Is anyone presently filling out the AMCAS or has already completed it? I am finishing up my personal statement and still need to put in all my extra curriculars. Any advise? I feel a bit behind in the process, but I'm hoping that is not the case.
What is a good timeline of when things need to be completed by,... ie., AMCAS, letters of rec, 2ndaries, etc. THANKS!
You're still OK on time for completing AMCAS. Most med schools don't start looking at the new applicants until they completely fill and finalize the current one (usually in August...around the first day of orientation).
That said, you do still want to get it done as soon as you can. You should already have requested any transcripts that need to be sent.
As far as secondaries and LORs go, some schools (usually your state schools) will send you a secondary if you call them. Others make you wait. It never hurts to call the admissions office and see if they will send you one. The LORs usually are done around the time of the secondary apps (you can again check with the schools), but you should get them lined up soon. Some undergrad programs have committees that write the letters, others have you pick profs to write them. You'll probably also need a letter from a physician.
The entire application process is a bunch of hurry-up-and-wait , so try not to get frustrated.
I hope to click off my AMCAS application in just a few minutes. It's a weirdly nerverwracking process, isn't it. I was all set to be super early with the whole thing and then a few days ago I realized it was July and I still hadn't done it... but it still is relatively early...
Thanks so much DrMom and AnotherJen! I really appreciate the advise.
I definitely still need to polish up my personal statement, need to get people to read it and get some advise,... Then its just filling out a few more things and sending it! The whole process is almost surreal,... all our hopes and dreams, being filled out on the web?!