Applying to Medical School during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Preparation for the 2021 medical school application cycle is ramping up and Penn students and alumni are busy finishing courses, taking the MCAT, writing their personal statements, and deciding on school lists. It is a stressful and busy time under normal circumstances, and has been made more so by the COVID-19 outbreak, which has forced applicants to adapt to unforeseen changes and limitations. Our team is monitoring its impact and prepared to help you navigate changes such as the ability to take courses P/F and MCAT test date cancelations. The application services and professional associations have also prepared dedicated pages for information related to the impact of the coronavirus on the upcoming application cycle:

Application Services:

AMCAS Coronavirus Page

Texas Medical and Dental School Application Service (TMDSAS)

AACOMAS Coronavirus FAQ


MCAT Coronavirus Page

P/F Courses:

Our team recently provided guidelines for students deciding whether to take courses P/F this semester. Applicants who are applying in the 2021 cycle and are currently taking courses might wish to consult the individual websites of the medical schools they plan to apply to as they they make their decision.


As always, the pre-health advising team is here to help. Our office is open virtually and we are available to help you navigate any challenges you are facing. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment on Handshake or reach out to your advisor via email!

By Caroline Wilky
Caroline Wilky Associate Director, Graduate School Advising