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New 2018 AMCAS Data Elements

Several new questions were added to the AMCAS application to help medical schools review applicant information in context as a part of a holistic admissions process. They were also added to support compliance with institutional requirements. These changes include:

  • New questions on Date of Separation for Veterans and GI Bill eligibility for all applicants
  • New question on total hours of research experience for MD/PhD applicants
  • New questions on gender identity and preferred pronoun
  • New First Generation College Student Indicator
  • An adjustment to the SES Disadvantaged Indicator

For more information about these new data elements, please refer to the Changes to the 2018 Application worksheet (login required), located under Resources & Reports.

Creating a Welcoming Environment for Gender Diversity in Medical School Admissions Webinar

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On Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Group on Student Affairs- Committee on Admissions (COA) and Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) hosted the webinar Creating a Welcoming Environment for Gender Diversity in Medical School Admissions to engage schools in thoughtful conversation regarding effective practices for using the new gender identity data element in their admissions process. During this 75-minute webinar, representatives from AAMC member institutions discussed steps they have taken to create safe, welcoming environments for students with diverse gender identities and expressions. Panelists shared promising practices that admissions officers, and the broader institution, can implement in order to improve the interview process for students with gender diversity and to create an inclusive learning environment for all.

Webinar facilitators include:

Carolyn Kelly, MD (Facilitator)
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
University of California San Diego School of Medicine

Gabriel Garcia, MD
William and Dorothy Kaye University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Professor of Medicine
Stanford University

Roopal Kundu, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions and Chair, Diversity Taskforce,
Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine

Jennifer Potter, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Faculty Advisor, LAHMS Student Group
Harvard Medical School

Nicole "Nix" Sitkin
3rd Year Student
Yale School of Medicine

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Diversity in Admissions

Diversity in Admissions

An Introduction to COSFA's Financial Aid Resource for Student Diversity Officers

Join members of the Committee on Student Financial Assistance on Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m. EST for An Introduction to COSFA's Financial Aid Resource for Student Diversity Officers. The webinar will cover the role of the financial aid officer, a standard aid application timeline, an overview of student loan repayment plans, information on determining Cost of Attendance and the latest on average debt levels. It will also highlight tools and materials from the AAMC’s FIRST program. Register to join us today!


Kristen Earle
Senior Specialist, Student Financial Services

Jerel Arceneaux, M.S.
Assistant Director, Student and Career Services
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Damien Jackson, M. Ed.
Director, Office of Student Finance
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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Missouri Foundation Donates $700,000 to MSSU Medical School Scholarships, Joplin Globe

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