application) form.  It allows you to list and describe the experiences that have been significant to you, answer short essay questions that help you develop your story, choose who will write Letters of Recommendation for you, and identify schools you may apply to.  It will take you time to write and to research schools, so plan to work on this over a period of weeks.

 RMA Form and Instructions for 2021M

  • Plan to attend each of the following workshops:
    • RMA LAB,  MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 6 TO 7 PM IN OLD CHEMISTRY 116: Materials now available in Application Resources section below!  Are you ready to start your RMA? Do you know what a RMA entails?  After hearing from former students how valuable the RMA was in helping them craft their strongest application we want to give you the inside scoop!  Join Dean Perz and Ms. Morhac to learn about what makes a good RMA draft and appointment, common pitfalls and discuss examples.  The Office of Health Professions Advising strongly encourages attendance to this workshop for upperclassman/alumni planning on applying during summer 2020. NOTE: this session will be repeated in Spring 2020 for those unable to attend the November event. RMA Lab resources will be posted on the Apply section of the HPA website for review and use in the 2021M application cycle. 

    • 2021M APPLICATION KICKOFF MEETING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 6 TO 7PM, GROSS HALL 107: Materials now available in Application Resources section below!  Are you planning to apply, or thinking about applying, to medical school this summer for the 2021 matriculation cycle? Then join the Office of Health Professions Advising staff for our official kickoff meeting on Thursday, November 14, 6 to 7PM in Gross Hall 107! This meeting will include an overview of important information on how to be a successful medical school applicant, including an overview of application timeline, letters of recommendation, committee letter, and AMCAS expectations. NOTE: this session will be repeated in January 2020 for those unable to attend the November 2019 event.

    • ASSESSING YOUR CANDIDACY FOR MEDICAL SCHOOL WORKSHOP, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 6 TO 7PM IN SOCIAL SCIENCES 139: Materials now available in Application Resources section below!  Want to have a good sense of your candidacy and how to be the strongest applicant you can be before you apply?  Join Ms. Morhac for this workshop that will provide an overview of what medical schools are looking for, help you assess your own candidacy by identifying your current strengths and areas of opportunity, and help you feel better prepared to start your application.  This workshop will give you time to ask questions and work on an individualized assessment so we recommend you bring a resume draft.  This workshop is open to all class years, but the Office of Health Professions Advising strongly encourages attendance to this workshop for upperclassman/alumni and especially anyone planning on applying during summer 2020.  NOTE: this session will be repeated in Spring 2020 for those unable to attend the November event. Assessing Candidacy resources will be posted on the Apply section of the HPA website for review and use in the 2021M application cycle.

  JANUARY –APRIL 2020

  • Plan to attend any of the workshops you could not attend in Fall 2019.  If you are unable to attend a workshop for the application cycle please review all materials at your convenience prior to your RMA.
    • Assessing Your Candidacy Coming soon!
    • School Selection  Coming soon!
    • Application Kickoff Coming soon!
    • RMA Lab Coming soon!
    • School Selection Coming soon!
    • Personal Statement Workshop Coming soon!
  • Starting February 1,2020, RMA meetings will be available with your prehealth advisor to go over your RMA form.  Your advisor will give you suggestions for a strong application and can answer any questions you have.  Your RMA meeting also gives us preliminary information for your Committee Letter.  Because of the large number of applicants, we can offer only one RMA meeting per applicant each cycle and it may be difficult to reschedule an RMA meeting.  The deadline to schedule your RMA appointment (which are held through May) is May 1, 2020.

Important!  Please email your completed RMA form and a recent resume to your prehealth advisor at least 3 business days before your RMA meeting so your advisor has time to review them.  Failure to submit your form may result in not being able to have a RMA appointment.


 

Looking Into the Future

MAY 2020

  • May 1, 2020 is the final day to schedule a RMA. 
  • Start Your Primary Applications in the application systems
    • The AMCAS application opens and you can begin to enter information in early May.  AMCAS will announce the date in mid Spring.
    • Applying to Texas medical schools?  You may need to fill out the TMDSAS application form for these; some applications can be submitted in May.
    • Applying to Osteopathic medical schools?  You will need to fill out an AACOMAS application as well; some applications may be submitted in May.
  • Enter your letters of recommendation information into your primary.  Each application system has different guidelines for submission so please refer to the system and our Guide for what you then need to send to your writers.  
  • Send a final transcript to AMCAS with final spring grades once spring grades are posted.  Directions for Duke transcripts.
  • Finalize the list of schools to which you will apply.
  • Finalize your personal statement.
  • Questions about how to complete your applications? Please start by reading the Guide for Duke Students & Alumni Applying to Medical School.   Many FAQs are answered in that document.
  • Register for CASPer to take it in June or July

JUNE 2020

  • Submit your AMCAS application as soon as the application service opens for submission in late May or early June.  AMCAS will announce the date mid spring. 
  • Complete CASPer if required or recommended by any of the medical schools you have applied to.
  • The application service will then verify your application, i.e., will check and verify the listing of your courses and grades.  If you submit your application in the first week of June, verification may take a few days or a week.  If you submit your application in mid/late June or July, verification may take several weeks.  This delays the transmission of your application to medical schools.  If there are errors or inaccuracies during the verification process, you may submit an Academic Change Request to be reviewed by AMCAS.  After the review, the request can either be granted or denied.
  • Request your Committee Letter be uploaded after your application is verified by emailing a PDF of your verified application to the HPA Office to prehealth@duke.edu.  This tells us that your application is complete and ready to send to medical schools.  We will then write and upload your Committee Letter to the application service within 10 business days of receiving all required information.
    • If you are applying to multiple systems you need to request each time you a verified by an application system.
    • For TMDSAS applications, please forward the email you receive from TMDSAS stating that your application has been transmitted to schools and attach a PDF of your application with that email and a copy of your AMCAS application (does not need to be verified)
    • For AACOMAS applications, you only need to send one school's application.
    • If you did not complete a RMA with one of us you must submit the RMA essay questions along with your verified application.
  • Follow AMCAS on Twitter for updates on what applications they are working on for verification.
  • AMCAS will begin releasing applications to medical schools at the end of June 2020.

JULY 2020

  • Submit secondary applications within two weeks of receipt.  Some schools send secondary applications to all applicants; some send applications only after reviewing the primary application and some do not use secondary applications at all.  Each school has their own specific questions and essays and most will require a secondary fee.  Plan to have internet access and time to write these essays.  Note that you are not considered fully complete until the secondary application and fee have been received and you will not be considered for an interview until you are fully complete.  

AUGUST 2020 – MARCH 2021

  • Interview (we will do a mock interview with you if you’d like; contact us when you have an interview date set).  
  • Receive acceptances or waitlist notices from October 15, 2020 to July 2021.
  • Update your application as appropriate.
  • Send letters of interest or intent as appropriate.

APRIL 2021-JUNE 2021

  • Continue to update your application as appropriate.
  • Send letters of interest or intent as appropriate.
  • Watch trafficking rules.  
    • Choose Your Medical School Tool becomes available in February
    • April 15, 2021, applicants with more than 3 acceptances must narrow their school choice to 3 and decline their seat at other medical schools.
    • April 30, 2021, applicants with more 2 or 3 acceptances must narrow their school choice to 1 and decline their seat at other medical schools.  You may stay on waitlists.
  • Accept admission offers; if you have decided NOT to attend a school to which you have been accepted, promptly withdraw your application from that school.  
  • Pay attention to the medical school you are choosing to attend’s acceptance policy.  Follow Commit to Enroll deadline outlined by your school.

 JULY 2021 – SEPTEMBER 2021

  • Matriculate to medical school!

 
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Application Resources

Please attend or view all sessions.  These are meant to complement individual advising appointments not replace them, nor will individual appointments be able to provide all of this critical information.

  • Assessing Candidacy: these are the slides, audio/video, and self assessment form that help you review your own candidate profile and recognize your strengths. 
  •  Application Kickoff 2021M: these are the slides of our information session on how to apply; and process for applying.
  • RMA Lab : these are the slides of our information session on how to create a quality RMA draft; if you didn't attend this session, we encourage you to review the slides here.  We have also created a RMA Lab Handout with additional tips & pitfalls that you can review here.
  • Coming soon! School Selection:these are the slides of our information session on how to create your school list; if you didn't attend this session, we encourage you to review the slides here.  We have also created a School Selection Document (Coming soon!)  to help get you started with your organization that you can customize for your needs.
  • Coming soon! Personal Statement Workshop
  • Coming soon! Duke Student & Alumni Applicant Guide

External Resources

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