Tmdsas Personal Statement

In this article, Medical School Personal Statements that can beat 52,323 Applications, you will learn to create a sincere, interesting, and thoughtful essay that highlights your strengths and qualities.

Remember:

With more than 50,000 applicants to medical school this year, only those with a compelling story will be selected to interview.

What else:

While metrics, such as the MCAT and GPA, are crucial, admissions committee members view applications holistically meaning who you are and what is important to you matters just as much as your “numbers.” 

We’ve got you covered:

Below are some strategies you can employ that will help you stand out from the crowd.

Getting Started

Let’s get started:

Whether you’re applying to AMCAS, TMDSAS, or AACOMAS essay prompts are generally not topic-driven like a traditional essay you might write for an academic class. So let us guide you to understand Medical School Personal Statements that can beat 52,323 Applications.

Keep in mind:

We encourage applicants to try and write a topic-driven essay that has a distinct theme.

“I have a great theme, why I want to be a doctor.”

Of course, from time to time, a student might write a beautiful essay with a theme, but, most of the time these essays do not succeed in telling an applicant’s story comprehensively and convincingly.

 

Related:Too Early to Start Working on Your 2018 Medical School Application? – When to Start Your First Draft

 

I don’t have anything to write about.

Of course you have a story.Everyone does. 

Here is a list of questions that can help a student find key elements of his or her story.

How should you start your medical school personal statement?

You hear conflicting advice. Some tell you not to open with a story. Others tell you to always begin with a story. Regardless of the advice you receive, be sure to do three things:

1) Be true to yourself. Everyone will have an opinion regarding what you should and should not write. Follow your own instincts. Your personal statement should be a reflection of you, and only you.

2) Start your personal statement with something catchy.Think about the list of potential topics above. 

3) Don’t rush your work. Don’t panic. Composing great documents takes time and you don’t want your writing and ideas to be sloppy and underdeveloped.

Medical school personal statements that can beat 52,323 applications.

SHOW, DON’T TELL

Know this mantra:

Something my clients hear me say throughout the application process, and a common mantra for anyone who works in admissions, is to “show” rather than “tell.”

What does this mean, exactly?

It means that whether you are writing a personal statement or interviewing, you should show evidence for what you are trying to communicate.

Here’s an example.

In a personal statement, never say that you are compassionate and empathetic; instead, demonstrate that you possess these qualities by offering concrete examples.

Medical School Personal Statements that can beat 52,323 Applications via GIPHY

Also keep in mind:

Like your personal statement, your interview responses, too, should evoke all the qualities and characteristics that your interviewer is seeking.  Again, show don’t tell. 

And consider this:

The following is a medical school interview question, “Tell me about your most valuable shadowing experience and why it was important to you.”

Hit them with this kind of answer:

“My most valuable experience was shadowing Dr. Brit. I really learned so much about oncology, which I found fascinating. I would go home every night and read about what I had heard and learned. But I also enjoyed watching him talk to patients. I noticed that he held each patient’s hand, listened to them attentively and made clear to each person that he really cared.”

And there’s more:

By talking about his mentor, this applicant shows his understanding of the importance of compassionate care, and in expressing this, further suggests that these ideals are important to him, too.

The mantra “show, don’t tell” cannot be said enough. Remember this throughout every stage, written documents and interviews, of the medical admissions process.

Where can I find further inspiration? Need help with your personal statement med school?

1) Click hereto visit the Student Doctor Network website to find out how other students are preparing to write their personal statements.

2) Click hereto see what students on the Reddit medical school personal statement premed forum are saying about their personal statements. 

3) Your application materials must be authentic, but sometimes a little inspiration helps. Read The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions. There you will find examples of ‘successful’ personal statements and application entries.

I would like more resources about medical school personal statements and how to apply.

RELATED: What to Watch out for in Medical School Interviews

Where should I look?

For those of you who love to drink coffee and stay up until the roosters come out.Here’s a great “go to” list where you can read about more personal statement and application topics.

1) Click here to visit www.AAMC.org to learn about AMCAS, the allopathic (M.D) application service.

2) Click here to visit the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine website to review important requirements for your AACOMAS application. 

3) If you want to apply to most medical schools in Texas, you will need to complete the TMDSAS application. Click here for more information.

Personal Statement for Medical School Myths

Personal Statement Myths:The list below is based on an article I wrote all the way back in 2010 for The Student Doctor Network.I guess some solid advice never gets old.

#1: Never write about anything that took place in the past or before college.

#2: Never write about topics unrelated to medicine.

#3: Never write about a patient encounter or your own experience with health care.

#4: Always have a theme or a thesis.

#5: Dont write about anything negative.

Click here to read the article on SDN.

Example Personal Statement 

Synopsis: A first generation college student learns from family illness. This personal statement is an excerpt from The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions, P. 162.

TMDSAS strongly recommends that you print out the following Section Overview as well as the Application Instructions so that you can refer to them while filling out the application. You can also find out Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to read, understand and follow all TMDSAS and school-specific instructions. Applicants must certify that they have read, understand, and agree to comply with TMDSAS instructions when submitting a TMDSAS application.

The TMDSAS online application consists of multiple sections, each section must be saved individually. It is imperative that you save each page BEFORE moving to the next page. Information will be lost if you do not save each page.

Following is a listing of the sections. Click on each section to learn more.

Important: Be sure to proofread your application thoroughly BEFORE submitting. Once you have submitted your application, the essays and activities cannot be edited, added to or removed. Applications will be forwarded to the schools exactly as they are submitted.

Contact Info

*You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process.*

LEGAL NAME
Enter your first, middle and last names. You will also enter any salutations or prefixes associated with your name.

If you have a legal name change after sumbitting your application, you must request a name change in writing. Email info@tmdsas.com to request the change; be sure to provide documentation of the name change (i.e. marriage certificate, court document, etc.).

OTHER NAMES
If you prefer to be addressed by a different first name other than your legal first name, you will indicate that information in this section. 

Also, if there are any other last names (e.g. maiden name) listed on your academic records than what you have already entered, you must indicate each additional last name then click the [Add Name] button.

EMAIL/PHONE
Indicate your email address. If you need to change your email address, do so through the [My Account] link in the upper right-hand corner of the application.

Provide the cell phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you. If you do not have a cell phone, you will answer “No” to the question “Do you have a cell phone?”

You will also provide your work phone number – if applicable.

Email is the primary mode of communication between TMDSAS and applicants.  Urgent TMDSAS correspondence will only be sent to you via email.  Be sure to keep your email address updated at all times.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to regularly check both their email and TMDSAS application for important messages from TMDSAS.  Providing an incorrect email address will prevent you from receiving important messages from TMDSAS and/or the schools to which you are applying. 

Email messages are often sent to multiple applicants, which some email systems identify as spam or junk email.  Some email providers use filters to prevent users from receiving spam.  Email filters may interpret an email from TMDSAS or a school as spam and automatically delete a message to you about the status of your application. To avoid missing important TMDSAS emails, turn the “spam” or “junk” email filters off during the application cycle.  If your email provider does not allow you to turn the filter off, you may have to access a “junk mail file” that archives all messages identified as sent to multiple addresses.  Periodically check your spam/junk email file for TMDSAS or school related messages.

MAILING ADDRESS

If your address changes at any time during the application process, login to your application and update your address. Keeping your address updated helps ensure that you do not miss important information.

  • Address 1 - Enter your current mailing address. TMDSAS and the schools you apply to will use this address to send you any correspondence.
  • Address 2 - If needed, enter an apartment number or additional address information in this field. If not, leave this field blank.
  • City - Type the name of your city.
  • Country - Select your country from the pull down menu.
  • State - Select your state from the pull down menu.
  • County - Select your US county from the pull down menu.
  • Zip Code or Postal Code - Enter your zip or postal code.
  • Phone number - Provide the phone number where TMDSAS and/or admissions officers can contact you.

PERMANENT ADDRESS
Enter your permanent address information if different from your Mailing Address. If your permanent address is the same as your mailing address, answer “Yes” to the question “Is your Mailing Address also your Permanent Address?” and the information will pre-populate from what you entered under Mailing Address.

If your permanent address changes, login to your TMDSAS application account and update your address online.

  • Address 1 - Enter your Permanent Address.
  • Address 2 - If needed, enter an apartment number or additional address information in this field. If not, leave this field blank.
  • City - Type the name of your city.
  • Country - Select your country from the pull down menu.
  • State - Select your state from the pull down menu.
  • County - Select your US county from the pull down menu.
  • Zip Code or Postal Code - Enter your zip or postal code.
  • Phone number - Provide the phone number for your permanent address.

 

Demographic Info

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

BIRTH INFORMATION

  • Date of Birth- Enter your date of birth - mm/dd/yyyy
  • City - Enter the city where you were born.
  • Country - Select the country in which you were born from the pull down menu.
  • State/Possession/Canadian Province - Select the state, possession or province in which you were born from the pull down menu.
  • County - Select the US county in which you were born from the pull down menu - if applicable.

HOMETOWN
The following questions refer to what you consider your "hometown".

  • City - Enter the name of the city that you consider your hometown.
  • Country - Select the country from the pull down menu.
  • State/Possession/Canadian Province - Select the state, possession or province from the pull down menu.
  • County - Select the US county of your hometown from the pull down menu - if applicable.
  • Approximate Population - Select the approximate population range of your hometown from the pull down menu.
  • Describe the Area - Select: Rural, Urban, Inner City, Suburban, Military or Government Installation or Other. Definitions are provided.
  • Primary language spoken at home - Select the primary language spoken at home from the pull down menu.

GENDER
Indicate whether you are male or female.

ETHNICITY AND RACE
The following questions are asked for federal and/or state reporting purposes. These questions are voluntary and applicants will not be at a disadvantage in the admissions process if they are not completed.

First, indicate whether you are:

  1. Hispanic or Latino
  2. Not Hispanic or Latino

Then select one or more of the racial categories below that best describe you.

Hispanic or Latino

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Black/African American

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Asian

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand and Vietnam.

American Indian or Alaskan Native

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Applicants may be expected to provide official documentation/certification of active affiliation with a recognized tribe or reservation community.

White/Caucasian

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East or North Africa.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

International

A person who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and who is in this country on a temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely. A person who is PR pending (applied for permanent resident status but has not yet received permanent resident status) should be classified as international status until permanent residency has been granted.

Note : A Non-Citizen who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence is to be reported in the appropriate racial/ethnic categories along with United States citizens.

 

Socioeconomic Info

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

The questions in this section ask:

  • Are you a member of the first generation in your family to attend or graduate from an undergraduate program? First-generation is defined as a student with neither parent having any education beyond high school (includes edcuation outside the US).
  • Are you a member of the first generation in your family to attend or graduate from a graduate or professional program? First-generation is defined as a student with neither parent having any education beyond an undergraduate degree (includes edcuation outside the US).
  • Are you a parent or guardian of dependent children?
  • What do you consider your primary language?
  • Are you bilingual or multilingual?

You will also be asked several questions that pertain to the household in which you were raised or spent the majority of your life from birth to age 18. If you moved frequently during this time period, enter the information for the location you spent the majority of your childhood.

 

Military Service

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

You will answer questions concerning whether or not you have served in the United States military.

Family Info

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

You will enter information regarding your parents as well as any significant male and/or female figures in your life.

You will indicate how many siblings you have.  You may include step-siblings if you choose.  You will then indicate the following for each of your siblings:

  • Age
  • Relationship – brother or sister
  • If they have ever attended college

PARENT PHYSICIAN
List any parent who is a physician (MD, DO, MBBS) or who is in medical school.

Financial Info

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

You will enter the percentage of your college expenses provided by family, spouse, academic scholarships, financial need-based scholarships, loans, employment, or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%.

If you have graduated college, you will also be asked to indicate the percentage of your living expenses provided by family, spouse, employment or other sources. The total percentage must add up to 100%.

Felonies and Misdemeanors

You will indicate whether you are currently under charge or have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, or have you ever received a felony or misdemeanor deferred adjudication.

You need NOT disclose information about any of the following:

  • you were arrested but not charged
  • you were arrested and charged, but the charges were dropped
  • you were arrested and charged, but found not guilty by a judge or jury
  • you were arrested and found guilty by a judge or jury, but the conviction was overturned on appeal
  •  you received an executive pardon
  •  a juvenile or criminal record that has been sealed or expunged. Failure to disclose information that is not in fact expunged or sealed may result in the applicant being denied admission
  • minor traffic violations

If in doubt as to whether an offense should be disclosed, it is better to disclose the offense.

Important: After the date of submission of your TMDSAS application, if you are charged, convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime, you must inform TMDSAS as well as the admissions office of each medical school to which you have applied. You must notify TMDSAS and each medical school within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

High School

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

Indicate how you completed your high school education: High School, GED or Home Schooled.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Enter the country and state, if applicable, in which your high school is located.  Enter part of the high school name and then click [Search] to search for your high school.  Keep in mind that the less you type in the [High School Name] field, the more results you will get back. Try just entering words that are unique to your high school's name. From the search results, click on [Add School] next to the correct listing – doing so will pre-populate the following information:

  • High School Name
  • City
  • Zip Code
  • State
  • County

If your high school was not found, you will need to add the school manually in the designated [High School Information] fields.

Next, enter graduation month, graduation year, class size and class rank, if applicable, in the designated fields.

GED
For applicants who have received their GED certificate, please list the city, zip code, country and state where the certificate was awarded.  Enter the graduation month and graduation year the certificate was received.

HOME SCHOOLED
For applicants who were home schooled, please list the city, zip code, country and state where you home schooled (or received your diploma).  Enter the graduation month and graduation year.

SAT AND/OR ACT RESULTS
If you have taken either the SAT or ACT you must enter your score(s).

Contact your college admissions office, College Board or ACT if you do not remember your score(s). 

Colleges Attended

*You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add new schools. *

  • List ALL undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools you have attended. You must also enter information about ALL schools you plan on attending between now and the completion of Summer 2018.
  • If you will be taking coursework in the future, you should list your end date as that future term. For example, if you will be taking courses through Spring 2018, your attendance dates would be: Fall 2014 - Spring 2018.
  • List each school once - even if there was a break in attendance.  For example, if you attended Houston Community College in the summer of 2009 and 2011, you would list the school once with attendance dates as:  Summer 2009 – Summer 2011.
  • If you attended the same school for undergraduate and graduate/professional programs, list each degree program separately.
  • Include foreign colleges. You do not need to list a foreign college if it was part of an official study abroad program and the coursework appears on the transcript of the sponsoring US college or university. If the sponsoring school is different than your home institution, such as Arcadia University, University of Minnesota Danish Institutes of Study Abroad, or International Studies Abroad (IES), you must list the sponsoring school.
  • Failure to list all colleges and universities may delay processing of your application and may be considered a violation of your application certification statement.

ADD COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY

Click on the [Add College or University] button.  Enter the country, state and a distinctive part of the college or university name and a list of matching institutions will appear.  Keep in mind that the less you type in the [College Name] field, the more results you will get back. Try just entering words that are unique to your college name. For example, if searching for The University of Texas at Austin, just enter 'Austin' in the [College Name] field.  Click the [Search] button to obtain your search results.

Select the correct institution and click [Select] to add the school to your list of Colleges Attended. This will fill in the required [Institution Information] fields for the college listing. 

If your college was not found in the search, you will need to add the college manually.

Enter attendance dates and degree information.  Majors and minors are listed alphabetically.  If your major/minor is not listed, select “Other” and enter your major/minor in the designated field.  Next, indicate if you were enrolled in an honors program at this school.  

Click [Add College Attended] on the bottom left corner of the screen.  Continue to enter additional colleges and universities attended by clicking on the [Add College or University] link.  Once you have entered all schools, check the box that states: Click the checkbox if you have no more colleges to enter at this time.  Your colleges will not be saved to the database until you have checked this box and clicked [Save] or [Save and Continue].

COLLEGES ATTENDED QUESTIONS

First, you will be asked if you were ever admitted to any undergraduate public institution under the Texas Academic Fresh Start provision.

Next, you will indicate your primary undergraduate college. Primary College is the college or university from which you received or will receive your bachelor's degree. If no degree is planned, select the school at which you earned the majority of your credit.

Lastly, you will be asked if you want to release your information to the Health Professions Advisor at this school.  Checking [Yes] permits your advisor to view your application as well as upload your health professions committee packet.  Your TMDSAS application will be processed regardless of how you answer the question. 

TMDSAS strongly encourages you to give permission to release selected information about the status of your application to your health professions advisor.  Having this information helps your advisor provide services to you and informs the advisor about the success of students from your college/university in being admitted into medical/dental/vet schools. However, your application will not be adversely impacted if you do not agree to have your information released to your health professions advisor.

Terms Attended

*You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add new terms attended.*

Enter all terms in which you have taken course work at each school listed in the [Colleges Attended] section as well as any future terms you plan to take coursework (i.e. Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018).

To add a term, click on [Add Term] button next to the institution for which you wish to add a term.  From the drop-down menu, select the year, term and whether or not the credits are reported in semester or quarter hours.  Click [Add This Term] to save. 

Once you have entered all terms, you MUST click [Save] or [Save and Continue] or all information will be lost.

The terms listed in this section must match the attendance dates in the [Colleges Attended] section.  You cannot add terms that go beyond the attendance dates entered in the [Colleges Attended] section.

College Coursework

*You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add planned/future coursework.*

BEFORE YOU START
Request an official transcript from each college/university you have attended to use as a reference for completing the [College Coursework] section.

You will list all coursework ever enrolled in at every US, US Territorial, or Canadian college. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Courses that have been repeated
  • Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated
  • Courses you took in high school for college credit that appear on a college transcript
  • Courses taken at American colleges overseas

It is helpful if you enter courses in the same order in which they are listed on your official transcript.

ENTERING COURSEWORK DETAILS
After listing all colleges you have attended and plan to attend in the [Colleges Attended] section, you will list all terms you have taken coursework and plan to take coursework in the [Terms Attended] section. 

Be sure to list future/planned coursework (indicate "Not Yet Reported" as the grade for planned coursework). If you are unsure what courses you will be taking, add a placeholder course so that you can enter the courses you have registered to take at a later date (e.g. "Course to be determined").

All courses that appear on your official transcript (s) and for which a grade and credit was ever assigned will be included in the TMDSAS GPA calculations, even if they are not included in the GPA calculations of the transcript-issuing school.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Courses that have been repeated
  • Courses that you failed, regardless of whether they have been repeated
  • Courses you took in high school for college credit that appear on a college transcript
  • Courses taken at American colleges overseas

TMDSAS verifies your self-reported courses against your official transcript(s) and will report any discrepancies to your selected institutions. TMDSAS does not enter courses for you. TMDSAS will contact you and return your application for corrections or explanations if it identifies a significant number of course discrepancies or omissions.  Failure to properly enter all course information and to make corrections as requested may result in processing delays and may jeopardize your chances for admission.

GPA Calculation

TMDSAS calculates the following GPA's:

Overall GPA

comprised of all coursework (undergraduate and graduate level).

Overall Biology-Chemistry- Physics-Math (BCPM) GPA

comprised of biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

Overall Non-BCPM GPA

comprised of all other coursework (not included in BCPM GPA).

Undergraduate GPA

comprised of all undergraduate coursework.

Undergraduate BCPM GPA

comprised of undergraduate biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

Undergraduate Non-BCPM GPA

comprised of all other undergraduate coursework (not included in UG BCPM GPA).

Graduate GPA

comprised of all graduate coursework.

Graduate BCPM GPA

comprised of graduate biology, chemistry, physics and math courses.

Graduate Non-BCPM GPA

comprised of all other graduate coursework (not included in graduate BCPM GPA).

For full details on how GPA is calculated, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

ADDING COURSEWORK FOR A TERM

Select the term you wish to enter coursework for by clicking on the [Add Course] button.

Academic Status

Indicate your academic status for each course you enter. Refer to the table below for definitions.

PF: Pre-Freshman

Any advanced placement, CLEP or dual credit courses that you received credit for BEFORE beginning college, i.e. while in high school.

FR: Freshman

*Once you have graduated high school, the count resets to 0*

Approximately 0 - 30 semester hours completed.

SO: Sophomore

Approximately 31 - 60 semester hours completed.

JR: Junior

Approximately 61 - 90 semester hours completed.

SR: Senior

Approximately 91 - completion of undergraduate degree.

PB: Post-baccalaureate

Courses taken after completion of the Bachelor’s degree including those for a subsequent Bachelor’s degree, but not while enrolled in a graduate degree program.  Includes graduate level course work not applied to a graduate degree.

GR: Graduate

Courses taken while enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Course Type

Indicate the course type for each course taken. Most courses will be labeled [Regular Class].

Course types include:

  • Regular Class - Most courses will be designated [Regular Class]. This is a regular class taken in the classroom.
  • Distance Learning/Online Course - Indicate if the course you are entering was completed as an on-line, correspondence or other form of learning at a distance. Distance learning/online courses are considered for credit and grades earned are computed into the TMDSAS GPA.
  • Honors - An honors course is one taken as part of an undergraduate honors program, not a course for which you may have received academic honors.
  • Study Abroad - Indicate if you enrolled in courses at a foreign university as part of a Study Abroad program, and received credit for those courses on a U.S. or Canadian school transcript. Courses completed overseas that are not part of a Study Abroad program should be treated as foreign coursework and will not be included in the TMDSAS GPA computation.
  • Advanced Placement/CLEP - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript from AP or CLEP examinations.  AP or CLEP credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript. Lump sum credit is not accepted. If these do not appear on the transcript, an official letter from the registrar is required. 

    AP credit appearing on the transcript without subject or course names will be classified as non-science unless official documentation is received. If a letter grade is shown on the official transcript, the letter grade should be listed in the Grade column and will be included in your GPA calculations.  If a letter grade is not given on the official transcript or the course is indicated as being passed, then enter the semester hours and, under Grade column, select CR – credit.

    To see how to enter AP credit, click here.
  • International Baccalaureate - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript for completion of an International Baccalaureate Program, an intensive pre-college curriculum sponsored by the International Baccalaureate Organization.
  • Credit by Institutional/Departmental Exam - Indicate if you have received credits on your transcript for successful completion of an institutional or departmental examination.
  • Audit - Any course you attended without attempting to earn credit.  No credit hours or grade will be assigned.
  • Developmental - These are remedial courses or courses that prepare students for college-level courses. Generally courses that have course numbers starting with a zero or numbers less than 100 are considered developmental courses. Developmental courses will not count towards the GPA nor will they be calculated into the overall hours.
  • Dual Credit - College credit earned when a high school student is taking a college course for both high school and college credit.  If you took college courses while in high school and received only college credit, you should indicate this Course Type as [Dual Credit].  The credit must appear on an official transcript from the college. Courses may be taken at the high school or at the college, but need to be listed on the application under the name of the college.

PREFIX
Enter the departmental prefix of the course as it appears on the official transcript.
For example, CHEM.

COURSE NUMBER
Enter the course number as it appears on the official transcript. Do not enter the section number.

COURSE NAME
Enter the course name. If the course name is abbreviated on the transcript, you may enter the abbreviation or the full name.

COURSE AREA
Indicate the course area from the drop-down menu for each course.

Below are the subject areas and courses which qualify for each. Please select course classifications based on the primary content of the course. For courses that are not listed, use your judgment – TMDSAS will make a final decision in determining the correct course area during processing.

Biology

Anatomy
Bacteriology
Biology
Biophysics
Botany
Cellular Biology
Cellular Physiology
Ecology
Genetics
Histology
Immunology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Neuroscience
Parasitology
Pathophysiology
Physiology
Virology
Zoology

Biochemistry

Biochemistry

General Chemistry

General Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Qualitative Analysis
Quantitative Analysis

Organic Chemistry

Bio-Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Physics

Electricity & Light
Magnetism
Mechanical Heat
Physics
Thermodynamics

English

Bible Literature
Composition
English
Literature
Poetry
Rhetoric
Theater Literature

*Most English department courses

Calculus or Statistics

Bio statistics
Calculus - must be taught by a Math or Physics Department
Statistics (for science majors NOT for business)
Business Calculus or any Pre-Calculus courses ARE NOT ACCEPTED

Other Science

Agricultural Science
Astronomy
Chiropractic
Computer Science
Dental Hygiene
Electronics
Engineering
Epidemiology
Geology
Math (other than Calculus or Statistics)
Meteorology
Nursing*
Nutrition
Occupational Therapy
Pharmacy
Physical Anthropology
Physical Geography
Physical Science
Physical Therapy
Physician Assistant
Radiology
Research seminars in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math
Respiratory Therapy
*For Nursing, Veterinary Medicine, Animal Husbandry, Forestry, and Public Health – determine whether a course is Other Science or Non-Science by title of the course.

Non-Science

Acting                                                                  
Archeology                                                        
Art                                                                         
Astrology                                                            
Behavioral Science                                         
Bio ethics                                             
Business
Communications             
Cultural Geography                                        
Economics                                          
Education  
Emergency Med-Tech                                                         
Ethics                                                   
First Aid                                                               
Foreign Language                                             
Forestry                                              
Geography                                                        
Government
Health/Personal Hygiene
History
Humanities
Kinesiology
Law
Logic
Medical Terminology
Military Science
Music
Philosophy
Physical Education
Political Science
Psychology
Public Health
Public Speaking
Religion
Social Ethics

Grades

Record the grade exactly as it appears on the official transcript.

If narrative evaluations are used in your system in lieu of grades, list "Pass" if pass credit was awarded. Copies of narrative evaluations will be forwarded to your designated colleges.

TMDSAS GRADE
The TMDSAS grading system standardizes the way grades will be reported to your designated schools.  TMDSAS grades include: A, B, C, D, F, Credit, Pass, Quit, Fail, Incomplete and Not Yet Reported (to be used for future/planned coursework).

The TMDSAS Grade is assigned a numeric value to calculate your grade point average.   As you enter your grades, the TMDSAS system will convert the grade to a TMDSAS Grade.

CREDIT HOURS

  1. Enter the credit hours as they appear on your official transcript. You can enter hours up to one decimal place (00.0). 
  2. All entries must be made in semester or quarter hours. 
  3. Do not list courses where zero credit hours were earned, for example, chapel, orientation, etc.  If you withdrew from a course, list the number of hours you would have earned had you completed the course.

Note: all Texas schools report credits in semester hours.

Some institutions grant credits as course units.  If your grades are reported in credits or units, you will need to convert them to either semester or quarter hours.  The back of your transcript should have the conversion.  If not, contact your Registrar for the conversion.

Common Conversion Examples:

Austin College: 1 unit = 4 semester hours
Duke University: 1 unit = 4 semester hours
Northwestern University: 1 unit = 4 quarter hours or 2.7 semester hours

Last Time Taken

Last Time Taken is asking “Was this the last time you took this course?”  Most coursework will be answered as [Yes].

Courses repeated for additional credit, but not for a better grade, such as physical education, chorus, or thesis/research are not considered a repeat and should be answered [Yes].

Instances where you would answer [No]:

  1. If you withdrew and re-took or plan to take the course again. For the first time you took the course enter [No]. When retaken, enter [Yes].
  2. If you received a C, D, F, took a Pass/Fail or Credit/No-Credit course then re-took the course for a better grade, enter [No] for the first time taken and enter [Yes] for the last time taken.

Course was taken and passed

Enter [Yes] for Last Time Taken.

Course was taken and grade received was C, D, F, Fail or No-Credit and class was retaken for a higher grade

Enter [No] for first time the course was taken (with the low grade).

Enter [Yes] for the last time the course was taken (with the higher grade).

Click the [Add Course] button.

You can continue to add courses for the selected term by clicking [Add Another Course for this Term].

Once you have entered all courses for the selected term, click on the [Done for this Term] button.

This will return you to the main [College Coursework] page so you can select the next term to enter coursework for.

When you have finished adding all courses for all terms listed, click on the [Save] button.  Then click the [Continue to Next Section] button to continue with the application.

Military Credit

Individuals in the US Armed Services frequently receive credit for special courses that they have taken while in service. TMDSAS does not consider these courses to be college courses and they should not be added to the application. These courses are considered post-secondary, but do not appear on a college transcript. In other situations, information about these courses may be posted to your Joint Services Transcript.

In certain situations, colleges/universities may award academic credit for these same military courses, or for experiences gained during military service.  Such credit is usually considered “life experience credit” and is awarded as credit hours towards the completion of a degree.  In situations such as this, the applicant should indicate the credit hours on the TMDSAS application, under the college/university granting the credit.  Only the credit hours actually awarded by the college/university should be included in the TMDSAS application.  

You can submit your JST transcript to TMDSAS and we will forward it to the medical schools for their review.

Transcripts

You must submit sealed official transcripts accompanied by a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form directly to TMDSAS.  One official transcript is required from every regionally accredited US, US Territorial or Canadian college attended. Copies or faxes are not accepted.

This includes:

  • Colleges through which you earned dual credit coursework while in high school
  • Colleges through which you earned credit that was then transferred to your home institution

While TMDSAS will accept transcripts that are not attached to a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form, TMDSAS is not responsible for transcripts that cannot be matched to your application due to the absence of a TMDSAS Transcript Request Form.  You are strongly encouraged to utilize these forms.  Be sure to inform the registrars that this form should be attached to the transcript when it is sent to TMDSAS.

TMDSAS recommends that you also obtain a personal copy of each transcript for your records to help you properly complete the [College Coursework] section of your application.

It is your responsibility to verify and ensure that TMDSAS has received all of your official transcripts. Check the status of your transcripts regularly by logging into your application and viewing the [Status] page.

Transcript Request Form

  1. Complete the [Colleges Attended] section of the application.
  2. Download the TMDSAS Transcript Request Form.
  3. Fill out the PDF and print it out OR print it and fill it out by hand.
  4. Deliver completed form to registrar at each college attended.
  5. Be sure to advise the Registrar’s office to enclose the Transcript Request Form with your official sealed transcript and mail it directly to TMDSAS.  Transcripts that are not accompanied by the Transcript Request Form can result in a delay in processing the document.

Electronic Transcripts
TMDSAS accepts electronic transcripts from Credential Solutions (formerly eScrip-Safe) only.  You can find a list of institutions they serve on their website.

Canadian Transcripts - Follow steps 1 – 5 above to have your English-speaking Canadian transcripts to be sent to TMDSAS.

Study Abroad - If you participated in a Study Abroad program under the sponsorship of a US institution and the international coursework appears on the US transcript as regular itemized credit, only list the US institution on your TMDSAS application.  DO NOT list the foreign institution.  Arrange for only the US transcript to be sent to TMDSAS.  

If the sponsoring school is different than your home institution, such as Arcadia University, University of Minnesota Danish Institutes of Study Abroad, or International Studies Abroad (IES), you must list the sponsoring school. Arrange for the transcript from the sponsoring school to be sent to TMDSAS.

TMDSAS processes study-abroad coursework in the same manner as US coursework.

Overseas US Institutions
Overseas US institutions are:

  • Located outside US borders,
  • Accredited by a regional institutional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education, and
  • Use English as the primary language of instruction and documentation.

If you attended an overseas US institution, report it to TMDSAS in the same manner as your US and (English-speaking) Canadian institutions and arrange for an official transcript to be forwarded to TMDSAS. List all coursework on your TMDSAS application.  US institutions with campuses overseas are also considered US colleges for which transcripts are required and all coursework must be listed.

International Transcripts - Enter coursework taken at all international colleges/universities in the [College Coursework] section.  Although TMDSAS permits you to list foreign coursework in your application, TMDSAS does not verify this coursework for authenticity and does not use grades from international transcripts in computing TMDSAS GPA’s. Foreign coursework does not count towards meeting the 90 hour requirement nor does it count towards meeting the prerequisite coursework.

You are required to submit one transcript from every international college/university you have attended. TMDSAS also encourages international applicants to submit a copy of any evaluation of international coursework that has been completed by an official credential evaluation service.

TMDSAS will forward a photocopy of your international transcript and evaluation to your designated medical schools.

Planned Enrollment

*You may make revisions to this section any time during the application process. You will be able to add planned enrollment.*

Indicate if you plan to take any future coursework between the time of application and Summer 2018.  You will indicate the college, term and year for all future coursework.

You will still need to list the terms in the [Terms Attended] section and list the actual planned coursework in the [College Coursework] section. These sections are independent of one another.If you are unsure what courses you will be taking, add a placeholder course so that you can enter the courses you have registered to take at a later date (e.g. "Course to be determined").

Disciplinary Action

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application.  Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

You will answer questions concerning your education history as well as disciplinary action.  Below are the questions:

  • Has your education or vocation ever been interrupted for any reason?
  • Were you ever the recipient of any action by any college or professional school for unacceptable academic performance (i.e. academic probation, suspension, dismissal, etc.)?
  • Were you ever the recipient of any action by any college or professional school for conduct violations?
  • Have you ever been sanctioned or received disciplinary action by a State Licensure Board of any kind (e.g. nursing, pharmacy, legal, etc.)?

Upon acceptance you may be required to provide verification of any conduct or disciplinary action taken against you while enrolled at any previously attended institutions.

Important: You are required to inform the Admissions Office of each medical school to which you apply as well as TMDSAS if you become the subject of an institutional action or become sanctioned by a State Licensure Board after the date of original application submission. This communication must be in writing and must occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action. Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

*You will not be able to make any changes to these sections once you have submitted your application.  Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

If you have activities that fit into more than one of the categories below, you should list the activity in each category. We recommend that you list activities in multiple categories if they fit the criteria in more than one category.

Keep in mind that your [Chronology of Activities] will be automatically built from the information you enter in all other sections of the application.  Your chronology MUST account for all time between high school graduation and August 2018; therefore, you must account for this time period in all the sub-sections of the [Employment & Activities] section.

Academic Recognition

List academic honors, awards and other recognitions received since beginning college to the present.

Indicate the Award Title, date received, city, country, state and a brief description of the award.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add An Award] link.

Non-Academic Recognition

List non-academic honors, awards and other recognitions received since beginning college to the present.

Indicate the Award Title, date received, city, country, state and a brief description of the award.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add An Award] link.

Leadership

List any leadership roles or positions of responsibility held since beginning college to the present. Examples may include leadership roles in clubs/organizations, supervisory roles, etc.

Indicate the Role Title, start date, end date, city, country, state and a brief description of the position.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Leadership Role] link.

Employment

List all jobs (paid work experience) held since graduating from high school to the present, including military service. 

Indicate the employer, job title, when the job was held, start date, end date, city, hours worked per week, country, state and a brief description of the job.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add an Employment Activity] link.

Research Activities

List any significant research activities (paid or volunteer) you have participated in since beginning college to the present.  Include any publications (submitted as well as published), abstracts and posters.

Indicate the Research Activity Name, start date, end date, city, approximate hours worked per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the research.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Research Activity] link.

Healthcare Activities

List any healthcare related community service, volunteer, employment OR shadowing experience you have participated in since beginning college to the present. 

Indicate the Activity Name, start date, end date, city, hours worked per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Healthcare Activity] link.

Community Service

List any non-healthcare related community service or volunteer activities you have participated in since beginning college to the present. 

Indicate the Activity Name, start date, end date, city, approximate hours per week, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Community Service Activity] link.

Extracurricular & Leisure Activities

List any significant extracurricular, leisure activities or hobbies you have participated in since beginning college to the present. 

Indicate the Type of Activity, start date, end date, city, approximate hours per month, total cumulative hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add an Extracurricular/Leisure Activity] link.

Planned ACtivities

Indicate future activities you plan on participating in between now and August 2018.  This should include any future employment as well as any future research, healthcare, community service, or extracurricular activities. 

Indicate the Activity Type, start date, planned end date, city, total projected hours, country, state and a brief description of the activity.  Click on [Submit] to save the record.

Additional records can be added by clicking the [Add a Planned Activity] link.

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

To avoid formatting issues, we recommend typing your essay directly into the TMDSAS application rather than cutting and pasting your essay from other software. If you plan to cut and paste, draft it in plain text, preferably in text-only word processing software, such as Microsoft Notepad or Mac TextEdit. Copying formatted text into the application may result in formatting issues that cannot be edited once your application has been submitted.

It is important that you proof your essays thoroughly after saving. Your essays will be sent to the schools exactly as they appear. TMDSAS will not contact you about incomplete essays or margin cut-offs. Grammatical and/or typographical errors will not be corrected once your application is submitted to TMDSAS.

The medical schools are aware of essay writing services and are seeking your personal expression.

Upload Photo

As part of your application, you are required to upload a digital photo of yourself.  It must be smaller than 100 KB and be in one of the following file formats: jpg, gif, png or bmp. 

If you don’t have access to a digital photo of yourself, many print shops such as FedEx can provide you with one.

Test Dates

*You will be able to make changes to this section once you have submitted your application.  You will be able to add or remove planned test dates.*

The MCAT is required for admission to medical school. The exam must have been taken no earlier than January 2013 and no later than September of the year preceding enrollment into medical school (i.e. if you are applying for entry year 2018, September 2017 is the last month you can take the MCAT).  No score from a test taken within the year of enrollment will be considered.  MCAT scores can be no more than five years old.

For information on how to release your score(s) to TMDSAS, refer to the Admissions Test page.

AAMC ID
Enter your AAMC ID given to you by the AAMC.  This is the 8-digit number assigned to you by AAMC for all correspondence.

Be sure that you enter your AAMC ID correctly. Your MCAT score(s) will match to your application based on this information.

MCATS TAKEN
Enter all dates you have previously taken the MCAT.

Failure to list all dates the exam has been taken will result in an irregularity with follow-up actions indicated in the Certification Statement. You do not need to list exams that you voided at the time of the exam.

MCATS PLANNED
Enter all dates you plan to take the MCAT between the time of application and September 2017.

* Important: Any change in planned test dates MUST be immediately reported to TMDSAS.   You can update this information by logging into your application. Failure to do so will cause your application to be incomplete which could affect your evaluation at one or more of the participating schools.

It is critical that you enter this information correctly (AAMC ID, test dates). Your MCAT score(s) will match to your application based on this information. If the information is entered incorrectly your MCAT score(s) will not match to your application. You should also verify that AAMC has the correct data on file.

Letters of Evaluation

Applicants are required to submit one the following options. You may also submit one extra individual letter.

  • One Health Professions Committee Letter/Packet

OR

  • Three individual letters of evaluation

TMDSAS will forward one letter in addition to the required letters. You will indicate in the application if you are submitting an extra letter and who the extra letter is being written by.

If you indicate that you are submitting an extra letter, many schools will not consider your file complete until both the required letters and extra letter are received.

Evaluators should know an applicant well enough to evaluate him/her both academically and personally. It is recommended that your evaluators be current/former professors that can speak to your academic ability in the sciences.

All letters must be on official letterhead and contain the evaluator's signature.

INDICATE WHICH TYPE OF EVALUATION YOU WILL SUBMIT:

  1. HP Committee Packet
  2. Individual Letters


IF SUBMITTING A HEALTH PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE PACKET

If you are submitting a HP Committee Packet, you will need to select the institution that will provide your HP Committee Packet.  To do this, you must have first completed the [Colleges Attended] section.

WHAT IS A HEALTH PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE PACKET?
Many institutions utilize a Health Professions Committee Packet for their professional school applicants.  These packets come in three basic formats:

    1. Committee letter with supporting letters attached.
    2. Committee letter that is composed and uses quotes from various evaluators but may or may not have supporting letters attached.
    3. Collection of individual evaluation letters which may also include a cover letter from an advising office or school letter service.  The advising office or school letter service serves as a central collection service for the applicant, but does not make additional assessments of the candidate.

All three types of HP Committee Packets are acceptable to TMDSAS, regardless of the number of evaluations that may be contained within the document.  TMDSAS respects the varying philosophies of colleges and universities as to how best to provide a HP Committee Packet and therefore does not limit the number of evaluations included. If you are having an HP Committee Packet submitted on your behalf, indicate the name of the school that will be submitting the packet.

DELIVERING HP COMMITTEE PACKETS TO TMDSAS
Your HP office can deliver your committee packet several ways:

  1. They can upload the packet directly to your application using the TMDSAS Advisor Portal.
    You must have answered “Yes” to the following question in the [Colleges Attended Questions] section: “Would you like to release your information to the health professions advisor at any school(s)?” and indicate the school which will be uploading your committee packet.
  2. They can deliver the packet to us electronically using either Virtual Evals or Interfolio.
  3. They can mail the packet to TMDSAS.

 

IF SUBMITTING INDIVIDUAL LETTERS OF EVALUATION
If you are submitting individual letters, placeholders for the required letters will be shown.  Click the edit button to fill out and complete a letter placeholder.

  • Salutation
    Indicate the appropriate salutation of your evaluator (e.g. Dr., Mr., Mrs. Ms., etc.).
  • First Name
    Enter the first name of your evaluator.
  • Last Name
    Enter the last name of your evaluator.
  • Suffix(if applicable)
    Indicate the appropriate suffix of your evaluator (e.g. I, II, Jr, Sr, MD, DDS, DVM, etc.).
  • Relationship to you
    Indicate the evaluator’s relationship to you (e.g. Academic Advisor, HP Advisor, Professor, Supervisor, Business Associate, etc.).
  • Indicate how your evaluator will send your letter to TMDSAS
    • Upload directly to TMDSAS via Evaluator Portal (preferred method)
    • Send through Interfolio
    • Send through regular mail
  • Evaluator’s Email
    Enter the email address of the evaluator (only if uploading letter directly to TMDSAS).  Contact the evaluator for the correct email address.
  • Waiver
    Indicate whether you will or will not waive your right of access to the letters of evaluation sent on your behalf

You will not be able to save this section until you have completed every REQUIRED letter placeholder.

DELIVERING LETTERS TO TMDSAS

  1. Evaluator can upload the letter directly to TMDSAS via TMDSAS Evaluator Portal:
    • Applicant provides evaluator's name and email address in the [Letters of Evaluation] section.
    • Once evaluator's name and email are provided, the evaluator receives an email from TMDSAS directing him or her to the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal.
    • Evaluator will follow instructions provided for submitting the letter of evaluation.
  2. You may deliver letters electronically through Interfolio:
    • Applicant contacts evaluator and requests that he or she upload their letter of evaluation to applicant's Interfolio account.
    • Applicant enters evaluator name in [Letters of Evaluation] section.
    • Select "Interfolio" from the drop-down menu for the question: "Indicate how your evaluator will send your letter to TMDSAS".
    • Applicant initiates letter delivery from Interfolio to TMDSAS.
    • Make sure that you include your TMDSAS ID with the delivery. Follow these instructions to add your TMDSAS ID to the Interfolio delivery.
  3. Evaluator can mail the letter to TMDSAS through regular mail:
    • Applicant enters evaluator name in [Letters of Evaluation] section.
    • Applicant notifies evaluator to mail in letter to TMDSAS. Make sure your TMDSAS ID is on your letter(s) so that they are matched to your application properly.

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

Your Chronology of Activities will be automatically built from the information you enter in all other sections of the application.  This is done for your convenience; therefore, it is to your advantage to complete all other sections before completing this section.  The compiling of this data will be done only once – if you delete or change items in other sections after your Chronology is compiled, you will have to retype that information in your Chronology – you cannot re-import the data.

You can edit or delete items from the Chronology – doing so will not change what you have entered elsewhere in the application.  

YourChronology MUST account for all time between high school graduation and August 2018.

Once the import of your data has been done, a [Show Activities Calendar] link appears.  Click on the link to see a calendar displaying any gaps in your chronology.  Gaps will be indicated by a blank box on the calendar.  All gaps greater than 3 months must have a record.

You will be able to add records to fill any gaps in time.

NOTE: this page only imports the first 50 characters of previously entered descriptions.  If you do not want your description to be truncated, be sure to edit your activity descriptions appropriately after import to fit within 50 characters. The schools will see the full description within each [Employment & Activities] section.

*You will not be able to make any changes to this section once you have submitted your application. Review your entries carefully before submitting.*

This section contains questions regarding your citizenship, state of legal residence, etc.  These questions will determine whether you are classified as a Texas resident or a non-resident. 

Applicants who are not US citizens MUST provide TMDSAS with a copy of both sides of their Permanent Resident card or Visa stamp in their passport.  An application will NOT be processed without this documentation.  This documentation can be uploaded directly to the application via the [Residency Documents] section. The documents can also be mailed to TMDSAS. If mailed, include your full name and TMDSAS ID on the copy.

A non-US citizen must indicate his/her country of citizenship and complete the required information regarding his/her Visa.  If your Permanent Resident card has no expiration date, enter the expiration date as ten years from the issue date.

If you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, you should select “None” when selecting your visa type/residency status.  You will then indicate in the [Optional Question] at the end of the section that you have DACA status.

In order to submit your application, you are required to certify several statements. Your certification of this takes place of your legal signature and is binding.  By electronically signing these statements, you signify that you have read this information as well as all other instructions throughout the application.

Certification Agreement

* I understand that application irregularities are documented by The Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS) and member schools and are reported to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Dental Education Association, American Association of Osteopathic Medicine, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and other appropriate professional organizations.

* I further understand that all actions on admission to a professional program are the prerogative of each individual professional school.

* I further understand that, in accordance with the individual school's policy, some or all TMDSAS participating schools require a criminal background check on applicants as a condition of admission or matriculation.

* I certify that the information in this application and all attachments are complete and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorize TMDSAS and any medical, dental, or veterinary school to which I am applying to verify the information I have provided. 

* I further understand that this information will be relied upon by TMDSAS and officials of the medical, dental, and veterinary schools in determining my resident status for admission and later for tuition purposes and that submission of false information is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

* I further certify that I will report to TMDSAS any event which occurs subsequent to filing this application but prior to matriculation that would alter any answer provided on my application. I understand that failure to do so is grounds for rejection of my application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

*I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I am charged, convicted of, plead guilty, or no contest to a felony or misdemeanor crime after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the criminal charge or conviction.  Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

* I understand that I am required to notify TMDSAS and the Admissions Office of each school to which I apply if I become the subject of an institutional action or sanctioning by a State Licensure Board after the date of my original application submission. I understand that this notification must be in writing and occur within ten (10) business days of the occurrence of the institutional action.  Failure to do so is grounds for rejection of your application, withdrawal of any offer of acceptance, dismissal after enrollment, or rescission of any degrees granted.

* I certify that all written passages, such as the personal statement, optional essays, essays required dual-degree applicants, and descriptions of employment/ activities, are my own and have not been written, in part or in whole, by a third party. Quotations are permitted if the source is cited.

* I have read, understand and agree to comply with TMDSAS Instructions, including the statements that I am responsible for monitoring and ensuring the progress of my application process, by frequently checking the [Status] page of my application. I also understand that I am responsible for knowing and understanding the admissions requirements for each school to which I am applying, and that I am not eligible for a refund of TMDSAS fees if I do not meet the admissions requirements of the schools.

* Any information published by TMDSAS that is related to medical, dental and/or veterinary school applications is done so with aggregate statistics. TMDSAS may also share personally identifiable data with peer not-for-profit organizations, certifying boards, licensing bodies, and other organizations involved in health education for research, eligibility determination, verification, and credentialing purposes.

At the time of submission, you must provide payment for any application fees.  The application fee is non-refundable.

You can pay the application fee by credit card, Electronic Funds Transfer, EFT/ACH or by mailing in a money order/cashier’s check drawn on a U.S. bank.

Refer to the Application Fee section in the Application Instructions for complete payment information.

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