2024 Medical and Dental Application Cycle Tmeline

Fall semester 2022

  • Attend Get Ready, Get Set Fall Seminar
  • Request Access to the Applicant/Alumni canvas page (email pph@jmu.edu)- this canvas page contains all necessary documents and resources for applicants to successfully navigate the Letter Packet and Pre-Application Review (PAR) Process
  • Register for January – June MCAT dates (October); apply for Fee Assistance Program (if applicable).
  • Register for a DENTPIN before you apply to take the DAT.
  • Begin research for school selection (MSAR, Choose DO Explorer, and ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools)
  • Participate in college open houses and webinars.
  • Reflect on competencies and candidacy timing – is this the year you should apply? Meet with a PPH advisor to discuss candidacy. 
  • Begin drafting your personal statement 

Spring Semester 2023

  • Take your MCAT
  • Request a copy of your official college transcripts for personal review – check for errors.
  • Attend PPH Spring Workshops
  • February 1, 2023: Deadline to submit Intent to Apply Form (available on the Applicant/Alumni canvas page)
  • Schedule Pre-Application Review (PAR) session with your PPH Advisor (scheduling link available on the Applicant/Alumni canvas page) 
  • Draft and finalize your Pre-Application Review (PAR) Materials (available on the Applicant/Alumni canvas page).  
  • Request VeCollect account (instructions available on the Applicant/Alumni Canvas page). 
  • Meet with potential letter writers and begin to request letters using VeCollect. 

May 2023

  • Application portals open!
  • Download and utilize 2023 AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS/TMDSAS instruction Manual(s)
  • Request a copy of your official transcript from the Registrar’s Office to aid in AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS data entry. Submit transcript forms to Registrars’ Offices and all other US colleges or Universities you attended. If you took spring classes, wait until grades are posted; otherwise do this ASAP.
  • Ensure that letters have been received. Send final reminder to any evaluators who have not yet submitted.

June 2023

  • June 1, 2023 – final deadline to schedule your PAR session. If you have not scheduled your PAR, we will not be able to provide Letter Packet services on your behalf.
  • Ideal time to submit your primary application (AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS/TMDSAS) and request your JMU Letter Packet. 
  • Your assigned PPH advisor will upload your letter packet to AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS/TMDSAS within 14 days of the dissemination request.
  • Complete and send secondary applications back within two weeks of receiving them. 

July 2023
  • July 1, 2023: final day to complete the PAR session with your assigned advisor.

 August 2023

  • August 15, 2023: final deadline by which you must submit PDF version of AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS/TMDSAS verified application to receive a letter packet. Ideal deadline: June 15, 2023.

 Fall 2023 (continuing through acceptances)

  • Schedule mock interviews; official interview invitations begin (and continue through April).
  • Send updates of your activities to schools that accept updates. Updates demonstrate continued engagement and continued interest.
  • October 2023: First acceptances released by some medical/dental schools.

August 2024: Matriculate at Medical School or Dental School

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