The second in a four-part series recapping the Office Hour Q&A session "AMA with Applicant Liaison, Breanna Bietz". Part one covers three helpful points of guidance for current and future TMDSAS applicants.
Read about news related to COVID-19 and its impact on the EY 2021 application cycle
Need to Review or Print Your TMDSAS Application?
On behalf of the TMDSAS Staff, welcome! We are excited that you chose us to be part of your journey into healthcare. Our goal at TMDSAS is to make the process as seamless as possible, to guide you each step of the way, to answer each of your questions, and to serve as the bridge that connects you to your future. Below are a few considerations to help us better serve you.
Help us Better Serve You
This year, our world is facing unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a measure of protection for TMDSAS staff, we will conduct our operations remotely for the time being. As a result, some services may be delayed as we adjust to new processes.
To help us out and to ensure the highest level of efficiency for our staff, please consider consulting the TMDSAS website and application handbook before calling the TMDSAS office or utilize our support page for help.
Please remember that transcripts are not required at the time of application unless you are applying to a special program with an expedited timeline. Applicants will be prompted by TMDSAS to send in their transcripts later in the cycle.
Next Steps after Applying
PCR stands for Prescribed Coursework Report. It is a comprehensive list of all your courses that meet the pre-requisite coursework requirements for the dental, medical, or veterinary schools.
- You should use this as a tool to verify you fulfill all course requirements for the schools to which you are applying.
- If courses are not included on your PCR then it was determined that those courses did not satisfy the pre-requisites. (Remember, your PCR only shows courses that are coded as pre-requisites. It does not include courses coded as Other Science, Math, or Non-Science.)
- Please be aware that courses taken Pass/Fall will not appear on the PCR. For more information regarding the pandemic response for Spring 2020 - Spring 2021 coursework, please see here.
- You can see which courses are approved for your institution here.
- Many of the courses that aren’t included on your PCR will count towards the BCPM GPA – these are not exclusive.
Now that your application has been transmitted, we recommend that you look through your PCR to see if there were any unexpected changes to your coursework that may have created a deficiency. You will also have the opportunity to review the GPAs calculated by TMDSAS.
To better understand your PCR and how your coursework is verified, see here:
Letters of Evaluation
Your test dates on your application must be correct or your scores will not download into our system. Test scores can take up to 48 hours to match to your application after they have been released.
*TMDSAS Veterinary schools do not require the GRE for admission to veterinary schools for EY 2022
Transcripts will need to be sent only when requested by TMDSAS.
Please note that transcripts are not required for processing and transmission of applications to participating institutions nor are they required for applicants to receive invitations to interview at participating schools.
When TMDSAS member institutions begin to extend offers of acceptance on October 15, TMDSAS will reach out to admitted applicants to collect transcripts. For veterinary applicants, transcripts will be requested when applicants are interviewed.
What to Expect When TMDSAS Requests Transcripts
- When can you expect transcript requests?
- Why transcripts aren't required for processing/interviews?
- What steps you need to take to prepare for transcript requests?
Make sure to work on your secondary applications! (if applicable)
*Please note that some schools are invite only and may require an initial review of your TMDSAS application before emailing a link to their secondary application.
**Any questions about secondaries should be directed to the individual schools.
CASPer and Altus Suite
Starting in EY2022, some participating schools may require the CASPer, Duet, and/or Snapshot as part of the Altus Suite. These are available for the same cost as the base CASPer exam.
Medical Schools Requiring CASPer
Baylor College of Medicine
All BCM applicants to the Medical School and Medical Scientist Training Program are required to complete an online situational judgment test called CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics). A CASPer score is required in order to be considered for an interview. We do not require Duet or Snapshot.
Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio
- All applicants applying to the Long School of Medicine should complete both the CASPer and Duet assessments via the Altus Suite. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. Duet is a pilot and only strongly encouraged. Applicants will not be penalized if they choose not to complete it.
Sam Houston State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
- All applicants applying to Sam Houston State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (SHSU-COM) should complete the Altus Suite assessments (CASPer, Snapshot, and Duet). CASPer scores are mandatory in order to move forward in the admissions process. Applicants will not be penalized if they do not complete Snapshot and/or Duet, although it is strongly encouraged to complete both.
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
- All applicants applying to the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University are required to complete CASPer and Duet from the Altus Suite as part of their application. The College of Medicine is piloting Duet in 2021 to determine how the additional information will assist us further in our review and selection of applicants.
Texas Tech University HSC School of Medicine
- Applicants to TTUHSC School of Medicine are only required to complete the Casper test.
- Visit TTUHSC SOM website for more info.
Texas Tech University HSC, Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
- All applicants to the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of a current CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility and scores must be received before being considered for an interview.
- CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
- Paul L. Foster School of Medicine will not require Snapshot nor Duet.
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
- All applicants applying to the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston should complete both the CASPer and Duet assessments via the Altus Suite. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility for screening. Duet is a pilot and only strongly encouraged. Applicants will not be penalized if they choose not to complete it.
- October 14, 2021 is the last CASPer test date that UTMB will accept
UT Southwestern Medical School
- This school requires that the Casper score be reported/on file by an applicant’s interview date.
- This school does not require Duet or Snapshot. Applicants are only required to complete Casper from the Altus Suite for application to UT Southwestern Medical School.
- For more information, visit: https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/medical-school/admissions/casper-information.html
McGovern Medical School
- A CASPer test score is required in order to be considered for an interview. This school does not require Duet or Snapshot.
Veterinary Schools Requiring CASPer
Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine
- Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine requires the CASPer situational judgment test for the Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle. The deadline to submit the CASPer is September 23, 8 pm EST.
Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine
- Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine requires the CASPer situational judgment test for the Fall 2022 Admissions Cycle. Deadline to complete is October 14th, 2021. On the last day to submit the CASPer test, all applicants must begin the test by 4:00pm (5:00 EST) and submit by 6:00pm (7:00pm EST).
Keep Your Application Up-To-Date
Promptly Respond to Messages from TMDSAS and Member Institutions
- Check Your Application Internal Messages Regularly
The application’s internal messaging system is the official mode of communication between you and TMDSAS. Our messages will often contain action items that you will need to complete in order for us to process your application.
Update Coursework & Grades
- Applicants must update their coursework and grades after each term completed post-submission of their application.
Report Vital Changes to TMDSAS
- You must notify TMDSAS of all (but not limited to) the following updates to your application:
- Felonies & Misdemeanors
- Disciplinary Action
- Change of Address
- Withdrawing an Application
- Change of Evaluator
- Establishing a Proxy
- Refer to the full list of changes that can be made post-submission.
TMDSAS is the centralized application processing service for applicants to the first-year entering classes at all public medical, dental and veterinary schools in the State of Texas. Read more here.
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