Graduate health professional schools are beginning to advertise their individual responses to Spring 2020 grading policies. Generally, they fall into one of these categories:
- Still deciding upon a response
- Pass/fail grades will be accepted
- Pass/fail grades will be accepted, but grades are strongly preferred
- Pass/fail grades will be accepted, provided the university’s policy is to only award pass/fail grades
So, should you pass/fail a class or not? Keep these things in mind as you make your decision:
1. Your health and wellbeing are the most important things to consider. Any consequence of pass/failing a class isn’t worth sacrificing these.
2. Some programs are still deciding on a response to Spring 2020 grading. You have time to continue your adjustment to online instruction and a new environment. Contact programs for more information if needed, and make a well-informed decision. August 7th is the deadline to declare a course pass/fail.
3. In an admissions review, a program will review your grades in all sciences, (not just prerequisites), to assess how you’ll perform in a rigorous graduate science program. This won’t change. Working hard, showing resiliency and the ability to adapt are also competencies that health professional schools seek in an applicant. If you choose to pass/fail a course, prepare to either write or speak to your reason why.
4. Updates to admissions cycles, testing, and general responses from professional organizations are below. The COVID-19 FAQ page on the HPA website will be updated with these soon. Upcoming virtual events are also below, and are great opportunities to ask questions.
Upcoming Virtual Events:
April 7th: PA Virtual Fair
The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) invites you to register for the Physician Assistant Virtual Fair on Tuesday, April 7, from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET. This is a free event for all students who are interested in exploring a career as a PA. Students will be able to:
- Chat with representatives from over 60 schools, PAEA, and CASPA
- Attend live presentations and Q&As from current students and practicing PAs
- Chat with pre-health advisors
- Discover what makes PA one of the top health professions
April 15th: The Road to Veterinary School webinar
The Road to Veterinary School can seem like a long and arduous process. This webinar will ease some of the planning anxiety with easy to remember recommendations on how to prepare for your future application to veterinary school.
This 90-minute session will prepare applicants for the 2021 AMCAS application cycle. Attendees will receive a walkthrough of the AMCAS application, available AMCAS resources and more! Register today.
April 23rd: Exploring Osteopathic Medicine for Pre-Meds
This is a virtual event intended for pre-medical students interested in learning more about osteopathic medicine. This will include panel discussions with live questions and answers from current medical students, practicing physicians, and admissions representatives. AACOM will give an overview of AACOMAS, the primary application to osteopathic medical school, offer tips and tricks on how to ace the AACOMAS application. AACOM is thrilled to welcome Dr. Jen Caudle as a speaker for the event. Dr. Jen is a board-certified family medicine physician known for her appearances on local and national news networks including the TODAY Show, the Dr. Oz Show, CNN, Steve Harvey Show, and many others.
- COVID-19 Update for ADEA AADSAS Applicants
- COVID-19 Updates for DAT testing
- Contact programs directly regarding updates to admission requirements, policies, and deadlines.
Allopathic Medical Schools (MD)
- AAMC Coronavirus resources webpage
- Coronavirus Impact on AAMC Services
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Fee Assistance Program
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and AMCAS
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) and The MCAT Exam
Osteopathic Medical Schools (DO)
- COVID-19 Resource Page: This page will be home to all admissions requirement changes due to COVID-19 at each College of Osteopathic Medicine.
- AACOM has added a question to the 2020-2021 AACOMAS Application prompting applicants to describe how COVID-19 has impacted their pathway to medical school. The question is open ended and allows applicants up to 2500 characters for them to describe any academic, personal, financial or professional barriers that COVID-19 may have presented for them.
Podiatric Medical Schools
From the AACPM: “The AACPM, and the nine colleges of podiatric medicine it represents, recognize the extraordinary situation current and future students are experiencing during the COVID19 pandemic. We wish to reassure advisors, faculty and staff that the Colleges of Podiatric Medicine will accept pre-requisite courses delivered in either on-line or distance learning formats for Entry Year 2020 (fall 2020) and future entry years. Additionally, the nine colleges of podiatric medicine have agreed to accept coursework graded as Pass/Fail for Spring 2020 Quarter or Semester at this time. We wish to reassure students that disruptions to their educational trajectory during this era will be recognized and honored as “special circumstances beyond your control.” We are all in this together.
Further, the AACPM is suspending, in part, its current Traffic Rules to alleviate requirements for the following: in-person interviews (interviews may now be conducted via video-conference technology or other acceptable means).”
Many optometry schools/colleges have made changes to their application requirements and deadlines in light of current circumstances. For specific details about any changes in deadlines or application requirements, please see the web page for the individual schools/colleges. For questions about decisions, delay in standardized exam scores, transcripts, etc., please contact the optometry school/college directly.
- COVID-19 Application Updates
- GRE Testing: New, at-home testing being offered!
- For inquiries regarding updates to admission requirements, policies, and deadlines please contact programs directly.