Applying to Texas Medical Schools
What is the TMDSAS?
The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) is the centralized application processing service for applicants to entering classes at all state-supported public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the state of Texas. TMDSAS simplifies the application process for both the applicants and the participating schools. They provide one standardized application, relieving students of the need to complete a separate application for each of the participating schools. TMDSAS serves as an information clearinghouse. It does not influence the schools’ review of the application or their selection of applicants to interview and accept.
Which schools use the TMDSAS?
- Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
- McGovern Medical School
- Sam Houston State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Texas A&M UniversityCollege of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
- The University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School
- The UT Southwestern Medical Center
- The UT Medical Branch at Galveston
- The UT Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine
- University of North Texas – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Texas A&M University College of Dentistry
- UT School of Dentistry at Houston
- UT School of Dentistry at San Antonio
- Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
What do I need to submit?
- Go to the Online Application. TMDSAS will begin to process your application once the online application has been submitted and the following items have been received:
- Application Fee (payable by check or money order only; payment cannot be made online)
- Copy of Visa or Permanent Resident card (if applicable)
- Spring Grades (or Winter grades if on a quarter system)
- Application Fee – The fee is based on whether or not you are a state resident. For residents, the fee is $55 for one school and $10 for each additional school. For out of state residents, the fee is $100 for one school and $10 for each additional school.
- Certification Page – Once you have submitted your online application, print, sign & date the Certification Page from Section 13 of the application and mail it to TMDSAS. The Certification Page should be accompanied by the appropriate application fee and photos. You can only mail these items to TMDSAS after you have submitted your application online.
- Photos – You need to submit one photo for each of the schools you are applying to plus one additional photo for TMDSAS. They should be passport-style, small photos.
- Copy of Visa or Permanent Resident Card (if applicable) – All applicants who are not U.S. citizens or Green Card holders/permanent residents need to provide other documentation. Please visit the TMDSAS application information page for more details.
- Official Transcripts – You must submit transcripts from each school where you did coursework, even if the credits were transferred to your primary institution. These must be official transcripts mailed directly to TMDSAS.
- Letters of Recommendation– Applicants are required to request submission of their Health Professions Committee Evaluation packet to be sent directly to TMDSAS. TMDSAS prefers applicants to submit the Health Professions Advisory Committee packet which, in the case of Johns Hopkins, contains a composite letter along with copies of individual letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. The Health Professions Committee packet is to be sent to TMDSAS and not to the individual schools.
PLEASE NOTE: SINCE JHU USES A COMMITTEE LETTER, JHU APPLICANTS DO NOT SUBMIT A TMDSAS EVALUATION FORM.
- Official DAT/MCAT/GRE Score Report – All admission test score(s) MUST be reported directly to TMDSAS by the testing agency. Scores submitted from your personal score report will not be accepted.
Applicants that plan to take or have taken the MCAT/DAT must release the scores to TMDSAS. Any change to test dates indicated in Section 5 of the application MUST be immediately reported to TMDSAS in writing by email or fax. Failure to do so will cause your application to be incomplete which could affect the review of your application at one or more of the participating schools.
Applicants MUST release their MCAT scores to TMDSAS as soon as they become available to the applicant. This is done by using the MCAT Testing History (THx) System. From the MCAT Testing History System, select [Send All of My Scores], then select [Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service] (4th on the list under [Application Services]). Applicants MUST request that the scores of ALL tests taken be released to TMDSAS.
- Secondary Applications-Secondary applications should be completed near the same time you submit your TMDSAS application.
Any questions relating to a secondary application should be directed to the respective school. Any secondary application required documents and/or fees should be sent directly to the school and NOT to TMDSAS.
Completion of the secondary application is required by the following schools before the TMDSAS application is considered.
- UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas
- Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine
- Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine – deadline – October 1 (at 11:59 PM CT)
- The University of North Texas HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
- Baylor College of Dentistry
- Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine
What are the application deadlines?
October 1: Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine and University of North Texas HSC – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine notify Early Decision Program applicants regarding their admission action
October 15: Medical schools begin extending offers of acceptance to:
- Non-Texas resident applicants
- Special Program (MD/PhD, DO/PhD and MD/MBA) applicants
- Assured Acceptance Program applicants
November 15 – December 31: Pre-match offer period for Texas residents
January 15: Deadline for applicants holding multiple pre-match offers to retain one offer and decline all others. Must be entered online by 11:59 PM CST.
January 15: Submission deadline for match preference rank list. Must be entered online by 11:59 PM CST.
February 1: Match results announced
After February 1: acceptances are offered as openings occur
What do I need to know about the pre-match and match process?
- Prior to the match, medical schools may extend offers of acceptance to Texas residents for a period between November 15 and December 31.
- Applicants may accept offers from more than one medical school during the pre-match offer period without the risk of an offer being withdrawn by a medical school during the pre-match offer period.
- If an applicant receives more than one offer and is absolutely sure that he/she will not attend one of the schools, the applicant, out of courtesy to the school, should release the position so the school can extend the offer to another deserving applicant.
- An applicant may hold multiple pre-match offers from TMDSAS schools until January 15. All but one pre-match offer must be declined by January 15.
- These actions will be submitted online to TMDSAS where they will be monitored to assure compliance with the January 15 deadline.
- The purpose of this action is to monitor multiple acceptances and to establish a date certain so the medical schools may know the remaining number of positions needed to fill their classes through the match process.
- Offers of acceptance should only be considered valid if an acceptance letter is received. Verbal offers of acceptance or ranking are not binding to either the applicant or medical schools.
The Match Process
- The regular match will be conducted on February 1 to confirm the pre-match offers applicants are holding and to fill the remaining slots for the medical schools. Individual match results will be posted on the TMDSAS application at 8:00 AM (CST) February 1.
- To enter your match preferences, you must log in to the application. Once you are logged in, click on the [Update your Match Preferences] button.
- The deadline for applicants to submit their match preferences online is January 15.
- Applicants not holding a pre-match offer will submit a preference list ranking all schools where they interviewed.
- Applicants holding a pre-match offer who have interviewed at school(s) that did not extend an offer may submit a match preference list ranking one or more of those schools higher than the pre-match offer school without risk of losing the pre-match offer.
- Applicants holding a pre-match offer following the Accept/Decline process must submit preferences for all schools listed on the School Preference screen. The same is true for applicants who received only one pre-match offer which they accepted.
- An applicant holding a pre-match offer who matches to a school he/she ranked higher than the pre-match offer school will automatically be withdrawn from the pre-match offer school and all other lower ranked schools. The applicant continues to remain open to be selected by schools he/she ranked higher.
- Following the match, the standard rolling admissions will continue through the beginning of orientation at each medical school.