In response to COVID-19 outbreak, the AAMC was forced to cancel the examination dates of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) for March, April, and May. The MCAT exam is one of the most important factors that medical schools use to evaluate applicants.
On April 24th the AAMC announced that they would:
- Add three new test dates
- Tests are reduced to 5 hours and 45 minutes compared to the original 7.5 hours.
- lunch break reduced from 30 minutes to 10 minutes.
- 3 new testing times would be added to existing exam dates, 6:30am, 12pm, and 6pm.
- Institute a regional cancellation policy for examination locations that are experiencing a stay at home order.
We believe the current AAMC policy for reopening the MCAT examination puts us and the public at risk by:
- Having regional cancellations of MCAT centers incentivizes students from pandemics to travel to states with low viral loads. This puts hotels, restaurants, car rental agencies and the testing center staff at risk
- Many premeds taking the MCAT exam are exposed to COVID + patients as frontline workers and will expose anyone testing with them.
- The 10-minute lunch break is an inadequate lunch that disadvantages students with disabilities.
We demand that the following changes be made to the existing AAMC policies or the MCAT should be canceled for the 2021 application to Medical Schools.
- If any MCAT exam is canceled for COVID-19 related concerns then all MCAT exams should be canceled.
- Reinstate the 30-minute lunch break.
- Communicate openly and honestly with the premedical community by hosting live sessions that address our concerns.
Premedical students are a diverse group with no unified organization to represent ourselves. However, as the future doctors of America, we will not sit idly by and allow the AAMC to engage in unfair testing practices that unnecessarily put students and communities at risk during the COVID-19 outbreak.