You can begin creating your American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) account in early May. You can first submit your AMCAS application at the beginning of June. If you have submitted your AMCAS application, AMCAS will distribute your application to the schools you have designated at the end of June. Dates change each year, so check their website for details.
Official transcripts from each institution where you have taken courses must be submitted to AMCAS. After you create an account in AMCAS, print one transcript matching form for each institution where you have taken a course. Send this form to the registrar office at the specific institution/s. The institution will send the transcripts directly to AMCAS. For the University of Miami Office of the Registrar web site, click here.
In the [Letters of Evaluation section] of the AMCAS application you will need to generate an AMCAS Letter Request form (this form has a barcode at the top), selecting either committee letter or letter packet (which means cover letter) from the drop down menu. In the “To” field, you will enter:
Michael Gaines, Ph.D.
University of Miami
Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring
P.O. Box 248283
Coral Gables, FL 33124
Once we have all the forms in your file (completed AMCAS application with submission date, AMCAS letter request form, cover or committee letter request form and associated documents, and all of your letters of evaluation), you will be placed in queue. The Office will submit your cover letter or committee letter packet to the AMCAS Letter Writer Application and from there it will be automatically disseminated to the individual schools you applied to.
You will be notified when you have been placed in the queue for submission and then again when your cover or committee letter packet has been submitted.
Note: In addition to the six letters that can be submitted with your cover letter packet or committee letter, you are allowed to submit up to four individual letters to AMCAS. If you choose to submit 1-4 individual letters, you must create a separate AMCAS letter request form for each evaluator, choosing the “individual letter” option from the drop down menu. Give this form to the individual evaluator, and ask him/her to submit the letter to AMCAS directly.
Individual letters will not be submitted by the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring.
Answers to most questions are available online, click here to visit AMCAS’ web site or call 202-828-0600.
Note on Texas Medical Schools: If you are applying to a medical school in Texas, you must apply through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS), not AMCAS. Click here for TMDSAS. You will need to complete the [Colleges Attended] section of the TMDSAS application. Then, in the [Letters of Evaluation] section, indicate that a packet is being submitted and enter University of Miami. You must answer “Yes” to the following question in the [Colleges Attended Questions] section: “Would you like to release your information to the health professions advisor at any school(s)?” and indicate the school which will be uploading your committee packet. Then provide the Pre-Health Office with a copy of your submitted TMDSAS application (a pdf document emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org will suffice) and request that the Office submit your committee or cover letter packet to the TMDSAS portal. The Pre-Health Office will place you in queue and then upload your cover or committee letter packet to the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal.