LSU Health Shreveport is working diligently with AMCAS and the AAMC to stay abreast of the impact COVID-19 is having on both the current and upcoming admission cycles.
The Admissions Committee will meet within the next few weeks to make decisions on remaining applicants. We do not currently have a firm date for this meeting. As soon as decisions are made, you will be notified. This could be any time between now and registration, scheduled for July 31, 2020.
MCAT: We have confidence in AMCAS and MCAT to ensure that all applications are processed as rapidly as possible.
To compensate for the March-May canceled dates, AAMC has announced three new testing dates - June 28, September 27, and September 28. There will be 21 test dates before the end of September so that all who wish to test are offered the opportunity. Additionally, all rescheduling fees have been waived for 2020.
To further accommodate more test-takers, all 2020 sessions will offer three sittings per day. If you are rescheduled to the shortened MCAT version, please be assured that your score will be considered in the same manner as the traditional longer version. Our review will not be biased, one way or the other, due to factors beyond your control.
We are aware many of you have had to reschedule to a later date than you had planned. MCAT representatives have assured us that the results-reporting timeframe will be reduced from one month to two weeks for the June 19-August 1 test dates. The best thing to do is, as soon as possible, send in everything else needed to complete your application. That way, when your MCAT score is available, your application will become instantly complete. You should not delay applying simply because an MCAT score is not yet available.
LSU Health Shreveport does not intend to eliminate the MCAT as a requirement for this application cycle. We accept MCAT scores from tests taken since July 27, 2018.
Coursework: For grades issued during the COVID-19 crisis, LSU Health Shreveport will accept P/F grades and online courses. If given the option to choose between P/F and a graded system, applicants should not feel pressured to choose the graded option. However, graded courses always carry more weight.
Interview Season: At present, we do not intend to adjust our interview schedule. We feel we will have sufficient time during our interview/acceptance season.
Letters of Recommendation: Given the likelihood of COVID-related disruptions, Letters of Recommendation for the 2020-2021 cycle will be optional. Nonetheless, be fully aware of their ability to enhance your candidacy. We understand that COVID-related disruptions could well complicate the process of obtaining letters from both your Committee and professors. In your best interest, spare no effort or diligence to have a Committee evaluation uploaded. It is always the most helpful. You should do your best to get letters from professors if a Committee evaluation is delayed or not forthcoming.
While not required, we strongly prefer a letter from your Pre-professional Advisory Committee or its equivalent. If you have a Committee evaluation, you need no others. If your Committee sends a packet of letters without a consensus evaluation, then that packet should contain 3-5 signed, dated letters. If your school does not have a Committee, or should you fail to meet their requirements/deadlines, we advise you to get letters from three individual professors. Science professors are preferred.
In certain circumstances, it may prove impossible to get a Committee letter or letters from 3-5 professors. Realize that letters from writers besides your Committee or professors usually provide limited useful information and therefore impact your competitive standing marginally, if at all.
We use the AMCAS Letters Service exclusively, and the only way to add your support to an applicant’s file is via AMCAS Letters Service. Email, US Mail, hand delivery, FedEx, phone calls, etc., will not work.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the appropriate letters are provided to AMCAS. Refer to AMCAS for detailed instructions.
Early Decision: We will follow AAMC protocols, which currently remain unchanged.
Future Updates: We will update our website and the MSAR with any changes to our admissions policies, procedures, and deadlines that may affect this and future admissions cycles.