Below are a few reminders that ALL CURRENT APPLICANTS SHOULD REVIEW:

  • Begin identifying your letter writers and gather information to share with them. It is a good idea to approach letter writers in person and to assemble materials to remind them about your work with them and your interest in a health career. These materials will probably include your resume, the classwork or research you completed for your recommender, your personal statement, and a list of details about your relationship with the letter-writer (relevant dates, contributions to group work or research, personal interactions, etc.). Letter writers should also familiarize themselves with the competencies expected of entering medical students. The AAMC has a useful handout for letter writers HERE. You can share these materials with your recommenders in person or through the AdviseStream interface. Give your recommenders as much time as possible, ideally 6-8 weeks, to prepare their letters.
  • Familiarize yourself with the application process. The AAMC web site is a treasure trove of valuable information related to the MCAT and the entire path to medical school. Other professional organizations also have great resources for future dentists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and physician assistants.
  • Register for the MCAT. You should plan to take the MCAT no later than May to complete your application in the month of June. Want to take your MCAT later than June? Schedule an appointment with your pre-health advisor to discuss the pros and cons of delaying this critical component of your application. If you have not yet registered for the MCAT, be sure to look into the Fee Assistance Program, which can save you a bundle on the test and related application expenses.
  • You must indicate your “Intent to Apply” by May 1. Students who do not meet this deadline will be ineligible for the Georgia Tech Letter of Evaluation (LOE) service.
  • It is in your best interest to use the Georgia Tech LOE service. We provide a cover document that attests to the legitimacy of your letters, explains the rigor at Georgia Tech, and offers to clarify elements of your application if necessary. Professional schools may question a decision to bypass our LOE service.
  • Evaluators’ letters are due to Pre-Health Advising by May 26. Please remind your letter-writers that this is a firm deadline.
  • Direct all questions about the LOE service to our LOE Coordinator, Ms. Monique Morris at pre-health@provost.gatech.edu. Ms. Morris is the LOE packet expert, and she communicates directly with letter writers to resolve technical issues. Reaching out to pre-health advisors may delay or complicate this process.
  • The AMCAS application portal typically opens early in the first week of May.
  • The AACOMAS application typically opens early in the first week of May.
  • The AADSAS application typically opens early in the second week of May.
  • Students should submit their best applications during the month of June. Because professional schools have rolling admissions, applications submitted early in the process fare better than those submitted later. If you cannot complete your application, including standardized testing, during the month of June, please schedule an appointment with a pre-health advisor to determine your best course of action.
  • Schedule an appointment, drop by, or give us a call! Your pre-health advisors are available to help you. The best way to get information from us is in person. We find that even apparently simply questions require a lot of back-and-forth discussion that is more easily accomplished in speech. If you cannot find an appointment on GradesFirst during this busy season, plan to come to drop-in hours, MWF 8:30-9:30 and TR 3:30-4:30. We will accommodate phone call drop-ins, too. Just call our reception desk at 404-894-3320 during drop-in hours, tell the receptionist that you'd like to be added to the Pre-Health drop-in queue, and leave your contact information. We'll call or skype you back when it's your turn.