2020 Medical School Application Changes Tracker

We have been closely following reports on the recent COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation and how it will affect the 2020 medical school application cycle. Medical schools have altered their applications, schedules, and dates due to COVID-19.

This page will be updated regularly to reflect the newest updates from every medical school, the AMCAS, TMDSAS and AACOMAS.


MCAT News (as of 4/25/20)

What is breaking news regarding the MCAT exam? Learn more.

AAMC/Pearson

Updated April 24, 2020

To lessen the impact of MCAT cancellations due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and provide testing to as many examinees as possible who want to test in 2020 during the pandemic, the AAMC is temporarily shortening the MCAT exam and offering multiple administrations per test date. A shortened version of the MCAT exam will only be administered from May 29 through the end of the 2020 testing year.

The exam time will be reduced from a total “seated” time of 7 hours and 30 minutes to 5 hours and 45 minutes. Some of the field test questions in each section have been removed, and some administrative items, such as the tutorial and the end-of-day survey, have been reduced or removed to shorten the length of the exam.

The exam will not be easier or harder than the full-length exam. In each test section, examinees are still responsible for knowing all of the same concepts and skills tested on the full-length exam.

There is no change to scores. Examinees will receive five scores from the shortened version of the exam: one from each of the four sections and one combined total score, just like examinees who took the full-length test. Please see our webpage on how the exam is scored  for more information.

We encourage you to use the “Practice with Exam Features” interactive tool in the free resources section of the MCAT Prep Hub to familiarize yourself with the exam’s functionality before test day in lieu of the tutorial.

Below is the new test day schedule. Exams will be administered three times a day at test centers to accommodate the immediate need for increased testing capacity and flexibility as the pandemic unfolds.  Standard start times will be 6:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 6:00 p.m. each day. There may be some variations by test center. More information about start times, including start times for examinees who currently have 8:00 a.m. appointments, will be provided prior to registration opening. .

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Application Opening Dates (as of 5/05/20)

Have med school application dates changed? What are they now? Find out!

AMCAS

Updated: April 20, 2020

Attention: 2021 AMCAS Cycle Update

The AAMC has been working closely with the medical school admissions and pre-health advisor communities to consider the impacts on applicants due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Medical schools are aware of the many challenges applicants are facing and understand the need to be flexible in their admissions approach.

At this time, we intend to open the AMCAS application as planned on May 4, and delay transmitting AMCAS applicant data to medical schools by two weeks. This transmission delay – moving from June 26 to July 10 – will give applicants additional time to complete their applications during this rapidly changing situation due to COVID-19. We do not expect this two-week delay to impact AMCAS operations, including application processing and verification.

AACOMAS
AACOMAS will open on May 5, 2020. AACOMAS has an COVID-19 update page here: https://choosedo.org/coronavirus/covid-19-aacomas-application-updates-and-faqs/
TMDSAS
To further support applicants during this time, TMDSAS has elected to extend the application deadline to October 30th, 2020.

The deadline will remain September 15th for Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.

The deadline for test scores and letters of evaluation has been extended to November 13th, 2020

TMDSAS member institutions have agreed to accept all courses graded as pass/fail as equivalent to graded courses during the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically the spring 2020 academic term (including winter 2020 quarter term). Member institutions will continue to review candidates utilizing a holistic, individualized review process, considering candidates based on the totality of their academic career.

All prerequisite courses that were transitioned to an online format in the spring 2020 (including winter 2020 quarter term) and summer 2020 academic terms will be applied towards the education requirements for all TMDSAS member institutions.


School Listing (Schools will be added as updates are available)

Many schools are currently reviewing their policies towards extracurriculars, coursework, the MCAT and application deadlines to accommodate the needs of pre-med students. Our goal is to consolidate that information here for you as best we can. We know this is a difficult time for many applicants, as well as our world as a whole. At ProspectiveDoctor, we want to make the process a bit easier for you.

If you have any updates, email us at pdr@medschoolcoach.com.

Pass/Fail Grades– TUSOM will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of numerous other aspects of the application. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.

Online Coursework and Labs- Per usual procedures, TUSOM will accept online coursework and labs.

MCAT Tests– If the exam is taken in June, your application will not be impacted. TUSOM and all other medical schools will not receive applications from AMCAS until July 10. If your test date was cancelled and you plan on taking the exam after the June dates, TUSOM will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations and you will receive a secondary application as everyone who applies to TUSOM receives a secondary application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Letters of Evaluation– TUSOM accepts three letters of recommendation or a committee letter. If a committee letter is not available during this time, applicants will be able to submit three individual letters of recommendation. Application Deadlines- The AMCAS applications are being sent to schools on July 10 (two weeks later than originally planned). At this time, TUSOM does not have any plans on changing their application deadlines.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process, all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020
semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also
understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct a complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
canceled due to COVID-19, your application review at AMC will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully
complete including MCAT score and supplemental application by December 15th.

If a student has an online course (including labs, but only if during the COVID-19 virus in the spring of 2020) on his or her transcript, he or she should seek guidance from his or her advisor to ensure that the option meets the above guidelines as well as the rigorous academic standard required by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. nIn our experience, the above Knowledge Competencies are most successfully attained by applicants who have had a minimum of three years of study toward a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada as well as 40 credit hours of science and mathematics, including advanced biology courses for which letter grades are available (not Pass/Fail, unless college policy), or, unless the college, university or post-bac program suspended grades for the COVID-19 virus, and a statement confirming is submitted via the AMCAS Letter Writer by the Pre-Medical Advisor or the applicant’s individual advisor), 40 credit hours of humanities and social sciences, and substantial experience in clinical, community, and/or research activities (as described above). Students who complete their science course work in a post-baccalaureate program must have completed at least 30 credit hours in a U.S.-chartered college or university whose grades can be reported and verified by AMCAS.

Offers Virtual Interviews – not specified
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter from a DO or MD required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – unspecified
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – YesnWilling to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – not specified
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

• Pass/Fail Coursework – BCM will accept pass/fail grading for prerequisites courses taken in
Spring 2020 semester.
• Online Coursework and Labs – For prerequisite coursework, BCM permits online prerequisite
coursework and labs are not required
for Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.

https://www.bcm.edu/education/schools/medical-school/md-program/admissions/
requirementshttps://www.bcm.edu/education/schools/medical-school/md-program/admissions/
important-dateshttps://www.bcm.edu/education/schools/medical-school/md-program/
admissions/faqs

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
The Boston University School of Medicine understands that the COVID-19 public health crisis
has impacted different facets of each applicant’s file. The Admissions Committee will be
flexible in evaluating the timing of MCAT tests, the number of P/F grades in Spring 2020, the
abrupt discontinuation of some activities in Spring 2020 and other elements impacted by the
current pandemic. The Admissions Committee evaluates each application holistically and will
continue to maintain rigorous holistic review. We will base our interview decisions on a holistic
review of the entire application; however a final admissions decision will not be made without
an MCAT score on file. The BUSM supplemental application will be sent to all applicants who
express interest after completing the AMCAS application, and should be submitted as early as
possible, even if an MCAT test or score is not currently available. Using holistic review, we
will continue to evaluate each application individually for core competencies desired in
medicine and that align with the mission of BUSM.

Applicants are expected to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university that
is located in and accredited in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants who have not graduated from
an accredited U.S. or Canadian institution, but who completed a minimum of two (2) years in
such an institution, including all of the prerequisites, may be considered to be eligible and
should bring the details of their record to the attention of the Committee on Admissions.
Applicants currently enrolled in a professional or graduate school program must be in the
terminal year of the degree program to be considered for admission to the first year class and
all applicants are expected to complete any academic program in which they are enrolled at
any time during the application process.
Individuals who have previously matriculated at another medical school are not eligible to
apply.

Application Process

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.
We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020
semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also
understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.
As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at AAMC will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes, but only if required by institution (coursework may not have been taken as pass/fail
voluntarily)
Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes, but only if required by the undergraduate institution

Offers Virtual Interviews – not specified
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter from a DO or MD Required
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but only for 2020 coursework
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

http://medicine.cnsu.edu/students-com/admissions/admission-steps

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
CNUCOM is aware that many of you are facing numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19
pandemic. In response to the challenges our applicants are facing with online coursework, we
are exercising flexibility with distance learning coursework taken during this time. Distancelearning Science coursework and lab work with pass/fail grades will be taken into
consideration for fulfillment of prerequisites, case by case. CNUCOM will continue to conduct
a complete holistic review of your application, and will consider MCAT scores as soon as they
are received. Primary and secondary application deadlines will remain the same with room for
flexibility of extensions for the secondary application, upon submission of a request. For
further information regarding any of the above please email comadmissions@cnsu.edu

Please see more information about California University of Science and Medicine – School of
Medicine and about our response to the COVID-19 pandemic on our website:
https://www.cusm.org/school-of-medicine/admissions/welcome.php
https://www.cusm.org/about/message-from-the-president(COVID19).php
https://www.cusm.org/school-of-medicine/admissions/policies.php
Early Decision Program Information:
¿ August 1, 2020: Primary AMCAS application and transcripts must be submitted to AMCAS.
¿ August 24, 2020: CUSM-SOM Admissions Office must receive an applicant’s official MCAT
score(s) by 5 p.m. PST for a Secondary
¿ Application Invitation for the Early Decision Program to be considered.
¿ August 31, 2020: All Secondary Application components must be submitted by 5 p.m. PST.
¿ August 25, 2020: Interviews begin.
¿ September 24, 2020: Interviews end.

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, but only during affected times of social distancing
Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Letter strongly recommended
Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes
Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Undecided at this time, but probably yes
Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes
Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Undecided at this time, but probably no
Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes
Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

• Pass/Fail Coursework – Because Carle Illinois uses a holistic review process, one
component (such as P/NP grading) of the application doesn’t unduly influence the overall
review of the application.
• Online Coursework and Labs – Carle Illinois College of Medicine has always accepted online
work.
• MCAT – Carle Illinois has extended the deadline to RECEIVE MCAT scores to Dec 31, 2020.

An up-to-date listing of admission requirements is available on our website: https://
medicine.illinois.edu/admissions/before-you-apply/

Education
-Applicants must have graduated from an accredited college or university prior to
matriculation. No single major is preferred.
-All applicants are required to have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or other terminal
degree from a U.S. or Canadian accredited college or university prior to matriculation in the
MD program.

Academic Requirements: MCAT and GPA
-Applicants must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) prior to application
consideration.
-Both MCAT and GPA will be used as components in a holistic evaluation of an applicant. For
the MCAT, we require a minimum total score of 498 out of a possible 528 (highest of first two
attempts; average of three or more attempts within the past 5 years). We do not have a
minimum GPA requirement.

Suggested Experience
-Applicants should have strong backgrounds in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, mathematics/
statistics, physics and social sciences as well as strong quantitative skills.
-A competitive applicant who will be more likely to succeed in our curriculum will also have
some experience in:
>computer programming and languages
>coding
>modeling and/or data sciences
>healthcare settings
and will demonstrate:
>strong interpersonal communication
>service
>leadership skills
>Innovation, design, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, or industrial experience
Suggested Courses and Labs
-Competency in the areas listed below will most likely be met through courses taken during
your undergraduate education. However, we recognize that there are alternatives to
undergraduate coursework that may prepare you for our curriculum. These may include, but
are not limited to, overlapping coursework (e.g. substituting Multivariable Calculus with
Physical Chemistry), professional experiences, or certificates. Applicants must demonstrate
competency in at least 9 of 11 competency areas to be eligible to receive a secondary
application. To see how the University of Illinois interprets your prior coursework, please refer
to Transferology or speak to the pre-health advisor from your college/university.

Applicants may demonstrate adequate competence through the following suggested courses
and labs:
-General/Organic Chemistry with Lab (3 semesters)
-Biochemistry (1 semester)
-Biology with Lab (2 semesters)
-Physiology, Systems Biology or Other Advanced Biology Course (1 semester)
-Physics with Lab (2 semesters)
-Humanities/Social Science Course Work
-Calculus (2 semesters)
-Statistics (1 semester)
-Multivariable Calculus (1 semester)
-Differential Equations (1 semester)
-Linear Algebra (1 semester)

Letters of Recommendation
-All applicants must submit letters through the AMCAS letter service; no outside letters or
information will be accepted . Carle Illinois College of Medicine Admissions Committee
requires: 1. A minimum of three individual letters of recommendation and a maximum of four
letters of recommendation. OR 2. A premedical committee report or other composite letter of
recommendation from the applicant’s primary college or university. Regardless of length,
applicants with a committee report or composite letter may optionally submit a single,
additional letter of recommendation.

Citizenship
-Currently, only U.S. citizens or permanent residents will be considered.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (CWRUSOM) is well aware of the disruption in
coursework for many current students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While letter
grades for coursework are still preferred, we understand the difficulty that this may pose for
many, and as such, CWRUSOM will accept Pass/No Pass grading for prerequisite courses
(below) for the winter/spring and summer 2020 semesters. Online laboratory credit will also be
accepted during this time period.

We also recognize the current difficulty with MCAT scheduling, and as such, will be moving
our application review/interview timelines later, in order to accommodate applicants who take
late summer/fall MCATs. We will be accepting MCAT scores that were administered in 2016.

With various stay-at-home orders and other forms of social distancing we are also aware that
many activities such as research, clinical shadowing, service and participation in student
groups have been interrupted. Our application screening team will be taking this into
consideration as they review applications; there will also be additional opportunity in our
secondary application to further describe these interruptions, their impact on you, and to
further detail experiences and competencies that may not otherwise be readily evident.

We know that this is a fluid situation, and will continually be reevaluating our requirements as
future events unfold. Please know that in these unprecedented times, we are committed to
being flexible with the 2020-2021 application cycle.

COVID-related Admissions FAQS, details about our admissions process and protocols can be
found here: https://bit.ly/2CdY3t1

CMU College of Medicine’s recommendation for coursework taken during the Winter/Spring
2020 time frame:

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have offered students
a pass/fail or credit/no credit option. We want all future Central Michigan University College of
Medicine applicants to know that we will allow pass/fail or credit/no credit grades for any
coursework taken during the impacted time frame, including prerequisite coursework. While
we believe that academic coursework is an important component of your preparation for
medical school, we don’t believe that an applicant’s total body of academic preparation should
be negatively impacted by the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.

As we all deal with the changes due to COVID-19, the Admissions Office is open and available to assist you remotely through email, phone calls and virtual appointments.

What are the important 2019-2020 Choose Your Medical School (CYMS) dates for the
Chicago Medical School (CMS)?

April 30, 2020 – Incoming CMS students can begin to indicate “commit to enroll” using the
AMCAS CYMS tool.

July 21, 2020 – All incoming CMS students are required to indicate “commit to enroll” using
the AMCAS CYMS tool. Failure to meet this deadline could result in your offer of admission
being withdrawn by the Student Admissions Committee.

Chicago Medical School – Academic Work and MCAT Test Affected by the COVID-19
Outbreak

Pass/Fail Grades:
CMS will accept pass/no pass grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the
COVID-19 pandemic.

Online Coursework:
CMS will accept online coursework including labs recognized and verified by AMCAS, without
prejudice for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCAT Tests*:
CMS will accept applications for the regular admissions cycle, from candidates who were
unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-19 related test cancellations. For these candidates,
the committee will process without delay, applications that otherwise meet the academic
benchmarks and standards used by the committee. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes
prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before final admissions
decisions for the Class of 2025 will be made. Accordingly, applicants should not delay
applying because an MCAT score is not yet available.

*Early Decision Program:
Candidates for the Early Decision Programs must have complete applications by the August
3rd deadline including MCAT scores. Candidates unable to meet the August 3rd deadline are
welcome to apply as a regular admissions applicants.

Letters of Recommendations:
CMS requires 3 letter of recommendation or a committee letter. Any changes to this
requirement due to COVID-19 related restrictions will be considered on a case by case basis
by the Admissions Committee.

CMS Application Deadlines:
Given that AMCAS is delaying the transmission of AMCAS application data to medical schools
by two weeks (June 26th to July 10th), CMS will move their AMCAS application deadline from
November 1st to November 15th for the 2020 cycle. Should the AAMC make additional
changes to the timeline of deadlines related to COVID-19 pandemic, the committee will reevaluate their deadlines as well at that time.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework: The Admissions Committee at
Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons has voted to accept Pass/
Fail grades for prerequisite courses taken at schools who have decided to go Pass/Fail for the
Spring, Summer and Fall 2020 semesters. We understand some concerns about impact on
GPAs and will take this fully into consideration for future applicants. For students in schools for
which Pass/Fail is optional these semesters, we will consider each student’s situation
individually.

For information regarding policies and the admissions process please visit:
https://www.ps.columbia.edu/education/academic-programs/md-program/admissions/applymd-program

Admission policies and information
**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we all work to move forward, we are aware that many of you have tackled a great many
challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our
response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to a pass/fail
or pass/fail option and in the process have made laboratory components of those courses online. Although we have not previously accepted pre-requisite medical school courses taken online or pass/fail, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites for
the spring 2020 semester. We also understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may
impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at CMSRU will not be negatively impacted
and you will receive a holistic review once your MCAT score is available to us. Our application
deadline is November 15th and our Secondary application deadline is December 15th. *These
dates could be subject to change based on status of Covid-19 Pandemic.

Selection Criteria:
Cooper Medical School of Rowan University (CMSRU) seeks students who demonstrate
academic readiness, who resonate with our mission, and who possess the special personal
attributes required of physicians. More specifically, we are committed to selecting students
who demonstrate a record of academic excellence, the potential to deliver competent and
compassionate care, a passion for lifelong learning, intellectual curiosity, personal and
professional integrity and ethical conduct, inclusivity and tolerance, and community-oriented
service.

Student selection is based on a holistic review of a candidate’s application and is not
influenced by political or financial factors. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must be a
citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America. All applicants are required to
complete a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in the United
States or Canada prior to enrollment in the MD Program. CMSRU welcomes applicants with a
wide-range of academic interests. All majors are welcome to apply to CMSRU, as long as
minimum academic requirements are met.

CMSRU is seeking to recruit a diverse student body that will add value to our school and
contribute to the education of all students. This diversity may include, but is not limited to,
groups under-represented in medicine, first-generation college graduates, current or former
members of the military, students raised in Camden, individuals with unique service or
professional experiences, and those who may be financially disadvantaged.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many colleges and universities have offered students
a pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory option. We are encouraging everyone to still take our
prerequisites courses (Biochemistry, Physiology and Statistics) for a grade but we will be
flexible and look at everyone on a case-by-case basis. We will accept all non-prerequisite
courses as pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://medschool.creighton.edu/future-students/md-program/application-process/admissionsrequirements

Creighton University campus is closed through April 13th and the School of Pharmacy and Health Professions has moved all prospective student visits and candidate admission interviews to a virtual format until May 1. If you have a scheduled interview date, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. We encourage anyone who was planning an in-person visit with us this spring to contact our office to discuss virtual options.

Admissions information listed is for admission into year 1 of the 7 year BS/MD program.
There is no separate admission into the medical school portion.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding MCAT, coursework, and labs:

AMCAS 2021 applicants should apply without regard for having MCAT scores available, as
long as the other elements of their application are ready. The earliest possible submission of
an MCAT score, will greatly facilitate the review of your application.

Pass/Fail Coursework- Given that a majority of undergraduate schools have changed their
grading system for the spring semester of 2020 (and possibly summer session), pass/fail
grades will be accepted in this time period. If you are given the option to take courses for a
letter grade and opt to do so, that we will be considered in the review of your application.

Online Coursework and Labs- As the vast majority of undergraduate institutions have moved
all classwork to online teaching modules, including laboratory courses, the Zucker School of
Medicine will recognize online teaching and coursework for the spring semester and summer
session of 2020.

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The Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell (ZSOM) follows the
Application and Acceptance Protocols and utilizes the Choose Your Medical School Tool
established by the AAMC. Additional school-specific procedures are listed below.

February 19: “Plan to Enroll”* option becomes available for accepted applicants in AMCAS
through the “Choose Your Medical School Tool”

April 15: Accepted applicants must narrow their school selections down to three, as per AAMC
acceptance protocols
April 30:
– National Decision Deadline; if ZSOM is the first choice for an accepted applicant, they must
select Plan to Enroll

– “Commit to Enroll” ** option becomes available in AMCAS, through the “Choose your
Medical School Tool” for accepted applicants who are ready to commit and withdraw all other
applications (including waitlists).

July 1: Accepted applicants must select Commit to Enroll

Appendix:
*Plan to Enroll: On February 19, accepted applicants can begin to select “Plan to Enroll” for
their top medical school choice in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool. Applicants
may hold waitlist positions at other schools and can continue to hold multiple acceptances until
April 30th. We ask that you choose this action as early as possible if our school is your top
choice.
**Commit to Enroll: On April 30, accepted applicants can begin to select “Commit to Enroll”
when they are ready to make their final selection in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School
Tool. This indicates that you have withdrawn all other applications, including waitlist positions
from other schools, and that you are committed to one final acceptance

Please see more information about Drexel College of Medicine and about our response to the
COVID-19 pandemic on our website: https://drexel.edu/medicine/academics/md-program/mdprogram-admissions/

We recognize that applicants will be impacted in complex, diverse, and unique ways during
the COVID-19 crisis. Please remember that Duke uses holistic review of applicants for
fairness and thoughtful review. Duke will be flexible with grading for the Spring, Summer and
Fall 2020 semesters. We will accept letter grades, P/F grades, S/U grades, withdraws, etc.
Whatever decision the applicants make regarding grading during this pandemic will not
negatively impact the application in any way. Duke will require the MCAT test. If the MCAT
test dates are delayed, Duke will accept the scores when they arrive. There are no adverse
consequences if your application is not submitted “early”. Updates and changes during
COVID-19 will be made to the Duke School of Medicine Admissions website at https://
medschool.duke.edu/education/student-services/office-admissions/admissions-faqs.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
https://www.etsu.edu/com/sa/admissions
Pass/Fail Grades – Our school will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are
facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure
for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary
application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.
Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly,
applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

For the 2018-2019 application cycle and forward—Quillen College of Medicine’s Admission
Protocols policy:
All applicants holding acceptance to Quillen are expected to comply fully and professionally
with all AAMC Admissions Protocols and are required to formally indicate their intention of
enrolling at Quillen by selecting the “Commit to Enroll” selection through the AMCAS “Chose
Your Medical School Tool” at a date not later than 21 days prior to the first day of orientation
or other required attendance at Quillen. All will additionally be required to formally notify
Quillen that they are in compliance with this protocol and that they have withdrawn all other
applications, no matter what the status of that application, from all other allopathic, osteopathic
and Texas medical schools for the current year. Those not in timely compliance with this policy
may have their acceptance to Quillen immediately withdrawn and that class position offered to
another applicant.

https://www.etsu.edu/com/sa/admissions/admissionsprotocols.php

***In light of the recent MCAT test date cancellations, EVMS has decided to extend our
deadline an additional year for the 2020-2021 application cycle. We will accept test scores
taken in 2017. Additionally, we will accept pass/fail grades for the spring and summer 2020
semesters.

We have provided this courtesy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As challenges that
impact students continues, if there are any other changes, we will provide updates as needed.

Applicants must have grades of C or better in all required courses. Credits earned through
advanced placement programs or CLEP are acceptable. Applicants may enhance their
chances of acceptance by taking graduate course work in the natural sciences.

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical
program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

 

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes, during a time where social distancing is required only

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Yes, see website

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, but we usually accept only a limited number of courses in the on-line format. We will consider the students who completed this semester on-line differently of course. In the future will continue to evaluate student’s performance in the on-line courses on a one by one student basis, considering the college attended, the history of students from that college in our medical
program, and as they relate to attrition.

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, for Spring 2020 if the university has made that the only option.

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes, but only for spring 2020 coursework

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes, we will offer the secondary without MCAT scores. We will encourage the student to take as soon as possible (offered) to be competitive

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – TBD. We will still encourage students to still apply early even if scores not returned

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – not specified

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle
In this time of uncertainty, we realize that many of you may need to reschedule your MCAT
exams, adjust your course plan, and/or cancel clinical experiences. Some of you – or your
loved ones – will be personally affected by this global pandemic. Our Admissions Committee
assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the
current situation. We will accept pass/fail courses, as well as online courses, toward our
course requirements. In addition, we will accept all 2020 MCAT scores for the 2020-21
application cycle. Please stay safe and healthy.

Applicants are expected to follow the AAMC Application and Acceptance Protocols for
Applicants. Accepted applicants may hold only one acceptance to medical school after April
30. Within 21 days of Orientation (July 1), accepted applicants must select “Commit to Enroll”
for Emory School of Medicine in the AMCAS Choose Your Medical School Tool.

Additionally, accepted applicants must comply with all terms of their acceptance and must
submit all required information, forms, and training required prior to Orientation in July. This
includes a background check, drug screening, and completion of all immunization
requirements. Full details will be shared with accepted applicants.

Our team is working remotely and continues to be accessible via phone and email. We have seen an increase in email volume, so please be patient as we respond as quickly as possible. Our admissions counselors are scheduling 1:1 Skype, FaceTime or Zoom meetings with students, and soon we will offer virtual information sessions. Be sure to follow @FAUadmissions on social media where we will share content to help you get to know FAU and answer questions.

The Admissions Committee at the Florida State University College of Medicine (FSU COM) is
comprised of approximately 60 members and includes faculty from all FSU COM departments,
fourth year medical students, and community physicians.

When considering applicants for admission, the Committee utilizes all appropriate information
including academic, personal, experiential, and demographic data in the selection process.
Personal qualities such as motivation, sensitivity to the needs of others, excellent oral
communication skills, and maturity receive particular attention along with strong academic
credentials. In addition, personal attributes such as compassion and altruism that are, in the
view of the committee, essential to the art of good medical practice are of special interest in
the selection process.

The Committee is especially interested in applicants who have demonstrated through their
lifestyle consistent motivation for service to others. Applicants from underrepresented minority
groups, applicants from rural and inner city backgrounds, women, and non-traditional
applicants are of particular interest.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the FSU SPAP will permit applicants to have up to 2 (two) prerequisite courses outstanding at the time of application for the 2020 cycle which begins May 1, 2020. We are aware of several instances where courses have been cancelled or modified during either the current or summer semester, and we recognize that this may leave some applicants with outstanding coursework. If accepted, outstanding prerequisites must be completed by the end of the Spring 2021 semester in order to matriculate.
We have also extended the deadline for Direct Patient Care Hours. Applicants may apply to the FSU PA Program with outstanding Direct Patient Care Hours with the expectation that the hours will be completed by the end of the Spring 2021 semester.

 

COVID-19 Admissions Information – All required courses and labs administered online as well
as those graded as Pass/Fail or Pass/No Credit as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be
acceptable to meet Netter requirements.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Interviews – Interviews will take place virtually for the entire 2020-21 Admissions Cycle.

Letters of Evaluation – If the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the committee letter writing
process at your school, please know that Geisel’s letters of recommendation policy allows for
individual letters of recommendation to be submitted in lieu of a committee letter. A maximum
of 5 letters of recommendation will be considered.

MCAT – We are continuously monitoring information from the AAMC and Pearson VUE and
understand March, April and almost all May dates for testing were cancelled due to the
COVID-19 pandemic and students were rescheduled. Given the added test dates and plans
to accommodate all applicants and expedite scores, we do not anticipating making any
changes to our MCAT requirement.

Online Coursework and Labs – Because many colleges and universities have moved to online/
virtual formats this spring, summer and fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will
accept online coursework and labs as long as they are from an accredited institution. This
includes prerequisite courses.

Pass/Fail Coursework – Because many colleges and universities have moved to online/virtual
formats this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic and may also be grading courses on a
pass/fail or credit/no credit basis, we want to reassure you that we will accept credit as
reported from your school for spring, summer and fall 2020 courses. This includes prerequisite
courses.

Please find more information at the Geisel School of Medicine website:
https://geiselmed.dartmouth.edu/admissions/applying/how-to-apply/

https://www.geisinger.edu/education/admissions/md-admissions/admission-requirements

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) recognizes that students and their
applications may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we enter the 2021 application
cycle, the Admissions Committee is committed to assisting applicants.
We are aware that many undergraduate and graduate institutions have moved their spring
2020 and summer 2020 courses to an online format. Though we typically do not accept
courses taken in this format, the Admissions Committee has made an exception for these
semesters due to COVID-19. In addition, we will also accept pass/fail grades for the
semesters impacted by COVID-19.
The Admissions Committee is also aware that MCAT testing dates have been cancelled and/
or postponed. The AAMC is providing updates and guidance to medical schools, and we will
continue to monitor the situation as it relates to established deadlines for the 2021 application
cycle. Students are encouraged to apply prior to completion of the MCAT. We have not yet
made any changes to our deadlines as we are waiting on guidance from the AAMC. They
have communicated to us that they are committed to testing every student who wants to sit for
the exam this year. We will know more in the coming months how the pandemic will affect the
admission cycle. In the meantime, please refer to the AAMC website for their updates
regarding the MCAT

For all current Covid-19 related admissions policy information, please visit here: https://
smhs.gwu.edu/academics/md-program/admissions/covid-19-md-admissions

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Please note the following information regarding coursework, interviews, labs and letters of
evaluation:

Coursework – Due to the decision of many institutions to move to an online and/or Pass/Fail
format for the COVID-19 crisis, GUSOM will consider Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit courses,
as well as prerequisites completed online, holistically in the context of the full application. At
institutions where moving to Pass/Fail was optional, course grades on a scale of A-F are
highly preferable, especially for pre-requisite and BCPM courses.

MCAT- for the 2021 application cycle, we will accept MCAT scores for exams taken between
January 2018 and September 2020. If this causes you to submit your application later than
intended, that is acceptable. This does not disadvantage your application in any way. All
applications submitted before the December 15 deadline receive equal consideration. You
may submit your application prior to taking the MCAT. If you have indicated on your
application that you are registered for an upcoming MCAT date, we will not begin reviewing
your application until that score is received.
You may also wait until you receive your score to submit your application, as long as you
submit before December 15.

Letters of Evaluation – no policy changes.

Interviews- interviews will conducted virtually for the 2021 admissions cycle

We request that each of you applying to the SOM submits the following:
AMCAS (Primary) Application
• The SOM participates in the American Medical College Application Service. Accordingly, we
ask that you direct the service to forward your application to the SOM. Before applying, you
should review the admissions requirements of the SOM in order to verify that you will be able
to meet the minimum requirements for admission. If you have questions, please feel free to
contact us.
Secondary Application
• A Secondary Application is required for all. The Secondary Application fee is $80 and must
be submitted with the application (unless waived due to participation in the AMCAS Fee
Assistance Program). This additional application requires brief responses to three questions
designed to gain a better understanding of their motivation to enter healthcare, as well as
short-and long term goals.
Interview
• Once your admissions application is complete it will be reviewed by our Admissions
Committee. If after review the Admissions Committee deems you eligible to be interviewed,
you will receive notification from our office with instructions on how to schedule an interview.
• Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview at SOM. An applicant will not be
considered for an interview before their application is complete (please see the checklist
below). The intent of the interview will be not only for SOM to learn about you, but also for you
to learn about the SOM. The interviewer will strive to make the applicant comfortable asking
questions and gathering information about the SOM. The ultimate goal of the interview will be
to help both the SOM and you decide whether or not they are right for one another.
Committee Decisions
• Offers of admission will be made on a rolling basis by e-mail.
• Accepted applicants must respond within two weeks with their intention to accept or decline
the offer of admission.
• A deposit of $100 will be required to accept the offer; the deposit is refundable on or before
April 30th.
• All offers of admission are conditional upon receiving final transcripts and all other required
information including a satisfactory criminal background check.

Please visit our website for more information regarding our admissions policies:
https://meded.hms.harvard.edu/admissions-policies

Special Notice Regarding Spring/Summer 2020 Grading and MCAT
The Office of the Committee on Admissions at Harvard Medical School (HMS) recognizes that
the process of evaluating pre-requisite coursework has been significantly impacted by the
decision of many undergraduate schools to adopt an online instruction model, given the
realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. While HMS has always assessed such pre-requisites
based on traditional grades given by colleges and universities, we understand that many such
schools are emergently creating policies by which the evaluations for spring and summer
courses during 2020 will be on a pass/fail basis. So that no applicants are disadvantaged as a
result of this unprecedented event, HMS will accept pass/fail grading for spring and summer
coursework during 2020. HMS also appreciates that the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the
cancellation of MCAT testing dates. We encourage candidates who have been affected by this
situation to submit their applications to HMS, knowing that we will accept their MCAT scores at
a later time once the testing sites have reopened. What will not change during this period of
uncertainty will be our continued commitment at HMS to maintain the practice of performing a
thorough, holistic review of each and every application.

https://medicine.howard.edu/admissions

**Response to COVID-19, Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Howard University College of Medicine recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic may have
affected your preparation for the medical school application process. To be flexible, the
following adaptations have been made:

MCAT: Do not delay submitting your application because your MCAT score is not available yet
due to test cancellations. Our MCAT minimum requirement for interview eligibility remains at
494. Secondary applications will be sent after initial review and files will be held for late MCAT
scores.

Pass/Fail Grades: We will accept P/F grades for courses taken during the COVID-19
pandemic. A grade of “pass” is required for the course to be accepted.

Online Courses: We will accept online course work taken at a regionally accredited institution,
including labs taken during the pandemic.

Letters of Recommendation: We will review and consider applicants with only 1 science letter
rather than 2, a committee letter can still substitute for 2 science letters. No change in
maximum of 10 LORs overall.

Activities/Experiences: We recognize that some opportunities have been affected by the
pandemic. A question addressing experiences will be added to our Secondary Application for
students to provide an explanation regarding the impact of COVID-19 on their experiences/
exposure, if applicable.

Deadlines: The primary application deadline has been extended to December 31st, 2020 and
secondary application deadline to January 30th, 2021.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai understands that the COVID-19 public health
crisis has impacted different facets of each applicant’s portfolio. The Admissions Committee
will be flexible in evaluating: the timing of MCAT, the number of P/F grades, the use of on-line
coursework, the abrupt discontinuation of some activities and other elements impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic, starting in Spring 2020. The Admissions Committee evaluates each
application holistically and will continue to maintain rigorous holistic review.

Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and MCAT:

Pass/Fail Coursework – All courses that were required to be taken as P/F will be evaluated in
the context of the entire educational portfolio and can be used to meet our premedical
requirements

Online Coursework and Labs – All courses which were switched to an online platform will be
reviewed in context of the entire educational portfolio and can be used to meet our premedical
requirements

MCAT – Given the cancellation of MCAT examination test dates in March, April and May, we
will accept MCAT scores through October 2020. Delayed MCATs will not be viewed negatively
during our holistic review process. Any MCAT scores taken from April 2015 through
September 2020 will be accepted for the 2021 application cycle. Any pending MCAT scores
must be received before an application is marked complete and reviewed by the Admissions
Committee.

Offers Virtual Interviews – Yes

Letter from DO Physician Requirements – Does not require

Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes

Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements – Yes, labs only for
spring 2020

Accepts Online Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework – Yes

Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score – Yes

 

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle*
IU School of Medicine is committed to supporting applicants during this unprecedented time.
In effort to sustain equitable application review procedures, the school’s holistic review
assessments will remain in place to determine the fitness of applicants’ backgrounds for
medical school admission. P/NP (no pass) or S/F grades will be accepted as meeting
requirements for the spring and summer terms. In addition, applicants have the following
options during the 2021 Admissions Cycle:


• Scheduling an alternate MCAT test date if there are initial test date cancellations. For
updated MCAT information please visit aamc.org.
• Consider enrolling in science course prerequisites scheduled for the fall or later terms rather
than summer, if possible.
• For those who wish to receive a letter grade rather than (S/F or P/NP) should appeal to the
school’s instructors (at their discretion).
• May apply without an MCAT score but are encouraged to include a MCAT test date on the
AMCAS application, if available.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle
Please note the following information regarding coursework and labs:

• Pass/Fail Coursework – We will accept Pass/Fail grade reporting for the Spring 2020
semester.
• Online Coursework and Labs – We will accept online courses for the prerequisites for the
Spring 2020 semester.
• We will revisit our policies as required by the current pandemic.

1. Plan to Enroll:
– Beginning February 19, 2021- Admitted students can select “Plan to Enroll” for their top
medical school choice.
– By April 15, 2021- Applicants holding more than three admission offers should narrow their
offers of acceptance to three schools designated as “Plan to Enroll”, with no limit on alternatelist offers.
2. Commit to Enroll
– April 30, 2021- “Commit to Enroll” becomes available to applicants in the AMCAS tool. “Plan
to Enroll” also remains available in the AMCAS tool.
– “Commit to Enroll” indicates that you have made your final selection and have withdrawn all
other applications. (Note: This does not automatically withdraw applicants from other medical
schools: you must do this through the AMCAS tool).
3. You must select “Commit to Enroll” for Johns Hopkins by July 20, 2021. You must also
withdraw all other applications by that date.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Pass/Fail Grades: Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine will accept Pass/
Fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken by applicants during the COVID-19
pandemic. It has always been the school’s practice to consider grades in the context of
numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a
unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we understand that some
undergraduate schools are allowing students to take courses either for a grade or on a Pass/
Fail basis. Applicants should not feel pressured by the school of medicine to choose the
graded option; students and their families are facing many challenges at this time, and the
pressure for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests: The school of medicine will accept applications from individuals unable to take
the MCAT due to test cancellations related to the COVID-19 outbreak. For these candidates,
we will base secondary application decisions on the information that is available to us at the
time of the application. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require
applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of
2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not
yet available.

Please see the program’s website at https://keck.usc.edu/education/md-program/admissions/

Please also review the following Joint Statement from the Admissions Deans of California
Medical Schools Regarding Academic Work and MCAT Tests that are Affected by the
COVID-19 Outbreak:

The purpose of this message is to address concerns from prospective applicants who are
experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants for the upcoming application cycle can count on our common commitment to the
following principles:

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are
facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure
for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary
application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.
Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly,
applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Yes Does not require Yes Yes, but will be reviewed on a case- by-case basis Yes Yes Yes Yes
Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine –
Bradenton
Yes Does not require Yes Yes, but will be reviewed on a case-
by-case basis
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes Yes Yes No No No No

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following policy exceptions given at this time:
Pass/Fail coursework – We will accept pass/fail grades.
Online coursework – We will accept online coursework.
Labs – We will be flexible when reviewing applications for labs.
Letters of evaluation – While a committee letter or packet are preferred, applicants may submit
a minimum of three letters and maximum of six letters (see https://medicine.llu.edu/
admissions/medical-school-admissions/admission-requirements-and-application-process for
details).
MCAT – We will accept applications without an MCAT score. An invitation to submit our
secondary application is automatically sent to everyone who applies. Until further notice, we
will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the
2021 application cycle. Additionally, MCAT scores from 2017 will be accepted.

For admission, applicants are expected to obtain a baccalaureate degree from an accredited
institution of higher education in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation. The
degree can be in any field of study with the recommendation that the applicant advance
beyond the basic courses of the chosen field. No major field is given preference. A curriculum
that includes the study of humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences is recommended
to provide a solid preparation for the MCAT, medical school, and the future role as a
physician

For more information regarding LSUHSC School of Medicine’s policy changes due to
COVID-19, please click this link and then the “COVID FAQ 2021” button on the left side bar to
download our FAQ PDF: https://www.medschool.lsuhsc.edu/admissions/

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process, all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020
semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also
understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review will not be negatively impacted. You will
have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic review
once your MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully complete
including MCAT score and supplemental application by December 15th.

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

https://www.lsuhs.edu/our-schools/school-of-medicine/admissions

The Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM) seeks to recruit and enroll
students in full alignment with our Jesuit values: care for the whole person, education in the
service of social justice, and reverence & respect for community. We seek academically
prepared candidates with significant and sustained:
* service and community engagement
* academic preparation, achievement and curiosity
* leadership and inspiration/agency for change
* commitment and personal ethic for social justice & service, specifically to the underserved

SSOM carefully reviews criminal histories, institutional actions and behavioral records
submitted by applicants through the AMCAS application, supplemental application, securely
transmitted letters of recommendation, and matters of public record.

SSOM requires all applicants applying consecutively for a third time (or more) to petition the
Admissions Office for consideration of their new application. For the purposes of this policy, an
application is defined as a verified application submitted through AMCAS and sent to SSOM
via AMCAS in three or more consecutive cycles. Petitions are considered only when
candidates upload the document through the SSOM applicant portal (no other petitions will be
accepted). Please title the uploaded document ‘Petition for Admissions’ when providing this
information to the committee through your portal access.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle** Please note the following
information regarding coursework, interviews, labs and letters of evaluation:
• Coursework – Due to the decision of many institutions to move to an online and/or Pass/Fail
format during the COVID-19 crisis, SSOM will consider Pass/Fail courses, as well as
prerequisites completed online, holistically in the context of the full application, for candidate
coursework starting in the Spring of 2020. At institutions where moving to Pass/Fail was
optional, course grades assessments in the A-C range are highly preferable, especially for
pre-requisite and BCPM courses.
• MCAT- During the 2021 application cycle, we will accept MCAT scores for exams taken
between January 2018 and September 2020. Canceled test administrations may cause you to
submit your application later than intended. If AMCAS provides testing beyond September
2020, we will consider these test scores as long as they fall within the 2020 calendar year.
This does not disadvantage your consideration within our process. All applications submitted
before the December 11, 2020 deadline receive full consideration. As in previous cycles, you
may submit your primary and secondary applications prior to taking the MCAT. If you have
indicated on your primary application that you are registered for an upcoming MCAT date in
2020, review of your application will not begin until the most recent MCAT score is received.
Alternatively, you may also wait until you receive your score before submitting your
application, as long as you submit before December 11, 2020.
• Letters of Evaluation – no policy changes.
• Interviews – All candidate interviews will conducted virtually for the 2021admissions cycle.
We will not require or use the VITA interview platform during this cycle.

The MCAT is required and should be taken no later than September 2020, to be considered for admission in August 2021. Applicants are strongly urged to complete the regular four-year undergraduate curriculum and take the appropriate recommended courses before the study of medicine. The school encourages a balance between the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. For the entering class of 2021, only test scores from January 2017-Septemeber 2020 will be considered.

Minimum academic requirements for admission are satisfactory completion of the required subjects as specified below along with a total of ninety hours of acceptable credit hours at the time of matriculation into medical school. All coursework must be completed in a satisfactory manner, at a grade-level of C or better, in an educational institution within the United States or Canada that has been approved by an appropriate accrediting agency. On-line or correspondence coursework is not accepted.

Acceptance of advanced placement for credit toward fulfilling specific requirements in the sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) may be approved on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit from medical schools outside of the United States is generally not permissible.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes Yes, we will accept, but on a case-by- case basis and only if required by the
institution.
Must be from a regionally accredited university.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

• Pass/Fail Coursework –We will accept Pass/Fail and CR/NC grading for prerequisite
coursework for Spring Semester 2020.
• Online Coursework and Labs – Courses and labs delivered via remote learning due to
COVID-19 will be accepted for Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 terms. However, Summer
2020 courses must be letter graded.
• Letters of Recommendation – We accept a committee letter or a minimum of three individual
letters from faculty who have taught the applicant; two of them must be from science faculty
and one from the applicant’s major department.
• MCAT – The MCAT is required, but the applicant does not have to wait until he/she has sat
for the exam or the score is reported to apply.

https://jcesom.marshall.edu/media/54942/admissions-policy.pdf

Please refer to the Max Rady College of Medicine web page at http://umanitoba.ca/healthsciences/medicine/admissions/

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our response to the challenges our applicants
currently face and are making the following adjustments to our requirements. For the Spring
and Summer 2020 semesters, we will accept:

Prerequisites
Pass/Fail – accepted
Online courses and labs – accepted

Application Reviews
Reviews will begin August 3 for the M.D. program.
Reviews will begin August 17 for the M.D.-Ph.D. program.

Interviews
Interviews for all three campuses, M.D. and M.D.-Ph.D. programs, will be virtual, live video
interviews.
Interviews for the M.D. program will begin in October.
Interviews for the M.D.-Ph.D. program will begin in January (three interview days for
Minnesota, one for Arizona).

www.mcgill.ca/medadmissions/applying
Includes: academic standards & essential skills, language, immunization, security check, IT
requirements, eligibility: degree type, basic sciences, required CASPer test, MCAT (optional or
required based on degree location), Medicine Preparatory program eligiblity, Proof of
residency requirements, Extenuating Circumstances during academics assessement,
Selection procedures (including additional documents required for MD-PhD application).

We will begin reviewing applications as usual beginning in June. Interview decisions will be
made once we have received all of your materials – secondary application, letters of
recommendation, CASPer score, and MCAT score(s). Early submission of your application
does not always ensure an interview invitation. Interview invitations will be extended beginning
early August and continue through early January.

If your MCAT test date has been pushed back, do not stress! Use this time as an opportunity
to study effectively for your new test date.

McGovern is committed to addressing the limitations of the institutions, testing centers, and
students who have been affected given the current COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue
to remain flexible.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?

Online coursework will be accepted as long as the course was taken through a regionally
accredited institution and the credit for the coursework is listed on the applicant’s degreegranting transcript.

At this time, we do not anticipate the start of our interview season to be disrupted. Our first
interview date is August 21st. As the situation unfolds, we will make changes as necessary
including extending our interview season into January or adding more interview dates.

Coursework taken during the Spring 2020 or Winter 2020 semester whose grading system
was changed to Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit due to the current circumstances created by the
COVID-19 pandemic will be accepted by McGovern to meet any prerequisite or course
requirement. If given a choice by your institution between taking the course for a letter grade
or as Pass/Fail, our preference would be taking the course for a letter grade.

This is a unique time for all of us. Our Admissions Committee will be aware of this situation in
the future when reviewing applications. We foresee that this may be the case for many
applicants and we will continue to practice flexibility due to decreased hours.

Use this time wisely to further prepare your application and yourself as a future physician.
There are a number of ways that you can serve your community or stay active virtually. Think
outside the box; use this time to prepare your essays, teach yourself something new, use
online learning resources to learn a new organ system, move your pre-med meetings to a
virtual platform, practice your interview skills or read medically related books. Think of how you
can use this time to best prepare yourself to be successful in the first year of medical school
and as a future physician.

All applicants must write the CASPer Test

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle** Please note the following
information regarding coursework: The MCG Office of Admissions is sensitive to the academic
burden placed on applicants attempting to complete graded pre-requisite courses that were
converted to online and/or Pass/Fail during the Spring/Summer Semesters of AY 2019-2020 in
light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Towards this end, all successfully completed pre-requisite
courses (including Pass/Fail and online) affected by COVID-19 (Spring/Summer Semesters
2020) will be accepted for credit by the Office of Admissions upon verification of the
applicant’s institution. This will only apply to those courses in which the applicant was actively
enrolled during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pass/Fail and online courses will not be accepted for
required Biology and Chemistry coursework outside of this exception.

*Successful completion of the CASPer exam is mandatory for all applicants to the Medical
College of Georgia at Augusta University. The last test date for Early Decision applicants is
June 28, 2020 and the last test date for Regular Decision applicants is September 24, 2020.
The MCAT exam is also required for admission. The MCAT must not be more than 3 years old
from the date of matriculation, meaning it must not have been taken earlier than January 2018,
or later than September 2020. Early Decision candidates must have taken the MCAT by July
7, 2020. Regular Decision candidates must have taken the MCAT by September 12, 2020.

Updated MCAT & CASPer deadlines are published on the MCG Admissions webpage:
www.augusta.edu/mcg/admissions

2019-20 MCG Acceptance & Withdrawal Procedures (2020-2021 dates will be published on
the MCG website in fall 2020)

From February 19 – April 30, 2020, accepted applicants may select the “Plan to Enroll” option
in AMCAS and
should submit the $100 acceptance deposit and signed acceptance agreement.

2. From April 15 – April 30, 2020, accepted applicants should narrow their choices to three
medical schools.
The $100 acceptance deposit is only refundable up to April 30, 2020. Withdrawals received
after that date
are not eligible for a refund.

3. From April 30 – June 30, 2020, accepted applicants may select the “Commit to Enroll”
option in AMCAS. This
signals that you are committing to MCG and withdrawing your application from all other
medical schools.

4. If MCG receives notification from AMCAS that you have committed to enroll at another
institution, we will
withdraw you from the 2020 entering class.

5. Before June 1st, accepted students will have five business days to affirm their acceptance
to MCG and
withdraw their acceptance from all other medical schools. Students accepted after June 1st
must affirm their
acceptance within 48 hours.

6. After June 1st, all accepted students must affirm their acceptance and withdraw from all
other medical schools
within 48 hours.

7. All accepted students are required to commit to enroll by July 8th. Those participating in the
pre-matriculation program must commit by May 16th. If not, MCG may withdraw you from the
entering class.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**: updated 5/24/20 and is
subject to change. Please view our website for the most up-to-date information.
–We will continue our commitment to holistic admissions and encourage applicants to share
context regarding their individual situation on the MCW secondary application essay prompt.
–We will accept pass/fail grades for coursework, including prerequisites, taken during the
COVID-19 pandemic (currently including January 2020 – present). As prerequisite coursework
is intended to prepare applicants for the MCAT exam and for medical school coursework,
applicants should ensure they have obtained mastery of the course material regardless of the
grading system.
–We plan to maintain our current timeline for the 2021 application cycle with completed
secondary applications due on Monday, December 7, 2020. A fully completed application
includes several components including a valid MCAT and CASPer score.
–We will continue to consider completion date as one factor in our admissions process (i.e.
“rolling admissions”); however, we realize that external factors may greatly impact application
completion date for some applicants this cycle.
–To accommodate our large applicant pool, multiple campus locations, and large incoming
class size, we need to start interviewing applicants in the early fall. We will interview applicants
until at least March 2021 and will extend our interview season further if deemed necessary. All
interviews will take place virtually during the 2021 cycle.
–We will continue to answer emails promptly and offer virtual opportunities to connect and ask
questions.
–We are currently not hosting any in-person recruitment visits, campus tours, or interviews.
–The Admissions team is working remotely for the foreseeable future and can best be
reached by email. Phone calls or virtual meetings will be scheduled as needed.

Please visit our website or contact our office for additional information. https://www.mcw.edu/
education/medical-school/prospective-students/admissions

In response to the escalation of COVID-19, the Office of Admissions is currently working remotely and our voicemail box is not being monitored. Instead, please contact us at medschool@mcw.edu. We will respond to you via email as soon as possible, or can arrange a virtual alternative, whether that be a phone call or a virtual meeting.

The AMCAS application is used as a preliminary admission screening by the College of
Medicine at MUSC. All applicants receive a supplemental application requesting additional
information. There is a nonrefundable fee for processing this application; a few waivers are
granted, but these are reserved for SC residents only. Selection is based on a total evaluation
of the application; however the academic background (highest MCAT score; cumulative
undergraduate GPA) is used to determine who qualifies for interviews. The students who meet
an established cut-off of MCAT scores and GPA are scheduled for three interviews. In most
cases, one of the interviews is with an outside physician (usually a graduate of MUSC) who
practices medicine in a nearby community. The other two are with MUSC Admissions
Committee members, faculty, and/or student members of the Admissions Committee. Each
interviewer rates a student on non-cognitive traits considered essential to becoming a good
physician and accomplishments. The non-cognitive traits include principles, critical thinking
skills, ego, motivation, cultural competency, and personality. The accomplishments that
include leadership, volunteerism, clinical exposure to medicine, and letters of
recommendation. Diversity is assessed during interviews when Committee members
determine whether the student has any type of added value – unique qualities or experiences
that would enrich the medical class (cultural experiences, athletic/artistic achievement, work
experiences, advanced terminal degrees/research, overcoming adversity, etc.). After
interviews the formula for the acceptance index is based on four components: highest MCAT
score, cumulative GPA, average of the personality traits, and average of the
accomplishments. Additional points are added to a student’s index if that student qualifies for
any type of added value.

Students who apply Early Decision are interviewed at the beginning of the interview process
(during the month of September). These students are notified of a final status by October 1.
Those who are not admitted as Early Decision candidates are automatically moved to the
regular MD applicant pool and are reviewed along with others applying to the regular program.
The interview process ends mid-March when the class is finalized. An alternate list is ranked
immediately following the final Admissions Committee meeting. Students who are placed on
the alternate list are eligible of being admitted during late spring or early summer when
withdrawals from the accepted class begin to occur. Interviewed students who are not
accepted or placed on the alternate list are sent rejection letters in March.

Incoming applicants starting May 2020 who were made conditional offers due to outstanding prerequisites and those who have pending degree postings may encounter delays by their respective institutions with ordering/sending official transcripts. nnWe will accept unofficial transcripts for summer starts under the condition that official transcripts be received prior to the end of the summer semester.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward in these challenging times, we are astutely aware that
prospective applicants have had to deal with exceptional changes brought on by this
pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring that all applicants are treated fairly and equitably as
we navigate through this unprecedented time.

For the Winter 2020 semester, we will not be incorporating grades into the calculation of
student averages or GPAs; the grades obtained from this semester only will be omitted in the
calculation of overall averages and GPAs. We appreciate that many institutions have adopted
a credit/no credit approach to grade reporting and feel it would not be fair to determine a
numerical value on a grade reported as ‘credit’ or ‘pass’. Likewise, numerical grades that are
reported by many institutions may not be reflective of the entire core and are based on
coursework only, making them unreliable. As such, we are omitting the Winter 2020 grades
from all calculations of GPAs and averages for applicants.

We have extended the deadline on the MCAT to August 29, 2020, which will provide more
opportunities for applicants to complete the exam before the September 2, 2020 application
deadline. Please ensure that your score is released to Memorial University when you sit for
your exam; we do not receive your score unless you authorize it through your account and
without it your application is incomplete.
We have also extended the expiry of scores by 12 months; scores older than September 2,
2014 are expired and will not be considered.

Interviews for the 2020-2021 application cycle will be entirely online; applicants will not need to
travel, regardless of their geographic location. More details on interviews will be provided on
our web page as they become available this summer and fall.

We understand that this has been a difficult time and that, for many of you, applying to
medicine has been a dream and goal that has required significant hard work and focus. We
are committed to helping you navigate through these trials and encourage you to contact us as
needed.

http://medicine.mercer.edu/academics/applicant-information/

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

• Online Coursework and Labs – We will accept online completion of prerequisite lab courses
affected by the coronavirus pandemic and will waive the lab requirement as long as there is
evidence of lab experiences in all other prerequisite lab coursework.
• Letters of Evaluation – There are no changes in our letter of evaluation requirements.
• MCAT Deadline: Applicants must take their MCAT on or prior to September 28, 2020.

The College of Human Medicine mission statement drives the admissions process, using a
holistic approach in assessing academic metrics, activities, and personal attributes. The
admissions committee favors applicants with strong clinical experiences, ongoing
commitments to community service, and a genuine drive towards improving injustices within
the health care community. The admissions process gives preference to instate applicants
and those who are disadvantaged, as assessed by a variety of economic, educational,
geographic, and societal indicators. Applicants who had to work to help support their
education are encouraged to apply.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes Yes Yes Yes

Please visit our website to learn of our admissions protocols and timelines.
https://www.msm.edu/Admissions/application-acceptance-protocols.php

UNMC College of Medicine
Office of Admissions Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle

UPDATED: May 6, 2020

Please note the following information regarding pre-requisite courses, including laboratory
courses, and letters of evaluation effective May 2020:

Pass/Fail Coursework –
UNMC will accept Pass/No Credit grades for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently we
consider courses likely to be impacted as those offered in Spring 2020 (Quarter/Semester)
and
Summer 2020. In implementing this policy, we understand some undergraduate schools are
providing an option for students to take courses either for letter grades or on a Pass/No Credit
basis
during the COVID-19 pandemic period. UNMC will accept Pass/No Credit without conditions.
Students and their families are facing many challenges at this time – maybe even life-anddeath challenges. UNMC believes that the pressure for grades need not be one of them.

Online Coursework and Laboratory Courses –
Online coursework, including laboratory courses, will continue to be accepted in fulfillment of
some pre-requisites. UNMC has historically accepted the completion of coursework online in
limited situations, but highly encourages classroom application for lectures/labs for science
entrance requirements.

Letters of Evaluation –
Two letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty members are required; one in the
Pre-medical science area. An official report of a pre-medical advisory committee will fulfill the
two-letter requirement. Please limit recommendation letters that you designate through
AMCAS
for release to UNMC to a total of four.

Clinical Exposure and Volunteer work –
UNMC will look at the total body of clinical exposure and volunteer work with the
understanding
that opportunities are likely to be limited in Spring and Summer of 2020. Non-medical
volunteer
work done during this time should be included in your application.

For Canadian and International Applicants, UNMC will consider applications from International
or Canadian students who have earned an undergraduate degree from a University of
Nebraska system college (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Omaha or
University of Nebraska-Kearney) or at a Nebraska State College (Wayne State College,
Chadron State, or Peru).

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited
institution

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for Winter & Spring
2020 semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We
also understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at NYMC will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully
complete including MCAT score and supplemental application by January 31st.

It is the policy of the NYMC School of Medicine to seek to admit a diverse class with respect to
gender, race, ethnicity, cultural and economic background and life experience. The School
believes a diverse student body provides a valuable educational experience that prepares its
medical students for the real world of medical practice in a multicultural society.

The Committee on Admissions has the difficult task of selecting an entering class from
thousands of applicants. There are many more applicants who meet the qualifications for the
study of medicine than can be admitted to an incoming class. Each applicant is subject to an
individualized holistic review – defined by the AAMC as a process of assessing an applicant’s
capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to foundational experiences, personal
attributes and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual
might contribute value as a medical student and physician.

The Committee strives to select those candidates who demonstrate proficiency in the Core
Competencies for Entering Medical Students that have been endorsed by the AAMC Group of
Student Affairs (GSA) and Committee on Admissions (COA). These competencies fall into
four categories: (1) Interpersonal; (2) Intrapersonal; (3) Thinking and Reasoning; and (4)
Science. The Committee believes these foundational competencies are essential for success
in medical school and future professional practice.

As a future medical student candidates should have a college education that includes
premedical science coursework required for medical school as well as a broad exposure to the
humanities and social sciences. Academic competence to succeed in medical school is
assessed by the applicant’s college record including GPA and MCAT scores.

An applicant must also demonstrate excellent observation and communication skills as well as
the motor function and conceptual, integrative and quantitative skills required for the study of
medicine. As a future physician, an applicant must have the physical capacity and emotional
maturity to complete medical school and practice medicine independently. These skills are
outlined in the NYMC School of Medicine Technical Standards for Admissions and Continued
Enrollment.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
NYU Grossman School of Medicine is aware that many of you are facing numerous
challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Admissions Committee will accept Pass/
Fail grades for courses taken at schools who have decided to go Pass/Fail for the Spring 2020
semester. We will also accept on-line courses. We understand the concern about the impact
this may have on GPAs and will take this into consideration when evaluating applications.

Please visit our website at https://med.nyu.edu/education/md-degree/md-admissions/ for more
information on admissions requirements, how to apply, our admissions timeline and other
useful information to guide your application to our school. Here is some other useful
information to consider:

Applicants invited for interviews will undergo an eight station multiple mini interview (MMI) at
NYU Grossman School of Medicine. Please visit https://med.nyu.edu/education/md-degree/md-admissions/multiple-mini-interview/ for more information on what you can expect from our
MMI.

We send out acceptances on a rolling basis, starting on October 15th.

Accepted applicants may select “Plan to Enroll” as early as February 19, 2021, indicating that
NYU Grossman School of Medicine is your preferred option among your other acceptances as
of that time; you may continue to hold multiple offers and remain on other waitlists. As of April
15, 2021, we expect that applicants hold no more than three acceptances and can remain on
other waitlists. On April 30, 2021, an applicant whose first choice is NYU Grossman School of
Medicine must indicate “Plan to Enroll” via AMCAS action; at that point, you must also
withdraw from any other acceptances you may be holding although you may remain on
waitlists. Accepted applicants may select the “Commit to Enroll” action in AMCAS as early as
April 30, 2021 and as soon as they are sure they would like to commit to matriculating at NYU;
we ask you to indicate this action as early as possible. Once that option is selected, you must
withdraw all other acceptance offers and remove yourself from all other waitlists. Please note
that all accepted applicants must select the “Commit to Enroll” action in AMCAS no later than
Monday, July 12, 2021 (21 days prior to matriculation on August 2rd). Applicants to the Three
Year MD Program who plan to attend NYU School of Medicine must select the “Commit to
Enroll” action in AMCAS no later than Monday, July 5, 2021 (21 days prior to matriculation on
July 26). MSTP applicants who plan to attend NYU must select the “Commit to Enroll” action in
AMCAS no later than June 14, 2021 (21 days prior to matriculation on July 5th). Failure to
comply with these requirements will result in rescission of your acceptance to our school. If
you are holding a position in our class and receive another acceptance offer after April 30th
and prior to our July 12th deadline (July 5th for the 3 Year Program and June 14th for MSTP )
you must notify us via email within 24 hours. In this email you should indicate the amount of
time you have to respond to the current offer. If you decide to withdraw your acceptance,
please do so as soon as possible through the AMP portal.

Should you have any further questions, please review our website or email us at
admissions@nyulangone.org

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle

NYU Long Island School of Medicine will accept pass/fail grading and online coursework,
including labs, for coursework affected by COVID-19.

We encourage applicants whose MCAT tests were canceled to nevertheless submit their
otherwise completed applications as they wait to sit for their rescheduled tests. We will extend
our MCAT deadline to include all MCAT administration dates of the 2020 calendar year, and
possibly beyond if circumstances necessitate.

Our primary AMCAS application submission deadline is extended to at least November 15,
2020 and our school-specific secondary application deadline is extended to at least December
15, 2020. Our interview season will extend to at least February 2021. We are currently
preparing for online/virtual interviews in the event that it becomes necessary.

This year, acceptances will not be released on a rolling basis. All initial acceptances will be
released at the same time after all interviews have been completed.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine welcomes medical students who reflect the diversity of
the communities and patients we serve. We seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment
to improving the human condition, compassionate leadership abilities, and a developed sense
of self-awareness.

During this challenging time, we remain fully committed to our holistic admissions approach,
which allows us to select students based on more than just academic grades and
standardized test scores. We will continue to take your personal aptitudes and the
experiences that have influenced your decision to become a primary care physician into
consideration, while fully assessing your unique potential to contribute to and to enrich the
overall learning environment.

All candidates must:

Be a U.S citizen/U.S. permanent resident (latter must submit documentation of status during
application process).

Possess a baccalaureate (four-year) degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited
college or university prior to enrolling at NEOMED (applicants may be in their final year of
progress toward a degree prior to graduation at the time of application). NEOMED will also
consider candidates enrolled in Canadian University degree programs leading toward
baccalaureate degrees or graduates of Canadian Universities provided that they are U.S
citizens or U.S. permanent resident.

COVID UPDATE 5/27:

NEOMED plans to extend secondary (supplemental) applications to otherwise qualified
candidates for the 2020 – 2021 admission cycle WITHOUT MCAT scores.

At this point, NEOMED does not plan to offer candidates interviews without MCAT scores.

NEOMED will not offer admission to candidates without an MCAT score.

Applicants must meet the following requirements to apply for admission:

A 4-year undergraduate degree*, or equivalent, from a recognized institution in any discipline.
Preference is not given to any particular discipline over another.
Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) status
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
*Mature applicants (25 years of age or older by the application deadline) may apply with a 3-
year degree.

If your 4-year degree is completed through a transfer of credits from a college, you must have
completed a minimum of 10 full course credits, 20 half course credits, or a combination of at
the university degree level at the time you apply.

Mature Applicants
If you are 25 years or older by the application deadline, you are eligible for admission
consideration based on complete a 3-year undergraduate university degree in any discipline.

Mature applicants whose 3- or 4-year degree is completed through a transfer of credits from a
college, must have completed a minimum of 10 full course credits, 20 half course credits, or a
combination of at the university degree level at the time you apply.

Prerequisite Requirements
NOSM does not require the completion of specific preparatory course work. While there are no
course prerequisites, NOSM values applicants who present evidence of a broad
undergraduate education.

It is expected that applicants with majors in science complete at least 2 full-course equivalents
in arts, social sciences and/or humanities, and that applicants pursuing majors in arts, social
sciences and/or humanities complete at least 2 full-course equivalents in science.

Designation of a course as “Arts, Social Science, Humanities, or Science” is determined by the
institution you are attending or attended. If you are unsure as to a course designation, please
check with the Registrar’s office of that institution where the course is/was offered.

FEINBERG’S RESPONSE TO COVID-19 FOR ADMISSIONS CYCLE 2021:
https://www.feinberg.northwestern.edu/admissions/faq/covid-19.html

An AMCAS Application is required for all individuals applying to the MD or MD/PhD program at
Feinberg (no Situational Judgment Test is required). Once Feinberg receives the AMCAS
Application, applicants will be asked to complete and submit a Feinberg-specific Secondary
Application. After all application materials have been received, each file is holistically
reviewed by the Executive Committee on Admissions and interview offers are extended to
applicants on an ongoing, rolling basis from August through January each cycle. In-person,
on-campus interviews are required. Feinberg operates on a modified rolling admissions
process which utilizes a batched approach to sending acceptances, with a subset of early
acceptances released during the interview season and the remainder of the final decisions
released at the conclusion of the interview season.

Applicants who meet our minimum requirements will receive an email with instructions on how
to complete our supplemental application. More information about our minimum requirements
and admissions process can be found online at https://www.oakland.edu/medicine/admissions/admissions-process-and-requirements/.

Protocols for admitted students are communicated via email with admitted students and
published in the admissions portal.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
The Office of Admissions and the Admissions Committee at OUWB recognizes COVID-19 has
impacted us all and we are truly experiencing extraordinary times. Our commitment to
reviewing application materials holistically to identify applicants who share our values and
align with our mission remains unchanged. As this situation is fluid, additional changes may be
made to address the current state of the COVID-19 global pandemic and will be announced on
our website. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via email at
medadmit@oakland.edu. Stay safe, stay healthy, and take care of one another.

The MCAT and Supplemental Applications
• As the MCAT testing dates have been canceled and/or rescheduled due to health
restrictions related to COVID-19, we will now process applications without an MCAT score.
This means that applicants are still able to submit their primary applications and be considered
for secondary applications and interviews without an MCAT score. A minimum score of 495 is
still required and an MCAT score will be required prior to a final admissions decision made by
the Admissions Committee.
• If an applicant’s MCAT score does not meet our minimum requirement of 495 or higher,
they will be released from the process.
• Due to uncertainty around the MCAT testing and scheduling as well as our continued
guidance for applicants to apply early, we will provide a refund on the secondary application
fee for any applicant who advances in our process but receives a score that does not meet our
minimum MCAT requirement.

Pass/Fail Courses
• The Admissions Committee prefers and recommends that all prerequisites be completed
for a letter or numeric grade but will accept Pass/Fail grades. Courses should be completed at
a regionally accredited college or university.
• We encourage all applicants to review our prerequisite course requirements. As a
reminder, a college statistics course and a social/behavioral science course are requirements
for matriculation to OUWB.

Letters of Recommendation
• We will now require two Letters of Recommendation. A committee letter will fulfill the
minimum requirement. The Admissions Committee highly recommends applicants select
writers who know them well, can speak to their commitment to the medical profession, as well
as their academic preparation for medical school. Letters from family members and/or friends
are strongly discouraged.

Interviews
• Considering the enormous impact COVID-19 is having on prospective students and for
their safety, as well as the community, we will transition to a virtual model to conduct
admissions interviews.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We understand the stress and uncertainty the recent changes to curriculum and cancellation
of MCAT test dates has caused. We continue to monitor information and guidance about the
coronavirus from the CDC and WHO and how it impacts AAMC operations. Our goal is to
remain flexible and minimize additional stress and hardships that may exist due to the
pandemic. We will provide updates on our website as needed.
Please note the following information regarding interviews, coursework, labs, letters of
evaluation, MCAT, essays, and deadlines:
• Interviews – For the 2021 Interview Cycle, all interviews will be virtual.
• Pass/Fail Coursework – Pass/Fail will be allowed for all coursework taken during the Spring
2020 term, including pre-requisites.
• Online Coursework and Labs – Online labs will be accepted for the Spring 2020 and
Summer 2020 term.
• Letters of Evaluation – The requirement for a letter of recommendation from the instructor of
a graded science course has been changed for the Spring 2020 term. A letter of
recommendation from the instructor of a science course taken pass/fail in the Spring 2020
term is acceptable.
• MCAT – We will accept applications from individuals who have been unable to take the
MCAT. For these candidates, we will base application decisions on the information that is
available to us at the time of the application. However, a valid MCAT score is required for
admission decisions at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. For the 2021
application cycle, a valid minimum MCAT score is not required to receive a Secondary
application so long as there is evidence within the application (i.e. intended MCAT date) that a
student intends to take the MCAT. All applicants planning to take the MCAT should list an
MCAT Intended Date in the AMCAS application. Applicants should not delay applying
because an MCAT score is not yet available.
• Deadlines – The deadline to request a Secondary Application has been extended to
11/15/2020. The deadline to complete the Secondary Application has been extended to
12/31/20.
• Secondary Essays – We have elected to post the essays from our secondary application to
provide applicants the maximum amount of time to prepare and minimize any stress related to
preparation of applications. These prompts are listed at https://medicine.osu.edu/covid19.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited
institution
Yes Yes, we will review applicants without the MCAT
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Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
No Does not require Yes Yes Yes Yes, only for Spring 2020 term Yes No No

We are working to adapt to often changing circumstances as the world responds to the
challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Thus far, we have decided to factor the
highest eligible MCAT score instead of the most recent. For the 2021 application cycle, OHSU
will accept MCAT scores from tests taken in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and January 2021. We
will require an eligible MCAT score prior to making an admissions decision, and we will factor
the highest eligible MCAT score. Our interview screeners will base their decisions on the
information that is available at the time of application review.

The School of Medicine gives strong preference to the following applicants:

Residents of Oregon.

Non-resident applicants with Oregon Heritage. The School of Medicine uses the Oregon
Heritage Policy for student selection, but it is not used as a basis for determining residency,
and therefore the tuition a student pays. Oregon Heritage is defined as 1) A student with one
or both parents residing in Oregon at the time of application, 2) A student who graduated from
high school in Oregon with at least two years of attendance at a high school in Oregon, or 3) A
student who graduated from an Oregon institution of higher education with a bachelor’s or
advanced degree with at least two years of attendance at an institution of higher education in
Oregon.

Applicants who are WICHE-certified in Allopathic Medicine.

Applicants applying to the MD/PhD Combined Degree Program.

Applicants applying to the MD/MPH Combined Degree Program.

Non-resident applicants with superior achievements in academics and other related
experiences. Superior achievements are defined as significant experiences in healthcare,
leadership, extracurricular activities, and/or community service activities.

Applicants whose personal experience demonstrates the ability to overcome adversity and
contributes to diversity in the provision of healthcare.

The School of Medicine Admissions Committee adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and
non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military
service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. The Committee also fully
recognizes the importance of diversity in its student body and in the physician workforce in
providing for effective delivery of health care. Accordingly, the OHSU School of Medicine
strongly encourages applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic,
religious, and educational backgrounds and from persons from groups underrepresented in
medicine.

Please see the Admissions website for more detailed information regarding selection factors

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes, during times when social distancing is
required
Does not require Yes, if passed and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university Yes, but must be from a regionally accredited
institution
Yes, but must meet the minimum academic prerequisite credit requirement Yes, with planned MCAT date provided when available TBD as testing availability is determined TBD as testing availability is determined

How will processing and review of applications be affected?

As of now they won’t! We will as always, be reviewing completed applications on a rolling basis. We will make every effort to be flexible in our consideration of coursework taken in the current Spring 2020 semester. Our admissions committee and staff are ready to receive and review incoming applications this cycle whether it occurs from campus or at home.

What will I do about Interviews?

As of now, no changes are anticipated for the upcoming interview cycle. Should that change we will adjust accordingly and notify candidates in advance.

Will there be any concessions for required coursework?

We will not change our policy on pre-requisites. We will continue to review course work on a case-by-case basis as we have always done and be flexible when considering coursework completed during the Spring 2020 semester.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
The Admissions Committee of the Penn State College of Medicine is aware of the many
disruptions that the COVID-19 Pandemic has caused to applicants applying in the 2021
admissions cycle. As the situation evolves, the Committee will continue to work on changes to
our admissions process and policies to accommodate challenges faced by applicants. We are
working closely with and following updates from AMCAS, the MCAT Section, and discussions
in the medical school admissions community. We encourage you to continue your preparation
to apply to medical schools and know that efforts are in place to support applicants for a
modified and successful application cycle.

Course Grades
We are aware that some colleges and universities utilized an alternate grading system with
pass/fail evaluations. The Admissions Committee has decided to accept pass/fail grades for
prerequisite courses and online laboratory credit for spring and summer 2020 semesters.

MCAT
We are also aware that many applicants had MCAT examinations delayed or cancelled. At
the time of this writing, we understand that MCAT examination options have been extended to
late September with a two week time frame for score results. Applicants may submit their
AMCAS application without a MCAT examination while awaiting a time to take the examination
or awaiting score results. After receiving the MCAT result, the application will be reviewed in a
thorough and holistic manner. The Admissions Committee has committed to maintaining
acceptance positions in the next entering class until all files have be evaluated.

See Admissions Policies and Procedures on the admissions website

The Penn State College of Medicine strictly adheres to the process and dates of the AMCAS
Choose Your Medical School Tool as follows:

All accepted students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Chose Your Medical
School Tool starting in February and indicate “Plan to Enroll” if Penn State is a consideration
for medical school.

After April 15 accepted students are required to hold no more than three acceptances. They
may remain on other wait lists.

Starting April 30 Accepted applicants are required to participate in the Choose Your Medical
school tool and adhere to the stated rules. Accepted applicants can hold only one acceptance
and have the option of indicating “Plan to Enroll” or “Commit to Enroll”. A selection of “Commit
to Enroll” indicates a final selection and students are expected to withdraw acceptance(s) from
all other schools.

A student holding a seat in the class after April 30 and before the 21 day deadline before
orientation, who receives an offer from another school must notify the Admissions Office within
24 hours.

After April 30, accepted applicants are required to participate in the Choose Your Medical
School tool. Accepted applicant who intend to matriculate to Penn State are encouraged to
select “Commit to Enroll” as soon as possible. This provides confirmation that the accepted
student has made a final decision, is holding only one acceptance at Penn State, and has
withdrawn from all other schools and wait lists.

Accepted applicants to the MD program who plan to matriculate to Penn State must select the
“Commit to Enroll” action in AMCAS by 21 days prior to the start of Orientation. Accepted
students will be reminded of the deadline date by the Admissions Office. At this point
accepted students are not allowed to accept offers from other schools or be considered for a
waitlist position.

Accepted applicants who make a decision to matriculate to another medical school are
expected to notify the Admissions Office within 24 hours by email.

The AMCAS traffic rules are strictly enforced by Penn State. The College of Medicine
reserves the right to resend an offer of acceptance if improper activity is discovered.

Response to COVID-19 – Information for the 2021 Admissions Cycle

Please note the following policies regarding coursework and MCAT policies:

1) Pass/Fail for Spring and Summer 2020:
The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) acknowledges that some undergraduate
institutions are converting entirely to pass/fail (P/F) grading this semester and this summer,
while others are offering students the option to select P/F or continue with the institution’s
typical grading system. PSOM will continue to welcome applications from students from all
institutions, regardless of the grading policy under the current pandemic. We have a holistic
admissions process that prioritizes myriad attributes we value in our applicants beyond course
grades alone. Any PSOM applicant who was provided the option to continue with the typical
grading system but elected P/F for courses that prerequisites for medical school entrance will
be required to provide a written explanation regarding the decision to elect P/F.

2) Delayed MCAT’s:
The Perelman School of Medicine will accept applications from individuals who were unable to
take the MCAT due to the COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, our
Committee on Admissions (COA) will perform committee reviews and render decisions
regarding interview invitations using all relevant information that is available to us at the time
of the secondary application. Assuming the MCAT testing resumes prior to December 2020,
we will require these applicants to take the exam and provide test results prior to any final
decisions regarding admission to the Entering Class of 2021.

Please visit our admissions website at www.med.upenn.edu/admissions for any updates
regarding policies or any changes to the timeline for admission.

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Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes Yes Yes
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Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes Yes Yes
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Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis with consideration for the historical context of all courses
taken.
Yes, but evaluated on a case-by-case
basis

Rush Medical College (RMC) applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be
considered for admission to the MD program: 1) U.S. citizenship, permanent residency of the
United States or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status; 2) Completion of a
bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university accredited in the United States or a
Canadian-based institution; 3) Completion of the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT);
and 4) as applicable, for post-baccalaureate coursework: Submission of grades through
AMCAS for at least 24 hours of post-baccalaureate coursework achieving a strong academic
foundation in the basic sciences.

RMC holistically evaluates candidates for admission across a range of attributes for successful
development into individuals who aim to become vital members of the medical community as
students, practitioners, educators and researchers serving the needs of a diverse and
changing population. Desired attributes include academic excellence; professionalism,
integrity, and ethics; social, interpersonal, and oral communication & teamwork; community
service orientation; clinical experience; leadership; resilience and adaptability; and reliability
and dependability.

**RMC’s Commitment to Our Applicants during the Coronavirus Pandemic**

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted all aspects of life. As Rush University, the Chicago
community, and the nation continue to navigate the situation, the Rush Medical College (RMC)
Office of Admissions and Recruitment is closely monitoring the impact of the virus on the
2020-2021 application cycle and our future students. Our determinations regarding the
2020-2021 cycle, which can be found at https://rsh.md/ADM2021, were developed in
accordance with AAMC guidelines & protocols and our institutional mission. Moving forward,
we hope to limit the number of additional alterations to the upcoming cycle. We understand the
unknown is both stressful and anxiety-provoking, but rest assured that we are in this together.
Please visit our website regularly for updates.

The NJMS Admissions Committee understands and is very sensitive to the challenges our
applicants are facing as we all manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Most importantly is that we
hope you are well and safe. The Committee has modified our policy and will accept “PASS”
grades for any courses completed this spring or summer term. In addition, with MCAT dates in
flux, we will evaluate each applicant’s personal situation with a one-by-one approach.

Please explore the website and call the Admissions Office with any questions. An application
is considered complete when the office has received the AMCAS application, MCAT scores, a
pre-professional advisory committee letter or three individual letters of recommendation, the
completed secondary application including CASPer™ result and the application fee or fee
waiver. The MCAT and a minimum of three years of college consisting of 90 semester hours
of college work (exclusive of military and physical education) are required. We would
anticipate degree completion by time of matriculation. The MCAT must be taken within the
three years preceding the application and no later than October of the year of application. In
an effort to be transparent and fair to applicants, we publish our cut off scores for
consideration for interview: No applicants with a total undergraduate GPA below 3.0* and a
total MCAT below 494 will be screened. The MCAT score must have all section scores at or
above 123. *However, if an applicant has a graduate level science gpa above a 3.3 with at
least 30 credit hours completed, and four science courses, with an undergraduate gpa
between 2.90 and 2.99, they will be screened.

Early submission and completion of the application is strongly encouraged. Applicants may
register and sit for the CASPer test prior to or any point after submitting their AMCAS
application. RWJMS is committed to diversity in its student body. We believe that a diverse
student body contributes to the educational program of all students. With increased emphasis
on small group learning and self-directed learning, the opportunity to understand health and
disease, physician-patient relationship, impact of culture on patient care and similar issues are
enhanced by having a diverse student body. There are many more qualified applicants than
can be interviewed. In screening qualified applicants, those that are thought to bring
something special to RWJMS are selected for interview. There is no expectation that all
interviewed applicants will have similar profiles; each will, on the basis of a holistic evaluation
of the application, show evidence of the potential to contribute in some unique and valuable
way to the RWJMS learning environment and the profession. Selection for interview is based
on a holistic review of each applicant’s experiences, accomplishments, personal qualities and
potential to enhance the learning environment. Information from the academic record, life
history, experiences, letters of recommendation, personal essay, and CASPer™ assessments
are used to select applicants for interview. Performance on the multiple mini interview is the
basis of final admissions decisions.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

Pass/Fail Coursework – RWJMS will accept pass/fail grades, for courses taken during the
COVID pandemic. Ideally candidates will have science course grades from other semesters
on their application. We will always review your application as a whole and never focus on
grades exclusively.

Online Coursework and Labs – As most undergraduate schools have gone to online courses
during the pandemic, we will accept online courses from candidates who were enrolled during
the pandemic. Ideally you will have some in-person lab coursework or hands on research
experience.

Letters of Evaluation – RWJMS does not require a committee letter. We will require three
letters of recommendation and will accept up to 10. The screening process will be slowed in
the fall so to provide more time for letter writers to submit.

Secondaries: We will send secondaries to all applicants who meet the GPA requirements.
Applicants will not need to have an MCAT score in order to receive the secondary. We will
wait to review the application until the MCAT score is available and the secondary returned.

The Saint Louis University School of Medicine encourages applications from students who
have achieved a high level of academic performance and who manifest in their personal lives
qualities compatible with a career that serves society.

The University’s mission statement affirms the value of a diverse educational environment to
prepare students for life and work in a global society. To foster this mission, the School of
Medicine strives to recruit, admit, retain and graduate a diverse student body. Besides
ethnicity, this diversity encompasses differences based on gender, culture and economic
circumstances.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we all work through the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware of your many challenges.
Many universities are modifying their grading systems in response to the pandemic. We will
give full consideration to pass/fail grades for any lecture or laboratory courses taken during the
Spring 2020 semester. As in the past, prerequisite courses must be completed in a degreegranting university. Each course director is to determine the balance between online and
classroom instruction. Rest assured, our Committee conducts a holistic review of each
applicant; this semester is just one component of your entire application. Interviews will be
conducted virtually for the 2021 application cycle.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 MD Admissions Cycle**

SJBSM is aware of the unprecedented educational challenges and concerns who are
experiencing our prospective applicants during the COVID-emergency. We are committed to
ensuring flexibility in the upcoming application cycle:

Pass/Fail Coursework – We will accept pass grades for coursework during COVID-19
pandemic.
Online Coursework and Labs – We accept online coursework for lectures and will allow online
labs during COVID-19 pandemic.

Letters of Evaluation – We accept all letter formats: committee, packet, and individual.
Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19.

Delayed admission tests (CLEP, cASPER, MCAT) – You should not delay submitting your
application because your CLEP/ MCAT/cASPER test score is not available yet due to test
cancellations. We will send out secondary applications based on the information that is
available to us at the time of initial application and hold for test scores later in our review
process. You should continue to list any future test dates for which you are registered on your
primary application. If this date changes due to further cancellations, you should contact the
Office of Admission at your earliest convenience and notify us if you were able to reschedule
for an alternate date.

Activities/Experiences – We understand that some opportunities may have been canceled
during this pandemic including clinical / community experiences, volunteer or research
opportunities. We will be adding a question to our Secondary Application where you can
explain how your involvement in these activities has been affected by the COVI-19 pandemic.
Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19. https//
www.sanjuanbautista.edu

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that some colleges/universities are offering pass/fail grades for courses. If given the option to select either a grade for a prerequisite course or pass/fail, we require that applicants complete the course with a letter grade. However if the course is only offered with the pass/fail option, we will only accept the course with documentation that there was no option for a letter grade. A screen shot from a university webpage detailing that policy will be acceptable to the admissions committee.

Stanford Medicine seeks to admit a diverse body of students who are interested in the
intellectual substance of medicine and are committed to advancing scholarship in any field of
medicine. Desirable candidates for admissions are academically ready to succeed in our
curriculum, have life experiences that will enrich our learning environment, and have personal
qualities that will serve them, their colleagues, and their patients well in their professional lives.

Applicants must have received a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by
the time of matriculation. They are encouraged to explore diverse educational opportunities
throughout their college careers and undergo rigorous preparation in the life sciences.
Stanford favors students who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to scholarship in an
area of their interest.

Since the content and depth of courses varies significantly among institutions, we provide the
following recommendations to be used as a guide.

Stanford Medicine does not have specific course requirements, but recommends appropriate
preparation for the study of medicine. These recommendations are drawn from the Scientific
Foundations for Future Physicians 2009 Report of the AAMC-HHMI Committee (https://
www.aamc.org/system/files?file=2020-02/scientificfoundationsforfuturephysicians.pdf) and the
Behavioral and Social Sciences Foundations for Future Physicians 2011 Report of the AAMC
Behavioral and Social Sciences Expert Panel (https://www.aamc.org/system/files/d/1/271020-
behavioralandsocialsciencefoundationsforfuturephysicians.pdf), and we encourage applicants
to read these reports for further details.

2021 POLICIES RELATED to COVID

– With the exception of MCAT requirements, all application requirements remain the same.
– MCAT test scores are sent automatically to the medical schools that have been designated
by the applicant.
– 2021 admissions cycle applications may be submitted without an MCAT score taken during
the COVID-19 pandemic, March 14 – September 30, 2020. For applications without any prior
reported MCAT scores, MCAT is optional for the 2021 application cycle. The choice to take or
re-take the MCAT examination is up to the applicant. In fairness to all applicants, the MCAT
will not be part of the screening and initial review process for interview decisions.

PASS/ FAIL GRADES
Stanford Medicine does not have pre-requisite course requirements and have accepted pass/
fail grades in the past. This policy remains in effect.

ONLINE COURSES
Stanford Medicine does not have specific course requirements. Online coursework is
acceptable.

INTERVIEW
Stanford Medicine considers the interview to be an integral part of the evaluation process.
Interviews including Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI) will be conducted virtually.

Additional details can be found on our website at http://med.stanford.edu/md-admissions/howto-apply/academic-requirements.html

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted different facets of an
applicant’s portfolio, including, but not limited to: Pass/Fail grades, on-line coursework, and/or
discontinuation of activities. The Admissions Committee will be flexible in its admission criteria
and will continue to holistically review and evaluate each application. We ask only that you
provide a letter or document confirming the reason you opted for these different experiences.

The Committee on Admissions considers the total qualifications of each applicant without
regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, marital
status, or disability. Decisions regarding admission are based on multiple factors including
prior academic performance; completion of the courses required for admission; the potential
for academic success including performance on standardized tests such as the Medical
College Admission Test (MCAT); communication skills, character, personal skills, healthrelated experiences, and motivation for a career in medicine. Admissions preference is given
to USA citizens and permanent residents who are New York State residents, although wellqualified out of state applicants are also accepted. We welcome and encourage applications
from women and members of groups underrepresented in medicine.

Visit website for additional information https://sls.downstate.edu/admissions/com/policies

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Pass/Fail Coursework – If your undergraduate institution has required students to go to Pass/
Fail coursework, we will accept this. We do suggest that if this is optional, you do your best to
take the medical school prerequisites for a letter grade. We also suggest that if you must take
a Pass/Fail in a prerequisite, that you try to take an additional upper-level science course this
fall to demonstrate additional competency in the subject area.

Online Coursework and Labs – We realize that many undergraduate schools have gone to
online courses during this time. We will certainly accept online courses if they are offered by
the school at which the candidate was already enrolled. For students who are beyond their
undergraduate education, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites as
long as this current crisis persists. Also, we understand that some of your prerequisites for this
spring 2020 semester may not have allowed you to complete the lab component. We will
certainly still give this full consideration and will be as flexible as possible. This will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.

MCAT – Please do not delay submitting your AMCAS application due to a lack of MCATs.
These scores can be submitted to complete the application when they become available. The
MCAT is still required.

Applicants with a minimum Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in the 40th percentile, a
minimum overall grade point average(GPA) of 3.0 and who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent
Residents will receive an invitation to complete our supplemental application.

The TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine is monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely. We
are mindful of the challenges affecting the pre-health community, and our Admissions
Committee remains fully committed to recruiting and training generations of future Empathetic
Scholars. In keeping with this mission, our policies are designed to give all applicants the
opportunity to showcase their journey to medicine.

Pre-Requisite Policy: Our pre-requisite policy allows applicants to take courses online, at fouryear institutions and community colleges accredited in the United States. Courses earned as
Pass/Fail grades will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Rest assured, the impact of the
COVID-19 situation will be taken into consideration when reviewing coursework and will not
affect applicants negatively.

MCAT Policy: Our MCAT policy indicates that we accept scores in the 40th percentile from the
last three years; 2018, 2019, and 2020. Applicants who meet our MCAT minimum and other
admissions requirements will move forward in our process.
Applicants who planned to take the MCAT in 2020, and have been affected by the cancellation
of test dates, will be held until a final score is received. The AAMC has added additional test
dates over the summer and fall months in order to accommodate all applicants. As such, we
will continue to accept test scores from all test dates for the 2020 calendar year.

The Admissions Committee recognizes the difficult circumstances our pre-health community
faces. We understand the time and dedication applicants have put into preparing for this
application cycle and we are committed to assisting all applicants through these trying times.
We encourage you to remain steadfast in pursuing your dream of a career in medicine.

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle

MCAT
Many of you have been notified that you need to reschedule your March or April 2020 MCAT
test date, as those administrations have been cancelled. We understand that testing may be
delayed into the summer months.

You can submit your AMCAS application without MCAT scores. Once we receive your verified
application from AMCAS, you will receive an email with a link to our online supplemental
application. Receipt of MCAT scores is not required to submit secondary. We will review your
complete application when your 2020 MCAT scores are received.

Coursework
Online: While our preference is to review your application with coursework completed in
person, we understand that in these unique circumstances most of your spring 2020
coursework is now online. This will not impact the review of your application.

Grading: For the spring 2020 semester, many schools are offering the option for Pass/Fail in
lieu of a letter grade. This will not impact the review of your application.

Letters of Recommendation
Some schools may not be offering a committee letter this year. This will not impact your
application negatively

Admissions Committee Response to COVID-19

The Admissions Committee’s Response to the Undergraduate Education Experience
The Admissions Committee met on March 23 and discussed several important issues related
to the impact of COVID-19 on the educational experience for undergraduate students and
faculty across colleges and universities in the 2020 spring semester. Issues discussed were:
• pass/fail for required undergraduate coursework
• online coursework and labs, due to school closures
• letters of evaluation and committee letters due to school closures
• MCAT cancellations in March and April, and possibly beyond
• MCAT rescheduling for a subset of applicants
The Admissions Committee decided like many medical schools, state- and nationwide, to
exercise flexibility. The committee was cognizant of the limitations that colleges and
universities and students may be subject to given the current COVID-19 crisis.

Making Exceptions for Courses Graded as P/F During the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Admissions Committee will accept all coursework as S/U or Pass/No Credit (NC) without
condition, but if students have a choice of graded and S/U or P/NC particularly for the medical
school prerequisite courses, we prefer that they choose graded with credit. The committee
would also prefer but not require that upper level science courses (BCPM) be graded with
credit if that option is available.

Regarding Online Pre-Requisite Courses
Similarly, the committee will exercise flexibility and accept prerequisite coursework and labs
that applicants may have to take online in spring 2020 (including the winter 2020 quarter term)
and summer 2020 terms.

Regarding MCAT Test Changes
The Admissions Committee in its review of applications will exercise flexibility with the time
allowed for MCAT rescheduling and new timeline because of test cancellations.

Letters of Evaluation and Health Professions Advisory Committee Letters
Furthermore, the committee will exercise flexibility for faculty and health professions advisory
committees (HPAC) that write letters of evaluation. We understand that the current situation
may impact the timing and the delivery of the HPAC and individual letters of evaluation during
this period. The Admissions Committee with accept both types of Letters of
Evaluation (LOE).

Changes to the Secondary Application Deadline
The deadline for the College of Medicine Secondary application has been extended to October
30, 2020, 5 p.m. CT.

Changes to the Interview Process
We have been compelled to make some significant changes in how we will conduct interviews
in 2020 because of COVID-19. We will conduct interviews and SPE’s virtually this year.
Furthermore, we have added four more interview sessions, three in January (January 14, 21,
28) and one in February (February 4) totaling 24.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
No, not at this time Does not require Yes, so long as the institution awarding credit is regionally accredited. Yes, for Spring 2020 only from a regionally accredited college or university Yes, so long as the institution awarding credit is regionally accredited. Yes, applicants should have on their application a planned term where any missing prerequisite requirements are to
be completed.
No, not at this time No, not at this time Not applicable

Successful applicants for admission to TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
must have completed an undergraduate curriculum and must have been awarded a
baccalaureate degree or its equivalent before matriculation. Ninety semester hours, including
all prerequisite courses must have been completed at a U.S. or Canadian accredited college
or university. TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School of Medicine can only review and
consider for admission applicants who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the
U.S. Applicants to the TTUHSC El Paso Paul L. Foster School Of Medicine must successfully
complete the CASPer test.

COVID-19 Updates
TMDSAS Press Release: https://elpaso.ttuhsc.edu/som/admissions/_documents/
COVID-19%20Press%20Release.pdf

Texas Health Education Service-TMDSAS Update
TMDSAS Update: COVID-19 Impacts on EY 2021: https://www.txhes.com/newsroom/
updates/tmdsas-covid-impacts-ey21.html

Per our State legislative policy, we are mandated to only accept 10% non-residents in our
entering class. U.S. citizens or permanent residents are also considered.

The CASPer is now required for all interviewed applicants. https://takecasper.com/
Other LSOM admissions policies can be found on our website. https://oume.uthscsa.edu/
admissions/

COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle

Pass/Fail Coursework: For coursework taken in Spring 2020, AMS will accept pass/fail and
on-line coursework, even for prerequisite courses. Passing the course will satisfy our
requirement, whether pass/fail or graded. AMS practices holistic review and will consider the
unusual circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

MCAT: We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to
COVID-related test cancellations. Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we
will require applicants to have taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the
Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT
score is not yet available.

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Does not require Yes, but coursework must be from a regionally accredited institution Yes Yes, but must
be from a regionally

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
TUSM premed requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the following changes in TUSM premed requirements
will be in effect for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. TUSM will consider P/F (pass/no-pass)
grades for all coursework which will be utilized as part of our holistic evaluation process. Only
coursework taken during the winter/spring/summer semesters of 2020 will be included for this
exception. Those who can continue to receive conventional grades are strongly encouraged to
utilize that option. For students who submit P/F grades, a statement from your school
documenting your schools grading system during this time frame will be required. Students are
encouraged not to ‘overload’ on P/F grades during this time frame (not to take an unusually
large number of courses). TUSM does not have a policy prohibiting applicants from taking
prerequisite courses online, and this stance will be continued. The MCAT will continue to be
an admissions requirement and utilized as part of our holistic evaluation process. For any
candidate whose opportunity to take the MCATs has been delayed for the spring of 2020, you
will have the opportunity to submit a later MCAT score through the fall of 2020 and your
application will be considered once it’s complete. We will ensure that interview positions and
acceptance offers will remain available for applicants who are required to delay their MCAT
testing. A statement will be placed on our secondary application allowing you to contextualize
your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has impacted your educational
and personal journey.

https://medicine.tufts.edu/admissions-aid/admissions-by-program/md-program

Tulane University School of Medicine attracts a large number of applicants each year.
Because we desire to have applicants who balance humanism and academic rigor, we have
consistently encouraged applicants to pursue a broad education. In addition, we seek out
applicants who have a wealth of life experiences. This requires a rigorous interdisciplinary
pursuit of academics and of sciences and humanities. Applicants are highly encouraged to
earn an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time of
matriculation. Because of the changes in the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT),
suggested preparation includes the social sciences and psychology. We employ a holistic
approach when evaluating applicants. We encourage all applicants to focus on the depth of
their experiences, motivation for medicine, and fit for our mission.
Beginning April 30, accepted applicants have the option to “Commit to Enroll” at TUSOM.
When an applicant selects “Commit to Enroll” to TUSOM, they should notify all other
institutions where they hold an acceptance or position on the waitlist that they wish to withdraw
their acceptance or position on the waitlist from that school. TUSOM reserves the right to
rescind an offer of admission to any applicant still holding an active acceptance at another
institution while having a “Commit to Enroll” status with TUSOM. TUSOM reserves the right to
rescind offers of admission from any applicant still holding a TUSOM acceptance while
indicating that they either “Plan to Enroll” or “Commit to Enroll” at another institution after April
30th. For applicants accepted after April 30th, the timeline for selecting “Plan to Enroll” will be
specified by the Assistant Dean for Admissions.
All MD applicants planning to matriculate at TUSOM should select the “Commit to Enroll”
option no later than one week before the first day of orientation. Should an applicant have an
extenuating circumstance preventing compliance with this procedure, it is the applicant’s
responsibility to notify the TUSOM Office of Admissions and seek an extension
or exception.
For more information on admissions procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click
on this link: https://medicine.tulane.edu/admissions

Information about our Admissions policies and procedures can be found at: https://www.usuhs.edu/medschool/somadmissionrequirements
**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
At the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, we will accept
online and pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19
pandemic. Grades will be evaluated in the context of numerous other aspects of the
application to include this international crisis. In making this statement, we are aware that
some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses for grades
or on a Pass/Fail basis. With this being said, we do not want our applicants to feel pressured
to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many challenges, and the
pressure for grades need not be one of them.
MCAT scores are still required for matriculation and we have not extended our application
deadlines; however, we are advising applicants to initiate their AMCAS applications as soon
as possible (even without MCAT scores). For those individuals who are unable to take the
MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations, we will base secondary application decisions
and interview invitations on the information that is available to us at the time of application. As
MCAT testing dates are expanded or extended into the fall, we will accept these scores and
re-evaluate applications that have already been initiated and processed. No final decisions on
any application will be made until an MCAT is received and reviewed. As a result, applicants
should not delay applying to our medical school simply because an MCAT score is not yet
available.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
In light of the current outbreak of COVID-19, Universidad Central del Caribe (UCC) School of
Medicine has carefully reviewed the requirements for admissions. So that no applicant is at a
disadvantage during this time, the Admissions Committee has revised the course and
application requirements for upcoming application cycles.
• Pass/Fail Grades – We will accept pass/fail graded courses taken during the COVID-19
pandemic regardless of whether you opted in or if pass/fail was implemented school-wide by
your current university. A grade of “pass” is required for the course to be accepted.
• We will accept online coursework for prerequisite courses completed in both Spring and
Summer semesters of 2020.
• Letters of Recommendation – We will continue to review applications as long as we have at
least one letter of recommendation on file. The deadline to submit additional letters of
recommendation is currently December 15, 2020 and will be extended to January 15, 2021. If
you are in a situation where you will not be able to meet the minimum two letters of
recommendation we require for admission, you should contact us directly for more information.
• Activities/Experiences – Because some opportunities may have been reduced or canceled
during this pandemic period, including student group activities, clinical experiences, and
volunteer or research opportunities, we will be adding a question to our secondary application
where you can explain how your involvement in these activities has been affected by the
current reality.
• Interview: We will continue to use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) to inquire more deeply
into the applicant’s experiences and gain a deeper understanding of attributes relevant to a
medical career. Our MMI will be conducted online while this pandemic last.

For the 2021 Admission Process and due to the cancellation of the MCAT test dates in March,
April and May 2020:
• MCAT Age – We have increased the age of acceptable MCAT scores. We will now accept
MCAT scores that have been taken within three (3) years prior to intended matriculation for
the entering class of 2021. Applicants must have taken the MCAT between January 2018 and
January 2021.
• Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October 2020, we will require applicants to
have taken the MCAT by January 31, 2021.
• Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet
available.
As pandemic events unfold, we may post additional changes to our deadlines and other
admissions policies as needed. These updates will be posted both in the Medical School
Admissions Requirements (MSAR) publication and our website.

Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19 and for any
additional information needed:admissions@uccaribe.edu

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

Pass/Fail Coursework – We will accept pass grades for coursework during COVID-19
pandemic.
Online Coursework and Labs – We accept online coursework for lectures and will allow online
labs during COVID-19 pandemic.
Letters of Evaluation – We accept all letter formats: committee, packet, and individual.

Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19. https://
www.uab.edu/medicine/home/future-students/admissions/minimum-requirements-forconsideration

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle

The Admissions Office has extended our primary scholarship to November 23, 2020. Our
secondary application is now due December 15, 2020 or 21 days after you have been sent the
secondary (whichever comes first). Also, we will accept pass/fail course for the Spring and
Summer 2020 sessions.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

Pass/Fail Coursework – We will accept pass grades for coursework during COVID-19
pandemic.
Online Coursework and Labs – We accept online coursework for lectures and will allow online
labs during COVID-19 pandemic.
Letters of Evaluation – We accept all letter formats: committee, packet, and individual.

Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19. https://www.uab.edu/medicine/home/future-students/admissions/minimum-requirements-forconsideration

Please review our website for a comprehensive overview of who should apply, admissions
requirements, statistics, and evaluation criteria: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/admissions/

** Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

In view of the extraordinary challenges posed by the current pandemic to undergraduate
institutions, to standardized testing procedures, and most importantly, to our applicants and
future medical students, and with ongoing commitment to our holistic review process for all
applicants to the Jacobs School as a means to matriculating the most diverse and excellent
medical school class possible, we agree to the following time-limited changes to the
admissions policies and practices of our School.

Online Courses: Our current admissions policy explicitly states that prerequisite courses
should be completed in a classroom setting and that laboratory coursework must be
completed in an actual – not virtual or online – setting. Given that all colleges and universities
across the US have closed classrooms and moved to online platforms for the spring semester
of 2020 due to COVID-19, and that many colleges are preparing to offer summer 2020
courses online as well, the Jacobs School will accept online coursework from spring and
summer 2020 semesters.

Pass/Fail Grades: The Admissions Committee prefers that grades for prerequisite coursework
be letter graded. According to AAMC, two thirds of undergraduate schools have adopted
variations of a pass/fail grading system for the spring semester of 2020; therefore, we will
acept pass/fail grades without prejudice for this semester.

MCAT: As part of our holistic screening process, the MCAT is one of many pieces of
information that the Admissions Committee considers prior to offering an applicant an
interview. At this time, the AAMC has cancelled MCAT exams from late March through May
21, 2020. Once testing resumes, test centers have indicated that will be operating with safedistancing in mind; thus, fewer tests will be able to be administered simultaneously. This
suggests that many of our applicants will have neither taken the MCAT, nor received their
scores, by the time this year’s application cycle opens.
For this reason, we encourage applicants to apply once all other elements of their application
are complete, even if the MCAT has not yet been taken, nor scores returned. Instead, we ask
the applicant to submit their SAT or ACT scores through our supplemental application, so that
these standardized test scores may be part of the screening review, in lieu of the MCATS. We
will then begin screening applications regardless of whether or not the MCAT score is in. We
will require that the applicant take the MCAT and report the score, and we may reserve
making a decision regarding admission until the MCAT score is reported and assessed by the
Committee.

In summary, the admissions process occurs in four major steps:

1. Secondary Application Invitation: Experiences, attributes, and/or metrics from the AMCAS
application are reviewed to determine suitability for a secondary application.
2. Interview Invitation: After the Secondary Application (particularly the 3 formative activities)
and Letters of Recommendation have been received, the applicant’s entire set of experiences,
attributes, and metrics are considered to determine interview invitations.
3. Interview: We use the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) to delve more deeply into the
applicant’s experiences and gain a deeper understanding of attributes relevant to a medical
career. Our MMI is a blinded (closed-file) interview process.
4. Acceptance: The Admissions Committee members review and make decisions based on
the entire application packet including all experiences, attributes, and metrics to determine
whether the applicant possesses the intellect, integrity, skills, and personal and emotional
qualities necessary to become an effective physician.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.
We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020
semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also
understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at AMC will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us. We have moved our Primary (AMCAS)
application due date to December 1st. If offered, secondary applications must be fully
complete including MCAT score, a minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation and the
supplemental application.

Please visit our website for more information: https://health.ucdavis.edu/mdprogram/admissions/.

Joint Statement from the Admissions Deans of California Medical Schools Regarding
Academic Work and MCAT Tests that are Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak
The purpose of this message is to address concerns from prospective applicants who are
experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants for the upcoming application cycle can count on our common commitment to the
following principles:

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are
facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure
for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary
application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.
Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly,
applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

DGSOM STATEMENT (dated: April 30, 2020)
At this unprecedented time, the David Geffen School of Medicine not only applauds your
choice to pursue a career in medicine, but also understands the challenges you face in
applying to medical school. We are sensitive to these challenges and we are committed to
ensuring a fair and holistic application review process. Below please find further clarification
and updates to support your consideration for admission.

Exceptions for Pass/Fail Courses (Credit/No-Credit)
Pass/Fail and Credit/No-Credit grades will be accepted for admissions consideration, without
prejudice, for courses taken during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online Courses (or courses finishing on-line)
Online courses or courses moved to virtual delivery due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be
acceptable for admissions consideration as long as these grades appear on your official
transcript of grades from your accredited institution.

MCAT Test Changes
MCAT test scores will be accepted of first-time MCAT test takers who have met the DGSOM
application deadline but were unable to secure an MCAT testing date, or were unable to
receive an MCAT test score prior to the application deadline. We are committed to moving
applications forward in the review process even if your MCAT score is not available at the time
of application.

INITIAL STATEMENT (dated: April 5, 2020)
The David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has partnered with medical schools across
California to address affects of the COVID-19 pandemic for our applicants during the 2021
admissions cycle in a joint statement below.

JOINT STATEMENT from the Admissions Deans of California Medical Schools Regarding
Academic Work and MCAT Tests that are Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak
The purpose of this message is to address concerns from prospective applicants who are
experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants for the upcoming application cycle can count on our common commitment to the
following principles:

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are
facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure
for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary
application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.
Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly,
applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Students are offered an interview based on their AMCAS application and their secondary
application. Candidates selected for interviews will be notified by e-mail. At this stage, only
those candidates who have been interviewed can be considered for admission.

Decisions for admissions are made on a rolling basis. Acceptances will continue until the class
is full. Admission is provisional until cleared by the criminal background check process.
Admission decisions are final and thus are not subject to appeal. A student not admitted as a
result of the first application may file a second application the following year, however a third
application cycle is strongly discouraged. An applicant may request a deferral for up to one
year by writing to the Admissions Office. The decision to grant the deferral is made on an
individual basis.

***Response to COVID-19 Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle***
The purpose of this message is to address concerns from prospective applicants who are
experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applicants for the upcoming application cycle can count on our commitment to the following
principles:

Pass/Fail Grades – The UCR SOM will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base application
decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming
that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the
MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly, applicants
should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

Online Coursework– The faculty of the UCR SOM require that students demonstrate a strong
foundation that indicates preparedness to engage the curriculum. Our preparation areas are
required, however we recognize that there is an increasing degree of variety in premedical
course tracks and course offerings at colleges and universities. We further recognize that
students may meet these competencies through alternative means or courses, including
online. On our secondary application we invite applicants to explain and describe how they
have met the requirements through course work and/or additional means. The committee will
NOT systematically disqualify candidates due to variation in course completion. The
committee will holistically evaluate the preparation of candidates for the school of medicine
with a strong focus on science foundation and professional competencies.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Joint Statement from the Admissions Deans of California Medical Schools Regarding
Academic Work and MCAT Tests that are Affected by the COVID-19 Outbreak

The purpose of this message is to address concerns from prospective applicants who are
experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants
for the upcoming application cycle can count on our common commitment to the following
principles:

Pass/Fail Grades – Our schools will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses
taken during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in
the context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the
fact that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses
either for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants
should not feel pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are
facing many challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure
for grades need not be one of them.

MCAT Tests – We will accept applications from individuals who were unable to take the MCAT
due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base secondary
application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.
Assuming that MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Accordingly,
applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

In addition, for the 2020-2021 application cycle, UCSD will accept MCAT scores from any date
– the usual requirement for an applicant to have an MCAT score from within the three previous
years will be waived.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Pass/Fail Grades – UCSF will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken
during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the
context of numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly
provides a unique and compelling context. In adopting this policy, we are cognizant of the fact
that some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either
for grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not
feel pressured by UCSF to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing
many challenges at the moment. The pressure for grades need not be one of them.

Online Courses – Many undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during the
pandemic. We will accept online courses if they are offered by the school at which the
candidate was enrolled prior to the current crisis. For students who are beyond undergraduate
school, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites regardless of the
institution. If you are uncertain about your specific plans, please call the Admissions Office
prior to enrolling in the course.

MCAT — We will accept applications without an MCAT score due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All candidates will be screened and interview decisions will be offered without utilization of an
MCAT score.

The UCF College of Medicine Admissions Office will abide by the recommendations of the
Application and Acceptance Protocols for Admissions Officers outlined on the AAMC website
https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/application-andacceptance-protocols-admission-off/. Letters of Intent to matriculate will be accepted and
should only be sent by students who fully intend to matriculate into the UCF MD program
should an offer of acceptance be made. UCF COM Admissions Office will not make an offer to
a student who has been reported as matriculated to another MD institution.

The UCF MD Admissions Office adheres to a high standard of professionalism and
transparency during the admissions process. The UCF Admissions Office has been
consistently lauded by applicants for being transparent in communicating admissions process
and advice with applicants. We believe the more an applicant knows the better off we all are.
Your decision to matriculate into an MD program is life-changing. We are happy to assist our
applicants in considering their offers whether they intend to matriculate to UCF or another
program. All MD programs include demonstration of professionalism in their curriculum and
may be dismissed from the program based on a lack of professionalism. Professionalism
begins with the admissions process. Please review and adhere to the AAMC Protocols for
Applicants https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/applicationand-acceptance-protocols-admission-off/.

COVID-19 Information:

The UCF COM MD Admissions office has been working diligently with AMCAS and the AAMC
to stay abreast of the impact COVID-19 is having on the current and future admission cycle.
UCF COM has confidence in AMCAS and MCAT to ensure that all applications are processed
as rapidly as possible.

MCAT: We are aware many of you had your MCAT date rescheduled to a later date than you
had planned. We have been assured sufficient MCAT test dates will be added to the schedule
to accommodate all who need to test. All rescheduling fees have been waived for 2020. As
such, we do not plan to eliminate of the MCAT as a requirement for this application cycle.

Coursework: We will accepted P/F grades issued during the COVID-19 crisis as well as online
courses. When deciding whether or not you should use P/F or a graded system you should
select the option that is most optimal for you application.

MCAT: We will accept MCAT scores taken in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Future Updates: We will update the MSAR with any changes to our admissions policies,
procedures, and deadlines change. We will update our website as decisions are made that
may impact this upcoming admission cycle.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Below are the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine’s current guidelines for the
upcoming application cycle given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you
to refer to our website for updates: https://pritzker.uchicago.edu/admissions

Our Admissions Committee understands the challenges that this pandemic has caused for
many applicants, their education, and their families. We will continue to be flexible, holistic,
and understanding as we review your candidacy.

Pass/Fail Grades: We will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the COVID-19
pandemic. We are aware that some undergraduate institutions are allowing students to take
courses either for grades or on a pass/fail basis. Our applicants should not feel pressured to
choose the graded option. Grades of “pass” will satisfy our entrance requirement
competencies.

Online/Distance Learning Courses: We will continue to accept online and virtual courses and
labs taken during the pandemic.

MCAT: Currently, the AAMC is offering MCAT test dates for 2020 through the end of
September. We will accept all 2020 MCAT test dates through the end of September for 2021
admission.

Dates and Deadlines: Like all AMCAS-participating medical schools, we will now receive
primary applications from AMCAS beginning on July 10 (a two-week delay). Our AMCAS
deadline of November 16 and our secondary deadline of December 1 remain unchanged.

Early Decision: We will not be offering the Early Decision application option for Fall 2021 entry.

Interviews: Our interview season will not begin until September 2020 (a delay from our usual
interview season opening in mid-August). We will continue to adhere to public health
guidelines regarding travel and social distancing for the safety of our applicants, our patients,
and our community, and will announce any changes to the interviewing process to applicants
invited to interview as those decisions are made.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Pass/Fail Coursework – The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine uses a holistic review
and has no prerequisite courses (i.e., prerequisites are typically courses for which a letter
grade is required by other programs). Since we do not have any prerequisite course
requirements, we have no singular recommendation or policy for applicants regarding the
impact of a pass/fail or letter grade on their candidacy.

It is our recommendation that each applicant speak with their major advisor (and preprofessional advisor, if applicable) to discuss the manner in which a pass/fail or letter grade
would impact their candicacy. In this way, an applicant can make a fully informed decision
about how to move forward based upon the entirety of her/his/their application. We are
confident that an applicant’s knowledgeable advisors can assist her/him/them in holistically
considering the impact of this decision on the applicant’s medical school candidacy as a
whole.

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The following COVID-19-related changes have been made to our
process for the 2021 application cycle
1. Invitations to complete a Secondary Application will begin two weeks later than usual due to
the delayed transmission of your application materials by AMCAS (ie, beginning 7/15 through
11/1).
2. Early Decision Program deadline is extended by two weeks (ie, 8/15 rather than 8/1)
3. On-site Interviews will be delayed by two weeks (ie, begin Sept 2020 rather than August
2020)
4. The interview season will be extended through February 2021 (ie, usually ends in January)

**General Admission Policies and Information**

Cincinnati Medicine is committed to a holistic review of applicants at every stage of the
admissions process. The Admissions Committee does not use a formula as a basis for any
interview or admissions decision, and all applicants receive consideration.

To assess the applicant’s readiness for medical school, the Committee on Admissions looks
carefully at the following in making their determination:

A. Academic background—grades and grade trends, all MCAT scores, postbaccalaureate
and/or graduate experiences, honors courses, research experiences and any independent
study courses.

B. Personal Growth and Development—maturity, integrity, leadership skills, empathy and
interpersonal skills, involvement in activities helping others, exposure to diverse circumstances
and settings, critical thinking skills, communication skills, and distance traveled (i.e., where the
applicant has come from to where s/he/they are now).

C. Professional Development—understanding of humanistic dimensions of medicine,
exploration of medicine through physician shadowing, distance traveled, demonstrated
experiences in health care and service-oriented settings, knowledge of medical school
demands and pressures, research productivity, external vs. internal pressures to pursue a
medical career.

Decisions are communicated as soon as possible. Applicants are notified if they are accepted,
placed on the Alternate List or denied acceptance within approximately two to four weeks.
Accepted applicants are required to respond to their Cincinnati Medicine offer within two
weeks. The University of Cincinnati abides by the AAMC Traffic Rules and students may hold
multiple acceptances until the stated date per the AAMC. After that date, students may only
hold one medical school acceptance.

Additional information about Cincinnati Medicine, our MD program and our Admissions
process can be found at www.med.uc.edu, www.med.uc.edu/medicalstudentadmissions and
www.med.uc.edu/mdadmissions

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle*

The CUSOM Admissions Team is aware there have been many challenges posed by the
COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in the upcoming application
cycle.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. For the spring 2020 semester,
we will accept both pass/fail grades and online courses.

We also understand that the delay of MCAT examinations will impact many applicants. As we
conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your AMCAS
application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for your MCAT
score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been cancelled
due to COVID-19, your application review will not be negatively impacted. You will have the
opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic review once your
MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully complete including MCAT
score and CUSOM supplemental application by December 31st, 2020.

First Year Admissions Timeline
June 1: Primary application is available via AMCAS.

August 1: Deadline for Early Decision applicants to complete AMCAS application.

October 1: Early Decision applicants are notified of their status.

November 15: Deadline for submitting AMCAS application.

December 31: Deadline for receipt of all materials, including the Supplemental Statement and Letters of Recommendation.

August – March: Invitations are sent to applicants selected for interview.

October – End of Admissions Cycle: Offers of acceptance are issued on a rolling basis.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

UF College of Medicine recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many
applicants’ current and planned academic, volunteer, research, professional and other
activities. Our office has adjusted our prerequisite and MCAT policies as indicated below to
accommodate interruptions and limitations in coursework and MCAT test availability beyond
applicants’ control. Furthermore, we have expanded our secondary to allow you to explain
your unique situation. We will remain flexible and adaptive as events unfold.

Prerequisite lectures and labs that have transitioned completely to online for spring, summer
and fall 2020 will be accepted to meet required courses. In addition, for spring 2020, we will
accept a pass, satisfactory, or letter grade of “C” or better for any prerequisite course (or
higher level substitute) for any reason.

For 2021 entry, in light of the extensive challenges applicants are facing due to the pandemic,
we have updated our MCAT policy as follows:
We will accept MCAT scores earned in 2016 and 2017
We will suspend the requirement of an MCAT score in order to receive a secondary invitation
Although we still require an MCAT score prior to offering an interview, we will adjust our
interview cycle to start later than normal, in order to accommodate as many applicants as
possible who take late summer/fall MCAT administrations.

We will accept individual letters of recommendation in lieu of a committee packet or letter
packet uploaded by an institution without prejudice. For the latest admissions updates, please
see the following website: https://admissions.med.ufl.edu/admission-requirements/

http://www.jabsom.hawaii.edu/mdadmissions

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
• For more information about the University of Houston College of Medicine’s COVID-19
policies, please visit: https://uh.edu/covid-19/index
o Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or pending a permanent resident in
order to be considered for an interview.
o 90 undergraduate hours at an accredited university in the United States or Canada
o All pre-medical requirements listed below must have been completed at a United States or
Canadian University. Courses that do not conform to this requirement will not be accepted,
even if transferred credit has been given for them by a U.S. or Canadian school.
o Advanced placement credit is accepted only if the school granting the credit lists the specific
course(s) and number of units granted per course on an official transcript.
o It is required that applicants take the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) within five (5)
years of applying to medical school.
o While there is no minimum GPA required for application, the UH College of Medicine will
consider applicants for admission who have demonstrated academic excellence.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of Medical College Admissions is currently working remotely.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Our admissions committee understands that this cycle is unique because there were many
unexpected challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
for the spring 2020 semester . Carver does not typically accept pre-requisite courses taken as
pass/fail, but for the spring 2020 semester, we will allow pass/fail grades for pre-requisites if it
was an institutional rule. If you have the option to take a course for a letter grade, we
encourage you to do so. Applicants should contact us if they do not receive letter grades for
prerequisite courses, and we can review these on a case-by-case basis. Also, online lab
courses WILL meet our pre-medical course requirements.

Our committee also understands that the delay of MCAT examinations may result in a later
test date than you had planned. We will be flexible in honoring exam scores as late as
September 30.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. Secondary applications must be fully complete, including
MCAT score and supplemental application, by December 15th.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

Pass/Fail Coursework – Students required by their college or university to accept a Pass/Fail
or Credit/No Credit grade for the spring 2020 semester will not be penalized by the School of
Medicine. The School of Medicine does accept Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit courses in
course prerequisites, but prefers to see letter grades. Students with the option of accepting a
letter grade or Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade in the spring 2020 semester may want to
consider the following:
– Impact on overall science GPA if a course(s) does not include a letter grade.
– Impact on cumulative GPA if a course(s) does not include a letter grade.

Online Coursework and Labs – Coursework and Labs that were moved to on-line for the
Spring 2020 semester are acceptable.

Letters of Evaluation – We do not specifically require a school committee letter, so if your
institution is now unable to provide one, please submit 3-5 individual letters of reference
instead.

The University of Kansas is a state-supported institution that gives primary consideration to
Kansas residents and applicants with strong ties to the state of Kansas.

While we will only accept candidates who are academically qualified to meet the intellectual
rigors of a medical career, our focus on out-of-state applicants is to select those who will
contribute to the depth and breadth of backgrounds and life experiences of the entering class.
We carefully consider those personal characteristics deemed necessary to develop into a
highly competent and compassionate physician. We seek applicants who have a sound
awareness of issues in medicine and who have demonstrated their commitment to serve
others.

Please review the University of Kansas School of Medicine website for updated admission
policies and information.

** Response to COVID-19- Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Given the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the University of Kentucky
College of Medicine has carefully reviewed its perspective on Pass/Fail grading. To alleviate
additional stressors surrounding educational modifications we have decided to accept Pass/
Fail grading for prerequisite coursework for Spring Semester 2020.

The admissions process assesses each applicant for potential to become a successful
physician. These attributes form the focus of student evaluation at the time of application and
throughout their medical careers. Through adoption of the same core competencies used
during residency training, our curriculum is integrated into the continuum of physician
professional development. Successful physicians are skilled in six areas, so we look for the
following attributes that reflect each of these areas at the time of admission.

-Professionalism: Physicians have a unique contract with society that requires them to place
the interests of patients above their own, maintain high standards of competence and integrity,
and provide expert advice on matters of health. The admissions committee considers the
personal statement, evaluation letters, and the interview to evaluate an applicant’s
accountability and ethical responsibility.

-Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Physicians must effectively communicate with a
wide range of colleagues and patients. The admissions committee considers secondary
application responses and interview to evaluate an applicant’s social and communication
skills.

-Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Lifelong learning is a key skill which requires the
ability to self-evaluate one’s knowledge and skills to identify areas for improvement. The
admissions committee considers secondary application responses and interview to evaluate
an applicant’s capacity for improvement.

-Systems-Based Practice: As health care has evolved, a collaborative team of professionals is
necessary to provide safe, effective, efficient, timely, patient-centered, and equitable care. The
admissions committee considers secondary application responses and interview to evaluate
an applicant’s understanding of health care systems and ability to collaborate toward a
common goal.

-Patient Care: At its heart, a medical career is a calling to serve our patients and communities.
The admissions committee considers participation in community service, secondary
application responses, and interview to evaluate an applicant’s understanding of this role and
dedication to meeting the health care needs of others.

-Medical Knowledge: The Kentucky Integrated Curriculum is a rigorous course of study that
requires students to not only acquire knowledge, but also synthesize and apply that
knowledge to each unique patient scenario. The admissions committee considers applicant
grades and MCAT scores as evidence of success in challenging academic settings.

In the individual assessment of each applicant, the UKCOM prioritizes other attributes that
reflect our mission. Although not essential, certain applicant characteristics will enhance
potential to contribute to the college and to the medical profession:

-Commitment to the State: As a state medical school, the UKCOM gives preference to
Kentucky residents, and non-residents who have strong ties to the state, including previous
attendance at a Kentucky college or university.

-Commitment to Underserved Populations: Certain geographic areas (rural Appalachian
counties) and patient populations (low socioeconomic status, underrepresented minority) have
challenges in receiving safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable health
care. The UKCOM values individuals who have demonstrated interest in serving these areas
or populations.

Response to COVID-19: All University of Louisville School of Medicine applicants will receive
credit for any Spring 2020 course for which they receive a “pass” under a pass/fail grading
system. This is a temporary adjustment, for Spring 2020 courses only, to our usual policy
requiring that applicants receive a letter grade of C or higher for all required courses; it applies
to all courses, including required courses, those recommended but not required and others.

As usual, since the Admissions Committee reviews the complete academic portfolio of
applicants being considered, advanced course work which strengthens the premedical
academic foundation will be favorably viewed during the evaluation process.

Spring 2020 MCAT Score Policy:
For the upcoming 2020-2021 admissions cycle, applications from individuals who were unable
to take the MCAT due to COVID-19 related test cancellations will be accepted and reviewed.
Secondary applications may be extended to those without MCAT scores and will be based on
available application information. Applicants should not delay applying due solely to an
unavailable MCAT score. However, applicants must have an MCAT score available before
being considered and invited for an interview.

Primary Application Deadline Extension: For the upcoming 2020-2021 admissions cycle, given
the addition of late September MCAT dates, we have extended the deadline for receipt of
primary applications from October 15 to November 1.

http://louisville.edu/medicine/admissions/app-process

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

1. Pass/Fail Coursework: Given the impact of the current outbreak on grading for the 2020
spring (and possibly summer) semester, the University of Maryland School of Medicine will
accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite courses. In the event that your institution is providing
a letter grading option, we highly encourage you to opt in to receive letter grades for your
prerequisite courses, as preference will be given to letter grades when this option is available.

2. Online Coursework and Labs – As current outbreak will also impact delivery of course
material, we will accept credit for online courses to fulfill prerequisite course requirements, for
both classroom didactics and lab components. When it is impossible to completely online labs,
the lab requirement will be waived.

3. Letters of Evaluation – When available, the University of Maryland School of Medicine will
give preference for a composite pre-medical advisory committee letter as part of the
application. Similarly, if the pre-medical advisory committee does not provide a letter but does
prepare a letter packet, then a packet prepared by this committee is required in order to be
considered for an interview. If due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an institution that has
previously provided a composite letter is unable to do so, we ask that a letter or document
from that institution confirming the reason for its inability to provide a composite letter, and that
this be included with the letter packet or individual letters uploaded into AMCAS.

4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting uncertainty with travel and quarantine
restrictions, we will alter the format of our interview day in order to keep our applicants and
SOM community safe. We have decided that all interviews for the 2021 cycle will be
conducted remotely in order to reduce the likelihood of disparity between interview day
experience and evaluations, as well as disparities in the financial burdens our applicants face.
We do hope to be able to welcome accepted students to our campus in the spring of 2021 if
public health parameters allow.

The Office of Admissions recruits and matriculates those individuals most likely to enhance the
overall health of our local, regional, national and international communities through the
development of new knowledge and the provision of exemplary patient care. All applications to
the University of Maryland School of Medicine must be initiated through the American Medical
College Application Service (AMCAS). Please contact AMCAS on line at http://www.aamc.org.
The AMCAS application is the first of a two stage process and must be on file with AMCAS by
the November 1st deadline. It is STRONGLY recommended that the application forms, letters
of recommendation and all other supporting credentials be filed as early as is possible in the
application period. For more information, visit: http://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/
admissions/MD-Application/Applicant-Responsibilities–/

Applications to the MD and combined MD/PhD programs are open to residents and non
residents of Massachusetts. Approximately 25% of each incoming first year class are non MA
residents. All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Permanent residents
will be required to provide proof of citizenship on school specific secondary forms.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in
our response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.
We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
and in the process all have made laboratory courses on-line. Although we do not typically
accept pre-requisite medical school courses taken as on-line or pass/fail, for the spring 2020
semester, we will allow both pass/fail grades and on-line courses for pre-requisites. We also
understand that the delay of MCAT examinations may impact some of you.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at UMMS will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us. Secondary applications must be fully
complete including MCAT score and supplemental application by December 1, 2020

Applicants are expected to provide committee letters when this is available to them. We will
accept individual letters when premed committee letters are not available from the applicant’s
institution.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Admissions Policies will be evaluated on a case-by-case

basis. A decision has been made to:
1. Accept Pass/Fail coursework
2. Accept online coursework
3. Waive laboratory requirements
4. Allow official transcripts to be submitted after the deadline

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Posted 5-22-20

MCAT
The University of Michigan Medical School continues to encourage all applicants to apply as
early as possible, even if your MCAT test date was cancelled on or before March 27, 2020 as
a result of COVID-19, as our rolling interview notifications and admissions policy is still in
effect. We will accept and evaluate applications without MCAT scores. We will base our
interview decisions on a holistic review of the entire application, however a final admissions
decision will not be made without an MCAT score on file.

Coursework
Pass/Fail:
GPA is only one factor used in assessing an applicant’s file. The University of Michigan
Medical School has always accepted a limited number of pass/fail grades, however due to
unforeseen challenges and restrictions many applicants have faced due to COVID-19, we are
willing to more liberally accept pass/fail grades for the 2020-21 application cycle.

Online Courses:
We recognize many applicants have been required to switch to online learning due to
COVID-19. The University of Michigan Medical School has a long standing policy of holistically
reviewing how applicants have chosen to meet our core competencies. We look for
demonstrated academic strength and rigor in several key areas, which can be met through
traditional or online coursework, as well as other extracurricular activities.

For complete information: https://medicine.umich.edu/medschool/education/md-program/mdadmissions/requirements

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We recognize COVID-19 has had a significant impact on applicants to medical school and will
continue to do so. We have provided some information below on common issues. We are
monitoring this situation closely and will update information as needed. Please feel free to
contact us directly for any additional information you might need.

Twin Cities MD Program: meded@umn.edu
Duluth MD Program: dmeded@d.umn.edu
MSTP Program: mdphd@umn.edu

Interview Program
The University of Minnesota Medical School will host virtual interviews only for Cycle 2021.
This applies to candidates submitting an application to the Twin Cities and Duluth MD
programs and the MD/PhD program. More information will be provided to candidates at a later
date by each individual program.

Prerequisites
The University of Minnesota Medical School will accept S/N (commonly referred to as Pass/
Fail) grades for courses taken in the Spring and Summer of 2020. We conduct a holistic
review of all applications and the academic profile is reviewed in terms of courses taken,
grade trends, and final outcomes. We also look at the academic profile in relation to the MCAT
total and sub-scores.

Letters of Recommendation
We will continue to take both committee and individual letters. The Admissions Committee
does not place greater weight on one over the other.

MCAT
The Twin Cities and Duluth MD programs and the MD/PhD program at the University of
Minnesota Medical School will accept applications from candidates facing challenges securing
an MCAT test date due to COVID-19. For these candidates we will make decisions regarding
a supplemental application based on other information presented in your AMCAS file. If
needed we will also make interview decisions based on all other information in your
application file. Final admissions decisions will require an MCAT test score that meets the
minimum requirement set forth by each program. The last test date we will accept is
September 28, 2020.

Application Deadlines
We will extend our Primary and Supplemental Application Deadlines to Nov. 15 and Dec. 15
respectively to accommodate other delays applicants are facing in the 2021 application cycle.

Experiences
We recognize that for many applicants Spring and Summer 2020 experiences (i.e. research,
volunteering, clinical exposure, other) have been or will be cancelled, shortened, or adjusted.
The Admissions Committees will take the impact of COVID-19 into consideration and remain
flexible when reviewing this and other aspects of the applicant file.

The SOM employs a holistic admissions review that affords each applicant balanced
consideration of life experiences, personal attributes and academic metrics to select not only
those who can succeed but those who can contribute to the diversity of a medical school class
that can serve as a driver of educational excellence. For further details, see Applicant
Evaluation and Decisions on the Admissions website.

The School of Medicine offers pre-application counseling for prospective applicants and postapplication counseling for unsuccessful applicants. To make an appointment, call the
admissions office at (601) 984-5010. The Admissions Office encourages all students who are
interested in applying to our SOM to arrange for pre-counseling early in their undergraduate
careers.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle** Please note the following
information regarding coursework, labs, and letters of evaluation: Pass/Fail Coursework – We
will accept pass grades for coursework for the spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19
pandemic. Online Coursework and Labs – We will accept some online coursework for lectures
and will allow online labs during COVID-19 pandemic this summer. The exceptions are that we
will not accept online biochemistry or the two required upper level life science course
requirements. Letters of Evaluation – We accept all letter formats which include committee,
packet, and individual letters. Please visit our website for updates on timelines related to
COVID-19. https://www.umc.edu/som/Departments%20and%20Offices/SOM
%20Administrative%20Offices/SOM%20Admissions/Application%20Timeline%20and
%20Deadlines.html

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
The admissions committee highly encourages Mizzou Med applicants to keep all required
coursework as a letter grade for the spring 2020 semester. However, if this is not an option at
your institution, applicants will not be penalized for taking our required coursework as pass/fail
for the spring 2020 semester only.

For entering class 2021 applicants, we prefer primary AMCAS applications to be submitted by
October 15, however, we will accept applications up until October 30 for those applicants who
can’t take the MCAT exam until the end of September. We will also allow those applicants to
submit their secondary application materials by November 30.

Mizzou Med will also NOT be holding any in person interviews for entering class 2021- all
admissions MD and MD-PhD interviews will be completed virtually through zoom technology.
If an applicant is selected for an interview, the Admissions office will send detailed information
about the interview day. We still expect to offer around 400 interviews, and applicants will still
get two individual one-on-one interviews with a member from the admissions committee.

https://medicine.missouri.edu/admissions/application-requirements

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward, we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, our current application
deadlines and requirements still stand, however, we are dedicated to ensuring flexibility in our
response to the challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We current currently advise taking our three pre-requisite courses for a grade if possible,
however, we will not penalize applicants for circumstances outside of their control.
Additionally, on our supplemental application application, there will be a section where you can
address how the COVID-19 crisis has impacted you and your candidacy for admission. We
encourage you to utilize this space for the Admissions Committee to review.

As we conduct complete holistic review of applications, we encourage you to submit your
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been
cancelled due to COVID-19, your application review at UMKC will not be negatively impacted.
You will have the opportunity to alert us of your new test date and you will receive a holistic
review once your MCAT score is available to us. Applications must be fully complete including
MCAT score and supplemental application by September 1st.

https://www.unlv.edu/medicine/applicants

*Response to COVID-19 – Information for the 2021 Application Cycle*
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following exceptions and considerations will be taken
regarding requirements to the UNLV School of Medicine application process for the next
admissions cycle. As developments or changes occur, we will continue to update our website
with information for applicants.

MCAT Test Scores
The deadline for taking the MCAT will be extended until October 1. In the event that the MCAT
examination does not resume prior to October 1, we will make decisions on sending
Secondary Applications based on the information that is available in the AMCAS application.
We will require applicants to have taken the MCAT prior to making admissions decisions for
the Class of 2025. For more information on the MCAT exam and COVID-19, please visit their
website.

Online Pre-Requisite Coursework
For Spring 2020, campuses across the U.S. went from in-person instruction to online
instruction due to the pandemic. If you were enrolled for pre-requisite course work during this
semester, we will accept your course(s) that shifted to online instruction. This will also apply to
Summer and Fall 2020 coursework.

Pass/Fail Pre-Requisite Coursework
For Spring 2020, some U.S. campuses have required students to take Pass/Fail grades while
others have made it an option. The UNLV School of Medicine will review P/F course work from
Spring 2020 without prejudice. The Office of Admissions recognizes the disruption to
educational plans and course selection that the pandemic has caused. This will also apply to
Summer 2020 coursework.

Application Deadline
AMCAS applications may be submitted until October 1, 2020. If your application is complete
but is pending your MCAT, you are welcome to submit it, and we will wait for your test score to
come in. For more information on the AMCAS application schedule and COVID-19, please
visit their website.

Application Deadline – EDP
AMCAS applications for EDP may be submitted until August 1, 2020. The MCAT exam must
be taken by August 1st as well. All other above COVID-19 conditions and considerations for
online and P/F course work applies.

Interviews – 2021 Cycle
All interviews will be conducted virtually for the 2021 application cycle due to COVID-19.
There will be both asynchronous and live virtual components. Those who are selected for an
interview will receive detailed information.

For questions or concerns, please email admissions@medicine.unlv.edu

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

UNR Med recognizes the exceptional circumstances and potential impact of COVID-19 for
those planning to apply during the 2021 application cycle. We are monitoring student concerns
and carefully tracking AAMC Covid-19 updates and MCAT cancellations. We are, and will,
amend application requirements as needed. We are committed to considering individual and
environmental factors resulting from the pandemic as part of our holistic review process.

If you are enrolled in prerequisite courses that were moved online due to COVID-19, please
note that the requirement that limits online enrollment in lower-division, required prerequisites,
to a total of six credits is waived for courses moved online due to COVID-19. Additionally, the
requirement that does not allow the online completion of required upper division prerequisites
is waived for courses moved online due to COVID-19.

If your university grants you the option to take courses P/F or S/U, you are advised to take
courses for grades. However, the requirement to earn a C- or above in required prerequisites
will be waived upon documentation that your undergraduate institution or instructor mandated
that the course be changed from graded to pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory, due to
COVID-19. If you believe that your grade was significantly impacted by the course being
moved online, you will have the opportunity to provide additional information within our
Secondary application.

Updates to application requirements due to Covid-19 will be posted at the top of our
admissions requirements web page at: https://med.unr.edu/md-admissions/md-program/
application-requirements

Residency Requirements: Please note that applicants must be residents of Nevada, Alaska,
Arizona, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, or Wyoming or reside in a California
county that borders Nevada on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada range (Alpine, El
Dorado, Inyo, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, and Sierra). Candidates who
do not meet these residency requirements, but can demonstrate significant connections or ties
to Nevada, may submit a Residency Exemption Request.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
As we continue moving forward during this unprecedented time, we are aware of the
disruptions the COVID-19 pandemic may have caused current applicants in fulfilling the
admissions requirements. We recognize that this is still a fluid situation and applicants will be
impacted in several ways.

Currently, the UNM SOM Committee on Admissions has made no changes to the
requirements for the prerequisites coursework, the MCAT and GPA minimum requirements.
With various stay-at-home orders and other forms of social distancing we will continue to
monitor and re-evaluate our requirements as future events unfold.

For the spring 2020 semester, we will consider prerequisite lectures/labs that were converted
to online mid-semester. Lectures/labs with a start date in March 2020 that converted to online
may be considered an online course. UNM SOM policy allows applicants to take up to two
prerequisite lecture courses online. If an applicant exceeds the two online lecture prerequisite
courses, applicants will have an opportunity to explain their circumstances for taking more
than the allotted two online lecture courses. The committee will review this information and it
will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis.

In regard to credit/no credit, we highly encourage applicants to obtain a letter grade for all
required prerequisite courses if given the choice. Applicants that receive credit/no credit in lieu
of a letter grade for prerequisite courses in the spring 2020 semester/quarter, will have an
opportunity to explain their circumstances for which the prerequisite courses are completed
outside our guidelines. The committee will review this information and it will be taken into
consideration on a case-by-case basis.

***RESPONSE TO COVID-19 – INFORMATION FOR ADMISSIONS CYCLE 2021***

MCAT
The latest MCAT considered for cycle 2021 will now be September 28, 2020 (updated
6/9/2020).

PASS/FAIL COURSEWORK (updated 4/5//2020)
We recognize the challenge faced by students during the COVID-19 crisis. We will accept P/
NC grades and online courses taken during the semesters impacted by COVID-19. This will
include the Spring 2020 semester and summer coursework, as applicable.

ONLINE COURSEWORK AND LABS
Online coursework and labs will be accepted only for the semesters impacted by COVID-19.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION
Letters of recommendation from faculty and organizations must be on their letterhead and
signed. Requirements and deadlines can be found at: https://www.med.unc.edu/admit/
requirements/admissions-process/#step-three–garner-your-letters-of-recommendation

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Timeline:
All deadlines are remaining the same at this time.

Pass/Fail Grading:
Our school will accept pass/fail grades, without prejudice, for courses taken during the
COVID-19 pandemic. It has always been our practice to consider grades in the context of
numerous other aspects of the application, and an international crisis certainly provides a
unique and compelling context. In making this statement, we are cognizant of the fact that
some undergraduate schools are providing an option for students to take courses either for
grades or on a Pass/Fail basis. We therefore want to be explicit that applicants should not feel
pressured by us to choose the graded option. Students and their families are facing many
challenges at the moment – maybe even life and death challenges. The pressure for grades
need not be one of them.

MCAT:
We encourage individuals who were unable to take the MCAT due to COVID-related test
cancellations, to not delay their application submission. AMCAS has announced that they are
resuming MCAT examinations with scheduling opening May 7, 2020. They are committed to
testing all applicants that want to test this application cycle. We will require applicants to have
taken the MCAT before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. Applicants
should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We are currently considering implications from the COVID 19 pandemic and how this situation
might impact admissions requirements and processes for the 2020-2021 application cycle and
beyond. The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Admissions Board and Leadership
will be reviewing guidance from the AAMC and working with our university partners to make
informed decisions that will best serve applicants and the OUCOM jointly.

Pass/Fail Grades – The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine will accept Pass/Fail
grades for courses (including prerequisites) taken Spring semester 2020.

For Clarification: We will accept a Passing (P) grade Spring 2020 where typically, for all other
semesters, Pass/Fail grading, advanced placement and CLEP courses are accepted only if a
subsequent higher course is taken for a grade.

Please visit our website for updates on policies and timelines related to COVID-19.

https://medicine.ouhsc.edu/Prospective-Students/Admissions

To find all the details regarding our admissions requirements and policies, please consult the
following link: https://med.uottawa.ca/undergraduate/admissions/application-process/eligibilityrequirements

Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has
adopted the following policies:

We are accepting Pass/Fail (Pass/No Credit, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) for pre-requisite
courses completed during the Spring and Summer terms of 2020. However, students
participating in our special programs (Guaranteed Admit Program-GAP and Summer
Premedical Academic Enrichment Program Early Assurance-SPAEPEA) must obtain letter
grades for all required pre-requisite course work. Also, we are accepting on-line course work
for pre-requisites and labs during the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters and require that the
course work be completed at the student’s undergraduate or graduate college or university or
at an accredited academic institution. When deciding whether or not to use pass /fail or a
graded system, you should select the option that is optimal for your application.

UPSOM will continue to conduct a holistic review of your application materials and will
consider the MCAT score as it becomes available (provided it is posted by our Supplemental
deadline date). Application decisions will not be rendered until an MCAT score is submitted.
Letters of recommmendation will also be reviewed as they become available.

Please visit our web site, https://www.medadmissions.pitt.edu, for the most complete, accurate
& timely information related to course work, admissions cycle deadlines, MCAT, and letters of
recommendation.

**Response to COVID-10 – information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Due to the COVID-10 virus pandemic, we know that many colleges and universities are going
to Pass/Not Pass grades for the current 2020 Spring and Summer semesters. The University
of Rochester will be flexible and understanding and will accept P/NP grades for these 2
semesters, including on-line labs. Because such grades are difficult to use in evaluating your
abilities, if your school offers students the option of a grade rather than P/NP, we would prefer
a grade, especially for prerequisites, but rest assured, we will accept both. Latest MCAT
extended through 9/28/20.

As this is a time that needs great flexibility, all special situations will be considered, please do
not hesitate to reach out to us for any questions or concerns.

The U of R medical student will have a strong foundation in science, evidence of curiosity
through research/innovation, and demonstration of human connection through clinical
experiences, community engagement, or the pursuit of the study of humanities.

We require applicants to take CASPer, a situational judgement assessment and submit their
scores to us in order for their application to be complete.

Applications are reviewed from August through January. Interviews begin the last week of
August through the end of February.

Rochester has rolling admissions and offers begin mid-October.

Wait list activity typically begins the end of April and as openings in the class occur, offers of
admissions are extended (which traditionally can occur into July).

Admissions policies and information can be found at http://www.medicine.usask.ca/education/medical/undergrad/prospective-students/admissions. It is important to note that a number of
admission requirement changes may be forthcoming, so potential applicants are encouraged
to check the website on a regular basis.

For the 2019-2020 admissions cycle accepted students to the University of South Alabama
College of Medicine are expected to follow the new traffic rules as they relate to notifying
medical schools of where they plan to attend. COVID-19 Update: In light of the current
outbreak of COVID-19 The University of South Alabama College of Medicine has carefully
reviewed the requirements for admissions. So that no applicant is at a disadvantage during
this time, the Admissions Committee has revised the course and MCAT requirements for
upcoming application cycles. We will accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework
completed in the Spring semester of 2020. We will accept online coursework for prerequisite
courses completed in both Spring and Summer semesters of 2020. Due to the cancellation of
the MCAT test dates in March, April and May an MCAT taken at anytime in 2020 will be
accepted. As events unfold, we may post additional changes to our deadlines and other
admissions policies as needed. These updates will be posted both in the Medical School
Admissions Requirements (MSAR) publication and our website.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:
– Pass/Fail Coursework & Online Coursework and Labs: For students who do not receive
standard letter grades or elect not to receive standard letter grades during the Spring 2020,
Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 semesters due to school closures and conversion to online
learning, we will accept pass/fail courses and online labs. Although the School of Medicine
does not have any prerequisites, there are strongly recommended courses.
– Letters of Evaluation: During the committee review, the SOM will remain cognizant of the fact
that clinical and observational experiences may be more difficult to obtain along with letters
accompanying these experiences.
– MCAT: The SOM will continue to require an MCAT score taken no later than September
2020 to be considered for this application cycle.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs and letters of evaluation:

• Pass/Fail Coursework & Online Coursework and Labs – For students who do not receive
grades during this semester, we will accept pre-requisites as pass/fail courses and online labs
to meet the requirements if they were taken during a semester when your University offered
online-only schedules for health and safety reasons.
• Letters of Evaluation – During our evaluation of applicants, we will remain cognizant of the
fact that clinical and observation experiences may be more difficult to obtain during this
application cycle.
• MCAT – We will continue to require an MCAT score to receive a secondary application and/
or to be offered an interview. However, for those who wish to retake the MCAT after an initial
score, we will accept MCAT scores through February 2021 (the MCAT must be taken by
January 2021) if additional MCAT dates are not offered after September 2020.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**Please note the following
new information about pass/fail requirements coursework, policies for online courses/labs and
Letters of Evaluation:

Pass/Fail – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (USD-SSOM)
recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak in disrupting coursework for the 2020 spring
and summer semesters. Although the committee would prefer grades for the prerequisite
courses taken during the 2020 spring/summer semesters (when this option is available), we
will accept Pass/Fail grades. The USD-SSOM will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19
on students’ educational experiences and evaluations and will reevaluate our requirements
accordingly.

Letters of Evaluation – As always, USD-SSOM accepts all letter types (Individual, letter
packets or Committee letters)

Online Coursework and Labs — As always, USD-SSOM accepts online coursework from any
accredited institution.

Application Deadline date—The USD-SSOM recognizes the challenges facing applicants with
regards to completing MCAT, Letters of Recommendation and other requirements and as
such has decided to extend our 2021 application cycle deadline from November 1st to
December 1st. Accordingly, we will also extend our MCAT 2021 application cycle deadline to
Dec. 1st, 2020.

See following URL: https://www.usd.edu/medicine/medical-student-affairs/eligibility

http://www.uthsc.edu/Medicine/Admissions/admissionsrequirements.php

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle:

In this time of uncertainty, we realize that many of you may need to reschedule your MCAT
exams, adjust your course plan, and/or cancel clinical experiences. Some of you – or your
loved ones – will be personally affected by this global pandemic. Our Admissions Committee
assures you that these unforeseen circumstances will be understood in the context of the
current situation. We will accept pass/fail courses, as well as online courses, toward our
course requirements. In addition, we will accept all MCAT scores for the 2020-21 application
cycle from all possible test dates through December 2020. Please stay safe.


Pass/Fail & Online Coursework and Labs: For students who do not receive standard letter grades or do not elect to receive standard letter grades during the Spring 2020 and/or Summer 2020 semesters due to school closures and conversion to online learning, we will accept pass/fail courses and online labs. Although the School of Medicine – Columbia does not have prerequisites, there are strongly recommended courses.


Letters of Evaluation: During the committee review, the School of Medicine – Columbia will remain cognizant of the fact that clinical and observational experience may be more difficult to obtain along with letters accompanying these experiences.


MCAT: The School of Medicine – Columbia will continue to require a MCAT score to be taken no later than September 2020 to be considered for this application cycle.


Until further notice, we are unable to offer tours or campus visits.
Our Admissions team is telecommuting, with sporadic days in the office. We are checking emails during normal business hours.

Due to COVID-19, the UTMB medical school application and interview timeline will be changing as information is updated from TMDSAS and the UTMB Office of Admissions. Make sure to check back for the latest Application and Interview Timeline Information.


Application Timeline
May 2020 TMDSAS application opens
July 2020 Admission Committee begins reviewing applications
August 2020 Interview season begins
October 2020 Open acceptance period for Texas residents begins
November 2020 Deadline for application and supporting materials
Begin making offers to non-Texas residents
January 2021 Interview season ends
Open acceptance period ends
Deadline to submit ranking of schools
March 2021 Alternate pool letters mailed

Please see www.utrgv.edu/som/admissions

Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle: For updates from TMDSAS
institutions regarding COVID-19 impacts, please vist the TMDSAS Newroom page: https://www.txhes.com/newsroom/updates/tmdsas-covid-impacts-ey21.html

For other UT Southwestern admissions policies, please visit our website at: https://www.utsouthwestern.edu/education/medical-school/admissions/

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Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

***RESPONSE TO COVID-19: Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle***

Due to the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we may have to make
additional changes to the information below. Please refer to our website for the most current
information: https://www.utoledo.edu/med/md/.

1) Format/Grading for Prerequisite Courses and Labs
Online/virtual coursework for all classes completed during semesters impacted by COVID-19,
including prerequisites, are accepted. Further, we’ll accept non-letter grades for courses taken
during the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. A grade of pass (in a “pass/fail” format),
“credit” (in a “credit/no credit” format), or similar passing grade will be acceptable. We will also
accept on-line/virtual labs for science/math prerequisite courses completed during semesters
impacted by COVID-19.

2) MCAT
We are waiving the requirement of a posted MCAT score for eligibility for a UToledo
Secondary Application. MCAT scores will still be required for most applicants prior to receipt of
an invitation for an interview. Please see our website for additional information about
undergraduate GPA requirements for Secondary Application invitations.

3) Letters of Recommendation
We will continue to accept all types of letters of recommendation as described in the section
above.

All UToledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences (COMLS) policies: https://
www.utoledo.edu/policies/academic/college_of_medicine/
COMLS Admissions: https://www.utoledo.edu/med/md/

We identify the best possible candidates for medical school by assessing each applicant’s
overall achievements, including those in academic and non-academic areas.

In addition to our general application, we are pleased to offer two diversity application streams:
Black Student Application Program (BSAP): http://www.applymd.utoronto.ca/black-studentapplication-program
Indigenous Student Application Program (ISAP): http://www.applymd.utoronto.ca/indigenousstudent-application-program

UUSOM COVID-19 Policies:

We will maintain our GPA and MCAT thresholds for the 2020-2021 cycle: however, we will
accept MCAT scores for tests taken within the last 4 years from January 2017 through
September 28, 2020. We consider the scores from the most current exam. We will accept
pass/fail grades and on-line courses for premedical coursework taken during the Spring and
Summer 2020 semesters. Fall 2020 and beyond are being closely monitored, and
requirements will be adjusted as needed.

We have combined existing application requirements into 3 activity-related criteria and will
emphasize the holistic nature of reviewing each application in detail pre-, during-, and postCOVID-19. Students are expected to participate in Community Engagement, Clinical
Experience, and Intellectual Curiosity for the application cycle of 2020-2021. Visit our website
for more detailed information at https://medicine.utah.edu/students/programs/md/admissions/
admissions-requirements-recommendations.php

We anticipate that we will begin inviting applicants to complete secondary forms in July and
will begin interviewing in September. We are considering using virtual interviews for the
2020-2021 cycle.

**Response to COVID19–Information for 2021 Application Cycle**
1. We will accept Pass/Fail grades for prerequisite courses
2. We do accept online courses and labs
3. If you are unable to get a Committee letter due to COVID19, we can accept individual letters

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs, and letters of evaluation:

Pass/Fail Coursework – UVA School of Medicine will honor any institutional policies regarding
courses shifted to pass/fail. With the holistic admission review and no pre-requisite courses,
candidates will be granted every possible consideration with special attention given to the
2020 Spring semester and possible future semesters that may also be impacted. Candidates
are encouraged to connect with pre-health advisers to navigate their own institutional policies.

Online Coursework and Labs – UVA School of Medicine employs a holistic admission review
without pre-requisites or specifications on lab work or online work.

Letters of Evaluation – UVA School of Medicine will maintain the current policy for letters of
reference requiring a minimum of two individual letters of recommendation, OR one committee
letter. Applicants are encouraged to seek letter writers with whom they have worked closely in
settings relevant to their application.

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the admissions process for
the Fall 2021 entering class. Please visit https://www.uwmedicine.org/school-of-medicine/
admissions/covid-19-response for updates and changes.

Applicants are required to take CASPer (https://takecasper.com/).

The University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) does not accept applications
from students who request to transfer from other medical schools unless the students are
residents of Wyoming, Alaska, Montana or Idaho and there is a funded position open in the
respective state’s contract due to student attrition. More information is available at: https://
www.uwmedicine.org/school-of-medicine/admissions/transfer-advanced-standing

Applicants are expected to comply with the following policies:
Honor Code: The UWSOM believes that high ethical standards are essential to the practice of
medicine. As we aspire to cultivate and maintain a community of professionalism and
academic integrity, we place at the foundation of our endeavors and in all of our interactions
the ideals of excellence, integrity, respect, compassion, accountability and a commitment to
altruism. Through the Honor Code, we attempt to articulate the most basic principles that
should guide our professional behavior throughout our education.

Clerkship Policy: The UWSOM takes pride in the vast array of clinical educational
opportunities available to our students throughout the WWAMI region. Our Clerkship Policy
enables students to take advantage of these opportunities. Students are expected to spend 24
weeks of their required clerkships outside of a 50-mile radius from Seattle, and regional or
Spokane students spend a minimum of 8 weeks within Seattle. Exceptions to this policy are
granted rarely.

Essential Requirements: The M.D. degree is recognized as a broad, undifferentiated degree
requiring the acquisition of general knowledge and basic skills in all fields of medicine. The
education of a physician requires assimilation of knowledge, acquisition of skills and
development of judgment through patient care experience in preparation for independent and
appropriate decisions required in practice. There are numerous components to the UWSOM
Essential Requirements of Medical Education: Admission, Retention, Promotion, and
Graduation Standards. See the complete technical standards at: https://www.uwmedicine.org/
school-of-medicine/admissions/expectations

UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct: UW Medicine is committed to high standards of
professionalism in patient care, research and education among our faculty, staff, residents,
fellows and students. Professionalism is integral to our mission of improving health, and
includes demonstrating excellence, respect, integrity, compassion, altruism and accountability
in all endeavors and creating an environment supportive of diversity in ideas, perspectives and
experiences. Read the UW Medicine Policy on Professional Conduct at: https://
www.uwmedicine.org/school-of-medicine/admissions/expectations

Applicants are expected to communicate directly with the Admissions Office and the AAMC
Choose Your Medical School Tool regarding their decision. On April 15, applicants must
narrow medical school selections down to three. On April 30, applicants MUST select either
“Commit to Enroll”, “Plan to Enroll”, or withdraw their application at the University of
Washington. On July 12, applicants accepted to the program MUST select “Commit to Enroll”
at the University of Washington in the AMCAS Application and withdraw their application from
all other programs. If a decision is not reported by this date, it will be interpreted as a
withdrawal. The UWSOM will not accept/enroll any applicant who chooses to “Commit to
Enroll” at another institution. Alternates that have “Commit to Enroll” at another institution will
not be accepted. Offers of admission will still be made to applicants that “Plan to Enroll” at
another program.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs, letters of recommendation,
and gaining medical exposure:

The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health recognizes applicants are
facing unprecedented challenges to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured that our staff
and admissions committee members understand issues that are facing and will adjust our
assessment of applications and applicants as needed. Our primary concern is the safety of all
applicants. Here are some of the anticipated changes to our requirements for the 2020 and
2021 application cycles.

Pass/Fail Coursework – We will accept pass/fail (or equivalent) grades for coursework
completed during the duration of the pandemic. However, to give us the best sense of your
comparative academic preparation, we encourage as much coursework as possible be taken
on a graded basis (vs. pass/fail). This is especially true for our prerequisites and all courses
that fall under the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math (BCPM) category in AMCAS.

Online Coursework and Labs – Online courses taken at accredited institutions are accepted
toward our specified course prerequisites and general degree requirements. We would prefer
lab courses to be taken as in-person (rather than virtual) but will accept online courses
including online lab courses taken in the spring and summer terms of 2020.

Letters of Recommendation – Our requirements for the type and number of letters of
recommendation are unchanged. However, we recognize that the course of study changes
resulting from COVID-19 may have changed the depth and character of applicants’
interactions with typical recommenders: faculty, supervisors, university administrators and
staff. Total hours of interaction may be curtailed, and the specificity of comments may be less
or have a different tenor because of a lower number of in-person contact hours.

MCAT – Although some MCAT test dates have been suspended, we understand that the test
administrators are working hard to provide additional testing opportunities. We will continue to
monitor this situation and encourage applicants to check the MCAT website frequently for
updates. At this point, we will accept MCATs taken through September 30, 2020 for the 2021
cycle.

Medical Exposure/Experiences/Public Service – Due to self-quarantine, social distancing, and
other virus mitigation policies; it may be more difficult for applicants to accumulate significant
preparatory experiences such as volunteering, shadowing, and other opportunities for medical
exposure. To address this, we recommend consulting your pre-health advising center if you
are still in college. You may want to research opportunities in your local community. Local
volunteer organizations may have suggestions for acceptable opportunities. Check with
organizations you have volunteered with in the past to see if you can assist in previous roles.
Consider online opportunities, like tutoring or mentoring. Take an online class, listen to
podcasts, or read articles and books about public health, bioethics, or another health-related
topic that interests you.

Accepted applicants may select “Plan to Enroll” beginning February 19. Applicants with
multiple acceptances should narrow their choices to three schools by April 15. By April 30,
applicants should select “Commit to Enroll” for their final choice of medical school, and
withdraw acceptances from all other schools. If an accepted applicant is holding acceptances
at schools other than UWSMPH after April 30, we reserve the right to rescind our acceptance.
Applicants with extraordinary circumstances requiring additional time to make a final decision
should contact our office as soon as possible. Applicants may remain on alternate lists at other
medical schools after selecting “Commit to Enroll.”

Acceptances are offered on a “rolling” basis from mid-October to May. All admissions
decisions are made by the Medical Student Selection Committee and are final. Candidates not
offered an outright acceptance are placed on a wait list except during Early Decision Process
(EDP). Once accepted, please submit transcripts from all secondary institutions (Bachelors,
Masters, Ph.D., Post-Baccalaureate, etc.). Please ensure that the transcripts are official and
final and have your degree conferral date posted.

A Key Point!

Stay reassured!! There are so many people out there to help you navigate what is already a challenging path. We’ll all stay flexible while working hard to maintain a fair and consistent process for all of our applicants.

What about the deadline for the EDP programs?

JAMP Administration in close communication with JAMP council members, is actively discussing the issues surrounding COVID-19. Two major issues are the timeline for taking the MCAT, and the other is the status of the summer programs. With the closure of MCAT testing sites, JAMP students have been asked to reschedule for early May dates. According to the MCAT website, most people have been successfully rescheduled and they are working with the remaining individuals to make that happen. AAMC’s MCAT team created a centralized MCAT Coronavirus FAQs page to provide the latest information: https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/article/coronavirus-mcat-faqs/.

The decision on whether to have or postpone JAMP Summer Programs is yet to be made. How the COVID-19 situation develops in the next month, and how the safety recommendations and precautions evolve will drive the decision. That decision will be made after discussions with all the JAMP Council members, representing all the JAMP participating medical schools.

How will processing and review of apps be affected?

At Long SOM, our Admissions Committee’s usual process is to continuously review applications throughout the entire season, from May 1 through December. We do realize that the MCAT testing changes and other things might shift the application timeline towards the later months in the cycle, and our Admissions Committee will be ready for this.

We will pace our interview invitations throughout the season and will be inviting up until December. We will not fill all our interview spots in May/June/July. We like to see how the entire pool is evolving all throughout the season and invite applicants all throughout the months of May through December.

It is possible that we consider January interview dates, if the pacing of submitted applications warrants.

What about Online Courses?

Long SOM will accept online courses, and even if the student is taking prerequisite coursework during this COVID-19 period, the LSOM Admissions Committee will accept online prerequisites. We realize how important it is to be flexible in this unique set of circumstances. In fact, the AAMC is recommending that all schools be flexible regarding issues related to online coursework and labs, prerequisite requirements, the change to pass/fail grading and letters of recommendation.

What will I do about Interviews?

Currently, Long SOM is planning to have in-person Interview Days, beginning August 7, 2020. In the coming weeks, as we learn more about the containment of COVID-19, it might be necessary to consider a virtual environment.

Will I be bypassed if I haven’t taken my MCAT?

You will NOT be bypassed if you haven’t taken your MCAT, however, most schools, require an MCAT before inviting an applicant to interview. Reschedule as soon as you can, as long as you are ready. Use any extra time to study more!

Long SOM will wait for an MCAT score before inviting to interview, as per our usual process, but we will be looking for those MCAT scores to roll in all throughout the season. Don’t worry! We will not fill all our interview spots in the early months. I think a lot of schools screen and re-screen throughout the entire season or most of it.

For the last several years, TMDSAS has recommended an early application submissions. Applicants must keep in mind that an early, completed submission really doesn’t ensure an invitation. There will be applicants who submit in May and get an Interview for August AND there will be people who submit in May and receive an interview invite for December.

If I finish courses remotely, will the courses still meet the requirement?

Yes, courses completed remotely during this semester will meet Long SOM requirements. We have been following what undergraduate institutions are doing and are supportive of the necessary changes on their campuses, and will honor these decisions.

Will there be any concessions for required Coursework?

At this time, there are no plans for Long’s Admissions Committee, in conjunction with the Curriculum Committee, to change the required coursework. It is covered over several semesters, so an applicant should be able to get everything done, especially as colleges and universities are implementing ways for students to complete their coursework virtually. We will, however, give consideration to any individual’s particular situation.

How will the change to Pass /Fail Grading be handled by your Admissions Committee?

We all realize the importance of flexibility about the changes in coursework (and so many other things) that are necessary because of the COVID-19 virus. That being said, if there are many “Ps” in the sciences, and in the prerequisites, our committee will be looking for other measures of strength in the sciences. Grades from courses prior to the pandemic, grades subsequent to this time period, and upper level science courses with posted grades may be good indicators of science acumen (as well as the MCAT, of course.)

[3/30/20 – 4:00 pm Update]

“My research/shadowing/clinical activity/community service was canceled. How is your Admissions Committee going to view this?”

At the Long SOM and I am sure at most or all schools, we will be very aware when reviewing applications in the future that this was a unique semester for those pursuing medicine. Our committee will be flexible and tolerant of decreased activity of those sorts in this semester. (We will see what the future brings in regards to social distancing in future semesters, including summer 2020.) That being said, there ARE ways to stay busy-learning about medicine and serving. Find ways to help others, and spend some time with a medicine related book or You Tube videos of parts of the history and physical exam. Be creative!

Vanderbilt only receives verified AMCAS applications, which takes 4-6 weeks from AMCAS.
Once received, our committee ensures there is a current MCAT score and then screens to
decide to give a secondary application. Once the secondary and letters of evaluations are
received, a committee reviews to determine an interview. We interview on Mondays and
Fridays from September to January. After the interview, our Admissions Committee
determines who will join the class. We have a December and February wave of admissions;
afterwards, candidates not admitted are placed on the waitlist. Vanderbilt’s goal is to utilize
the waitlist to craft a class that reflects the mission of the school. In the spring, admitted
candidates attend Second Look Weekend, which provides these individuals the opportunity to
learn more about Nashville and Vanderbilt. Admitted students have a checklist that they can
use to stay on track about immunizations, matriculation surveys, and other items. As a
reminder, admissions is contingent on a successful criminal background check, compliance
with our technical standards and honor code, and documentation of graduation from an
accredited institution. Internationally educated candidates can find the following website
helpful: https://registrar.vanderbilt.edu/academic-records/international-degrees.php.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to reach out to Admissions to clarify any questions they
may have.

VANDERBILT RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AS OF APRIL 27, 2020
Vanderbilt recognizes that we are in unusual times and wants to create an admissions process
fair for all. Because Vanderbilt has recommended courses instead of prerequisites, we are
fine with courses taken pass/fail or online. If your college typically writes committee letters,
but is moving to a letter collection service, we understand. Due to recent MCAT cancellations,
Vanderbilt recognizes that there may be a delay in candidates having completed files (verified
AMCAS and MCAT scores). Although rolling admissions is still an important part of the
process, it would be unfair to penalize candidates who were unable to take a test that was
canceled. Please note, there are many candidates in this position, so we will adjust our
process accordingly. We encourage candidates to remember they can submit their AMCAS
without taking an MCAT. As the year progresses, please note that we will continue to update
our COVID-19 Response on this site and our website. Please feel comfortable reaching out to
mdadmissions@vanderbilt.edu with any questions you might have.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

As we all work to move forward we are acutely aware that many of you have tackled a great
many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are flexible in our response to the
challenges our applicants are facing during this pandemic.

We know that some undergraduate institutions have changed academic courses to pass/fail
as optional or not optional. Some labs are being offered online. VCU SOM will accept courses
that are pass/fail and will accept online prerequisite course work and laboratory courses for
spring and summer 2020.

VCU SOM understands the challenges that the delay and rescheduling of MCATS have
caused medical school applicants. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as
you can knowing that your MCAT scores will reach the medical schools in 2-4 weeks of your
sitting for the exam. We will review your applications and place it on hold until MCAT scores
are in. Once we receive your MCAT score your application will be placed back into the review
pool by date your primary application was received by VCU SOM. The deadline to submit
your primary application to AMCAS is now Nov. 1, 2020. We also will not release all interview
slots until after Jan. 1, 2021. We want to assure you if your MCAT date has been cancelled
and rescheduled for late Sept. 2020, this will not negatively impact your application.

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (VCU SOM) is now incorporating
the American Professional Health Sciences (CSP-10111) CASPer test as a part of its holistic
review process. All applicants wishing to be considered at VCU SOM are required to
complete this assessment in addition to the AMCAS application.

Due to COVID 19 changes to Spring 2020 traditional instruction formats, we will be accepting
online coursework, labs, and pass/fail credits.

**Note NEW Academic Metrics below starting with the 2021 cycle**
**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
We understand the challenge that many applicants are facing during this upcoming application
cycle. We will continue to be flexible and update our admissions processes as additional
information becomes available.
Wake Forest School of Medicine does not require specific coursework for application. There
will be no negative impact for applicants who were required or elected to complete their
coursework and/or labs online. In addition, Wake Forest School of Medicine will continue to
accept pass/fail grades.
To accommodate the delay of MCAT testing, Wake Forest School of Medicine will send all
applicants who submit primary AMCAS application a secondary application; however only
those who meet our academic metrics listed below will be reviewed. It is in your best interest
to review the required academic metrics and our class profile before making a decision on
whether to return the secondary application. We also encourage you to submit your primary
AMCAS application if all other elements of your application are complete while you wait for
your MCAT score to be available. If you submit your secondary application and secondary
application fee prior to having an MCAT score, your application will go on hold until the MCAT
score is received. We want to assure you that if your MCAT test date has been cancelled due
to COVID-19, your application review will not be negatively impacted. Please update your new
test date in the AAMC system and the information will automatically flow into our system.

Early Decision applicants will still be considered and must submit their AMCAS application by
August 3rd. If you are unable to receive an MCAT score by the first week in September, note
that you can contact us and we will move your application to our regular applicant pool and
immediately allow you to apply to other medical schools.

Wake Forest School of Medicine’s previous guideline regarding letter of evaluation will remain,
with applicants able to provide either a committee letter/packet or two letters of evaluation.
Recommendations are provided on our website on the type of evaluations to include based on
your situation, but this is a recommendation only

Requirements for Application Review:
*A minimum science GPA of 3.2 is required to be reviewed by admissions. Applicants who do
not meet the undergraduate science GPA of a 3.2 and have completed at least 15 hours of
either post-baccalaureate or graduate science coursework be reviewed by the Dean of
Admissions upon receipt of the secondary application.
*The minimum MCAT required to be reviewed by admissions is a 502. It is strongly
encouraged that applicants do not take the MCAT more than twice. The higher of the
attempts is reviewed.
*All applicants to take the CASPer assessment. To register, please visit www.takecasper.com

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
We are dedicated to being flexible and responsive to the changes our applicants are
experiencing due to COVID-19. We have made the following adjustments to our requirements/
process:
• Pass/Fail Coursework: We will allow our 3 pre-req courses and the labs (physics, organic
chemistry, biology) to be taken Pass/Fail in the semesters/quarters/terms of Spring, Summer,
and Fall (if needed) in 2020.
• Online Coursework/Labs: We have always allowed online coursework including the pre-reqs
as long as coursework is taken at an accredited institution.

Additional considerations:
• Letters of Evaluation: We still require either 3 individual letters or a Health Professions
Advisory Packet however, we do not weight one more than the other and do not stipulate
whom letters come from only that they not be from family/friends, are written on letterhead,
signed, and dated.
• MCAT: If test dates are scheduled in 2020 past September, we will accept those test scores
for this cycle and delay the secondary application deadline for those applicants, if needed.
While we fully empathize and understand that MCAT test dates have been canceled and
rescheduled, we still require the MCAT for a secondary because we only utilize the MCAT to
meet one of our combination thresholds. We do not fill our interview spots until all completed
applications (AMCAS, secondary, letters) have been considered for an interview. For EY
2021, we will accept MCAT scores from calendar year 2016.
• New Secondary Essay (optional): Please share any disruptions in your academic/volunteer/
work/personal life related to COVID-19 that you would like the Admissions Committee to
consider.

Applicants must meet four requirements to receive a secondary application; there are no
exceptions made to these requirements. Please read our website thoroughly for these https://
medicine.wsu.edu/md-program/admission/requirements/.

To receive a secondary application, applicants must have connections to the state. Applicants
who do not meet 3 of 4 ties to the state (as defined on our website) must meet one of the legal
definitions of WA resident student:

1) Applicants who are financially independent and have maintained a bona fide domicile in the
state of Washington primarily for purposes other than educational for at least one year
immediately prior to December 31 of the application year/January 1 of the enrollment year.
2) Applicants who are financially dependent with at least one parent or legal guardian who has
maintained a bona fide domicile in the state of Washington for at least one year immediately
prior to December 31 of the application year/January 1 of the enrollment year.
3) Applicants who are on active military duty stationed in the state of Washington or are
members of the Washington national guard.
4) Applicants who (i) are members of a federally recognized tribe whose traditional and
customary tribal boundaries include portions of the state of Washington, or whose tribe was
granted reserved lands within the state of Washington, and (ii) have maintained a bona fide
domicile in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington or a combination of these states, for one
year immediately prior to December 31 of the application year/January 1 of the enrollment
year.

Applicants who claim WA residency and do not meet the ties to the state will be required to
submit documentation proving one of the definitions above.

We also established three threshold combinations of GPA and MCAT; we utilize the AMCAS
calculated GPA. There are no exceptions to these thresholds. Once all secondary
requirements have been met, an applicant will be sent the secondary application. Upon return
of the secondary, we blind MCAT and GPA from further review through the remainder of our
process. From that point forward, we only consider experiences and attributes as they relate to
our mission in deciding who we interview and accept.

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

Pass/Fail Coursework:
The Committee on Admissions (COA) recognizes that COVID-19 has created a unique
situation where an entire semester of classes in Spring 2020 or Winter 2020 may be graded
pass/fail. These grades will be accepted and considered as usual in the context of the rest of
the applicant’s portfolio.

Online Coursework and Labs:
Courses used to meet prerequisites must be taken through an U.S accredited university or
college and appear on a transcript. The COA will consider both the rigor of the applicant’s
curriculum, their performance in each class, and grading practices at their institution. We do
accept courses that have been taken pass/fail. We also accept courses taken at a community
college, through a summer school or utilizing an on-line course of instruction. Prerequisites
may be met in this manner. However, the majority of classes, especially science classes,
should optimally be taken for a letter grade at an individual’s primary undergraduate institution.

MCAT:
To assist with one aspect of the application process, the COA has extended the latest MCAT
scores that will be considered, and will now accept scores from January 2017 through
September 2020 test dates. With this accommodation, the COA for WUSM acknowledges that
delivery of test scores may be later than is typical for some applicants.

We will strive to be especially flexible in this 2021 application cycle, and believe our December
15, 2020 deadline for the secondary application and related materials allows adequate time for
these adjustments. Please check back as policies continue to evolve. Find more information
on https://mdadmissions.wustl.edu/how-to-apply/requirements/

** **
As a participant in the American Medical College Application Service® (AMCAS®), the
Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) abides by the Application and Acceptance
Protocols established by the AAMC and encourages students to use the accompanying
AMCAS® Choose Your Medical School Tool. Applicants holding at least one acceptance from
any medical school will have the option to “Plan to Enroll” in mid-February.

Per WUSM Admissions policy, applicants who have been offered admission to WUSM and
intend to matriculate at WUSM should indicate they “Plan to Enroll” through the Choose Your
Medical School Tool as soon as possible, but no later than April 30th of the year in which they
will matriculate. WUSM reserves the right to rescind offers of acceptance if an applicant has
not selected “Plan to Enroll” by April 30th. After April 30th, while an applicant maintains the
“Plan to Enroll” status at WUSM, applicants may continue to hold positions on the waitlist of
other schools.

Beginning April 30, accepted applicants have the option to “Commit to Enroll” at WUSM. When
an applicant selects “Commit to Enroll” to WUSM, they should notify all other institutions
where they hold an acceptance or position on the waitlist that they wish to withdraw their
acceptance or position on the waitlist from that school. WUSM reserves the right to rescind an
offer of admission to any applicant still holding an active acceptance at another institution
while having a “Commit to Enroll” status with WUSM. WUSM reserves the right to rescind
offers of admission from any applicant still holding a WUSM acceptance while indicating that
they either “Plan to Enroll” or “Commit to Enroll” at another institution after April 30th.

For applicants accepted after April 30th, the timeline for selecting “Plan to Enroll” will be
specified by the Associate Dean for Admissions.
All MD applicants planning to matriculate at WUSM should select the “Commit to Enroll” option
no later than one week before the first day of orientation.

Please visit our website for more information regarding our admissions policies: https://www.med.wayne.edu/admissions/pdfs/md-admissions-policy-procedure.pdf

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**
Office of the Admissions at Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSUSOM)
recognizes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to ensure no applicants are
disadvantaged as a result of this event, please note the amendments to our policy for the 2020
Spring/Summer semester:

Colleges and universities nationwide are offering a pass/fail or credit/no credit option in
addition to transitioning to online platforms. For any pre-requisite coursework: Wayne State
University School of Medicine strongly recommends that you do not take these courses online.
However, during these uncertain times, we will be flexible if no in-person courses are available
and will accept courses from other 4-year colleges & universities with preference given to your
home institution. For all courses: Strong candidates will select courses to be graded as
opposed to P/F if the option is available.

MCAT testing information: Applications will be accepted from individuals who were unable to
take the MCAT due to COVID-related test cancellations. For these candidates, we will base
decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application. Assuming that
MCAT testing resumes prior to October, we will require applicants to have taken the MCAT
before we make admissions decisions for the Class of 2025. As such, we encourage
applicants to not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available.

COVID-19 UPDATE:

In view of the COVID pandemic, WCMC will accept Pass/Fail grades and online classes to
fulfill prerequisites for courses taken in the spring and summer terms 2020.

More information on our admissions policies can be found on our website: https://
medicaleducation.weill.cornell.edu/admissions/selection-criteria-requirements

Offers Virtual Interviews Letter from DO Physician Requirements Accepts Online Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Pass/Fail Coursework to Fulfill Prerequisite Requirements Accepts Online Lab Coursework Willing to Accept Applicants Without Lab Coursework Willing to Review Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT Score Willing to Interview Applicants Prior to Having an MCAT
Score
Willing to Offer Conditional Acceptances to Students Prior to Having an MCAT Score
Yes Required Yes Yes, will be reviewed on a case-by-case
basis

**Response to COVID-19 – Information for 2021 Admissions Cycle**

We understand the challenges many applicants are facing during the 2020-2021 application
cycle. We will continue to be flexible and update our admissions processes as additional
information becomes available. Our Admissions Committee assures you that the holistic
application review we have always committed to will include the context of the current
situation. An additional optional essay will be included on our Supplemental Application to
provide a designated space to inform the Admissions Committee about the impact of
COVID-19 on your plans and in your life. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at
Admissions@med.wmich.edu or 269.337.6100.

Grading – WMed has recommended coursework opposed to pre-requisite coursework – see
https://med.wmich.edu/app. As always, we encourage you to take the courses that will
challenge and prepare and you for the rigors of medical school whether that be pass/fail,
credit/no-credit, or virtual learning.

MCAT – We have waived our MCAT requirement for supplemental application and will be
offering supplemental applications to all applicants achieving a 3.0 GPA. Please include your
planned MCAT date on your AMCAS application. A minimum MCAT score of 497 is still
required and scores will be reviewed as they are received. With additional MCAT dates being
made available, WMed will accept any MCAT results from tests completed in 2020.

Interviews – We are making plans to move to a virtual interview model to ensure the health
and safety of our applicants and our community. We will continue to require a telephone
interview as a step prior to being invited to complete a virtual interview. More information
about our process is available at https://med.wmich.edu/app.

Take care, stay safe, and stay well.

Information about the admissions and selection process can be found at: http://med.wmich.edu/app

For accepted students, information about the acceptance timeline can be found at: http://med.wmich.edu/accepted

The Novel Coronavirus-19 (COVID-19) pandemic crisis has generated a great deal of stress and uncertainty surrounding unplanned changes to curriculums and cancellation of MCAT test dates. We are closely monitoring information and guidance about the coronavirus and will provide updates as needed.

Please note the following information regarding coursework, labs, letters of evaluation, and MCAT:

• Pass/Fail Coursework – Pass/Fail is accepted for all coursework including prerequisites.

• Online Coursework and Labs – Online labs will be accepted for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 term.

• Letters of Evaluation – There are no changes to the letters of evaluation requirements.

• MCAT – MCAT will be required for matriculation but applications may be submitted without MCAT. Applicants should not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available. We will consider any MCAT taken between June 2017 and December 2020.

As a reminder, this is an everchanging time and we are closely monitoring information and guidance about the coronavirus and will continue to provide updates as needed.

YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (YSM) – OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS STATEMENT on
COVID-19

The Yale School of Medicine (YSM) Office of Admissions faculty and staff recognize the
unprecedented challenges that many applicants to medical school will face in the 2020-2021
admissions cycle. Information regarding PASS/FAIL grades, necessity of the MCAT, and
timing of applications can be found below. The following notifications apply to both the MD and
MD-PhD programs.

PASS/FAIL GRADES:
Required pre-medical classes play an important role in preparing students for the curriculum at
YSM. Given the challenging circumstances surrounding COVID-19, YSM Office of Admissions
will be cognizant of the fact that many colleges and universities may elect to change their
grading policies midterm from letter grades to PASS/FAIL, or to offer students the choice to
make such a decision. We believe that individual colleges and universities are best equipped
to make decisions on their grading systems, and YSM Office of Admissions will respect and
trust each college/university’s response to grading policies, and those of students, with regard
to the 2020 academic year.

YSM Office of Admissions and the admissions committee will take circumstances surrounding
the 2020 academic year into account when evaluating the applications of all students enrolled
in classes this term. As such, prospective applicants to YSM enrolled in pre-medical classes
this term should, if applicable, make decisions that they believe are best for them in context of
their individual situations.

THE MCAT:
Our application evaluation is holistic and contextual and takes into account the entirety of an
application. The MCAT examination continues to be a steadfast and important component of
this evaluation. The AAMC has reiterated that they remain committed to testing everyone who
wishes to sit for the examination for the 2021 application cycle. As such, we will accept scores
from all 2020 MCAT test dates and extend the due date for applications to YSM.

APPLICATION DATES:
To accommodate applicants for the Class of 2025 who have re-scheduled their MCAT
examination dates or are facing other difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are
extending our AMCAS application deadline to November 15 and the Yale Secondary
Application deadline to December 15. The date for receipt of letters of recommendation will
likewise be extended to December 15. We may elect to extend these deadlines further, if
necessary.

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