COVID‑19 Information

Information below is applicable for the 2020/2021 application cycle

Regarding Credit/No Credit courses for the winter 2020 term

We are all doing our best to adapt to new, unfamiliar and very necessary changes in our workflow and processes. While working closely with our medical school colleagues all across Canada, we are making our best efforts to provide a comprehensive academic accommodation plan for the 2020 Winter term. We are committed to mitigating the potential adverse impact of the pandemic on students' application process while also maintaining fairness, equity and integrity in our processes. 

Prospective applicants to Dalhousie Medicine entering their final year of undergraduate study will have their GPA calculated using ​alphanumerical grades from 60 most recent, highest course grades ​at the time of application, excluding Winter 2020.

The exclusion of Winter 2020 applies to GPA calculation only. For our course load requirement, the Winter 2020 can be applied and acknowledged that full time work has been completed.

For all future application cycles, Winter Term 2020 will be excluded from GPA calculations. 

Detailed outline of information above:

If you are entering the final year of your degree and are planning to apply in the 2020/2021 application cycle your GPA will be assessed using the following:  

Fall 2019 (15 credit hours)

Winter 2019 (15 credit hours)

[Fall 2019 + Winter 2019 = 30 credit hours - must meet minimum GPA]

Fall 2018 (15 credit hours)

Winter 2018 (the most recent courses with the highest grades will be used to make up a total of 60 credit hours) 

[Fall 2018 + Winter 2018 = 30 credit hours - must meet minimum GPA]

If you completed your degree in May-June 2020 and you choose the best 3 out of 4 years option, GPA would be determined on course grades from successive 30 credit hours sections, excluding Winter 2020. 

For example:

Using years 1, 3 and 4 with the exclusion of Winter 2020 would be; 

'Year 1 GPA' = Fall year 1 + Winter year 1

'Year 3 GPA' = Winter year 2 + Fall Year 3

'Year 4 GPA' = Winter year 3 + Fall Year 4

The minimum GPA must be met for each successive 30 credit hours. 

PLEASE NOTE: Selecting your best three of four full time years should only be selected if it changes the outcome of your overall GPA, otherwise we ask that you use the 60 most recent senior level course grades as outlined above.

 

Regarding MCAT exams

We are all doing our best to adapt to new, unfamiliar and very necessary changes in our workflow and processes. While working closely with our medical school colleagues all across Canada, we are making our best efforts to provide a comprehensive academic accommodation plan ​for our prospective applicants.

The MCAT requirement remains in place for the 2020/2021 application cycle. At this current time, we have extended the MCAT test date deadline to help accomodate the recent test dates that have been cancelled due to COVID-19. We will also be accepting all MCAT test dates from 2015 for the upcoming 2020/2021 application cycle. 

Deadline to write MCAT- September 5th, 2020) with a score release date October 6th, 2020. Applicants must release MCAT scores via the AAMC website to Dalhousie by October 6th, 2020.  Reapplicants must release MCAT scores annually to Dalhousie.

We will continue to monitor the situation as it changes in response to the evolving pandemic context. We are mindful of the challenges that you are undergoing as we navigate through our new realities. We are committed to mitigating the potential adverse impact of the pandemic on students' application process while also maintaining fairness, equity and integrity in our processes. Please continue to monitor our website for updates on the MD admissions process.

Regarding transcript submission

Applicants will be required to upload one unofficial copy of each post-secondary school listed in your application. The upload portal is located in Section 2 of the online application. Unofficial transcripts must include , your name and identifying information of the institution, a PDF version is preferred. 

PLEASE NOTE: Dalhousie transcripts, both official and unofficial (if applicable) are not required to be submitted or uploaded  as the Admissions Office is able to access these internally, once you application has been submitted.

Along with the unofficial transcript upload if you are currently still able to request official transcripts to be sent please do so now and they will be filed with your application once it is submitted. Official transcripts will be required to be sent to the Faculty of Medicine Admissions Office when COVID-19 resitrctions have been lifted.