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Tri-I MD-PhD Admissions Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

These are our policies and accommodations as of right now.

As the situation evolves, we are likely to add to and amend this page. Please check back for updates.

Holistic Review

The Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program is committed to continuing to review applications holistically, with an emphasis on the applicants' commitment to physician-scientist training as evidenced by letters of recommendation, research experiences, GPA, and other academic and community accomplishments.


MCAT scores are a single facet of a holistic review of applicants, but do not outweigh other components. Given the unique difficulty surrounding this year’s test:

  • We have broadened the time period of acceptable MCAT scores to include those taken as early as January 2017 and will consider all scores until September 28, 2020;
  • For those applicants who will not have an MCAT score until later in the cycle, we will review complete applications in the absence of the MCAT score and potentially invite for interview;
  • As part of enhancing our holistic review in toto, the impact of the MCAT will be adjusted at the interview stage of our process.

Pass/Fail Prerequisites

Pass/Fail prerequisite courses completed during the spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters will now be accepted.

Online Prerequisites

Online prerequisite courses and labs completed during the spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters will now be accepted.

Secondary Application

Our secondary application has been updated to allow applicants the opportunity to share unique situations related to the COVID-19 pandemic that they have encountered.

Remote Interviews

Interviews will be conducted entirely remotely via video conference this year to minimize the need for travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information regarding the interview format will be forthcoming if you are selected for interview.