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Many of your questions throughout the application process can be answered by referring to the appropriate sections.


Entrance Exams

Allopathic (M.D.) and Osteopathic (D.O.): The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is the computerized standardized test required for admission to Allopathic or Osteopathic Medical School. Learn more specific details about the MCAT and how best to prepare.

Dental: All U.S. dental schools require applicants to take the Dental Admissions Test (DAT).

Veterinary: Veterinary Medical Colleges require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE); however, some colleges will accept the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

Public Health: Programs require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Post-Baccalaureate Programs and Gap/Enhancement Year(s)

Post-Baccalaureate Programs:  Students who choose not to complete their science pre-requisite coursework during their undergraduate years can complete the requirements in a Post-Baccalaureate Program before applying to a health professions school.  The same database also allows a search for programs for academic enhancement if someone needs to strengthen their Science GPA before submitting applications.  Learn more about the Post-Baccalaureate options.

Gap/Enhancement Year(s):  The gap/enhancement year refers to a period of time - typically one to three years - which may be used to pursue further education, teaching and service, research, other work in any area of interest before someone enters a medical education professional program.  Approximately two-thirds of Yale applicants choose this path before applying to and entering a health professions program.  This document lists some options Yale applicants have pursued.

Admissions Resources

Allopathic (M.D.):  The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) is an online resource for purchase that provides valuable information and statistics for United States and Canadian Medical Schools.  The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) also provides specific information for Applying as an International Applicant and has a table of Matriculants to U.S. Med Schools by Residence.

Osteopathic (D.O.):  The Osteopathic Medical College Information Book is an online resources that provides valuable information and statistics for osteopathic medical schools in the United States.  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) also provides an International Student Fact Sheet.

Texas Medical, Dental and Veterinary Podcasts: Series of podcasts introducing applicants to the schools in the University of Texas system, as well as tips for the application process.

Dental (D.M.D./D.D.S):  The ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools is a resource for purchase that provides valuable information and statistics for United States and Canadian Dental Schools.  The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) also has specific International Student Information.

Veterinary (D.V.M.):  The Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements (VMSAR) is a resource for purchase that provides valuable information about applying to veterinary schools in the United States.

Public Health:  The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Graduate School Viewbook provides an overview of member institutions and programs.

Other Health Professions:  View resources for other types of health professions.

Requesting Letters of Evaluation/Recommendation

There are several strategies to consider when choosing people to write letters of evaluation/recommendation.  Learn more about requesting letters.

Dean's Disciplinary Report

Applicants must submit a Dean's Disciplinary Report Form to your Residential College Dean's Office to be returned the Health Professions Advisory Program.

Writing the Personal Statement

The personal statement is a chance for you to explain your commitment to medicine to the medical profession to which you are applying.  Learn more about tips to help you develop your personal statement.

Choosing Where to Apply

Choosing health professions programs to which you apply is a personal decision and there is no right answer to the question, "What schools should I apply to?"  The most prestigious schools may have certain advantages, but they are not always the correct fit for someone, so relying on any rankings you find may be misleading.  You will need to research different programs - most have very informative websites - and formulate your own criteria in order to determine where to apply.  Learn more about further information to consider.

Application Services and Transcript Request

Allopathic (M.D.):  The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the AAMC's centralized medical school application processing service.  Most U.S. medical schools use AMCAS as the primary method for their first-year entering class.

Osteopathic (D.O.):  The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Application Service (AACOMAS) is the centralized online application service for the U.S. colleges of osteopathic medicine.

Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Service:  TMDSAS is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all of the public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the state of Texas.

Dental (D.M.D./D.D.S.):  The ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service (AADSAS) is the centralized application service for U.S. dental schools.

Veterinary (D.V.M.):  The Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the centralized application for U.S.veterinary schools.

Public Health:  Apply to schools and programs of public health using the SOPHAS centralized application.

Other Health Professions:  View information for other types of health professions programs.

Tip: The Health Professions Advisory Program does not send transcripts to the application services.  You must have your transcripts sent from the Registrar Office of every college or university where you've attended or taken courses.  For example, here is the link to the Yale University Registrar's Office.

Health Professional School Interviews

Interviews for health professional schools typically occur some time between August and February.  Learn more about tips for interviewing preparation

Financial Aid and Funding

Specialized Resources

Military Scholarship Programs

Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)

Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.)

Dental Medicine (D.V.M./D.D.S)

Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.)

Graduate and Professional School Videos

View videos on our website

First Year Health Professions Student Surveys

You can provide valuable insight and assistance to your peers and alums. Tell us about your experiences during your first year in a health professions program, both in and out of the classroom. Your responses will be anonymous and will only be viewed by Yale students and alums.

Submit Surveys/Evaluations

Search the database listed below to read surveys by Yale College alums in health professions programs.

View Surveys/Evaluations

NOTE: These sites are password protected. To gain access please email

Professional Organizations

Allopathic Medicine (M.D.)

Osteopathic Medicine (D.O)



Public Health

Other Health Professions