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COVID-19 FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


I will not be able to take (re-take) the MCAT as originally planned. Will that delay my application being reviewed?

An MCAT score is still required in order for your application to CUSOM to be considered complete and scheduled for review. The AAMC has added additional MCAT test dates and has shortened the testing time in order to accommodate more test takers each day. The CUSOM has no preference for scores from the shorter or longer testing time. We have extended the date range of scores that we will accept, with the oldest MCAT accepted from January 2018 and a testing deadline of October 2, 2020.

 

Will deadlines for application be extended?

Our application deadlines have been extended. Our primary application deadline is now November 15, 2020 and our secondary application deadline is now December 31, 2020.

 

Will CUSOM accept P/F courses and labs from the spring semester of 2020?

Yes, CUSOM will accept P/F courses and labs from spring semester 2020. All coursework and applications will be reviewed in the context of major disruptions to educational, clinical, and research opportunities to applicants due to COVID-19.

 

I and/or my family are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. What resources are available to help me with the cost of applying for medical school?

The CUSOM waives secondary application fees for participants in the AAMC’s Fee Assistance Program (FAP). The AAMC has expanded eligibility for the FAP – please see their website for details.

 

What is going to happen with interviews this year?

The CUSOM will have a virtual interview season for the 2020-2021 application season. Details regarding the format will be shared upon receipt of an invitation to interview. This decision was made with a goal of having a consistent, fair, and equitable interview process for all applicants. We are working on virtual experiences that showcase our campus, students, trainees, and faculty.

 

Even if interviews are virtual, can I still come visit the campus?

We are working to determine if this will be possible at some point during this application cycle. The safety of our applicants and community will be paramount as we navigate this issue. As soon as we have more information, we will post it on our website.

 

My leadership/clinical/shadowing/volunteer opportunities have been canceled – how will this affect my applications?

The CUSOM Admissions Committee is committed to holistic review and will be evaluating activities and experiences in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding that opportunities to demonstrate your passions may have been limited.

 

How can I show the admissions committee how I have been affected by COVID-19?

Your personal statement or secondary application give you ample opportunity to share your personal story. While it is not required that you reference how COVID-19 has personally impacted you, you are certainly welcome to do so.​

 

Due to COVID-19 our staff is currently working remotely and no one is in office to answer the phone lines. Voicemails are being monitored and will be followed up with. For the quickest response, we recommend emailing our admissions team @ somadmin@ucdenver.edu.​