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GSA Committee on Admissions (COA)

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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).

Committee Charge

The Committee discusses issues of national interest that are brought to its attention by GSA constituents or AAMC staff. The Committee may identify projects, such as a national survey or the development of a brochure, where an issue is of national importance and interest. The Committee is advisory to the GSA Steering Committee, and, as such, makes regular reports to the Steering Committee and seeks approval of the Steering Committee for special projects.

Message from the Chair

I am honored to serve the national medical school admissions community and the AAMC as the chair of the Committee on Admissions (COA). COA is one of five national committees of the GSA and as with all of these GSA National Committees, we are advisory to the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) Steering Committee and to the AAMC. Our Committee is comprised of the COA chair, four regional representatives, the Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) representative, the President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), an Organization of Student Representative (OSR) Liaison and the GSA National Vice-Chair.

At this time in history, as we face a myriad of unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19, it is more important now than ever that we work together to understand and to address the multitude of challenges that all constituents- including applicants, pre-health advisors, and admissions officers- face in these difficult and unpredictable times. COA will work to ensure that our charge, to provide guidance on national policy and procedural issues regarding the admission of students to medical school, is fulfilled in collaboration with all stakeholders, and as these unpredictable times unfold, stand ready to move forward with flexibility and creativity.

We welcome your interest in the efforts of COA. With engagement of our admissions community and its diverse voices, we will be able to more effectively help to shape and to guide medical school admissions, and we encourage you to contact us with any admissions-related questions, ideas or proposals.

Sincerely,

Lina Mehta, MD
National Chair, GSA Committee on Admissions
Associate Dean for Admissions
Professor of Radiology
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Member Resources

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 (PDF).

Resources

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Associations

COA Committee Roster

Chair
Lina Mehta, MD (April 2020 – November 2023)
Associate Dean for Admissions
Professor of Radiology
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

GSA National Vice-Chair
Hilit Mechaber, MD (November 2020 – November 2021) 
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Marlene Ballejos, PhD, MPA (February 2018 – November 2021)
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 2023)
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
Liesel Copeland, PhD (November 2020 – April 2023)
Assistant Dean of Medical Education and Admissions
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
Judianne Kellaway, MD, MEd (November 2020 – November 2023)
Associate Dean for Admissions & Outreach
Professor of Ophthalmology
The Long School of Medicine
UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Leila E Harrison, PhD, MA, MEd (April 2019 – November 2023)
Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs 
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
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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