FAQs during COVID-19
In light of COVID-19 and the decision to move classes online, the Pre-Health Professions Program would like to provide you with guidance on questions regarding medical requirements/admissions or otherwise. Please know that we are working diligently to bring you updates on this process and encourage you to check our webpage and online resources from health professional programs regularly.
Q) Since Loyola is moving to online instruction, will Pre-Health advisors still be available for appointments?
A) Absolutely! The pre-health staff is currently working remotely, and all appointment will take place over Zoom. You may schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor through Handshake. If you have any trouble with Handshake or Zoom, you can schedule an appointment with our offive via e-mail at PHAdvising@luc.edu. Pre-Health staff will continue to work full-time, checking emails, conducting appointments, etc. If you need more information on connecting with Zoom please see the Loyola ITS Zoom site.
Q) Are your drop-in hours still available?
A) Drop-in hours will resume on August 24, 2020. At that time, they will take place every Monday through Friday from 12 noon through 2:00 pm (except for when the University is closed or if noted otherwise). Additionally, for a quick question feel free to email PHAdvising@luc.edu and one of the advisors will respond typically within 2 working days. For more complex questions, please schedule an appointment with a Pre-Health Advisor through Handshake.
Q) If I am not on campus or in the Chicago-area, I may not be able to continue the usual volunteering, research, extra-curricular activities, etc. Will health professional schools be concerned about a lapse in activities?
A) We believe that medical school and dental school admission committees will be very understanding of the circumstances we all currently face and want all to act in the best interest of their safety, health, and wellbeing. Many health professional programs are also encouraging students to think creatively of ways to support their community in these times. For those with an EMT or CNA certification, that could be working in these regards. For others, that could be volunteering at food banks or via online support services, such as Crisis Text Line. These are only a couple examples, and students should think about what best fits their unique abilities and local needs.
For updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting AAMC, AACOM, and ADEA services, there are direct links to their responses available here.
Q) I have heard that Medical Schools don't like online courses. How will they respond to the fact that our instruction is being done virtually?
A) If you have your heart set on a specific medical school, you should check their webpage for their policy, but broadly, health professional schools understand decisions made in the interest of health. While typically medical schools prefer in-person courses, during the COVID pandemic, most have changed official policy to accept online coursework, including for lab classes.
Q) I am scheduled to take the MCAT or DAT soon. Will it be cancelled or delayed? What happens if it is?
A) UPDATE (11/2/20): Pearson VUE (the administrators of the MCAT) did for health and safety reasons cancel some MCAT test dates in the late spring/early summer 2020 time frame and worked diligently with the AAMC and applicants to increase testing availability in summer/fall 2020. All 2020 MCAT test dates are now complete.
The AAMC has released test dates and increased study resources for the MCAT test administration in 2021. They will have staggered registration windows (ie: opening 11/10/2020 for exam dates in January-March 2021) for the 2021 exams. The MCAT exams will return to the 7.5 hour length and will be offered at 7:30am and 3:00pm on test days.
As COVID is a changing situation, we encourage test takers to regularly check leading up to a scheduled exam for any updates. For more details regarding registering for and impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) on MCAT testing, please visit the AAMC Taking the MCAT Page and Pearson VUE webpage. For updates on the DAT, please visit here.
Q) I am currently in the Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee (PHPAC) process to apply this spring/summer. Will anything change about PHPAC Advising Meetings, Letter timeline or process?
A) For applicants who applied over summer 2020, most medical/dental schools have moved to virtual interviews, so when you have an interview scheduled, you can schedule a virtual ‘pre-health mock interview’ with our office through Handshake.
For applicants who are submitting the committee application before 5:00 pm on Nov. 23, 2020 (intending to apply to medical/dental schools over summer 2021), please pay close attention to the information sessions and read the Committee Policies and Procedures for details. Broadly, the committee experience will remain the same, aside from minor changes, such as the medium through which PHPAC appointments will occur in Spring 2021 will be moved to zoom appointments rather than in person.
If you have any questions about any aspect of our response to the COVID-19 situation, please write to us at COVID-19support@LUC.edu.