By Kirsten Guenther, photo by Dan Dickinson

April is here again, and medical school admissions are in full swing. Just like every year, there are some people coming in well prepared. Others? Not so much.

One of the big stumbling blocks applicants tend to trip over is AMCAS’s misleading language about dates and times. You're probably aware that June 1st is the ‘earliest’ deadline for AMCAS submissions. Theoretically, however, you can wait until July 15th to submit everything.

Forget theory. Here’s the ugly truth; June 1st is a drop dead date. In fact, forget the whole ‘date’ thing. You know those people that put out lawn chairs and sleep on 5th avenue the night before the Thanksgiving Parade? That needs to be you. You should submit your application the second you are able to—June 1st, 9:30 AM. 

I know what you’re saying to yourself – can a minute really make a difference? In this game, absolutely. Our Forster Thomas clients that submit at 9:31 AM get verified the same day, but I’ve heard tales of people submitting at 9:40 AM that end up having to wait two weeks for verification. YOU DO NOT WANT THIS TO BE YOU. You don’t want to have to wait two weeks to find out if your recommenders submitted or your MCAT score came in. The goal is to get verified quickly and move on to the next stage of your application.

At Forster Thomas, we make sure our clients have triple checked their applications by May 31st so that first thing June 1st all they have to do is submit. Remember, you have to self-report your course work, so if your transcripts don’t match what you submitted exactly you will end up having to appeal a correction. Next thing you know, it’s August and the game is over.

We've written a lot on medical school in the past, and we're going to be writing more in the future, but we'll never tell you a fact more important than this one. Submit your AMCAS at the earliest possible moment.