We hope that this message finds you safe and healthy. There has been a lot of upheaval in the last few weeks, and we know that you are all adjusting to a new reality that looks very different from the way that you expected your spring 2020 semester to end.
We want to share some information with you regarding how the various professional schools and pre-professional exam services are handling the changes and disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow the links below that are relevant to you. If you have questions that are not answered on these pages, please reach out to us and ask!
As always, we are happy to assist you with planning your pre-professional journey. Please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Google Classroom. Stay healthy!
The Pre-Health Advisors at TWU
All MCAT test dates through May 21 have been canceled globally. The AAMC has added three additional test dates to the 2020 MCAT calendar, and the exam has been shortened to 5 hours and 45 minutes. Three appointment times will be available on all test dates, and testing centers will observe strict social distancing measures to ensure the safety of examinees. Examinees can also reschedule their exam date at any time for no additional fee. Score release times for all 2020 MCAT exams have been shortened to 2 weeks. Visit the AAMC website for complete information>>
DAT and OAT
On May 1, DAT/OAT testing centers reopened with limited capacity and strict social distancing guidelines. If you scheduled an exam, you should have received an email notification with further instructions. For complete information, visit the ADA website>>
An at-home testing option is now available for the GRE. You can find more information by visiting the ETS website>>
At this time, medical application services are still scheduled to open and begin accepting applications for EY2021 as planned. You can follow the links below for the individual application services if you need more information.
Medical Application Services
Dental Application Services
Physician Assistant Application Services
Veterinary Application Service
Questions about pass/fail and online coursework
Many of you will be wondering whether professional schools will accept grades of "Pass" or "Credit" for prerequisite coursework, or if they will accept prerequisite coursework that was completed online in the spring 2020 semester. Many individual institutions have made announcements, but there are no universal policies.
TMDSAS participating programs have all committed to accepting "Pass" or "Credit" grades in prerequisite coursework from spring 2020, and to accepting coursework completed online during this time. Some other professional schools have announced that they will only accept grades of "Pass" or "Credit" if students were not given an option to receive a letter grade. To be certain about how to prepare your application, you should contact any schools to which you had planned to apply to confirm their policies for prerequisite coursework.
How can I continue my pre-health journey?
Even if you are sheltering in place, you can still continue to do things that will prepare you for professional school. Here are a few ideas; feel free to pass along any others you may have heard about!
For more ideas, the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions has compiled a comprehensive list of opportunities for pre-health students.
Some scribing organizations offer virtual scribing to doctors and hospitals. With more people being encouraged to stay at home, these services are likely to become increasingly important. Try reaching out to a local scribing company to see if they have any tele-scribing positions available:
You can serve and support your community even if you have to stay in your home. Check out dosomething.org for a few options>>
Free online courses have been popular for years. Ivy League universities now have a diverse set of online offerings. If you have some free time, why not expand your horizons? Explore free online courses>>
Page last updated 12:12 PM, September 11, 2020