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Application Review

Initial Review

The Admissions Committee will make an initial review of your application. Applications are not reviewed in the order that they are completed, so there may be a considerable delay between when your application is complete and when you are notified of your admissions status. Notification is sent by email to the email address listed on your AMCAS application. Make certain that you adjust your spam blocker to receive email from medadmissions@downstate.edu

Requests for Additional Information

The Admissions Committee may request additional information from you to assist in the evaluation of your credentials. It is your responsibility to submit the requested information. The preferred method to submit any requested information is by email sent to medadmissions@downstate.edu. After the additional information is received, the Admissions Committee will re-review your application.

If you are asked to submit an additional letter of recommendation from a faculty member, the letter should be submitted by AMCAS letters and you or the faculty member should notify us by email at medadmissions@downstate.edu when it has been submitted to AMCAS letters.

Make certain you include your name and AAMC ID on any items that are submitted. If you have been asked to submit a fall grade report, it is not necessary to send an official transcript but make certain that the fall grade report includes course number, department abbreviation or name, the title of the course (not just a course number), the number of credit hours, and grade received. If your grade report does not provide this information, include a statement from you, which explains the abbreviations on your grade report.

Interviews and the Interview Day

Interviews are scheduled beginning after Labor Day and continue into the first half of the spring semester. We schedule interviews Mondays–Thursdays. If you are invited for an interview, and wish to stay overnight in the residence hall, this is an option. Interview invitations are sent by email.

A tour, conducted by currently enrolled medical students and a lunch with students is part of the interview day. We are unable to accommodate requests to attend classes on the day of the interview. However, accepted applicants may return for a second visit to the campus through the “Shadow-a-Student Program.” This permits you to attend classes with a student, and to have an extended tour of the residence halls, educational, and student life facilities. The Shadow-a-Student Program is available January–May.

Following your interview, it may take as long as 4–6 weeks before you will be notified of your status post-interview. You will be notified of your admissions status by email.