Applying to Medical School in Summer 2023 For Matriculation in Fall 2024

It is Duke HPA's expectation that all applicants attend the 2024M 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.

  • Declare your Intent to Apply by April 1, 2023.  You must complete the Qualtrics Form to be added to our applicant listserv and be eligible for a RMA appointment and Committee Letter.  
  • Plan to attend the 2024M Application Curriculum Workshops in subsequent pages (expandable sections).
  • Begin to work on a draft of your RMA (Review My Application) Form during break.  It allows you to list, describe, and reflect on 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.
  • 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, please email prehealth@duke.edu from a non Duke email and ask for your NetID to be extended.

 

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 2024M Applicant Resource folder  including materials for:
    • Assessing Candidacy that helps you review your own candidate profile and recognize your strengths. 
    • Application 101 that provides an overview of the application to medical school process, timeline and guidance for working with our office.
    • 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.
  • 2024M RMA Form
  • 2024M Reapplication Form
    • Link for submitting your RMA form can be found here.
  • 2024M Duke Student & Alumni Applicant Guide (COMING SOON!)

External Resources

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Nov 2022 - Jan 2023, Prepare to Launch

Plan to attend the 2024M Application Curriculum which includes each of the following workshops (Recordings available via 2024M Applicant Resources). The last day to declare your ITA for the 2024M cycle is April 1, 2023.  Register to attend!

  • Assessing Your Candidacy for Medical School, Tuesday, November 1, at 6:00 PM, BioSci 111. Want to have a good sense of your candidacy and how to be the strongest applicant you can be before you apply?  Join members of the Office of Health Professions Advising 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 and your laptop. 
  • 2024M Application 101 Workshop, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM, BioSci 111. Are you planning to apply, or thinking about applying, to medical school this summer for the 2023 matriculation cycle? Use the break to get started on your application by joining the Office of Health Professions Advising staff for our overview of the cycle meeting! This meeting will include 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.
  • 2024M RMA Lab Part 1, Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at 6:00 PM, Social Sciences 139. 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!  You may find it helpful to have your Assessing Candidacy worksheet with you as we thinking about starting to draft your narrative.  Join members of the Office of Health Professions Advising Team to learn about what makes a good RMA draft and appointment, common pitfalls and discuss examples.  Questions can be emailed to Dean PerzNOTE: This is the 3rd session in the 2024M Application Curriculum.  It is the expectation of Duke HPA that anyone planning to apply to medical school attend all of the Application Curriculum sessions or watch the recordings.  This session will be recorded for those that cannot attend, but live attendance is strongly encouraged if possible.
  • School Selection and Letters of Recommendation, Monday, November 14, 2022 at 6:00 PM, Social Sciences 139. 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 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.  Join members of the Office of Health Professions Advising Team for a live Q & A session to discuss topics related to medical school selection and requesting letters of recommendations.
  • Writing Personal Essays, Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM, Social Sciences 139.  Are you applying to medical schools this summer?  Would you like guidance to help you to get started on writing your personal statement? Dr. Eliana Schonberg from the Writing Studio will facilitate an interactive workshop and discuss tips for writing a good statement, offer advice on how to avoid common mistakes, and answer your questions. Please bring at least two paragraphs of your statement to the workshop as you will be working with your text during the session.
  • RMA Lab Part 2, Thursday, January 12, 2023 at 6:00 PM, French Science 2231.
  • Begin to work on a draft of your RMA (Review My Application) form during break.  It allows you to list, describe, and reflect on 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.

It is Duke HPA's expectation that all applicants 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 2024M Applicant Resources section of this page.

2024M 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 2023 and you will meet with a 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 is April 1, 2023.   

     

  • RMA Appointments Are Now Open!  We have begun communicating with students and alums planning to apply to medical school this summer on the 2024M Medical School listserv.  To get focused messages about this application cycle and avoid delays in receiving important information complete the ITA. Once you have completed your ITA you will receive RMA scheduling information within two business days.

RMA Appointment Types:

First Time RMA appointments are for applicants that have never had an RMA appointment with Duke HPA. (A RMEA for FlexMed does not count).

Power Planning RMA appointments are for applicants that have previously completed an RMA appointment with Duke HPA, but have never applied to medical school.

Reapplicant RMA appointments are for applicants that have already applied to medical school and are reapplying in a subsequent cycle.

ImportantPlease submit your completed 2024M RMA Form and an Assessing Candidacy Form at least 3 business days before your RMA meeting so your advisor has time to review them.  The link for submission will be found in your RMA email confirmation and as a clickable link in the 2024M Applicant Resource folder. Failure to submit your form may result in the cancelation of your RMA appointment.

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Feb 2023 - April 2023, Gather Materials

  • Review any workshops you did not attend and attend Spring workshops. 

  • RMA meetings will be held with a prehealth advisor to go over your RMA form.

  • Ask for your letters of recommendation by Mid March.  This should be based on requirements outlined by the medical schools you are going to apply to.  We encourage you to finalize this list by April and you can send your writers our Instructions & Tips for Letter Writers.  

  • Research schools to which you may apply.

  • Begin working on your personal statement.

  • Take your MCAT by the end of April if you have not yet.

  • Evaluate if you need to take the PREview Exam and sign up to take it some time between March and July.

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May 2023, Gather Materials and Deploy

  • Start Your Primary Applications in the application systems
    • The AMCAS (allopathic schools) application opens to begin to enter information in early May 2023.
    • The TMDSAS application opens to begin to enter information in early May 2023.
    • The AACOMAS application opens in May 2023; some applications may be submitted in May.
  • Finalize the list of schools to which you will apply. 
    • Confirm what Letter of Rec requirements are for each school.
    • Confirm if you will need CASPer and/or PREview exam and schedule for next month as needed.
  • Finalize your personal statement.
  • Questions about how to complete your applications? Please start by reading the 2024M 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 (coming late spring 2023) 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 mid May 2023.
  • Submit your AMCAS application as soon as the application service opens for submission late May 2023.
  • Evaluate if you need to take the PREview Exam and sign up to take it some time between March and July.
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June 2023, Deploy

  • Complete CASPer if required or recommended by any of the medical schools you have applied to.
  • Evaluate if you need to take the PREview Exam and sign up to take it some time between March and July.
  • 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 submitting the required documents to HPA Office.  Directions & links for submission are in the 2024M Duke Guide.  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 are verified by an application system.
    • For TMDSAS applications, upload the email you receive from TMDSAS stating that your application has been transmitted to schools and upload a PDF of your verified TMDSAS AND AMCAS applications with links for submission.
    • For AACOMAS applications, you only need to upload one school's application.
    • If you did not complete a RMA in spring 2023, you must upload the RMA essay questions along with your verified application.  Please note, if you are a reapplicant, you need to upload the reapplication RMA form.
  • AACOMAS will begin releasing applications to medical schools late June 2023.
  • AMCAS will begin releasing applications to medical schools late June 2023.
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July, Deploy

  • 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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August 2023 - March 2024, Finding Your Zen

  • Interview
    • We will do a mock interview with you when you have an interview invitation.
  • Receive acceptances or waitlist notices from October 15, 2023 to July 2024.
  • 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 2023 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 2024 - June 2024, Finding Your Zen

  • Continue to update your application as appropriate.
  • Send letters of interest or intent as appropriate.
  • Watch trafficking rules.  
    • Choose Your Medical School Tool.
    • April 2024, applicants with more than 3 acceptances must narrow their school choice to 3 and decline their seat at other medical schools.
    • May 2024, applicants with more than 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 2024 - September 2024, Decision Time

  • 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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