It is important to submit your medical school application as early as possible, but applicants should be aware of other rate limiting steps that may undermine an early application submission:
1) Transcripts. Even if you submit your application early, it won’t be verified by the AMCAS® until your transcripts have been received.
2) Letters of reference. Some undergraduate premedical committees won’t write “committee letters” or send letter packets until later in the summer. Similarly, it often takes individual letter writers longer than expected to write and submit their letters of reference. And late letter submissions usually delay review of your application.
3) MCAT. If you are taking a summer MCAT (which I don’t advise unless you anticipate earning a very high score), most schools won’t review your application until they receive the result.
So, don’t rush to submit an application on June 7th and potentially compromise the quality of your written work if other rate limiting steps are likely to delay processing or review of your application. Keep in mind that during “peak season,” the AMCAS® verification process can take up to four weeks or longer.
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JESSICA FREEDMAN, M.D., is president of MedEdits Medical Admissions and author of the MedEdits Guide to Medical Admissions and The Medical School Interview. Follow Dr. Freedman and MedEdits on Facebook andTwitter.