2019 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. For full details and steps visit 2019 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.

2019 Medical Studies Committee Application Timeline and Deadlines

Personal Statement Workshop January (TBD)
Registration Packet and Photo January 1
Self-Assessment Guide and Resume January 15
Personal Statement1 and Unofficial Transcript February 1
References (generally 3-4, two academic, one from a science professor) February 28
Mock Interview (for students)2 February 5 – March 2
Committee Interview March 5 – April 13
AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS Applications June (Submit ASAP!)

1Personal Statement: 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 Bates Center for Purposeful Work by calling James Smith at 207-786-6232. If interested, Alumni can schedule mock interviews over the phone.