WSU will be updating their website with these and other changes for the upcoming cycle and have also updated the MSAR with the AAMC.
Admissions, Recruitment, and Career Advising
Below are some of the adjustments WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is making for the upcoming 2020-2021 MD admissions cycle:
- Pass/Fail: Normally, we require the 3 pre-req courses for our program (Physics, Organic Chemistry, and Biology – all with a lab) be taken with a grade (and earn a C or better). We will allow these pre-reqs (including the labs) to be taken P/F in the semesters/quarters/terms of Spring, Summer, and Fall (if needed) of 2020.
- Online: We have always allowed any course to be taken online; all coursework simply needs to be taken at an accredited institution.
- We will still require the MCAT because we only evaluate it along with the overall undergraduate GPA in 3 combination thresholds to receive a secondary application. After the secondary is submitted, we completely blind all GPAs and MCATs from that point forward.
- Currently, we allow MCAT score through September of an application cycle. Because the AAMC has had to cancel several test dates in March, April, and May and are working diligently to add dates in late summer/early fall, applicants who have to take a later MCAT exam (and receive a secondary) will be considered equally for an interview as they always have in our process.
- We will stay abreast of decisions the AAMC has to make regarding MCAT test dates beyond our current window and adjust accordingly.
- Normally our interview cycle runs from August – February. Our 2020 interview cycle was planned to start on August 14, however we are going to push our start to mid-September (this is later than any interview cycle we have had). We will then add dates on the back-end through February and potentially into March. We do not release our exact interview dates except to those who are invited to interview.
- If we find ourselves in a stay-home order when our interview season is set to start in mid-September, we are already preparing to conduct virtual interviews. We will also reassess our interview cycle start date if that looks to be the case.
- Deadline: If the AAMC adds test dates later in the Fall 2020 beyond our current window of accepted test dates, we will extend our Secondary deadline for those who are awaiting a score from that time (we will communicate an extended date to them directly).
- Additional Optional Essay: We have added an additional optional essay to our Secondary Application this cycle to allow applicants an opportunity to describe any disruptions COVID-19 has had on them. Here is the wording of it:
- Please share any disruptions in your academic/volunteer/work/personal life related to COVID-19 that you would like the Admissions Committee to consider.
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