Applications and Forms

Applying to a health professions program takes serious planning. These guides explain the basic procedures and aspects of the application process.

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Applicants can find the materials necessary for completing your Bowdoin College credential file in the links below or in theapplicant folder available in the Office of Health Professions Advising.

AMCAS and AACOMAS Applications

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) are centralized services designed to benefit both medical school applicants and medical school admission committees. They collect, coordinate and process applications and data. There are only a handful of U.S. medical schools that do not participate in either AMCAS or AACOMAS. It is necessary to apply to most Texas medical schools through the Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS), and schools in Ontario utilize the Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS).

Medical School Supplemental Applications

Once the medical schools receive your information from AMCAS/AACOMAS they will respond in a variety of ways. Many schools will ask every applicant to complete a supplemental application, whereas some will do an initial screening and provide secondary applications selectively. The majority of schools make their supplemental applications available on-line. While some will ask you to complete their “secondary” as soon as they are aware you are a candidate, others will not make it available to you until they have received your verified application. It is definitely to your advantage to submit each secondary application promptly, ideally within two weeks of receiving it. Be sure to complete the supplemental application with as much care and thought as you did the primary application. The admissions readers are often dismayed at the difference in the quality of writing between the initial personal statement and the supplemental essays!