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Holistic Review

What is holistic review?

Holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician.


Our Mission and Approach

The Advancing Holistic Review Initiative endeavors to enable the implementation of holistic review in member institutions, and to illustrate the connection of holistic admissions to larger diversity and inclusion efforts.

To do this, the Initiative is offering an integrated suite of flexible, customized tools and resources that link the holistic admissions process to diversity and inclusion efforts across the medical education continuum.


Learning Opportunities: Data Driven Admissions webinar

Holistic review in admissions aligns admissions processes with institutional mission and goals, and relies on data to continually inform and optimize these processes. Please join us on Thursday, September 8, from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. ET for a free webinar illustrating the link between admissions and institutional mission, and demonstrating how medical schools are using data to continually inform and improve their admissions process.

Upon completion of the Data Driven Admissions webinar, participants will be able to:

·         Describe the link between institutional mission and holistic admissions;

·         Identify the data points that reflect desired applicant criteria based on institutional mission;

·         Discover specific, actionable opportunities to leverage data in order to improve admissions processes and practices.

Click here to register.


Unpacking Fisher II Webinar

The Supreme Court upheld race-conscious admissions in its second Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin decision issued in June 2016. Art Coleman and Terri Taylor from Education Counsel discussed what the decision means for medical schools in the Unpacking Fisher II: Furthering the Case for Holistic Review webinar.

Unpacking Fisher II webinar

Resources for Admissions Staff

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Admissions officers are at the forefront of changing the way medical schools select and train students, cultivating physicians of the future. The AAMC offers a variety of tools and resources to help you along the way.


Webinar Recording: Mapping Your Route

This webinar translates core education and legal principles into operational and viable admissions and enrollment-related policies, practices and procedures.