Applying Early Decision to Medical School

Going “all-in”. The Early Decision Program.

Medical School Early Decision Program

Because of the rolling admissions process, most medical schools recommend that applicants submit their applications early. However, applying early is not the same as early decision. The early decision program is an application combined with a commitment.

The following provides insight to the AMCAS Early Decision Program. AACOMAS allows osteopathic medical schools the independence to manage and dictate the guidelines of their own early decision programs. Therefore, osteopathic medical school applicants should check with the individual schools for more information.


Overview of the Early Decision Program

The Early Decision Program, or EDP, is a way for medical school applicants and premedical students to “go all-in”. Medical school applicants that choose to participate in the early decision program apply to only one medical school. If accepted to the medical school to which they apply, the applicant agrees that they will attend that school.

Benefits

All AMCAS schools that participate in the Early Decision Program must notify participating applicants of acceptance by October 1st. This means that accepted students have the benefit of knowing exactly which medical school they attend early in the final year of their undergraduate education. Accepted students have more time to focus on undergraduate degree completion as opposed to regular admissions applicants who will spend much of their time completing secondary applications and attending multiple interviews.

Another benefit to early decision is that some schools offer preference to applicants that may be borderline competitive in the regular applicant pool. Some schools, such as Mercer University School of Medicine, actually encourage applicants to apply early decision. Actually, Mercer accepts nearly half of its incoming class each year from the early decision pool. Ultimately, applying early lets the medical school admissions committee that the applicant considers its program to be the applicant’s “top-choice”.

Drawbacks

All AMCAS schools that participate in the Early Decision Program have a single application deadline – August 1st. AMCAS and AACOMAS applications do not become available until May and cannot be submitted until June. This allows only two months for early decision applicants to complete and verify the information for the application.

Also, applicants that participate in the Early Decision Program are limited to a single school. If an applicant that applies early decision is not offered acceptance, the applicant is able to apply to other schools using regular decision. Therefore, students not accepted via EDP have less than one month to submit applications to other schools. This can be especially troublesome, since early decision applicants should cater their personal statement to a specific school.

Participating Schools

There are 76 M.D.-granting medical schools as well as 7 D.O.-granting medical schools that participate in the Early Decision Program. Medical schools are not required to offer early decision and in fact, less than half of all medical schools do so.


Allopathic Schools (M.D. Programs)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Baylor College of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Creighton University School of Medicine
Drexel University College of Medicine
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Indiana University School of Medicine
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport
Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Meharry Medical College
Mercer University School of Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
New York Medical College
Northeast Ohio Medical University
Ohio State University College of Medicine
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine
State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Temple University School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
The Commonwealth Medical College
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine
USF Health Morsani College of Medicine
University at Buffalo State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
University of Alabama School of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
University of Louisville School of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
University of Minnesota Medical School
University of Mississippi School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
University of South Alabama College of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville
University of Vermont College of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Osteopathic Schools (D.O. Programs)

A.T. Still University-Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine
Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine
University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Carolinas Campus
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine–Virginia Campus

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