Attend a FALL or SPRING Workshop on the application process. This is mandatory for ALL students planning to go through the FIU PPAEC Interview process for the Medical School Admissions cycle and expect to be entering medical school in the Fall of the following year.
Watch for notices of workshop dates or contact the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising for information on these workshops. Announcements are posted on the Upcoming Events section of the Homepage and on our Facebook page.
The Medical School application process can be very expensive! For information about Application fee waivers available through the Fee Assistance Programs (FAP), click on the following application links (AMCAS FAP or AACOMAS FAP). Check Elegibility Requirements and APPLY EARLY as there are limited waivers available.
By the end of the SPRING Term (for the class starting Fall of the following year): Submit ALL required materials to the Office of Pre-Health Advising in order to qualify for PPAEC Interviews. Carefully READ the requirements for Interviews by the PPAEC Committee and adhere to the required DATES set out below. No interviews will occur after October 15th for the application cycle.
The AMCAS Application opens in May/June. Do Not Submit an Application to AMCAS or AACOMAS UNTIL you have received a viable MCAT score (see minimum score below). The central application can be submitted without Letters of Recommendation.
Note: All transcripts must be submitted to your central application service in advance of the application and must be completely up to date, i.e. have the Spring semester grades posted. (Read and Follow the instructions in the application manuals AMCAS or AACOMAS, for the printable transcript request form on the application webpage.)
Application Timeline Details - Medicine
March 1st - Finish your Personal Statement:
Writing a Personal Statement is a demanding exercise. For AMCAS, the Personal Statement must be no longer than 5300 characters, including spaces. Errors in grammar or spelling will be fatal to your application. Have your personal statement read by several people who have an excellent command of the English language, a good first stop would be the FIU Center for Excellence in Writing. The Office of Pre-Health Advisors will read your statement if you submit it, in FINAL FORM prior to March 1st. Anticipate extensive comments and a need to revise.
April 1st - Submit your completed FIU Personal History Questionnaire:
June 1st - Evaluation Forms/Letters of Recommendations:
6 PPAEC Evaluation Forms
- 4 Completed by Full-Time, Permanent Science Faculty members
- 2 Completed by Full-Time, Permanent Social Sciences/Humanities Faculty members (at minimum 1)
3 Faculty Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation
- 2 Letters from Full-Time, Permanent Science Faculty members
- 1 Letter from a Full-Time, Permanent Social Science or Humanities Faculty members
- 1 Letter from a physician (Optional but some programs specifically require a physician's letter: this physician should know the student well and have a thorough knowledge of the student's shadowing experiences.)
Ideally students will ask the letter writers to submit these well in advance of the end of the Spring term since many faculty members travel extensively in the summer and are not available to write letters. We have compiled some useful information about letters of recommendation.
June 30th - MCAT:
Plan to take the MCAT no later than June 30th in order to be able to submit a timely application and schedule a timely PPAEC Interview. The minimum MCAT score required for a PPAEC interview is 26 or 504 (2015 MCAT). No individual score may be less than 6 (scores of 25 may be granted an interview if the file is otherwise compelling). DO NOT APPLY TO MEDICAL SCHOOL UNTIL YOU KNOW YOUR MCAT SCORE! A score that is below 26 is not a competitive score at either MD or DO programs, the application process is expensive, and you may prejudice programs against a future application.
June 1st - October 15th: Interview with the PPAEC
Once you have completed the PPAEC requirements and your file in the Office of Pre-Health Advising is complete, you will be able to schedule a Committee interview. Anticipate at least a one week period after your file is complete to enable us to schedule your interview. It is each student's responsibility to be in contact with the Office Graduate Assistants about the status of their file and their Interview day/time. October 15th is the latest date to interview with the PPAEC. Later dates do not leave adequate time for your letters to reach all schools prior to their application deadlines and success rates among late applicants are very low. A late application by an applicant is looked upon unfavorably by Medical Schools because it indicates a inability of the applicant to organize and accomplish goals in a timely fashion.