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50 - The "TMDSAS Task Force" Answers Your Most Commonly Asked Questions

Welcome to episode 50 of the TMDSAS Podcast! Thanks to y'all as we reach this milestone - we're excited for the next 50+ episodes!

On this episode, we sit down with the "TMDSAS Task Force" comprised of:

  • Nichole Castillo, Academic Evaluator
  • Brendan Tyler, Application Support Specialist
  • Cherry Gonzales, Operations Specialist

The group answers commonly asked questions regarding coursework, technical issues, and supporting documents. Here are the timestamps for when we discuss each topic:

Coursework Questions

  • Entering AP Credit (3:48)
  • Entering Dual Credit (6:48)
  • Semester vs. Quarter Hours (7:58)
  • Whether a course was "Last Time Taken" (10:02)

Technical Questions

  • Making Changes after Submitting (12:41)
  • FERPA Regulations (15:19)
  • Why It's Important to Save Often (16:25)
  • Copying and Pasting into the Application (17:10)
  • Downloading a PDF of the Full Application (18:51)
  • Accessing and Using the PCR (19:27)
  • Issues with the Chronology (21:07)
  • Current vs. Planned Activities (22:08)
  • Don't Open Multiple Tabs/Windows (25:09)

Supporting Documents Questions

  • Supporting Docs Defined (25:56)
  • Supporting Document Processing Times (26:20)
  • Tracking Your Documents (27:09)
  • Documents Needed for Transmitting to Schools (27:49)
  • Documents Needed for Interview Invites (28:21)
  • Planning Your Transcripts Timeline (28:41)
  • Electronic Transcripts (30:42)
  • Foreign Transcripts (33:15)
  • Contacting TMDSAS (34:43)

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About the author: The Texas Health Education Service amplifies TMDSAS and JAMP’s missions to serve students, collegiate advisors, and professional schools in Texas by providing students with accurate educational resources to enhance their preparation for a career in the health professions, and supporting efforts by advisors and professional schools to reach students and enrich the applicant pool.

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About the author: The Texas Medical and 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.

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