Sample Timeline

This should be considered as a general, idealized guideline and will not apply to everyone.

The timeline for courses varies widely from student to student. Several course schedule examples can be found by clicking here.

Year #1
Fall Semester

  • Attend group general pre-med advising meeting (a notice will be emailed to you prior to the beginning of the registration period)
  • Meet with your pre-med adviser
    • Review your Academic Advisement Report (student notice of academic progress) in early November
    • View a list of medical schools in the U.S. and determine entrance requirements for your state’s medical schools or other schools in which you have a strong interest.
  • Join Pre-Med Club!

January

Spring Semester

Summer

  • Medically related summer employment or volunteer experience.
  • Attend summer school, if desired or necessary

Year #2
Fall Semester

  • Meet with your adviser to review your Academic Advisement Report in early November
  • Investigate available volunteer/paid medically related jobs and research

January

Spring Semester

  •  Meet with your adviser to review your Academic Advisement Report in late March

Summer

  • Medically related summer employment or volunteer experience.
  • Begin to consider MCAT preparation
  • Visit AAMC’s Applying to Medical School website and read combined degree options
  • Read about the Early Decision Plan option for application
  • Attend summer school, if desired or necessary

Year #3
Fall Semester

January

Spring Semester

Summer

  • Medically related summer employment or volunteer experience.
  • Submit Pre-med Committee letter request to the committee member who you wish to be the primary author with a copy of your completed applications
  • Attend summer school, if desired or necessary

Year #4
Fall Semester

  • Complete secondary applications
  • Interview: Consider organizing a mock interview with Tim Tritch, Career Services Adviser for School Sciences and Allied Health
  • Reply to acceptances within two weeks (or as required)
  • Investigate:

January

Spring Semester

  • Make final medical school decision
  • Apply for financial assistance
  • Immediately notify institutions that you will not attend
  • Graduate!

Summer

  • Prepare for medical school enrollment: purchase books and equipment and make appropriate living arrangements
  • Relax and prepare for medical school
  • Attend orientation programs and matriculate in medical school

Note: Excerpts from this page are from the AAMC webpage.