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Pre-Health Covid-19 Resources

SERVICE NOTICE: The Career Center will be operating virtually for the foreseeable future.  Student services, including counseling appointments, will be available electronically between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (email, video and teleconference).  Handshake will continue to serve as the primary portal for students and employers. Pre-Health students can send messages regarding questions or issues to prehealth@berkeley.edu or directly to their counselor's email.

 

Below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received. We understand these are trying times, and will continue to do our best to inform and support you. We have also started to offer virtual drop-ins, for those with quick questions or unable to find an appointment time that fits your needs. Please refer to our appointments page for updates on days/times/links to the sessions.

Where can I find the most up to date information?

For updates and answers to your questions please check these sites:

 

New: Joint Statement from the Admissions Deans of California Medical Schools (not including for profit schools)

Medical Schools

AMCAS (MD applicants)
AMCAS Application Cylce FAQs

AACOMAS (DO applicants)

TMDSAS (Texas applicants)

MCAT

US Medical School Pass/No Pass Pandemic Policy (fluid document; check frequently for updates)

Dental 

AADSAS

DAT 

US Dental Schools P/NP Policies (fluid document; check frequently for updates)

 

Optometry 

OptomCAS

OAT

US Optometry Schools P/NP Policies (fluid document; check frequently for updates)

 

Veterinary

AAVMC

US Veterinary Schools P/NP Policies (fluid document; check frequently for updates)

 

Pharmacy

PHARMCAS updates for CAS applicants

 

Physician Assistant

PAEA

CASPA 

US PA Schools P/NP Policies (fluid document; check frequently for updates)

Resources for a wide range of health professions 

NAAHP (National Association for Advisors of Health Professions)

How will medical schools evaluate a P/NP for a science prerequisite this semester?

Most schools are being flexible and open minded in this unusual time. We are now seeing that many medical and other health professional schools are willing to accept P/NP grades for cources where they previously had not. Policies are being posted on medical school websites and you should always refer to each school's webside directly for their current information. That being said, there is a joint statement from the Admissions Deans of all California Medical Schools (does not include 'for profit' institutions):

Joint Statement from the Admissions Deans of California Medical Schools

In addition, we have compiled this document which has links to information we have found helpful.

 

I was planning to apply this cycle and my MCAT was canceled? What should I do?

Statement from Pearson Vue: “Due to increasing concern for the health and safety of our candidates and our employees and in response to government guidance and difficulty procuring the critical hygienic products that keep our test centers safe, we are temporarily closing our U.S.-based Pearson VUE-owned and operated Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) starting Tuesday, March 17. Candidates can reschedule their exams for appointments starting April 16 and beyond if conditions allow.”

Check updates from Pearson Vue about when they will  re-open and the MCAT site for recent updates.

What you can do:

  1. Follow the guidance provided by Pearson to reschedule your exam. 
  2. Use your practice tests as a gauge for your performance on the exam to help you target the schools you will apply to.
  3. Submit your AMCAS by mid-June and ideally not later than the first week of July for the quickest processing, which will then allow you earlier access to secondary applications and earlier file completion at schools.
  4. You can submit your AMCAS with a single school selected. One medical school is included in the cost of the application. This will put you in the queue for application verification. You can add more schools when you receive your MCAT score.
  5. Your application verification is not dependent on having taken the MCAT or your MCAT results.

My planned pre-health spring activities were canceled. What should I do?

Here are some of our recommendations:

  • Read books that provide insight about being a doctor, applying to medical school, or learning about other health careers.
  • Listen to the All Access Medical School Admissions podcast, or other interesting podcasts
  • Learn more about the next step in your education: Surf through websites for medical schools in your home state (links to each of them are available here). 
  • Attend Virtual Fairs, virtual open houses, and other educational opportunities online (we’ll post these opportunities in our Health and Medicine Career Mail  and on our Facebook page)
  • Read medically related books:

Goodreads.com: Popular Medicine Books list 

https://limbookclub.weebly.com/ 

  • Offer to do an online literature search for a professor or researcher who might need assistance.

Volunteer Virtually

  • Operation Warm has a list of 25 ways to volunteer virtually
  • Paper-airplanes.org invites volunteers to provide online tutoring to “bridge gaps in language, higher education, and professional skills training for conflict-affected individuals”
  • Dosomething.org’s nine places to volunteer online and make a real impact.

I wanted to take a science pre-req class this summer but Berkeley is now only offering remote instruction due to COVID-19. Will that be okay for medical schools?

Health professions schools are currently reviewing and updating their policies as circumstances continue to change due to COVID-19. We recommend reviewing the links found in the first question, for information on specific programs. As we learn more information, we will continue to update this site.