AMCAS® Medical School Requirements

AMCAS® Medical School Requirements

Medical School Requirements are stringent, particularly at UCSF and Harvard, but then again they are one of the best medical schools!  I have written about the UCSF medical school and their clinics, so I thought it was a good idea to let prospective students know what is required to be considered for admission there and other schools as well.  Now is definitely the time to start getting all of your admissions papers, including letters of recommendation, official transcripts, etc. together. Students who are applying to most medical schools, including the University of California at San Francisco, for the first the time, must file their application with the American Medical College Application Service®. The application can be found on the AMCAS® website, which is a centralized, non-profit application processing service. However, this service is only for applicants entering their first-year. Medical students who are transferring from another medical school must apply directly to their schools of choice. This also includes students in advanced standing in another medical school program. You may apply to as many schools as you want on the same application at the AMCAS® website, https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/. For additional information, you may call AMCAS® at 202-828-0400, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET). You may also write to them at:

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1126
Fax: 202-828-1125

Please keep in mind that AMCAS® serves only as an application clearing house and will not give advise to applicants as to which schools to apply, or make any other recommendations with regards to medical school programs. Once you have submitted your application, it will take up to 6 weeks for AMCAS to fully process your application. However, if they are still missing documents, such as your official transcripts, you will have to wait long. The 6 weeks applies only to applicants who have submitted a complete application. If you have previously registered with either MCAT THx or the Fee Assistance Program, you can use the same username and password when you log on to AMCAS®.

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30. January 2012 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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Top Doc Joins Top Medical School’s Staff

Top Doc Joins Top Medical School’s Staff

Let’s face it, only the top medical schools can attract people like, Scott Reeves, PhD for their staff. Reeves is a British born sociologist – world renowned for his research in health education. He has had five books and 110 peer-reviewed papers published over his seventeen year career. Additionally, he was instrumental in obtaining approximately 70 research grants, totaling approximately $14 million (US) or $12 million (CA) over a five year period while at the University of Toronto. Additionally, Dr. Reeves is the editor-in-chief of the British publication, Journal of Interprofessional Care. In December 2011, Reeves accepted the position of Director at UCSF’s Center for Innovation Interprofessional Healthcare Education. Prior to joining the University of California at San Francisco, Dr. Reeves worked at one of Canada’s best medical schools, the University of Toronto at St. Michael’s Hospital, serving as the Director of Research in the Centre for Faculty Development. While serving as Director, Dr. Reeves also served in three other prestigious capacities including:

  • Scientist at the Wilson Centre for Research in Education, University Health Network
  • Scientist at the Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, at the University of Toronto

While with the University of Toronto, he focused his research on evaluating and exploring the outcomes and processes involved in interprofessional education and practice, qualitative research methods, interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, and systematic review  in science of sociology.   All this was accomplished by a man who is only 44 years old – a great inspiration for staff members and students alike. Dr. Reeves’ educational background includes some of the UK’s top medical schools: Continue Reading →

23. January 2012 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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UCSF 5th in Best Medical Schools Ranking in the U.S.

UCSF 5th in Best Medical Schools Ranking in the U.S.

According to the 2012 U. S. News and World Report, UCSF is one of the best medical schools in the United States. The University of California San Francisco comes in as number five in research – earning its place as one of the top medical schools in the U.S. The reason why I am so happy to write this review, is because I have experienced their healthcare firsthand, i.e. I use the UCSF medical facilities for all of my medical needs – including their dental clinic. In an earlier article, I raved about the dental care I experienced under the care of two of their interns. I have also visited the UCSF Women’s Clinic, where again, the care and facilities were excellent. In fact, U.S. New and World Report ranks the Women’s Clinic as number two in women’s health. Additionally, they were cited in the number one position for their AIDS research and medicine, and third for internal medicine. I hereby second their assessment. Furthermore, U.S. World Report ranked UCSF fourth in the overall quality of primary care training and fifth in quality of research training; it is the only medical school in the U.S. that earned two places in the top five of best medical schools in their 2012 report. Indeed, the research certainly reflects my experience.

UCSF is also amongst top medical schools for other specialties and statistics including number one in U.S. public medical schools awarded NIH (National Institutes of Health) dollars. The NIH is actually the American government’s medical research government agency, which supports scientific studies. Because UC San Francisco is so strong in research, it is no wonder that it is the number one recipient of funding. Secondly, UCSF has the most number of active patients in the entire University of California medical system. However, they were never overcrowded whenever I went for an appointment. They are very efficient and timely when it comes to checking in their patients, offering clean and comfortable waiting areas. I found the receptionists courteous and professional.

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09. January 2012 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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The Top Disapproved Medical Schools in California

The Top Disapproved Medical Schools in California

It’s disheartening, but it is important to disclose the worst, in addition to the top medical schools in California.   On January 6, 2012, I wrote an article listing the best medical schools approved by the Medical Board of California.  The article listed over 130 top medical schools in the United States that are approved by the Board.  Since moving to San Francisco in September, I have had the opportunity to test out some of the area’s best medical teaching schools, including the well respected UCSF (University of California San Francisco) medical system.  Because I write this blog, I thought it a good idea to start posting my personal experiences with various teaching hospitals throughout the United States.  I have lived and traveled in a number of states including New York, Connecticut, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Texas.  While Texas Medical Schools are popular, the Texas public health system, from my experience, truly lacking.  So far, I have found the best public health coverage for both low-income, i.e. Medicaid and private health insurance to be in New York.  California has fine hospitals and doctors, but it does not have a dental or vision plan for its medicaid recipients.  New York. on the other hand does and is comprehensive.  Texas does not have a decent mental health plan or dental plan for its Medicaid recipients.  No wonder there are so many toothless people in Texas and California.  With the economy worsening and so many people losing their benefits, I foresee a lot less healthy people – especially in California and Texas.  In whichever state you reside, I definitely recommend using the services of a teaching hospital or clinic, as their facilities are generally new and state-of-the-art and are generally more affordable, and accept more health insurance plans, including Medicaid, than private practices.  Students who attend these schools are also more likely to find jobs in the cities where they did their internship.

With a rapidly growing California population, the state must oversee more and more healthcare facilities than ever before.  In California, there are over 30 medical school teaching hospitals and that number is expected to increase as the need for more doctors, nurses, and other professional personnel increases.  California also has a very large foreign born population, which includes medical workers and non-medical workers.  If you are considering coming to California to work in the healthcare industry, especially in the position of doctor, please take note of the following list of medical schools that are not recognized by the Medical Board of California.

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08. January 2012 by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
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