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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 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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