Applying to Medical School

How and When Can I Submit Letters to AMCAS?

You can begin submitting letters of recommendation to AMCAS as soon as the application opens in May.

For each letter, you’ll create an entry in your AMCAS application to classify the letter type (committee letter, letter packet, or individual letter) and give the letter a recognizable title. The application service will assign a unique letter ID number to each entry.

Then, you’ll download a personalized AMCAS letter request form to send to each letter writer, directing them to the AMCAS Letter Writer Application or Interfolio.

Be sure to follow up with your letter writers if you don’t see their letters submitted in a timely manner on your AMCAS. It’s also good practice to send thank-you letters after your LoRs come through.

You may create and submit letter entries anytime during your primary application process. This includes before you submit, after you submit, and after your application is verified. This is one of the few parts of the application that you can actually edit after submission.

Sahil Mehta

Sahil Mehta M.D. is an attending physician in the Department of Radiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Founder of MedSchoolCoach. Dr Mehta is one of the world’s experts on medical school admissions having founded MedSchoolCoach in 2007. MedSchoolCoach provides admissions consulting to premedical students in the form of interview preparation, essay editing and general advising. In the past 10 years, he has had a hand in over a thousand acceptances to medical school.

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