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Message from the COA Chair

The AAMC’s GSA Committee on Admissions (COA) represents medical school admissions officers nationally.

The COA is composed of the following members: admissions officer representatives from each of the four GSA regions; the GSA national Vice Chair; a liaison from the GSA-Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA); a liaison from the AAMC Organization of Student Representatives (OSR); and the President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP).

All GSA national committees are advisory to the GSA Steering Committee and to the AAMC. The COA receives and responds to information, requests, concerns and issues relating to medical school application and admission. The COA works closely with the GSA and other AAMC and external constituents in reviewing and deliberating on admissions issues referred to it. The COA works in collaboration with AMCAS, MCAT on a regular basis and with other AAMC services as needed. The COA may also be called upon to comment on, and make recommendations about, planned and ongoing AAMC projects, programs or services that relate to medical school application and admission.

The COA, while not a policy-making component of the AAMC, is routinely consulted and acts as the voice of the admissions community when the AAMC is deliberating issues and policies related to application and admission to medical school. We welcome your thoughts and encourage you to reach out to your regional representative with any concerns. The COA's recommendations regarding any changes in AAMC policies and procedures are considered first by the GSA Steering Committee and, if approved, are forwarded by the GSA Steering Committee to the AAMC Council of Deans for further consideration.

On behalf of the COA, I welcome you and hope that you will find the resources available on this site useful and informative.

Carolyn J. Kelly, MD
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Affairs
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Chair, GSA National Committee on Admissions

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