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What Is AMCAS?

American Medical School Application Service

Visiting the individual medical school’s website is a great place to start. You can review their admission policies for international students and check the deadlines and admission requirements.

In Canada, the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS) is used by students around the world to apply for medical schools in Ontario. The AMCAS works in more or less the same way. AMCAS consolidates all applications for medical school in the US. It makes it easier to facilitate and streamline the application process.

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From Accredited International Schools

Bear in mind that AMCAS will not accept any foreign transcripts. What foreign students can do is to add courses that are taken in foreign academic institutions but understand that they will not be verified. Your GPA (AMCAS grade point average) will also not be calculated when you have foreign transcripts. The medical schools you apply for can request for your transcripts should you qualify for a secondary application.

If you completed a course at an international school, you may be able to enter your coursework and request for transcripts. This applies when the courses were taken at a foreign school but the credits are granted by an accredited US or Canadian school. In this case, you will need to provide the US transcript which will be verified and the courses will then be included in the AMCAS GPA.

MCAT

Medical College Admission Test

Getting Financial Aid For Med School: As an international applicant, you do not qualify for federal aid unless you are a US citizen or permanent resident. In most cases, your option would be to apply for a personal loan or find out if the med school offers institutional loans. There are schools that require applicants to prove that they are financially capable of paying for the four years by providing their bank statements or putting the full amount in an escrow account.

Have You Taken The MCAT Exam? The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is administered at different times of the year in some locations in US and abroad. You may need to take this test prior to applying for certain medical schools in the US. The MCAT website provides a complete list of countries where the test can be taken and the specific locations to make it easier for international students to take the test. Your proficiency in English is key since all MCAT exams are administered in English regardless of where you take the test from. Be keen when filling out details such as your name because it should appear in English the same way it appears in any government issued identification card.

Other Critical Areas: You also need to state your citizenship status on your AMCAS or any other secondary applications. You will be required to indicate the languages you speak and their proficiency levels.

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