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GSA Committee on Admissions (COA)

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About COA

The GSA National Committee on Admissions (COA) provides guidance on national policy and procedural issues regarding the admission of students to medical school, and the admission of transfer students or candidates with advanced standing. The Committee receives regular reports regarding two services of the AAMC: the American Medical Colleges Application Service (AMCAS) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

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Handbook for Admissions Officer

The Handbook for Admissions Officers updated by the Committee on Admissions in 2015 compiles key information, examples of best office practices, and general wisdom based on decades of experience. This handbook is included within the GSA Member Handbook in order to reflect the important relationship between admissions and student affairs. In an effort to go green, this handbook is not available in print. However, you may download the entire handbook here.

COA Committee Roster

Lina Mehta, MD (April 2020 – November 2020)
Associate Dean for Admissions
Professor of Radiology
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

GSA National Vice-Chair
Kathleen Kashima, PhD (November 2019 – November 2020)
Senior Associate Dean of Students
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Marlene Ballejos, PhD, MPA (February 2018 – November 2020)
Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
Assistant Dean for Admissions
The University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Central Region (CSGSA) Representative
Joel Maurer, MD (April 2020 - November 2020)
Assistant Dean for Admissions
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University
Clinical Center

Northeast Region (NEGSA) Representative
Valerie Parkas, MD (April 2017 – April 2020)
Senior Associate Dean, Admissions and Recruitment
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
LaTanya Love, MD (June 2019 – November 2020)
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
McGovern Medical School
UT Health Science Center at Houston

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Leila E Harrison, PhD, MA, MEd (April 2019 – November 2020)
Associate Dean for Admissions, Recruitment, and Inclusion
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Liaison
Michael Deibel, PhD (June 2020- June 2022)
Interim Dean of the Faculty
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of Chemistry
Earlham College

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Ebony White (May 2019 – May 2021)
MD Candidate, Class of 2020
Wayne State University School of Medicine

AAMC Staff Liaison
Irena Tartakovsky, MD, MS
Director, Constituent Engagement
Association of American Medical Colleges

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