Essential Functions for Admission and Matriculation


MCG ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

PRIMARY & SECONDARY APPLICATIONS

MCG participates in the AMCASAmerican Medical College Application Service, a centralized application service administered by the AAMCAssociation of American Colleges

Applications will be processed in the AMCAS office then forwarded to the medical school(s) of the applicant’s choice. Upon receipt of the student’s application from AMCAS, MCG will forward an application supplement (secondary application) to the applicants approved for further consideration. MCG does not charge an additional application fee in addition to the AMCAS fee. MCG will download all letters of recommendation from AMCAS.

AMCAS applications for admission are available on the AAMC’s website. This website provides application instructions and more information regarding the application process.


MCAT

Applicants must complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), preferably in the spring before applying.

All applicants must have taken the MCAT no earlier than January 2017 and no later than September 2019.

Early Decision Program applicants must take the MCAT by June 29, 2019. Regular applicants must take the MCAT by the end of September 14, 2019. 

Psychology and/or Social Sciences courses are recommended for students preparing to take the new MCAT exam.

MCAT registration packets can be requested from the MCAT Program Office, 2255 North Dubuque Rd., P.O. Box 4056, Iowa City, IA 52243 or by visiting the MCAT section on the AMCAS Web site.


CASPER

Applicants must complete the CASPer exam (takeCASPer.com), preferably in early summer. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process. 

The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.

CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.


CLINICAL EXPOSURE

This is a critical component of the application. The MCG Admissions Committee expects applicants to have experience shadowing physicians and/or volunteering in a clinical setting.


INTERVIEWS (MMIs)

Interviews, by invitation only, will consist of eight, multiple-mini interviews (MMI) in which a candidate will be assessed on personal characteristics, motivation and the ability to make adjustments necessary for medical school. Competitive applicants who are invited to interview at MCG will experience eight mini interviews, over a ninety-minute time period.


PREREQUISITE COURSES

Biology

One academic year of General Biology or Zoology with lab (2 semesters).

(If a student places out of general biology using AP credit and chooses to use the AP credit and not take a general biology course in college, must substitute one academic year of advanced Biology courses.  Students must complete the laboratory requirement in college.)

Chemistry

Two academic years of Chemistry during college, with at least 2 semesters of lab. Of the two years, one semester must be Organic Chemistry and one semester must be Biochemistry. 

(If a student places out of general chemistry using AP credit and chooses to use the AP credit and not take a general chemistry course in college, must substitute advanced chemistry courses.  Students must complete the laboratory requirement in college.)

Physics

One academic year of Physics with 2 semesters of lab. 

(AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.)

English

One academic year of English.

(English, English-based Composition, Writing, Literature, or Communication are acceptable; Humanities courses may be used to meet one semester of this requirement.)

(AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.)

Statistics

One semester of Probability, Statistics, Biostatistics, or equivalent. 

(Statistics, Probability or Biostatistics courses that have a STAT or MATH course number will automatically meet this requirement. Other courses that have a different prefix must be approved as equivalent by the undergraduate institution where the course was taken through the Pre-Med or Pre-Health advisor. If such an advisor is not available, the approval may be granted by any Math or Science chair at the institution.)

(AP credit may be used to place out of this requirement.)

*One academic year is equal to two semesters, three quarters, or one semester and two quarters.

*All required courses should be taken on a graduating grading scale (e.g. A,B,C,D,F) when possible. A pass/fail system should not be used.

*Where permitted above, Advanced Placement (AP) credits may be used if they are accepted by the college/university that the applicant attended, and the credits appear on the official transcript.

*Online credit acceptable for non-science coursework (English & Statistics) on the basis that the coursework was completed at a regionally accredited institution, and the coursework appears on the official transcript. 

*Students must have completed, or be enrolled in, all prerequisite courses by January of the planned matriculation year. Special permission may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Office of Admissions to complete the courses in a spring or summer semester, ending no later than July of the planned matriculation year.


LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

All applicants are required to submit at least three, current letters of recommendation through AMCAS. The Admissions Committee will not review an applicant's file without having received all three current letters of recommendation. These can include letters from science professors or a Pre-Health Advisory committee (if applicable) and/or personal references. It is strongly recommended that one of the personal recommendations comes from a physician who can speak toward the student's clinical exposure/experience. 


TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Candidates for the M.D. degree must have the use of certain sensory and motor functions to permit them to carry out the activities described in the sections that follow. They must be able consistently, quickly and accurately to integrate all information received by whatever sense(s) employed, and they must have the intellectual ability to learn, integrate, analyze and synthesize data.

A candidate for the M.D. degree must have abilities and skills of five varieties including: observation; communication; motor; conceptual, integrative and quantitative; and behavioral and social. Technological accommodation is available to assist with a variety of disabilities and may be permitted for disabilities in certain areas. Under all circumstances, a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. The use of a trained intermediary means that a candidate’s judgment must be mediated by someone else’s power of selection and observation. Therefore, the use of an intermediary in the clinical setting is not permitted. 

The Medical College of Georgia has developed technical standards to evaluate prospective students. These standards are guidelines and are subject to revision.  For questions or more information, please contact the Office of Student and Multicultural Affairs Office at 706-721-2522.