The application process for health professions programs tends to be a long one! Application to medical school -- both allopathic and osteopathic -- is made approximately fifteen months before matriculation, and there are earlier campus deadlines for the submission of preliminary materials. Anyone who hopes to begin medical school in the fall of 2014 should plan to apply in June of 2013. The basic timeline is as follows: take the MCAT in the spring of the application year (or earlier); complete the AMCAS application (for M.D. programs) or the AACOMAS application (for D.O. programs) in June of the application year; interview in the fall and winter, and start medical school the following fall. The timeline for dental and veterinary school is comparable. Other health care programs have somewhat later application schedules.
In the recent years, the majority of applicants from the College have chosen to matriculate in health professions programs from one to four years after graduation rather than go on immediately after graduation. It is impossible to overemphasize the importance of waiting to apply until you are prepared to make a convincing case for admission. When the time comes, consider your alternatives carefully, and reflect thoughtfully and as objectively as possible on your own credentials. In the meantime, prepare to take full advantage of the exciting and challenging opportunities ahead of you! Remember to explore all your options, within and beyond the classroom and laboratory.