The purpose of this message is to address questions from prospective applicants who are experiencing unprecedented educational upheaval during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine(USF MCOM) is cognizant of the interruption in coursework for many current and future applicants as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While letter grades for coursework are still ideal, we understand the difficulty this may pose for many applicants. As a result, the USF MCOM MD admissions review process will accept Pass/Fail grading for courses taken the spring and summer 2020 semesters, including laboratory credit taken online.
The Office of MD Admissions is committed to being flexible during the 2020-2021 application cycle. We recognize the current difficulty with MCAT scheduling. As a result, the application review/interview timelines will be extended in order to accommodate applicants who take the MCAT later in the year.In addition, the application review process will be modified to accommodate applicants unable to complete activities needed for application competitiveness. These activities include clinical shadowing, research, community service, etc. Applicants will have the opportunity to explain how they were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic on the secondary application. Accordingly, applicants should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.
We thank you for your patience and hope that you and your family are safe during these difficult times. We will update this page as new information becomes available.
Edwing Daniel, PhD
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Scholarships