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AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA)

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The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is pleased to announce the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA) will be available for use during the 2021 application cycle.  

AAMC VITA was developed in collaboration with our member institutions, who are seeking viable options for managing their application, interview, and selection process during the coronavirus pandemic. Participating medical schools will select applicants to complete the AAMC VITA interview as part of their admissions interview process. Additionally, we are sensitive to the financial constraints faced by our members and applicants during this time. For this reason, AAMC VITA will be offered at no cost to schools or applicants for the 2021 admissions cycle. 

About AAMC VITA 

COVID-19 has undeniably impacted our profession and practice, while significantly limiting how individuals interact and engage as a society. These limitations pose a unique set of challenges to the medical school admissions interview process, which provides critical information ranging from an applicant’s cultural competency and resilience to details about their overall journey to medical school. AAMC VITA provides medical schools with the ability to gather this vital information from applicants in a way that aligns with social distancing guidelines, avoids the challenge and expense of travel during this time, and facilitates the health and safety of all.  

How does the remote interview work? 

The AAMC is able to offer the AAMC VITA interview with the assistance of its delivery administrator, HireVue, using the HireVue video interviewing platform. This is an online, one-way recorded interview; there is no human interviewer. Throughout the recorded response, the applicants’ face must be visible to ensure identity verification by the medical school and his/her voice must be audible to permit evaluation by the medical school. Neither the AAMC nor its delivery administrator, HireVue, will use AI technology to score videos. 

What is AAMC doing to prevent bias with the AAMC VITA? 

AAMC has taken steps to minimize the risk of bias on the AAMC VITA interview. First, all questions were reviewed by medical school subject matter experts to ensure they did not contain any biased or sensitive content. Only questions that passed the review are eligible to be included on the interview. Second, AAMC requires admissions committees from all schools that use AAMC VITA to complete unconscious bias virtual interview training. Lastly, the AAMC VITA interview, while not scored by the AAMC, is modeled after the AAMC Standardized Video Interview (SVI), for residency applicants. Applicants who participated in the SVI were provided scores, and there were no differences in SVI scores between Black, Hispanic, Asian and White applicants. 

AAMC VITA Office Hours

Please attend the AAMC VITA office hours if you have any questions about AAMC VITA scoring, questions, and/or need assistance thinking about the most efficient processes for working in the HireVue platform. Office hours will be held from August 18 to Sept 10, 2020.

Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 ET
To join via phone: 1-855-282-6330  Access code: 160 106 2530
To join via Webex: https://aamc.webex.com/aamc/j.php?MTID=mfab1e6c310e86959dfaf893083f56029 

Thursday from 3:00-4:00 ET
To join via phone: 1-855-282-6330  Access code: 160 138 1530
To join via Webex: https://aamc.webex.com/aamc/j.php?MTID=m683ab2aadb3830ef849bc006e8de0902 

AAMC VITA Resources

  • Admissions Officers Resources
    • AAMC VITA Interview: Admissions Officer Training 
      • This training provides an overview of AAMC VITA, incorporating it into your admissions process, supporting applicants, and coordinating evaluation and scoring of applicant responses. The training is intended for admissions officers responsible for incorporating and implementing AAMC VITA into the admissions process.
      • Access the webinar or the PowerPoint slides (PDF) (Password: @@mcvita)
    • HireVue Navigation Guide for AAMC VITA Coordinators
      • The HireVue navigation guide provides step-by-step instructions for navigating the AAMC VITA interview in HireVue as well as how to utilize its different features and functionalities.
    • Do Not Modify in HireVue Job Aid
      • The Do Not Modify in HireVue job aid describes the HireVue features that you should not modify. The job aid includes a description, screen shots, and explanation.

    • VITA Scoring Rubrics
      • AAMC has developed scoring rubrics to help schools evaluate and score applicant responses to the AAMC VITA. These include competency-specific scoring rubrics (one per competency/question) and a generic scoring rubric (applicable across questions). Planning to use these scoring rubrics? Interested, but not sure? Please contact schoolrel@aamc.org. We can set up time with you and an AAMC VITA team member for customized guidance and advising and provide you the rubrics.

  • Evaluator Resources
    • AAMC VITA Interview: Evaluator Training 
      • This training provides an overview of AAMC VITA, best practices and tips for evaluating and scoring responses, including a rating process and considerations, and basic steps to navigate AAMC VITA in HireVue. This training is intended for anyone who will watch and evaluate AAMC VITA responses regardless of the scoring rubric or rating scale used at the school.
      • Access the webinar or the PowerPoint slides (PDF) (Password: @@mcvita)
    • HireVue Navigation Guide for AAMC VITA Evaluators
      • The HireVue navigation guide provides step-by-step instructions for navigating the AAMC VITA interview in HireVue as well as how to utilize its different features and functionalities.
  • Implicit Bias
    • Addressing Implicit Bias in Virtual Interviews
      • During this webinar, participants will receive an overview of unconscious bias, reflect upon how their own biases manifest, and receive guidance on how to recognize and mitigate their biases when conducting, reviewing, and scoring virtual or in-person interviews. This webinar is strongly recommended for anyone conducting interviews or evaluating interview responses.
      • Access the webinar and job aid (PDF)

General Resources 

What should I do if applicants or advisors ask an AAMC VITA question I can’t answer? 

Advise applicants and advisors to contact askVITA@aamc.org 

Schools should contact schoolrel@aamc.org 

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