We know many of you have questions and concerns about how COVID-19 will affect your academics and activities as you prepare for future health professions applications. Although we live in an ever-changing landscape, we will do our best to help you navigate the challenges you may be facing in your personal and academic communities.
- For an overview of coronavirus information and resources for Johns Hopkins University, please click HERE.
- For current Johns Hopkins University students who have questions about grading: our general advice is to take courses for a grade when possible. When you apply to medical, dental, or other health professions school, the schools will want to see all of your grades. While they want you to do well in science coursework, they also want well-rounded applicants who can demonstrate academic diversity beyond the sciences. They want to see students rise to the challenge and adapt to the circumstances. However, they also know extenuating circumstances can occur, so please discuss any challenges or questions with your academic advisor and pre-professional advisor.
Word Document: Word Document: Ideas for Pre-Health Students During COVID-19 is a helpful guide on how to stay involved and busy at this time. The list of ideas was comprised by members of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) and updated by Pre-Professional Advising, and ideas are quite varied. Although clinical options are included in the list, we have additional ideas for clinical experience in this PowerPoint Document: PowerPoint Document: PowerPoint.
In addition, we suggest you contact the Johns Hopkins University Center for Social Concern for a comprehensive list of community service opportunities.
We are seeing schools will accept your spring 2020 S/U grades since that was the universal policy of Johns Hopkins University. However, as previously noted, we suggest taking future/additional classes for a letter grade.
We are seeing schools accept the Johns Hopkins policies for online classes that have been established during the pandemic, and therefore accept pre-med requirements when they are only offered online, including labs.
Medical schools are aware of the changes to your learning environment, and as a result, they will be fair, flexible, and humane. We expect many schools to add a question to their secondary applications that allows you to explain if the COVID-19 pandemic affected your academic, personal, or professional plans in any way. Remember, graduate schools are experiencing similar challenges with their own students, so they are acutely aware of the hurdles you may be facing.
Some general tips and information:
- Medical school admissions committees understand the current situation. However, they also expect to see something in your recent work history that demonstrates cultural awareness, compassion, leadership, and strong communication skills.
- If you have concerns about your academic schedule or the university policy pertaining to coursework, please speak with your Krieger or Whiting academic advisor.
- COVID-19 has presented all of us with unexpected challenges, but this can be your time to shine. We suggest you continue to work hard, persevere, and demonstrate to schools and programs that you are adaptable, resilient, and flexible.