MD Admissions

Admissions Competencies

The Perelman School of Medicine seeks students with a broad education and rigorous science preparation. Admissions competencies are not based on specific courses, but rather on the cumulative achievement of knowledge and skills needed to become a physician. The student’s undergraduate or post-baccalaureate program can provide the course information identified by that educational institution as providing the best preparation for study in medical school. All applicants must have a BS or BA degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada prior to matriculation.

Spring/Summer and Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Policy

The Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) acknowledges that some undergraduate institutions are converting entirely to pass/fail (P/F) grading this semester, while others are offering students the option to select P/F or continue with the institution's typical grading system. PSOM will continue to welcome applications from students from all institutions, regardless of the grading policy under the current pandemic. We have a holistic admissions process that prioritizes myriad attributes we value in our applicants beyond course grades alone. Any PSOM applicant who was provided the option to continue with the typical grading system but elected P/F for courses that are prerequisites for medical school entrance will be required to provide a written explanation on the PSOM secondary application regarding the decision to elect P/F.

English/Communication

English fluency in writing, speaking and reading: demonstrated abilities include writing clearly and correctly, the ability to organize and deliver oral presentations, the ability to read critically and appraise technical content, and strong interpersonal skills. Speaking other languages is also helpful in medicine and patient care.

Biology

Competency in basic biological principles shared by all living organisms, which includes the diversity of life, life cycles and metabolic processes, the structure of life and nucleic acid structures, how biological information is transferred and stored, and the basic molecular and cellular structure and function.

Chemistry

Competencies include understanding the molecular basis of life; principles of chemical equilibria and thermodynamics; acid base balance; ionization and redox reactions; the structure of molecules and experimental methods and the molecular architecture of organic compounds; and the quantitative and qualitative aspects of reaction rates, binding constants and reaction mechanisms.

Physics and Mathematics

Physics provides the conceptual framework for quantitative biology and biomedical sciences. A firm foundation in mathematics, statistics and physical science is essential, including knowledge of algebra, equations and interpretation of graphic representations of data as well as familiarity with constants or units of physical measurement.

Behavioral Disciplines

Understanding and appreciating the basic social, cultural and behavioral factors that influence individuals, communities and societies in health and disease are essential. Applicants should seek to understand societal forces that contribute to the delivery of health care and basic clinical and heath service research. This understanding can come from a variety of courses in history, philosophy, ethics, anthropology, political science, economics, sociology and psychology.

Applicants Attending Foreign Institutions

All applicants who receive degrees from foreign institutions are required to complete one year of course work in the sciences at a college or university in the United States before applying for admission. Non-residents of the United States are ineligible for federal or school financial aid programs.

Applicants applying from accredited Canadian institutions are exempt from the required additional year of science study and may apply directly.

Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Each applicant must take the Medical College Admission Test within three years of applying to the Perelman School of Medicine. All candidates for admission in the fall of 2022 are required to have taken the MCAT between January 2018 and September 2021.