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Holistic Review & Interview Process

With an average of 13,000 applications received per year, the School of Medicine has one of the largest applicant pools among all private medical schools in the country. From those, approximately 1,200 applicants are interviewed for admission.

The Admissions Committee utilizes the principles of holistic review to screen, assess, and select applicants.  As defined by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes and academic metrics.

As part of this holistic review process, we ask applicants to complete an on-line situational judgment test known as CASPer (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) – a screening tool used to assess personal attributes such as ethics, empathy, cultural sensitivity, collaboration, resiliency, and adaptability – all of which are considered  essential traits of a compassionate and capable physician. We also use the MMI (Multiple Mini Interview) format. During the MMI, applicants move through a circuit of short, carefully-timed scenario-based interview stations designed to evaluate non-cognitive attributes considered critical to becoming an effective physician. These include critical thinking, moral reasoning and ethical grounding, open-mindedness, ability to collaborate, and communication and interpersonal skills.

Interviews are generally conducted from late September through early April. Applicants may be invited to interview at any time during this period as applications are reviewed throughout the application cycle. The interview day schedule begins at 8:30am and ends at approximately 3:45pm. The day begins with an informal breakfast hosted by current medical students followed by a group orientation with presentations from admissions, student affairs and student financial planning.  Applicants have the opportunity to meet again with current students during a lunchtime panel session.  Multiple mini-interview (MMI)circuits and campus tours take place after lunch.