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Will there be higher numbers of MD applicants in the cycle for applicants entering med school in Fall 2022? I'm wondering if there will be more people taking gap years due to COVID who defer to the next cycle, thereby making it more competitive than other cycles.

Also, will med schools be more lenient about GPA given the pandemic? My school made P/F mandatory, so the GPA boost I was expecting could not happen.
 

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Will there be higher numbers of MD applicants in the cycle for applicants entering med school in Fall 2022? I'm wondering if there will be more people taking gap years due to COVID who defer to the next cycle, thereby making it more competitive than other cycles.

Also, will med schools be more lenient about GPA given the pandemic? My school made P/F mandatory, so the GPA boost I was expecting could not happen.
So far AMCAS has the highest opening week for numbers of applications started. The "assumed" gap years due to COVID does not appear so far to be the case
 
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mdthree said:
Will there be higher numbers of MD applicants in the cycle for applicants entering med school in Fall 2022? I'm wondering if there will be more people taking gap years due to COVID who defer to the next cycle, thereby making it more competitive than other cycles.

Also, will med schools be more lenient about GPA given the pandemic? My school made P/F mandatory, so the GPA boost I was expecting could not happen.
I don't see any leniency pertaining to GPA this year, or in any year in the future (not trying to be harsh, but that's just the way it is. Average GPA/MCAT of matriculants has been steadily rising for YEARS, and will only continue to rise. Straight facts).
 

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It seems the normal growth pattern in application numbers that AMCAS has been on for years
We'll have to wait to see if initiations turn into finalized applications to know for sure!
So far it does appear to follow that pattern:

Total Submissions (as of 7/2)29,747 (this year)27,225 (last Year)
 
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We'll have to wait to see if initiations turn into finalized applications to know for sure!
So far it does appear to follow that pattern:

Total Submissions (as of 7/2)29,747 (this year)27,225 (last Year)
I suspect that many of those submissions are without MCAT scores. I would think that a lot of them won't turn into finalized applications since many of those who submitted will receive a score that is not competitive for MD admissions and decide against continuing. Statistically, 50 percent of the people without a score will receive lower than a 500
 

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I suspect that many of those submissions are without MCAT scores. I would think that a lot of them won't turn into finalized applications since many of those who submitted will receive a score that is not competitive for MD admissions and decide against continuing. Statistically, 50 percent of the people without a score will receive lower than a 500
They project that the applications with MCAT scores will catch up by August 18th.
 
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I suspect that many of those submissions are without MCAT scores. I would think that a lot of them won't turn into finalized applications since many of those who submitted will receive a score that is not competitive for MD admissions and decide against continuing. Statistically, 50 percent of the people without a score will receive lower than a 500

I think this is a good point, as evident by the new WAMC posts on here today. Even if receiving poor MCAT score won't stop people from going through with application cycle, it'll fundamentally change how people will apply / what schools they apply to.
 
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My theory is that if anything, Covid will pull in applicants who otherwise were considering an additional gap years for which their planned activities are no longer available. Similarly, people who were planning a gap year likely squeezed in MCAT studying and a late Mcat test in August to still make this cycle with gap year options no longer viable.
 
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