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Michelle L Schmude

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Michelle Schmude, EdD, MBA (Educators 2017) is a medical educator. She is currently the Associate Dean of Admissions, Enrollment Management, and Financial Aid and Assistant Professor at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Michelle’s areas of professional interest include ePortfolio use to promote and assess competencies, the use of advising, mentoring, and coaching to foster student success, and professional identity formation. Michelle can be found on Twitter at @michelleschmude and LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-lawrence-schmude-1633baa/.

Holistic Review: Fad or Future of Medical School Admissions?

Holistic admission policies have been utilized for decades by undergraduate institutions. Instead of solely relying on test scores and a grade point average to select students, holistic admission policies provide admission committees the latitude to admit students who can meet the academic rigors of the institution while embodying the school’s mission through personal characteristics and experiences. This type of admission policy has moved into the graduate and professional school arena. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the “Advancing the Holistic Review Initiative” was established in 2007 and promotes the review of the medical school application through the evaluation of metrics, attributes, and experiences. A 2014 report, “Holistic Admissions in the Health Professions,” found an increase in the number of professional schools, specifically those offering health-related programs, that subscribe to a holistic admission policy (para. 8). It is widely believed that holistic admission practices diversify the institution’s student body. 

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Vetting to the extreme?

I question whether dumping more screening criteria at applicants is efficacious. Basic aptitudes and motivation trumps most measur... Read More
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:12 PM
Admin User

Vetting to the extreme?

Too much does not standardize towards the mean. The emphasis has to be relocated onto basic aptitudes and motivation measures.
Sunday, 29 October 2017 12:12 PM
Michelle L Schmude

Thanks

Thanks for your comments Terry.
Monday, 30 October 2017 2:02 PM
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