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My Med School Application Timeline

Posted by on Sunday, October 6, 2019 in Academics, Admissions, Books, Campus resources, College Life, College of Arts and Science, Exams, Exams, General Information, Grad School, Health Care, Jobs, Major, Pre-Med, Pre-Med, Student Leadership, Student Life, Studying, Summer, Teachers, Undergraduate Research.

Hello again! As my first semester of senior year gets into full swing, the next phase of my life is definitely weighing on my mind. As many of you know, I am in the process of applying to medical school, so I thought I’d share a little about the process as I’m going through it. In all honesty, a great deal of the work related to medical school admissions happened early in my college career- pre-medical science classes, shadowing, and research have been continuous threads throughout my time in college. So, ignoring those, I’ll try to give you all a sense of my general medical school application timeline.

  • Summer 2018 through May 2019: studying for the MCAT (I definitely did a great deal of this during breaks, but worked on content review throughout the school year as well to keep up on studying)
  • Fall 2018 through Spring 2019: emailing schools I was interested in with questions to narrow down my list of schools to apply to and getting a better sense of what I wanted out of a school
  • January 2019: meeting with our pre-medical committee to review my personal statement and activities as well as beginning to compile my committee letter for medical schools
  • Spring 2019: asking professors and other mentors to write recommendation letters
  • May 2019: studying for and taking the MCAT!
  • June 2019: receiving MCAT score, submitting primary application to schools through AMCAS
  • July 2019: writing secondary essays for schools
  • September 2019: began interviewing at schools

This is obviously an incomplete list, and hopefully next semester I will be able to update you all on how the process is going. If you have questions about the medical school application process, how Vandy prepares you for the process, or about life here in general, feel free to email me at

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