Applicant Evaluation and Decisions


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  • Personal Attributes

    The admissions committee values applicants who possess the following personal attributes.

    • Written communication skills

    Clear and well organized presentation of ideas, such as an applicant's motivation for a career in medicine and observations, personal growth, and value of acquired experiences

    • Initiative

    Motivation to seek, participate in or initiate activities independent of groups, leadership role in sustaining a group or founding a new group.

    • Interacting with people

    Written evidence of empathy, compassion and altruism for diverse people

    • Motivation for medicine

    Extent of interest expressed both in writing and participation in health-related activities

    • Workload

    Year-by-year evaluation of credit hours taken and time committed to employment and extracurricular activities

    • Desire to learn

    Academic achievement beyond the minimum prerequisites or degree requirements including single/multiple majors/minors/degrees, and honors college enrollment

    The first four attributes are scored by the same three File Review Subcommittee (FRS) members who score the applicant's experiences. FRS members have limited access American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS®) application Work/Activities and Essay sections only. Scores are based on reading these sections of the application and evaluating what the applicant has done to illustrate initiative, interaction with diverse people, and motivation for medicine as well as the clarity with which this has been conveyed in the written application.

    The admissions staff scores workload and desire to learn.

    Attribute scores are used to screen applicants for interviews, render admissions committee decisions and post-application counseling for unsuccessful applicants.