2017 Applying to Medical or Dental School

The Bates College Medical Studies Committee advises Bates students and alumni who are applying to any program in the health professions. The information presented here applies mainly to those students interested in becoming a doctor or dentist and who would like to apply with a Medical Studies Committee Letter of evaluation. The Medical Studies Committee will interview you on campus and then write a composite letter of evaluation which will be submitted along with your other letters of recommendation. Professional schools prefer receiving a committee letter, however, you are not required to submit one.

Below is a timeline of the process. For full details and steps visit 2017 First Time Applicants.

For those who worked with us in the past application cycle or were not successful gaining admission in a previous cycle, please refer to the Continuing/Re-Applicants page.

2017 Medical Studies Committee Application Timeline

Personal Statement Workshop December
Registration Packet and Photo Due January 1
Self-Assessment Guide and Resume Due January 15
Personal Statement1 and Unofficial Transcript Due February 1
References (generally 3-4, two academic, one from a science professor) Due February 28
Mock Interview (for students)2 February 1 – March 3
Committee Interview March 6 – April 14
AMCAS/AACOMAS Applications June (Submit ASAP!)

1Personal Statement: Since AMCAS applications require an essay of 5300 characters including spaces. AACOMAS allows a maximum of 4500. AADSAS is a 1-page personal essay. Please provide the Bates Medical Studies Committee with a personal statement that is approximately this length and close to a final draft. This is one of the most important parts of your application and should be done in a series of ever-improving drafts. DON’T wait until the last minute.  Please plan to attend the personal statement workshop to receive helpful hints on how best to write your personal statement and consult with a writing specialist.

2Mock interview can be scheduled with Karen Daigler at the BCDC by calling Karina Lemay at 207-786-6232. If interested, Alumni can schedule mock interviews over the phone.