The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) governs all the allopathic (MD) medical schools in the United States. For PreMeds, it is important to know:

1. the AAMC administers both the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) and the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).  The AMCAS is otherwise known as the primary application to medical school

2. the AAMC book that every PreMed should have access to is the Medical School Admissions Requirement (MSAR) directory.  The MSAR gives a detailed description of every single US allopathic medical school including average GPA, average MCAT scores, school mission statements, etc.  This book is available for individual purchase but should also be available at your university’s career center and/or pre-med advising center.

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine governs all the osteopathic (DO) medical schools in the United States.  Much like the AAMC website, the AACOM offers many resources for those interested in pursuing an osteopathic career path.  Similar to the MSAR, the AACOM also publishes a detailed directory of osteopathic schools known as the AACOM College Information Book.  This book should be used as a primary resource for those applying to osteopathic schools and is available for purchase via the link above.  Much like MSAR, your university’s career center and/or pre-med advising center should also have a copy.

The Student Doctor Network (SDN) is a vibrant arena of exchange amongst premeds, medical students, and physicians. The SDN pre-medical forums are a very popular feature of this website which essentially serves as an online discussion board focused heavily on medical school admissions.  If you choose to use the SDN forums, please remember to take the information with a grain of salt as that the posters represent a tiny minority of the pre-medical community and much of the information is based on rumor or individual opinions.  Current medical students report that the most useful features of SDN are the secondary application prompts (found within the school specific forums) and the SDN interview feedback (link above).  The SDN interview feedback is organized into individual schools and allows students that have interviewed at that specific school to summarize their interview day.