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The Benefits of the New Application Submission Timeline


Beginning this May, TMDSAS will be implementing a delayed submission timeline for the application. The Entry Year 2022 Application will open Monday, May 3rd, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. CST, and applicants will not be able to submit their applications until 8:00 a.m. CST Monday, May 17th, 2021. This is a significant change from previous cycles. So, you may wonder… why is TMDSAS making this change and why is this beneficial for me?

  • You’ll have two full weeks to work through the entirety of the application AND take the time to review your work before submitting. 
  • There’s plenty of time to compile all the details and documents needed to complete your application without feeling rushed to submit.
  • Thoroughly reviewing your application will help you avoid making or missing common mistakes and errors prior to submitting. Remember, most sections of the application cannot be changed post-submission! 
  • No need to stress if you’re waiting for spring grades to come out, since this extra stretch of time helps to ensure you get them entered (satisfying the Applicant User Agreement rules) before you are allowed to submit.

Benefits for pre-health advisors: 

  • Advisors will have more time to compile documents their applicants may need, such as letters of evaluation or committee packets.

Benefits for TMDSAS member institutions: 

  • The schools you’re applying to will have more time to finalize the previous entry year so that they can begin to review new applications. 

Benefits for TMDSAS: 

  • This time will be focused on providing you with additional support. If you have questions about filling out the application or are experiencing any technical issues, we’ll be here to help you!
So instead of fretting over the immediate submission of the TMDSAS application, take this extra time as an opportunity to get to know the application better, to update your calendars with the new Entry Year 2022 Timeline, to read through the Application Handbook, to check-in with your pre-health advisor, and to take a big breath in and out as you begin the next step of your journey. 

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About the author: Desiree M. McDonald is an applicant liaison and resource development specialist at TMDSAS. She contributes to the development of resources for applicants and serves as a curator of the TMDSAS website. Additionally, she contributes to the maintenance of the application program. Desiree works with the TMDSAS team to educate, prepare, and support applicants prior to the start of the application cycle and processes applications throughout the duration of the cycle. She participates in various outreach efforts, including on-campus or virtual workshops and applicant webinars. Desiree holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Texas at Austin.

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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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