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How COVID-19 has impacted College of Medicine MD Program 

Classes and Activities

  • First and Second-Year medical students, along with research students, have hybrid learning with a mix of in-person experiential learning/labs/clinicals and online instruction.
  • Third and Fourth-Year medical students are in clinical rotations.
  • Students will need to follow appropriate safety precautions including daily temperature checks.  Speak with your program director for details.
  • No student will be involved in the care of patients with COVID-19  

2021 Admissions Cycle Updates

We understand the stress and uncertainty associated with the 2020-2021 application cycle. All aspects of preparation for medical school have been affected by the ongoing viral pandemic and the calls of action to address racial injustices.  We have made thoughtful decisions about how we plan to proceed with our medical school admissions and we remain committed to a holistic approach in consideration of candidates.  It is our aim to remain considerate of the hardships that may exist yet remain true to our mission.   

Please note the following information regarding interviews, coursework, labs, letters of evaluation, MCAT, essays, and deadlines: 

  • Interviews – For the 2021 Interview Cycle, all interviews will be virtual.  
  • Pass/Fail Coursework – Pass/Fail will be allowed for all coursework taken during the Spring 2020 term, including pre-requisites.
  • Online Coursework and Labs – Online labs will be accepted for the Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 term.
  • Letters of Evaluation –  The requirement for a letter of recommendation from the instructor of a graded science course has been changed for the Spring 2020 term.  A letter of recommendation from the instructor of a science course taken pass/fail in the Spring 2020 term is acceptable.
  • MCAT -  We will accept applications from individuals who have been unable to take the MCAT.  For these candidates, we will base application decisions on the information that is available to us at the time of the application.  However, a valid MCAT score is required for admission decisions at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.  For the 2021 application cycle, a valid minimum MCAT score is not required to receive a Secondary application so long as there is evidence within the application (i.e. intended MCAT date) that a student intends to take the MCAT.  All applicants planning to take the MCAT should list an MCAT Intended Date in the AMCAS application.  Applicants should not delay applying because an MCAT score is not yet available.  For the current application cycle, the MCAT testing date must be between 1/1/2017 and 9/30/2020.
  • Deadlines - The deadline to request a Secondary Application has been extended to 11/15/2020.  The deadline to complete the Secondary Application has been extended to 12/31/20.
  • Secondary Essays - We have elected to post the essays from our secondary application to provide applicants the maximum amount of time to prepare and minimize any stress related to preparation of applications.  The 2020-2021 secondary essay questions are as follows:

 REQUIRED ESSAYS for those applying to the Regular M.D., M.D./PhD, and the Primary Care Track:

  1. The mission statement of The Ohio State University College of Medicine is to “improve peoples lives” through innovation in research, medical education, and patient care.  Please describe how your past experiences predict your potential to contribute in two of these three areas (250 words or less).

  2. The OSU COM Admissions vision statement states that the admissions committee will assemble a class that displays “diversity in background and thought”.  Why is “diversity in background and thought” a desirable characteristic for a medical school’s student body? (250 words or less) 

REQUIRED ESSAYS only for those applying to the Primary Care Track:

  1. Describe past experiences that have shaped your decision to choose a Family Medicine specific accelerated training track. (250 words or less).
  2.  “Health is Primary” is a communications campaign to advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care, and engage patients in our healthcare system. The aim is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans. How do you plan to reflect the values of Family Medicine in your future career? (250 words or less) 

OPTIONAL ESSAY for those applying to the Regular M.D., M.D./PhD, and the Primary Care Track:

  1.  The OSUCOM Admissions Committee understands that everyone may have been impacted by the COVID 19 public health crisis. Please use the space below to communicate anything you would like to share with the admissions committee related to the pandemic. Possible topics might include, for example: your biggest lessons and insights from the pandemic; creative ways in which you were able to serve your community during the crisis; or hardships you may have faced as a result of the virus or quarantine.


2022 Cycle Information coming soon


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