TIMELINE FOR UNDERGRADUATE MEDICAL SCHOOL APPLICANTS

Use the list below as a checklist. This will be your own record of your health professions credential file contents. All deadlines for the receipt of materials are firm and must be met in order to ensure that your Health Professions Panel letter will be prepared by August 14, 2014.  Keep in mind that you are responsible for monitoring the contents of your file. To check on the status of your file, call 860-685-3367, e-mail ascholar@wesleyan.edu, or visit the Career Center and speak with Alice Scholar, Credential Service Coordinator. Credential Service hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:30am-4:30pm EST.

*Remember: One Wesleyan credit is equivalent to 4.0 semester hours (divide and round off to the nearest tenth accordingly for half and quarter credit course) for those who matriculated after Sept. 2000. For those who matriculated before Sept. 2000, one Wesleyan credit is equivalent to 3.5 semester hours).

DECEMBER

  • Read the relevant portions of the Graduate School, "Health Professions" section located in the Career Center website.
  • Open a Credential Service file at the Career Center.
  • Request letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a Wesleyan faculty member and it is advisable to have at least one letter from a faculty member in the sciences.

JANUARY

  • Research medical schools using the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Curriculum Directory, located on the Internet at : http://services.aamc.org/currdir and using the print resources, Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR).  Princeton Review's the Best Medical Schools provides a complementary perspective on individual schools, using information gathered from students. Comparable information for schools of osteopathic http://www.aacom.org, dental http://www.adea.org, and veterinary http://www.avma.org medicine. 
  • After identifying what kind of learning environment is best for you and what you want from your graduate education, look over individual school's Web sites carefully to identify the ones that interest you the most. Talk with friends, family and others who attended or are attending medical school and ask them about their educational experience at that school.
  • Begin preparing for the MCAT, DAT, or GRE if you have not yet taken it.
  • Request official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (including Wesleyan) and have them sent to Alice Scholar at the Credential Service.
  • Complete or update your resume and (typed) detail form. (Word)
  • Draft your personal statement for the the Health Professions Panel. 

FEBRUARY

  • Remind individuals writing letters for you of the MARCH 27, 2014 deadline.  You must have at least one letter from a Wesleyan faculty or staff member.  It is advisable to have one letter from a science faculty member.
  • Attend the essential "After Wesleyan: Alumni Panel" to be scheduled provisionally for February, 2014 (date TBA).
  • Continue to prepare for the MCAT, DAT or GRE.
  • Revise your personal statement.
  • Turn in your personal statement, resume, detail forms, "Request for Preparation of a Wesleyan Health Professions Panel Letter" form, Document Transmittal Form, and Dean’s Office "Request for Letter of Clearance" form between February 4, 2014 and February 12, 2014 to Alice Scholar.
  • Schedule your Health Professions Panel Letter Interview appointment through Alice Scholar.  Interviews will be conducted between February 17, 2014 and April 25, 2014.

NO UNDERGRADUATE REQUESTS FOR A HEALTH PROFESSIONS PANEL LETTER ACCEPTED AFTER FEBRUARY 12, 2014, 4:00 PM. 

MARCH 

  • Register for the MCAT.  To be eligible for a panel letter for medical school, you must take the MCAT no later than May 31, 2014.  If the MCAT is not taken by that date, you will receive a standard cover letter that will accompany your individual letters of recommendation.  If you believe there are circumstances in your case that warrant an exception to this requirement, you may request an exemption.
  • Continue to prepare for the MCAT, DAT, or GRE.
  • Check with Alice Scholar to be sure all of your letters of recommendation and all official transcripts are in your file.  Letters of recommendation are DUE March 27, 2014.

APRIL

  • To be eligible for a panel letter for medical school, you must take the MCAT no later than May 31, 2014.  If the MCAT is not taken by that date, you will receive a standard cover letter that will accompany your individual letters of recommendation.  If you believe there are circumstances in your case that warrant an exception to this requirement, you may request an exemption.  Continue to prepare for, or take, the MCAT, DAT or GRE. It is preferable, for many reasons, to have your MCAT, DAT, or GRE scores in hand prior to filing your common applications.

APRIL 25, 2014:  LAST DAY FOR PANEL LETTER INTERVIEWS

MAY - AUGUST

  • We expect you to have taken the MCAT by May 31, 2014.  If the MCAT is taken after that date, you will receive a standard cover letter that will accompany your individual letters of recommendation.  If you believe there are circumstances in your case that warrant an exception to this requirement, you may request an exemption.  
  • Access and initiate work on the AMCAS and/or AACOMAS web applications which can be accessed at http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm and http://aacomas.aacom.org respectively.
  • Have official copies of all transcripts sent to the common application service for your health profession as soon as they will accept them. 
  • Notify Alice Scholar of your AAMC, AMCAS letter, AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS, and TMDSAS id number(s).
  • Complete the common application for your health profession and file by end of June.
  • Complete applications for all schools that do not use the common application service for your health profession. 
  • Complete secondary applications promptly as they come in.  
  • Your credential file will only be sent out after you have submitted a written request containing your signature, your AAMC, AMCAS letter, AACOMAS, AADSAS, VMCAS and/or TMDSAS ID number(s), your preferred email address, and list of all medical schools to which you are applying to Alice Scholar, Credential Service Coordinator. You may mail or fax your requests to 860-685-2181. As your signature is required, NO TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL REQUESTS ARE ACCEPTED.