How to Apply
Applicants to LSU Health Shreveport must complete both the online American Medical College Application (AMCAS) and LSU Health Shreveport secondary applications.
It is the responsibility of each applicant to meet established deadlines and to monitor the status of their AMCAS and LSU Health Shreveport secondary applications. All AMCAS-verified applicants will be given the opportunity to complete our brief secondary application. The Admissions Office intends to send an email to each applicant upon completion of his or her file. Applicants will not be considered for an interview until all required information has been received and their file is complete.
Components of a completed file are as follows:
- Verified AMCAS application
- Letters of Recommendation - now optional
(submitted via AMCAS only)
- Submitted Secondary Application
- Paid application fee or AMCAS fee waiver verification
- Uploaded photo (requested, but not required)
Applicants must complete an application through the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at www.aamc.org. AMCAS is the national application service that processes applications for MD Programs throughout the United States. Through AMCAS, an applicant may apply to most MD programs by completing one application and paying the appropriate fees. AMCAS provides the applicant-selected college with applicant information immediately upon completion of AMCAS transcript verification process.
The AMCAS application period begins in late May and terminates on or before November 15 prior to the year in which the applicant expects to matriculate. The AMCAS Application deadline is the date when students must submit the application, all fees, original transcripts, and associated data to AMCAS.
Letters of Recommendation
Given the likelihood of COVID-related disruptions, Letters of Recommendation for the 2020-2021 cycle will be optional. Nonetheless, be fully aware of their ability to enhance your candidacy. We understand that COVID-related disruptions could well complicate the process of obtaining letters from both your Committee and professors. In your best interest, spare no effort or diligence to have a Committee evaluation uploaded. It is always the most helpful. You should do your best to get letters from professors if a Committee evaluation is delayed or not forthcoming.
While not required, we strongly prefer a letter from your Pre-professional Advisory Committee or its equivalent. If you have a Committee evaluation, you need no others. If your Committee sends a packet of letters without a consensus evaluation, then that packet should contain 3-5 signed, dated letters. If your school does not have a Committee, or should you fail to meet their requirements/deadlines, we advise you to get letters from three individual professors. Science professors are preferred.
In certain circumstances, it may prove impossible to get a Committee letter or letters from 3-5 professors. Realize that letters from writers besides your Committee or professors usually provide limited useful information and therefore impact your competitive standing marginally, if at all.
We use the AMCAS Letters Service exclusively, and the only way to add your support to an applicant’s file is via AMCAS Letters Service. Email, US Mail, hand delivery, FedEx, phone calls, etc., will not work.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate letters are provided to AMCAS. Refer to AMCAS for detailed instructions.
All AMCAS-verified applicants will receive an email containing a link to our brief secondary application. Technical Standards and the LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine Honor Code are included with the Secondary Application. All students must be able to meet our school’s Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation; all applicants are asked (though not required) to attest to their willingness to abide by the school’s Honor Code.
We require a non-refundable application fee of $50, which must be paid online through the AMCAS student portal. Applicants who receive an AMCAS fee waiver are exempt from this fee.
You are encouraged to upload, through the applicant gateway on your AMCAS, a current, appropriate jpeg or PDF image of yourself for identification purposes.
Please be mindful that this is your introduction to the Admissions Committee. Of course, your goal is to project a professional, polished, and mature image.