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A message for applicants regarding the COVID 19 Pandemic and its impact on OU College of Medicine Admissions:

We are currently considering implications from the COVID 19 pandemic and how this situation might impact admissions requirements and processes for the 2020-2021 application cycle and beyond.  The OU College of Medicine Admissions Board and Leadership will be reviewing guidance from the AAMC and working with our university partners to make informed decisions that will best serve applicants and the OUCOM jointly.  Please check back here for updates.  

Update from the AAMC regarding MCAT Test Dates

Our priority during this testing season will be keeping examinees healthy and safe. The AAMC will cancel exams if the government guidance does not allow in-person testing. However, we also know that students need to plan, and so we have set up a two-step notification process for communicating with examinees who might have their exams at risk of being canceled due to government restrictions on non-essential business or other activities that would prevent MCAT exams from being held.

  1. Examinees testing in “at risk of cancellation” locations will receive an email 3-4 weeks in advance of their test date with the date they can expect to be notified if their exam is canceled.
  2. Approximately 10 days before their exam date, they will receive an email canceling their exam if the guidance in their location does not change.

At any point in the process, they can reschedule or cancel their exam based on their personal preferences. All rescheduling fees have been waived until further notice. We have developed a new webpage that includes a schedule of these communications and important information about scheduling an exam during COVID-19.

Yesterday, we sent emails to some June 5 examinees notifying them that their exams have been canceled, as well as emails to June 19 and 20 examinees holding exams at risk of being canceled.

We will keep you, as well as prehealth advisors, informed of these communications going forward. As we study the data available to us on regional restrictions, examinee behavior, and applicant trends, we will provide you with additional information to help you better manage the 2021 application cycle.

Pass/Fail Grades

Pass/Fail Grades – The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine will accept Pass/Fail grades for courses (including prerequisites) taken Spring semester 2020.  

For Clarification: We will accept a Passing (P) grade Spring 2020 where typically, for all other semesters, Pass/Fail grading, advanced placement and CLEP courses are accepted only if a subsequent higher course is taken for a grade.

Guidance on Grading and Transcript Notations in the AMCAS Application

Medical Experiences during COVID-19

Insight from an Admissions Board Member 

We are aware of the disruptive effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on your process of applying to medical school, including the loss of shadowing experiences. However, the pandemic can also offer opportunity to applicants as they seek to demonstrate their understanding of medical practice.

 

We recommend you read books and articles comparing the US healthcare system to systems in other countries, listen to podcasts on health policy and consider issues as they relate to health effects on patients and society. Come to your interview prepared to reflect on what the pandemic revealed about the strengths and weaknesses of the US healthcare system, its political systems, its inherent social disparities and other issues that affect patients and society.

 

Consider the following examples:

  • Why is medical debt the leading cause of bankruptcy in the US, and not in other countries? How did the response to COVID-19 reveal this?
  • What factors may make the COVID-19 crisis so much worse for men and for people of color? What impact do health behaviors, low socioeconomic status, structural racism or other issues have  on life expectancy and survival in the US?
  • Why were some countries able to flatten the curve so much better than others? What is the balance between personal responsibility and personal freedom in a public health crisis?
  • Why were some countries able to test millions of individuals, and the US suffered delays and shortages of testing supplies?

Advisement

If you would like to meet with and admissions representative, we can set up a virtual advisement session via Zoom. Please contact Brent Ross, Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, and he can set up an advisement session for you.

Email: Brent-Ross@ouhsc.edu

Admissions

A vibrant medical school is critical for Oklahoma’s continuing development and success in medical education, biomedical research and healthcare. The OU College of Medicine is dedicated to being a leader and advancing the frontiers in each of these areas.

Every year over 2,000 individuals apply to OU College of Medicine. We interview approximately 300 applicants each year. Our typical class has 165 students, 40-45% women, 36% minority and a wide range of ages and backgrounds. We encourage student diversity, accepting students with undergraduate backgrounds in arts, sciences and humanities.

College of Medicine students receive an education that is steeped in the triad of academic medicine- education, research and patient care and enter their careers well-positioned to make a difference in people’s lives through both skill and compassion.

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The University of Oklahoma College of Medicine participates in the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS).

AMCAS application website

Application Process

For more information on applying to the College of Medicine, click on the Application Process button.

ADMISSIONS TIMELINE
May AMCAS Opens
June 1 First day to submit application
Oct 15 AMCAS Deadline
Nov 1 Supplemental Deadline
Oct-Feb Interviews
Feb 19 “Plan to Enroll” becomes available – AMCAS School Tool
Apr 15 Narrow acceptance offers to three
Apr ​25 Second Visit Day (Accepted Applicants)
Apr 30 “Commit to Enroll” becomes available – AMCAS School Tool
August Class Begins