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BioMedCAS Program User Guide

This guide provides you with documentation, reference guides, and direct links that answer common admissions questions about the BioMedCAS Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT. It also contains resources that may help you work more efficiently throughout your admissions process. If you have additional questions or need further assistance, please contact your Account Manager and Client Success Manager.

Cycle Timeframes

Applicant Portal

The Applicant Portal opens in mid-July and closes in mid-August. You can view the specific cycle dates, including final processing dates (e.g., last date to submit transcripts, last date to request letters of recommendation, etc.), on the BioMedCAS Application Cycle Dates page.

Configuration Portal

Between late April and mid-June, configurations are entered in the prelaunch environment. The Account Manager and Client Success Manager review submitted configurations in June.

WebAdMIT

You can view new applicants and initiate a transfer settings shortly after the new cycle opens in mid-July.

Program Participation Requirements

Liaison requires all programs to designate two contacts at your institution who will receive all communication from BioMedCAS, including the configuration, application, and WebAdMIT launch notifications.

Applicant Portal

The first three sections of the BioMedCAS application (i.e., Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information) compose the core application. They contain questions that are commonly asked of applicants across all participating programs, such as an applicant's biographic information, standardized test scores, and experiences. The fourth section of the application is Program Materials, which is customized by you through the Configuration Portal (discussed in the next section).

You can access the BioMedCAS application and BioMedCAS Applicant Help Center to review the applicant experience. You can also create a test application in the Applicant Portal; we recommend creating a new account and adding "test" to your name (e.g., TestJohn TestDoe).

For a general overview of the applicant experience, review the following documents:

You can direct any applicant inquiries related to the application to BioMedCAS Customer Service.

Configuration Portal

Use the Configuration Portal Quick Start Guide to make sure you configure your program(s) efficiently and completely in the prelaunch environment. Be sure to check out your CAS's configuration options and review the best practices found throughout. If any optional sections of the application are required for your program (e.g., experiences, test scores, etc.), you'll want to note this on your program home page.

Once you've configured your program, you'll need to have it approved by the Account Manager and Client Success Manager before it is available to applicants.

Review the Program Transcript and Coursework Requirements and Application Statuses table below to learn how your transcript and coursework requirements affect the applicant's Application Status and the GPAs provided to you.

Program Transcript and Coursework Requirements and Application Statuses

This table is from the BioMedCAS Applicant Help Center. All links below will redirect you to that help center.

If your program requires...

(Note: see the Colleges AttendedTranscript Entry sections for more information on transcript and coursework requirements.)

...then WebAdMIT does the following with GPAs...

... and your application's final status is... 

Official Transcripts + Full Coursework Entry

Calculates three GPAs and makes them available to your programs:

Verified

Official Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.

Verified

Official Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.

Verified

Unofficial Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 

Complete 

Unofficial Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 

Complete 

No Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 

Complete 

WebAdMIT

Review the WebAdMIT Manual for any questions related to working in WebAdMIT. The Documentation and Reference Guides and WebAdMIT Training and Support sections are additional resources as you configure WebAdMIT for your needs. Documents commonly requested include:

The Release Notes feature new enhancements in the Applicant Portal, Configuration Portal, and WebAdMIT, in addition to upcoming training opportunities.

For any questions, contact the Client Support Specialist Team.

Cycle Enhancements

2021-2022

The table below contains enhancements for BioMedCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Personal Information – Biographic Information

New Gender Identity and Pronoun questions were added.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Submit Application

Since programs decide their coursework requirements, applicants can now submit to programs that don’t require coursework regardless of the other programs in their cart.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Kira Talent Assessment

Kira Talent offers on-demand, timed video and timed written assignments that can be combined with the standard admissions process. You can link your Kira assessment to your program in the application by selecting Kira Assessment.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Question Rules

You can choose to request or require a document upload based on an applicant’s response to an Extended Profile or program-level question using the Show Document Question Rule.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Letters by Liaison

Account

Evaluators can now submit their evaluations as a guest, without creating a Letters by Liaison account. Guest users can create an account at any time while working in Letters by Liaison, and evaluators who already have an account can also complete an evaluation as a guest.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Applicant Details Page

You can now view which applicants reapplied from a previous cycle in WebAdMIT. There are two fields to track this information and both populate as Yes or No:

  • Applicant Previously Applied to CAS
  • Applicant Previously Applied to Organization

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

2020-2021

The table below contains enhancements for BioMedCAS for the cycle timeframes noted at the top of this page. Note that some sections have multiple enhancements. If an action is required by participating programs to use the enhancement, click the links under Enhancement Details to learn more. Additional enhancements may have been automatically released; review the Release Notes to learn more.

Portal

Section

Enhancement Details

Implementation

Availability

Applicant Portal

Academic History – Colleges Attended

The workflow for entering colleges has been improved. Enhancements include:

  • The option to employ an e-transcript vendor from within the application (e.g., Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, or Credential Solutions, where applicable)
  • An improved process for uploading and previewing unofficial transcripts
  • Enhanced display of requirements

Additionally, the instructions are updated to better assist applicants.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Add Program Page

Applicants can skip the Add Program page after creating their account.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Applicant Portal

Submit Application Page

The Submit Application page lists the term on each program’s tile. Previously, applicants needed to click the additional information icon to view the program’s term.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Organization Details

You can offer applicants a deep link to the application's Add Program page with your programs pre-filtered. This allows applicants to quickly access your programs without needing to set their own filters. If an applicant has not yet created an account, the deep link will first instruct them to create an account, and then will take them to the pre-filtered Add Program page.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

Configuration Portal

Question Rules

When applicants select a program and answer a program-specific or Extended Profile question, their deadline date can update based on the program’s configurations. If an applicant selects an answer that offers multiple deadlines, then the deadline that the program selected as highest priority displays. If an applicant’s answer is linked to only expired programs, the applicant receives a warning message, advising them to select an alternate program or to contact their program.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

Configuration Portal

Questions

You can configure both organization- and program-level questions for your programs. This allows you to configure one set of questions that are asked by all programs in that organization for the CAS and cycle, and another set of questions that are asked by individual programs, as needed.

Additionally, if you use organization-level questions, then you can select if applicants can edit their responses to these questions after they've submitted their application.

Finally, when you create a question in the Configuration Portal, you can choose to hide the question in the full application PDF in WebAdMIT. These questions will still display on the Applicant Details page in WebAdMIT and be available in the List Manager and Export Manager.

Action required by participating programs choosing to use this enhancement.

Available now

WebAdMIT

Application Status

The available Application Statuses match the applicant experience:

  • In Progress (full view)
  • Received
  • Complete
  • Verified
  • Undelivered (partial view)
  • Deferred
  • Manual
  • On Hold

Additionally, you can now view an applicant's full application before they submit to your program. Be aware that their information may update before they submit. Review Data Visibility of In Progress Applicants for more information and best practices.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

WebAdMIT

Report Manager

A new Applicant-based report is available: Local Status History. This report includes the applicant’s:

  • CAS ID
  • Name
  • Designation
  • Designation WebAdMIT Label
  • Local Status
  • Local Status Changed Date
  • Local Status Changed By
  • Decision Code
  • Decision Code Changed Date
  • Decision Code Changed By

Every Local Status change for an applicant is listed on one row. If an applicant has multiple Local Status changes, the report will include multiple rows with this information. This information can still be accessed under the History panel on the Applicant Details page.

No action required by participating programs to use this enhancement.

Available at cycle launch

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