July 26, 2019
Jason D’Antonio, director of the Health Professions Program and Biological Sciences assistant teaching professor, was appointed to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) Advisory Committee.
AMCAS is a centralized application processing service for students applying to allopathic medical schools in the United States and is coordinated by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The Advisory Committee is responsible for ensuring AMCAS is responsive to the needs of the medical school admissions community and applicants while aligning with the mission and vision of the AAMC. The Advisory Committee consists of 12 members: 10 medical school admissions members and two pre-health advisors.
As a member of the committee, D’Antonio traveled to Washington, D.C., in early July to meet with medical school admissions counselors and AMCAS leadership to discuss improvements to the current application process and to assess the reception of the new Choose Your Medical School tool. The online tool was designed to enhance communication between applicants and schools and to help accelerate applicants’ decision to commit to their chosen school. He will also head to Phoenix, Arizona, in November to attend the AAMC Learn Serve Lead annual meeting to follow up on the goals and initiatives established in Washington, D.C.
Throughout the year, D’Antonio will participate in monthly conference calls with the Advisory Committee to address any issues related to the application process, including improving medical schools’ use of AMCAS, helping applicants interact with AMCAS more effectively and addressing how aspects like diversity or disadvantaged status are being captured and communicated in AMCAS.
“I am really excited to represent Carnegie Mellon and the Northeast region of pre-health advisors on this committee, and I expect it will be an enriching professional experience,” said D’Antonio.