It’s hard to get an exception to submitting your grades. AMCAS, AACOMAS and TMDSAS want to see all the classes you’ve taken — attempts, incompletes, withdrawals and failures. It’s all part of your journey, even if it’s not a part you like very much.
TMDSAS does offer an exception, though. It’s not for everyone, but at least it’s something, right? It’s called the Fresh Start Program. The Fresh Start Program can help you if it’s been more than 10 years since you’ve taken a course. Because of this, your GPA will be way higher for TMDSAS than AMCAS or AACOMAS.
Just keep in mind that this exception is only for applicants who are participating in the Fresh Start Program. If you’re not part of this program, or if you’re applying to Texas and non-Texas medical schools, then you’ll still need to submit those courses to AMCAS and AACOMAS.
Now, AACOMAS used to have a grade replacement system. If you took the same course twice, the better grade would override the old one. But that’s no longer in effect. The Fresh Start Program is the only current exception to submitting old grades.
If you have any issues using our AMCAS, AACOMAS, or TMDSAS GPA calculator, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. International Medical Aid is here to help you through every step of the process.