University Career Center

Application process overview

Regardless of the number of medical schools to which you apply, you submit just one online application to AMCAS (for MD programs) and one online application to AACOMAS (for DO programs).  Neither AMCAS nor AACOMAS make any admission decisions in regard to your candidacy.  Note however, that in addition to AMCAS and AACOMAS, you may need to utilize other application services--such as TMDSAS for schools in the state of Texas or

Med App Canvas site

If you are applying to medical school, consider subscribing to the current Med App Canvas site, which is sponsored by the UM University Career Center.  Med App runs with each application cycle from spring to spring.  Subscribers receive timely updates and application tips, along with announcements about events, opportunities and articles relevant to pre-medical and medical education and practice.  This FREE resource is exclusively designed for individual and personal use of UM Ann Arbor degree-seeking students and alumni/ae applying to medical school.


Shadowing (i.e., observing/following a practitioner) is one of the most powerful ways to understand what health professionals really do, where they do it, what challenges they face, etc. Through multiple shadowing experiences your goal is to become familiar with:


Working or volunteering in medically related areas will help you gain a better understanding of medicine and healthcare practice, while demonstrating that you not only have a passion for your chosen health profession, but also have a concern for your community. Volunteering is an indication of your ability to give of yourself to other individuals, especially those who might be educationally or economically disadvantaged.

Preparation beyond the classroom

High grades and MCAT scores are not enough for medical school admission if you do not also invest time outside of the classroom learning about patients, physicians, medicine in general, and… yourself! Thus, it is important that you spend time in various health care settings to explore and confirm your interest in the medical profession.

WolverineDocs Network/UCAN

WolverineDocs is a long standing network sponsored by the University of Michigan University Career Center. The goal of the network is to facilitate communication between UM pre-medical students and alumni/ae who are either currently enrolled in medical school or have recently graduated from it--both allopathic and osteopathic.  WolverineDocs agree to speak about their medical school with UM students and graduates, sharing precious insights on their experience at their particular institution.

Personal statement

Your personal statement for health profession school should address the fundamental questions of:

  1. Why do you want to be a physician/dentist/etc. and
  2. What experiences have helped you reach that conclusion.

The essay should be about your journey, your story and the process of discovery, exploration and choice for a career in medicine, dentistry or whatever your chosen health field might be.

Where to apply

Given the competitiveness of the medical school application process, you must cast a wide enough net and be realistic in your self-assessment as you target schools.  In recent years, UM students and graduates have applied to an average of ~18 MD schools, ~21 MD/PhD programs, and ~8 DO schools.  Applying is a very expensive proposition both in terms of time and money.  Do not apply to any school that you would not feel good attending even if that was the only school where you were able to gain admission.  However, remember that a school that may not look too desirable in June, as you start a

Postbaccalaureate programs

“Postbaccs” is a generic term that encompasses both bachelor-level and master’s level programs. Record enhancement postbaccs may be an appropriate endeavor for you to pursue if you need to improve upon your academic credentials prior to applying to medical school, or if--after an unsuccessful application--you need to address some academic deficiencies before re-applying.

Non-traditional students

If you have been out of school for several years and are thinking of pursuing a medical education, you have a challenging but not impossible path ahead of you.  Although the average age of entering medical students is usually around 24-25 years of age, there are always a few older students in any given class.