How will the processing and review of applications be affected?
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 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 online, 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 degree-granting transcript.
How will you handle interviews?
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.
How will the Pass/Fail grading be viewed by your Admissions Committee?
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.
My research/shadowing/community service has been interrupted. How is your Admissions Committee going to view this?
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.