The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued a statement strongly encouraging medical schools to waive Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) requirements for applicants seeking admission in 2021, in light of the unique challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACP recognizes that traditional medical school application processes for pre-medical students taking the MCAT examination have been disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ACP says that applicants of color and those from lower socioeconomic groups are disproportionately impacted by factors such as venue changes to distant testing centers, and expresses concern that mandatory MCAT testing in the midst of the current public health emergency will increase disparities in career opportunity among people of color and those of lower socioeconomic status.
“ACP supports the needs of learners as they pursue entry into medical school in the midst of the current COVID-19 public health emergency,” said Jacqueline W. Fincher, MD, MACP, president, ACP. “Now more than ever, during these challenging times facing health care, we need to help reduce barriers for students who seek to continue their education and training on a path to join the physician workforce and medical community, which continues to fulfill a vital need in our country.”