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Admissions to Medical School During the COVID-19 Era Without the MCAT

Version 1 : Received: 9 February 2021 / Approved: 11 February 2021 / Online: 11 February 2021 (10:21:35 CET)

How to cite: Corridon, P. Admissions to Medical School During the COVID-19 Era Without the MCAT. Preprints 2021, 2021020274 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0274.v1). Corridon, P. Admissions to Medical School During the COVID-19 Era Without the MCAT. Preprints 2021, 2021020274 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202102.0274.v1).

Abstract

As medical schools cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new cohort of students will be admitted in the fall. Administrators are again challenged to make unprecedented enrollment decisions without standardized exams. This challenge provides unique opportunities to support holistic admissions but also abruptly bypasses a process that has been employed since 1928. This article highlights key factors that are being considered during current medical school admission cycles, including limited opportunities to take standardized exams, heightened student anxiety, and potential exam alternatives. These factors are framed and discussed within the context of the medical college admission test (MCAT) exam.

Keywords

medical school; admissions; MCAT; COVID-19

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