The medical school application process can be confusing. One of the most frustrating aspects of it is that there are so many dates and deadlines to remember. Therefore, given how stressful and competitive the application process can be, make sure you take note of all the deadlines that might affect you.

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) allows applicants to begin work primary applications several weeks prior to June 5, when AMCAS will actually allow applicants to actually submit their applications in 2018.

Applicants should also keep track of the final submission deadlines that lie ahead this fall. M.D. programs have varying deadlines, ranging from mid-October to mid-December.

Applicants interested in Early Decision options should note that the ED deadline for all schools participating in the AMCAS system is August 1.

Applications for U.S. osteopathic medical schools also become available in the spring, via the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS). AACOMAS advises applicants to submit their applications as early as possible in order to avoid processing delays and missed deadlines. The deadlines for the osteopathic schools are set by each respective school and vary in dates. The deadline range is between October and April.

All applicants should keep in mind that it is to their advantage to submit their applications as early in the cycle as possible. Most medical schools review applications on a rolling basis and issue interview invitations to qualified applicants as they are identified. Late applicants may not get an interview, regardless of their qualifications, simply because there are no interview slots left.

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