Medical/Veterinary/Dental School Application Process

Application Process GUIDELINES

Applying to Medical, Dental, or Veterinary School requires careful planning and should begin the first day of your Freshman year.  If you plan to matriculate into professional school the fall after you graduate from KU, you'll need to apply at the end of your Junior year.

For example, if you will graduate Spring semester of 2022 and plan to matriculate into a medical school program in Fall semester of 2022, you will need to apply the Summer/Fall of 2021.  Since the application process occurs an entire (1) year in advance, your Junior year will be your most important and busy year.  On the 1st day of your Freshman year you should start to think that by your Junior year you'll have to have achieved and/or prepare to achieve many things including the following:

  • Maintain excellent grades
  • Continue to gain meaningful clinical experience
  • Continue to serve your university and/or community
  • Seek external letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the Premedical Committee
  • Prepare your personal essay
  • Prepare for and take a standardized entrance exam (e.g. GRE, DAT, MCAT, etc.)
  • Register to complete centralized application (e.g. AMCAS, AACOMAS, VMCAS)
  • Visit medical schools you intend to apply
  • Prepare for medical school interviews

Many of these tasks have deadlines and it will be important for you to be organized and well-prepared to meet all-important deadlines.

Below we have provided a generalized timetable of the application process for a student who plans to matriculate into Medical School Fall 2022. Note that deadlines for individual schools vary. For more information about deadlines for specific schools, visit the AAMC website. https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/amcas/participating_schools/

Fall 2020 Declare to the KU Premedical Committee your intent to apply
Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Conduct individual and group interviews with KU Premedical Committee
Summer 2021-Fall 2021 Take MCAT/GRE/DAT & submit your application
Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Medical School Interviews
Spring 2022 Congratulations! You've been accepted
Fall 2022 Matriculate into medical school


General information on letters of recommendation

As part of your application to professional schools, you will need to submit letters of recommendation.  There are two primary types of recommendation letters: individual and committee.  As the name implies, individual letters represent an individual's assessment of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses. In contrast, a committee letter represents a composite evaluation produced from multiple sources, and is generally considered a University's official assessment of the candidate's potential.  Professional schools that accept or require committee letters (nearly all Medical, Dental, and Veterinary school) will generally give greater weight to committee letters.  In fact, if a University provides committee letter services and a candidate instead elects to provide only individual letters of recommendation, it might weigh against the candidate.  Kutztown University offers a committee service for all students who are applying to Dental, Veterinary and Medical schools.  Please see below for more information about receiving committee letters of support.

In addition to your committee letter, we recommend that you include additional individual letters of recommendation in your application package.  It is important that you choose individuals who have a strong understanding of your potential to be a health care provider. These individuals could be other faculty members or a health care provider who supervised your internship, fellowship, etc.  We strongly recommend that you do not include character references, as these are unlikely to strengthen your application package.

Note: individuals who have provided the KU Premedical Committee with an evaluation of you, as a part of the Committee's review process, should not be selected to send a separate letter on your behalf.

Pre-Med Resources

Kutztown Career Development Center

http://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/career-development-center.htm

MCAT Preparation Program

The Biology Department offers a free, year-long MCAT preparation program to students seeking to apply to medical school.  This intensive program is designed to help prepare students who will soon be taking the MCAT exam as part of the medical school application process.  We recommend enrolling in the program during your Junior year (Senior year if you intend to take a gap year).

The program entails out-of-class self-study, mock exams, group study, free access to the Gold Standard DVD series, a 16 DVD set that provides instruction and practice questions in key areas of the MCAT, and a personalized study plan prepared by the program coordinator.

If you are interested in applying to the MCAT preparation program, contact the MCAT preparation program coordinator, Dr. Dan Aruscavage (Boehm 217, aruscava@kutztown.edu).

Health Careers Society

The Health Careers Society (HCS) is a student-run organization whose goal is to inform pre-health students at Kutztown University about health careers and the paths to making it in a health career.  Students who are in this organization will have unique opportunities that will aid in building their resume.  For more information concerning the Health Careers Society and other student organizations sponsored by the Biology Department, please visit the Student Resources page.

Professional Medical Organizations

Allopathic Medicine
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)

Dental
American Dental Education Association (ADEA)
American Dental Association

Veterinary Medicine
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMA)