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 are excited to announce a new, two-day format for the fair:
Tuesday, March 28: Join us from 11am - 4pm ET for live information sessions on topics related to medical school admissions:
11AM – 12PM ET| An Inside Look at How Admissions Committees Review Applications
During this session, an admissions officer, an admissions committee member, and an admissions committee Chair will give attendees a “behind-the-scenes’ look at how they review applications. They’ll discuss what their school looks for in applicants and then review sample application materials live and respond to questions from the audience. The purpose of this session is to give applicants insight into the lifecycle of an application from the time it enters the medical school environment, through the admissions committee discussions, to gain a better understanding of how decisions are made.
12PM – 1PM ET| Watch What Happens Live: Mock Interviews with Real Admissions Officers
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 live mock interviews and hear feedback from current admissions officers.
1PM – 2PM ET| Ready, Set, Test: Tips on Preparing for the AAMC PREview™ Exam
The AAMC PREview™ professional readiness exam is an opportunity to showcase your potential to develop into a well-rounded doctor. Join us to learn more about the PREview exam, preparation materials, and advice on how to prepare.
2PM – 3PM ET | Knowing When, Where and How to Re-Apply
Listen to the expertise of an admissions officer, prehealth advisor, and successful reapplicants as they discuss how to review an unsuccessful application for lessons learned, red flags, or areas of opportunity. They’ll also discuss how to know when you’re ready to apply again, where to apply (same schools, new schools, remove schools), and key strategies to consider when trying to demonstrate your improvement.
3PM – 4PM ET| How to Write an Impactful Personal Statement
The personal statement is a substantial piece of your application: it’s an opportunity to share your ‘why’ for becoming a physician. But how do you write a memorable essay that highlights your strengths, differentiates you, and enhances your application? In this live session admissions officers will answer these questions and others, including:
• What are the common mistakes or misconceptions applicants have about the personal statement?
• What are schools looking for, and how does this essay differ from other secondary application prompts?
• Is there any information applicants should NOT include, such as: disclosure of a disability, ADHD, anxiety and/or depression, or blemishes on their record?
Join us to learn tips for crafting a powerful personal statement and get advice directly from admissions officers.
Wednesday, March 29: Join us from 11am to 8pm ET to chat with representatives from medical schools, associations and student groups.
Participating Medical Schools, Associations, & Programs
Participating Medical Schools By US States and Territories:
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
California University of Science and Medicine-School of Medicine
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science College of Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Stanford University School of Medicine
University of California, Davis, School of Medicine
District of Columbia
Georgetown University School of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida State University College of Medicine
University of Central Florida
University of Florida College of Medicine
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
University of Kansas School of Medicine
University of Kentucky College of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
University of Massachusetts T.H. Chan School of Medicine
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine
Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine
University of Minnesota Medical School
St. Louis University School of Medicine
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine
Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Albany Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
NYU Long Island School of Medicine
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
State University of New York Upstate Medical University Alan and Marlene Norton College of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Ohio State University College of Medicine
The University of Toledo College of Medicine
University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University School 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
University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at TCU
McGovern Medical School at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Texas A&M University School of Medicine
Texas Tech University Health Science Center - Lubbock
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center - Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
The University of Texas at Tyler School of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch John Sealy School of Medicine
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Robert Larner, M.D., College of Medicine at the University of Vermont
Eastern Virginia Medical School
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine
Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Participating Canadian Medical Schools:
University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine
Participating Associations, Application Services and Student Groups:
Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)
Mentoring in Medicine
National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Summer Health Professions Program (SHPEP)
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.