At the Uniformed Services University, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, we will accept 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 provide 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.
We are aware than MCAT testing dates have been cancelled and delayed for many applicants. The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) has been updating all medical schools regarding the health and safety protocols implemented for testing. Based on the most current information, September 29, 2020 is the latest testing date that we will accept MCAT scores for the 2021 Admissions Cycle; however, if testing dates are extended into October, we will certainly extend this deadline if needed. As in prior years, we will not be able to accept MCAT scores from testing dates in 2021.
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. Once MCAT scores are received, we will 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.
All interview offers for this Admissions Cycle will be conducted virtually using video teleconferencing. For those applicants who are offered an interview invitation, they will also have the opportunity to attend virtual meetings and panel discussions with our students, faculty, and admissions staff. All interview invitations will be sent via email. Applicants will have two live 30 minute interviews using virtual teleconferencing platforms. Interviews will be conducted on a weekly basis from September through February.
You may continue to visit this webpage for updates. In addition, you may also visit the AAMC website for MCAT updates. Your continued interest in the Uniformed Services University F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine during this difficult time is greatly appreciated.
Updated: 25 August 2020