2022-2023 Medical School Application Timeline (for applicants planning to start medical school in fall 2023)

The medical school application process takes nearly a full year to complete. Therefore, excellent planning and organization are essential. The med school application timeline below lists the steps and schedule of the application process to help keep you on track.

Staying on schedule is especially important because most medical schools have rolling admissions. Rolling admissions means that applications are evaluated as they are received. Applying early in the cycle may increase your chance of admission. Many schools begin interviewing in August or September, and some M.D. schools offer acceptances as early as mid-October (and even earlier for D.O. schools). As spots in the class fill up, it may be more difficult to gain admission.

To start, you need to know some basic information about how the medical school application process works.

There are three separate centralized application services for U.S. medical schools:

AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) – Used by most M.D. schools. https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/

TMDSAS (Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service) – For public medical schools in Texas (M.D. and D.O). http://www.tmdsas.com

AACOMAS (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service) used by D.O. schools. https://aacomas.liaisoncas.com/

In addition to submitting a primary application through the applicable service, most medical schools require a  supplemental (“secondary”) application. The final step in the application process is an interview.

Here is a timeline to follow for applicants who plan to enter medical school in fall 2023:

November-December 2021

January-March 2022

  • Request letters of recommendation from letter writers individually or obtain a committee letter per your undergraduate institution’s protocol.
  • Register for the MCAT at least two months prior to your planned test date. Information regarding the MCAT can be found at https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/
  • Begin studying for the MCAT several months or more before you plan to take the test.

April-June 2022

  • Prepare for and take the MCAT if you have not already taken the test or need to retake. Take the MCAT in the spring if possible, but no later than early summer in order to have scores submitted to the schools early in the cycle.
  • Begin working on primary applications. AACOMAS opens in May.
  • The AMCAS application is available online on May 3 for applicants to begin filling out but cannot be submitted May 31.
  • TMDSAS opens in early May.
  • Have official transcripts sent from every college or university you attended to the application service(s) you’re using.
  • Prepare for and take CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) if some of the schools you’re applying to require this test. This is a situational judgment test. Scores take about a month to arrive to schools, so aim to take CASPer in the spring or early June, if possible.  Some schools may also require or recommend other assessments (Snapshot and Duet) that are administered by the same company as CASPer. Information about all three can be found here: https://takealtus.com/

July-September 2022

  • Take/retake the MCAT if needed.
  • Complete supplemental (secondary) applications. Some will come within days of submitting the primary application, others will take months. Submit these to the schools within one to two weeks of receiving them.
  • Interviews begin as early as late July at a small number of schools. By late August, many schools are interviewing. For 2023, some schools may continue to do remote interviewing or offer both in-person and online options.
  • Note that some D.O. schools have their supplemental application questions within AACOMAS under the “Program Materials” tab, while others send the supplemental questions to applicants after AACOMAS is submitted.

October-December 2022

  • Continue to interview at medical schools.
  • Some MD schools notify applicants of acceptances as early as October 15. DO schools may notify applicants even earlier. Notifications continue until the class is full.

January-April 2023

  • Some schools send additional interview invitations in early to mid-January. Interviews are complete at many schools in January or February, although a small number of schools continue into early spring.
  • Attend “second look” events for schools you’ve been accepted to and are considering attending.
  • By April 15, applicants to AMCAS schools may be holding a spot at no more than three schools. They may remain on waitlists for other schools.
  • By April 30, applicants to AMCAS schools may be holding a spot at only one school. They may remain on waitlists for other schools.

May-Summer 2023

  • Update schools you are waitlisted at about new activities and accomplishments.

Fall 2023

  • Begin medical school! 

Please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or questions about applying to medical school and the application timeline.

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18 thoughts on “2022-2023 Medical School Application Timeline (for applicants planning to start medical school in fall 2023)”

  1. Johnny Tranquille

    Hello Dr. Eaton, I have a quick question:
    I am planning to start medical school in fall 2019, should I purchase the guide “Medical School Admission Requirements 2017” currently on sale on the AAMC website or should it be a 2018 Edition?

    1. The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) online is purchased as a one-year subscription, so if you’re planning to start med school in fall 2019 now is a good time to purchase it so you can start looking up information about schools. The information typically gets updated in the spring, so right now, the dates/deadlines on the MSAR are for the 2017-2018 cycle, but for now you may still find it useful to have access to and then will be able to see the updated info when that comes out.

  2. kevin delahoussaye

    Dear Dr.Eaton,
    If i submit transcripts in mid June of 2019 why would the AAMC claim that i submitted them to the closed 2019 application?
    All the Best!

  3. Good evening,
    I am scheduled to graduate July, 2021 with a Biomedical degree from Keiser University. What are my chances of getting into medical school in 2022 if I take the MCAT in August, 2021?

    1. Hi Michael,

      While it’s optimal to take the MCAT in late spring or early summer, if you won’t have time to study sufficiently then, then waiting until August may be the best approach. However, one’s chance of admission is based on other factors in addition to MCAT timing. Grades, the MCAT score itself, extracurricular activities, personal statement, letters of rec, and other factors are important as well. For example, two applicants could take the MCAT in August and have very difference chances of admission if one has a 3.9 and robust clinical and other experiences while the other has a 3.4 and minimal experiences. If you’d like to discuss your particular situation, though, you can contact us to arrange a free-20 minutes phone consultation.

  4. I finished couple of interviews, and secondaries, in dec. 2020 for medical school. When will medical scholls be sending acceptance or rejection letteres

    1. Hi Ruby,

      Medical schools vary in the amount of time they take to notify applicants of a decision. It can range from as little as one week to several months, although a month or two is fairly typical. Unfortunately, the application process involves quite a bit of waiting!

  5. Hi Dr. Eaton.
    If I am junior this year, graduating next spring of 2022. I am applying this year to med schools. Are we scheduled to take the MCat? Or is it waived for class of 2022? Thanks so much for your help. As I don’t know anyone to help me.

    1. Hi Parwana,

      Schools have not yet stated what the situation will be for the MCAT for the entering class of 2022. However, even during this past cycle, most schools did not waive the MCAT, and among those that did, some required applicants to apply for a waiver from the MCAT, showing hardship and concrete reasons why they were unable to take the MCAT during COVID. To have the greatest number of options for med school, taking the MCAT is the best approach, but check the admissions sites of the schools you’re interested in for updates. The situation could change rapidly now that the population is being vaccinated, so some schools may be waiting to see how open things are before making a final decision.

  6. Hi Dr. Eaton,
    I will be resuming my graduate program in biomedical sciences in spring of 2022 and I have a year and a semester to complete the 2years graduate program. When would you advise I start studying for MCAT if I want to get into medical school in fall 2023 and also how much time should I dedicate for extracurricular activities?
    I also work in the laboratory as a medical technologist. Can I use my med tech experience as part of my extracurricular activities? Please advice.

    1. To enter medical school in fall 2023, you will be applying in the cycle that opens in late May/early June 2022. Therefore, you should take the MCAT in spring 2022 if possible, but later with a higher score is much preferred to rushing the test and getting a lower score When you begin studying, however, is a complicated question as it depends on how much time you have to dedicate to studying. Some applicants are able to dedicate two or three months almost full time to studying, such as if they are students and study over summer break, while others spread their preparation over a longer period of time, such as 6 months if they are balancing studying with school or work. You mention that you work, so since you would be studying part-time while working, you would want to start on the earlier side. A guideline is to aim for at least 300 hours of preparation, but that varies depending on an applicant’s starting knowledge base, target score, and other factors. Your time as a medical technologist should be included on your application (MD and or DO) as paid employment and will be considered as part of your experiences by committees. Aim for at least 100 hours of volunteering in a clinical setting and 50 of physician shadowing as well as additional time spent doing community service. Everyone’s application is different, but it is important to demonstrate that you have explored medicine and demonstrated that you genuinely understand what it entails and want to work with in a healthcare setting.

  7. I graduate university in fall of 2024 rather than spring and I would like to go into medical straight form university. I’m really confused with how to go about it all as i don’t know if medical schools accepts spring as a start of a session.

    Also are paid internships also considered as clinical experience?

    1. Hi Mercy,

      There are no U.S. medical schools that start in the spring semester; they all start in the fall. The application process for medical school begins over a year prior to the year you wish to begin. Therefore, if you want to enter medical school in the fall of 2025 (the fall after you graduate), then you will submit your applications in spring 2024. You’ll go through the application process as you finish your last semester of school in fall 2024 and then have a 7 or so months before you begin med school.

      Yes, paid internships that involve clinical work are considered clinical experience. On AMCAS there is actually a specific category for paid clinical experience, so it would go under that.

  8. Hi Dr. Eaton,

    I am beginning to apply to medical schools this spring cycle. I just wanted to make sure that I understood this correctly. I would be submitting the application for the 2023 cycle since the 2022 cycle is closed right? If I had wanted to start the 2022 application I would have needed to start the application process in 2021 correct?

    Thank you in advance for your response!

    1. Hi Sandra,

      You are correct. If you apply to medical schools this spring cycle (opening May 2022) then you are applying to start medical school in Fall 2023. Applicants who wanted to start medical school in Fall 2022 had to apply in Spring 2021. The 2021-2022 cycle is now closed.

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