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Holistic Review

Holistic Review

Holistic Review in Admissions

Holistic Review is a flexible, individualized way for schools to consider an applicant’s capabilities, providing balanced consideration to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics. These factors are considered in combination with how the individual might contribute value not only as a medical student, but as a physician, as well. The use of holistic review by schools has increased in recent years, and 91% of schools self-reported using holistic review in a 2013 survey administered as part of the Urban Universities for Health partnership.

Holistic admissions is mission-based, and therefore the selection criteria and outcomes will vary by institution. However, one shared goal is a diverse, inclusive student body who will be poised to address the many needs facing our healthcare workforce.


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.


New Resources

Linking Medical School Mission and Holistic Review: Illustrations from Schools 

A well-developed, mission-driven diversity statement is an important starting point where diversity and inclusion reflect institutional priorities. This document highlights the various approaches taken by a range of medical schools to formalize its commitment to diversity and inclusion.


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.