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COVID-19 Updates

Applicants: Please be aware of the following updates:

Our Statement on the AAMC VITA:

(August 18, 2020)

As many of you have heard, the AAMC developed a Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA) for the 2020-2021 cycle. The University of Maryland School of Medicine has chosen to have access to these VITA videos, however, these videos will not be used in the screening process nor will they replace interviews with our faculty and students. Your real-time one-on-one interview interaction with our faculty and students will continue to be the highest priority interview experiences in our selection process. Your interviewer will not see your VITA video prior to your interview. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, the VITA interview will only be utilized as a supplement to your interviews with our faculty and/or students.

The AAMC has provided tips for a successful remote interview, which we hope will be helpful to you both for your interviews with us, and with the VITA. The AAMC VITA invite emails will come from HireVue, the interview platform, and are sent on Thursdays every week.

For More Information:

General questions regarding the VITA interview
Email askVITA@aamc.org

Technical issues
Email support@hirevue.com and/or call 800-655-4106

Information about the AAMC VITA
Visit aamc.org to learn more about AAMC VITA including preparation materials, frequently asked questions, and details for requests for accommodations.


P/F Grading and Online Formats, MCAT Exams and Interviews

(Updated August 11, 2020)

  • We want to reassure you that P/F grading and online formats WILL be accepted for any course (including course requirements) for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. Although we may have a preference for letter grading in required courses, your application will still be given a holistic review and thoughtful consideration without letter grades during these two semesters.
  • We understand the MCAT exam has been rescheduled for many, and that these results will come later than originally planned for most. We also know that although this test will occur at a later date for many, those whose MCATs were canceled have been able to reschedule and we will wait for these test results to arrive before making interview/admissions decisions. Finally, we have increased the window of MCAT scores and will accept MCAT scores beginning January 2017 through September 2020.
  • Given all the uncertainty and the financial burden the COVID-19 pandemic presents, we have decided to conduct all 2021 cycle interviews virtually. This will eliminate the potential for undue bias, either positive or negative, toward an applicant based on the format of the interview, will eliminate uncertainty regarding quarantining and travel restrictions, and will reduce interview-related financial costs. We will work to keep these interview experiences meaningful and interactive so that applicants will be able to engage with students, faculty and staff from our institution.

Contacting the Office of Admissions Staff

(March 26, 2020)

Staff members within the Office of Admissions are currently working from home. To contact our office, please email admissions@som.umaryland.edu and/or call 410-706-7478. This message will be removed when the staff has returned to the office.