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Covid-19 Information for Fall 2021 Cycle College of Medicine Applicants

To our valued applicants,

We know that you have worked tirelessly to prepare yourself to apply to medical school and we look forward to reviewing your application. We realize that we are living in quite unprecedented times. At Upstate, we are quite fluid in our thinking and will continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis very closely. The well-being of our community, students and prospective students remains our top priority. That being said, below are some answers on what we imagine to be your top concerns as it relates to the impact of this COVID-19 pandemic.  Please be sure to check back for regular updates as we continue to monitor the situation closely. Above all, be well and be safe.


We know that there have been many test cancellations that have been rescheduled but even these dates are currently tentative. Please do not delay submitting your AMCAS application due to lack of MCATs. These scores can be submitted to complete the application when they become available. We will keep an eye on the situation closely but as of right now, the MCAT is still required. Please keep an eye on https://students-residents.aamc.org/applying-medical-school/taking-mcat-exam/register-mcat-exam/ to when new test dates are added. MCAT scores should be submitted by October 15th.

Prerequisite Courses

If your undergraduate institution has required students to go to Pass/Fail coursework, we will accept this. We do suggest that if this is optional, you do your best to take the medical school prerequisites for a letter grade. We also suggest that if you must take a Pass/Fail in a prerequisite, that you try to take an additional upper-level science course this fall to demonstrate additional competency in the subject area.

In the wake of the current situation, we realize that some of your prerequisites for this spring 2020 semester may not have allowed you to complete the lab component. We will certainly still give this full consideration and will be as flexible as possible. This will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Online Courses

 We realize that many undergraduate schools have gone to online courses during this time. We will certainly accept online courses if they are offered by the school at which the candidate was already enrolled. For students who are beyond their undergraduate education, we will accept online courses undertaken to meet prerequisites as long as this current crisis persists.

 BLS Certification

In the wake of COVID-19, incoming medical students are required to take the Basic Life Support are able to take this course: