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Changes to Medical School Admissions: The Holistic Review

Thursday, September 11 at 11:00 AM
Des Moines University, Ryan Hall 181, Des Moines, IA, 50312 Show Map

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IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series –  Times are Changing: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education

This webinar is hosted by International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE).

The sessions will explore a variety of exciting innovations in medical education that include the impact of the changes in the interviewing process (Multiple Mini-Interviews, Holistic Review) on curricular modifications in medical schools, a review of best-practices for pre-matriculation programs to enhance student success in medical school, a pro and con presentation on the impact of compressing medical schools into 3 year programs, approaches to continuing basic science into the clinical years, and a review of the advantages and disadvantages of the longitudinal integrated clerkship models.


Holistic review medical school admissions affords each applicant balanced consideration of life experiences that are valued by the school, personal attributes, and metrics that predict academic success. The goal is to select applicants who can not only succeed, but those who can best fulfill a school’s mission and diversity interests. This session will review the rationale for implementation and four core principles of holistic review admissions noting the multiple dimensions of diversity that contribute to educational excellence of a medical school class and future physician workforce. An example will be presented of how one medical school implemented holistic review. Another example will be presented of the diversity outcomes that resulted from another school’s long term implementation of holistic review.


case.jpgSteve Case

Steven Case was born in Brooklyn, NY and grew up on eastern Long Island. He earned a BS in Biology, from PMC Colleges, an MS in Biology/Genetics from Wilkes College and PhD in Cellular & Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California. Postdoctoral training took place in the Department of Histology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Department of Biology at Yale University. All academic appointments (assistant through full professor) were in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He became Associate Dean for Medical School Admissions and Chair of the School of Medicine’s admissions committee in 2000. While in this role, he served the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) as Chair of the Southern Region Group on Student Affairs (GSA), member of the GSA national Steering Committee, AAMC Annual Meeting Planning Committee, Criminal Background Check Implementation Advisory Committee, trained facilitator for Holistic Review Admissions Workshops, 2009-2012 Chair of the GSA national Committee on Admissions and MCAT Validity Services Committee.

david_jones.pngDavid Jones

Dr. Jones received his B.S. in Pharmacy in 1968 followed by an M.S. in Pharmacology/Toxicology in 1970 from UT Austin. He completed his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1974 at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and joined the faculty in Anesthesiology at that time with a cross appointment in Pharmacology. He is a tenured professor in both departments and has been recognized as a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions for the School of Medicine. Other responsibilities include serving as the Executive Director for Pipeline Programs in the Health Sciences (including the South Texas Med Ed Program and Facilitated Admissions for South Texas Scholars program),and as a Council member for the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP). He previously was the Chair of the AAMC Southern Group on Student Affairs, a facilitator for the AAMC Holistic Admissions Workshop and currently serves on two AAMC committees validating the MCAT2015.