Why you should attend
The AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair enables aspiring applicants and premeds like you to connect with medical schools and admissions experts from around the U.S. and Canada. In addition, you can attend information sessions led by admissions officers, current medical students, and other experts. Registrants will also receive a 15% discount on a one-year or two-year MSAR subscription. (Codes are sent within 2 business days after registration.)
Note: In order to register, you must create a new user name and password. The fair platform is separate from other AAMC applications.
Since 2016, over 80,000 aspiring medical students have attended this free event and interacted with experts, medical students, and admissions officers. Some attendees have been offered interviews based on their conversations during the fair.
Agenda & Information Sessions
This year we will continue to offer a two-day format for the fair. Please note: We understand that many attendees are students or working professionals with busy schedules. Feel free to login and exit the fair as your schedule allows.
Tuesday, October 17: Join us from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET for live information sessions*:
- How to Gauge When You’re Ready to Apply, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm ET
Admissions officers and advisors often say the best time to apply to medical school is when you are ready. But practically speaking, what does that really mean? How do you determine when your application is strong enough, and how do you really know when you’re ready? In this session, admissions representatives will share insights into the components of the application, how their institution uses holistic review, and how to make your application stand out in a highly competitive environment. Speakers will also offer insight into how their admissions model may change due to the recent Supreme Court ruling on the use of race in college admissions.
- Bad at Standardized Tests? Strategies for High Stakes Assessments like MCAT and Beyond, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm ET
Are you a great student but you struggle with anxiety, overthinking or low confidence before high stakes exams? Do you believe you’re simply ‘bad at taking standardized exams,’ and see the MCAT as an obstacle preventing you from becoming a physician?
Dr. Shavonia Wynn, Director of Student Success Programs at the Frist College of Medicine at Belmont University, will explain why tests are structured the way they are, and share strategies to set you up for success on the MCAT as well as the subsequent standardized exams you’ll encounter throughout your medical education and career. Dr. Wynn will share real-world examples from more than a decade of working with premeds and medical students so you, too can put these learning strategies into practice. The session will also feature current medical students who will share their experiences overcoming test taking challenges.
- Watch What Happens Live: Mock Interviews with Real Admissions Officers, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm ET
Although medical schools use interviews as a tool to evaluate applicants, it's also a chance for applicants to evaluate the culture of a medical school and determine which schools are the best fit for them. This session will share tips for preparing for both virtual and in-person interviews, explain how schools use interviews as part of their assessment process, allow participants to view a live mock interview and hear feedback from current admissions officers.
- Money Management, Budgeting, and Scholarships – Making a Difference in Medical School Indebtedness, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET
Many medical students (71%) borrow student loans to finance medical school. Knowing how to borrow strategically, utilizing your school’s cost of attendance, setting a manageable budget, and applying for scholarships can have a positive impact on total indebtedness and loan repayment. Join this presentation to learn about the AAMC FIRST program and resources to help you make wise borrowing and budgeting decisions so that you will ultimately be able to repay your student loan debt responsibly.
Since this presentation will focus on budgeting and scholarships, it may be helpful for attendees to review this financing a medical education recorded webinar prior to attending the live session.
- Demystifying Combined Degree Programs – BS/MD, MD/MPH, MD/PhD, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET
The popularity of dual-degree medical programs has risen over the past few years to accommodate medical students who seek to gain unique clinical perspectives. This session will help you decide whether a dual-degree program is right for you. Although every dual-degree program is different, we will cover the basics of the common dual-degrees programs and offer some considerations to help you decide. Hear insights from medical school representatives and current students enrolled in combined degree programs.
*Session titles, descriptions and times are subject to change. All sessions will be recorded and available to watch on-demand approximately 24 hours after the live presentation.
Wednesday, October 18: Join us from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET to chat with representatives from medical schools, associations and student groups.
Participating Medical Schools, Associations, & Programs
Exhibitors by State:
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
California University of Science and Medicine
Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
District of Columbia
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences The Pritzker School of Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan School of Medicine
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Donald & Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
NYU Grossman Long Island School of Medicine
State University of New York Upstate Medical University Alan and Marlene Norton College of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Wake Forest School of Medicine of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Ponce Health Sciences University School of Medicine
San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at TCU
Baylor College of Medicine
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (el Paso)
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
University of Texas School of Medicine San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long SOM
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Southwestern Medical School
UT Tyler Health Science Center
Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Washington State University Elson School of Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Application Services, Associations and Student Groups
Asian Pacific American Medical Association (APAMSA)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS)
HOSA Future Health Professionals
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
Mentoring in Medicine
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)
Texas Medical & Dental Schools Application Services (TMDSAS)
Virtual Fair FAQ’s
- Research the schools you’re interested in by checking out their website or viewing their profile in the Medical School Admissions Requirements™ (MSAR®) database.
- Test your connection. We recommend using a computer or tablet over a smartphone, but the site is mobile-friendly.
- Send the registration link to any premeds, applicants or advisors who may also be interested in attending.
- Sign in with the email address you used to register.
- Every interaction with medical schools can leave an impression. Remember to act professionally and respectfully. For instance, rather than address school representatives by their first name, begin with “Dr. Jones” or “Ms. Smith.”
- Save content in your own personal digital “Swag Bag” so you can access it later.
- You can revisit the fair for 30 days past the live day to view all booth content, public chats, and any information sessions you may have missed.
- Follow up with any medical school or association representatives if you have additional questions.
- Use the social media links in the booths to follow schools you’re interested in.
- How does your school’s mission influence your admissions process/curriculum/where graduates practice?
- Can you tell me more about [name of program]?
- What opportunities does your school have for research/volunteer work/work in the community?
- Ask questions that show you’ve done your research and already know basic information about the medical school. Don’t ask questions that can easily be answered by viewing MSAR profiles or their website.