Applying to Medical School in Summer 2021 For Matriculation in Fall 2022

If you plan to apply to medical schools in summer 2021 for matriculation in fall 2022, please follow the instructions on this page and the expandable sections: 

The deadline to declare your intent was April, 1, 2021.  Please contant prehealth@duke.edu directly if you wish to be added at this point.  If you have previously declared your intent to apply this summer and have decided not to apply please email preheatl@duke.edu to let us know.

Please bookmark this page now and refer to it throughout the application process; this should be your first source when you have questions.  There is also an Application Resources section that, includes resources from workshops.  If you are a reapplicant, follow the special instructions on the "Being a Reapplicant" page in the left sidebar. 

If you are an alum who needs their NetID extended to view Box documents please email prehealth@duke.edu from a non Duke email and ask for your NetID to be extended.

We strongly encourage applicants to attend the Application Curriculum 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 which can be found on the Resources section of this page.

Please review the action items and guidance below for each time period of your cycle.  We encourage you to review the entire page before we start your cycle to have an idea of what to expect.

Nov 2020-Jan 2021

  • Starting November 6, 2021, 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 was April 1, 2021.
  • Plan to attend each of the following workshops:  All links for Zoom can be found in 2022M Applicant Resource folder.
    • 2022M Application Kick Off on December 2, 2020, at 6pm EST via Zoom.  Are you planning to apply, or thinking about applying, to medical school this summer for the 2022 matriculation cycle? Use the break to get started on your application by joining the Office of Health Professions Advising staff for our official kickoff meeting which 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. Application 101 recording and resources are available in the 2022M Applicant Resource folder.
    • 2022M RMA Lab on December 7, 2020, at 6pm EST via Zoom.  Are you applying to medical school this summer?  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. 
    • 2022M Assessing Candidacy on January 21, 2020, at 6pm EST via Zoom.  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. 

    • 2022M School Selection Scheduled in Feb see below!

If you are unable to attend a workshop for the application cycle please review all materials at your convenience prior to your RMA.  You can find these resources on this page in the Application Resource Section of the Prehealth Library. It is Duke HPA's expectation that you have attended or reviewed materials for all workshops before your RMA.

  • Begin to work on a draft of your RMA (Review My Application) form during break.  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.

2022M RMA Form

  • Consider subscribing to MSAR.
  • Begin conceptualizing and outlining your personal statement.

Schedule your Review My Application Appointment (RMA).  RMA meetings are held February through the end of April 2021 and you will meet 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 so we encourage you to schedule when you know you are available.  RMA calendars are filling fast and once we reach capacity, we cannot guarantee more RMA appointments will be available.  The deadline to schedule your RMA appointment (which are held through April) was April 1, 2021.  Please use the links below to schedule your RMA appointment with your prehealth advisor. 

We understand that some of you may have worked with multiple advisors and sincerely appreciate your flexibility this semester.  If you have been meeting with a prehealth advisor who is conducting RMAs this cycle please try to schedule your RMA with that individual.  If you have NOT met with any junior/senior/alumni prehealth advisor, you are encouraged to schedule with Mr. Jones.

 

 

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Feb 2021-April 2021

  • Review any workshops you did not attend and attend Spring workshops.  All links for Zoom and recordings can be found in 2022M Applicant Resource folder.

  • 2022M School Selection  ASYNCHROUNOUS VIDEO PRESENTATION, TBD.  Q & A Session Did you know the average applicant from Duke applies to 23 medical schools? How do you craft your school list and what factors should you consider? This workshop that will provide an overview of characteristics to consider in yourself, your future goals, and potential medical schools—beyond just the metrics—to begin crafting your list and plan your application.  A separate Live Q & A Session will be available with Mr. Jones on February 5 at 11AM EST and 3PM EST.

  • Personal Statement Writing Workshop, THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11, 6:30PM on Zoom: Applying to medical schools this summer and want advice on writing your personal statement? Dr. Eliana Schonberg from the Writing Studio will facilitate the Writing Your Personal Statement for Medical Schools workshop and discuss steps to writing a good statement, how to avoid common mistakes, and provide individual help if needed. Be prepared with a draft of your personal statement so far to work on during the session.

  • Starting February 1, 2021, RMA meetings will be held 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 so we encourage you to schedule when you know you are available.  The deadline to schedule your RMA appointment (which are held through April) is April 1, 2021.  Please use the links below to schedule your RMA appointment with your prehealth advisor. 

    Schedule your Review My Application Appointment (RMA).  RMA meetings are held February through the end of April 2021 and you will meet 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 form 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 so we encourage you to schedule when you know you are available.  The deadline to schedule your RMA appointment (which are held through April) was April 1, 2021.  As RMA appointments filled quickly please contact your prehealth advisor to be added to a waitlist for application support if you do not have a RMA scheduled.  RMAs are not and have not been required for a Committee Letter and you will still be able to request one by following the directions on the Letters fo Recommendation & Committee Letter webpage.

    We understand that some of you may have worked with multiple advisors and sincerely appreciate your flexibility this semester.  If you have been meeting with a prehealth advisor who is conducting RMAs this cycle please try to schedule your RMA with that individual.  If you have NOT met with any junior/senior/alumni prehealth advisor, you are encouraged to schedule with Mr. Jones.

 

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.

2022M RMA Form


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May 2021

  • Start Your Primary Applications in the application systems
    • The AMCAS application opens to begin to enter information May 3, 2021. 
    • Applying to Texas medical schools?  The TMDSAS application opens to begin to enter information May 3, 2021.
    • Applying to Osteopathic medical schools?  You will need to fill out an AACOMAS application as well; some applications may be submitted in May.
  • 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.
  • 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 Duke Guide for what you then need to send to your writers.  
  • Send a final transcript to AMCAS & AACOMAS with final spring grades once spring grades are posted.  Directions for Duke transcripts.  Please note TMDSAS has different directions and you should follow those posted on their website.
  • Register for CASPer to take it in June or July
  • Submit your TMDSAS application when the application service opens for submission on May 17, 2021.
  • Submit your AMCAS application as soon as the application service opens for submission on May 27, 2021.
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June 2021

  • Complete CASPer if required or recommended by any of the medical schools you have applied to.
  • Complete AAMC SJT Exam if necessary.
  • 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.  Medical schools will not receive your application until the end of June so during this time we write and upload your Committee Letter to the application service.   
    • If you are applying to multiple systems you need to submit a request each time you a verified by an application system.
    • For TMDSAS applications,  forward the email you receive from TMDSAS stating that your application has been transmitted to schools and attach a PDF of your verified TMDSAS AND AMCAS applications with that email.
    • 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 June 25, 2021.
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July 2021

  • 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.  
    • Please see the Duke Guide for guidance on secondary writing.
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Aug 2021- March 2022

  • 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, 2021 to July 2022.
  • Update your application as appropriate. 
    • Follow directions from the schools in which you apply to in regards to updates.
    • If you are considering sending updates to schools that you have not heard from we suggest you wait until late October 2021 to send those.
  • Choose Your Medical School Tool becomes available in mid February for AMCAS applicants.  You do not need to make any decisions this early.
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April 2022-June 2022

  • Continue to update your application as appropriate.
  • Send letters of interest or intent as appropriate.
  • Watch trafficking rules.  
    • Choose Your Medical School Tool became available in February 2022
    • April 15, 2022, applicants with more than 3 acceptances must narrow their school choice to 3 and decline their seat at other medical schools.
    • May 2, 2022, 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.
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July 2022-Sept 2022

  • Matriculate to medical school!
  • Consider joining MedMap after you matriculate if you are interested and willing to provide insight to other Duke students and alums.
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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.

  • Application Curriculum is available in the 2022M Applicant Resource folder including materials for:
    • Application 101 that provides an overview of the application to medical school process, timeline and guidance for working with our office.
    • Assessing Candidacy that helps you review your own candidate profile and recognize your strengths. 
    • RMA Lab that helps you think about how to create a quality RMA draft.
    • School Selection on how to create your school list.
    • Personal Statement Workshop for tips on writing a strong statement.
  • 2022M Duke Student & Alumni Applicant Guide

External Resources

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