Preparing for “Holistic Review”

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) defines holistic review as “a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a medical student and physician.”  Check out another AAMC article on holistic review as well as a Kaplan-sponsored article.

In addition, future healthcare professionals are expected to demonstrate certain competencies prior to entering into professional school.

To help future applicants understand the concept of competencies, AAMC developed a unique resource called Anatomy of an Applicant.  On this site, students can review real-life examples of fulfillment of the 15 core competencies medical schools consider.

The American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) definition of holistic review is provided here.

Before a holistic review is conducted, the ‘numbers’ must be competitive.  Do you have a competitive allopathic application?

Curious about the competitiveness of osteopathic applicants?  Check out this multi-year summary from AACOM.

Are you in need of academic repair?  Check out the Academic Enhancement Programs page.