Ask the Director
Steven Davis, Director of Admissions, answers all of his e-mail personally. While
often difficult to reach by phone because of his schedule, candidates are encouraged
to e-mail him with questions, comments or concerns.
Except for those occasions when he may be out of town, one would expect a reply within one to two days. Mr. Davis may be reached via email at email@example.com.
Questions that do not require the Director's specific attention (e.g. application status checks) should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested Application Timeline
Many questions arise regarding when an applicant should actually begin the process of applying to medical school and what steps need to be taken and when. The following timeline assumes an applicant wishes to enter medical school immediately following graduation from the undergraduate institution. As it is impossible to take into account all possibilities, however, the following timeline may need to be adjusted.
- Take the MCAT in April of your Junior year.
- June 1 of your Junior year, apply to AACOMAS
- September of the Senior year, complete your TUCOM secondary application
- November of the Senior year, interview
- December of the Senior year, get accepted
- Complete all undergraduate requirements and prerequisites
- Start medical school in August
TUCOM Admission Tips
- A M.D. letter from a personal physician who has known you for years may actually be preferable to a letter from a D.O. who has known you for 15 minutes.
- Clinical experiences are important. Emphasis should be on working with people and having an enjoyable experience.
- Your objective should be to qualify for an interview.
- If you get an interview, remember how you got there.
- The panel has already marked most of your background in GPA, MCAT, where you went to school, quality of your letters, personal statement, clinical experiences, etc., before your interview.
- Among other things, the panel looks for 1) ability to articulate in front of colleagues, 2) critical thinking, 3) listening skills, 4) sensitivity to the needs of others, 5) the actual substance of your answer.
- Use e-mail to check on the status of your application.
- Virtually any accredited medical school should be able to tell you that there is enough financial assistance to meet your personal and educational expense needs.
- Be nice to Admissions staff and other representatives.
- Send "thank you" notes because it is the right thing to do, not to increase your chances of gaining acceptance.
- Remember that getting into medical school is a journey. Keep the ruts and potholes in perspective.
- Remember to check your email junk folder frequently to make sure you don't miss an important message.
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