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Tuesday, February 28 • 9:15am - 10:45am
(SIDEWINDER) Inclusion in Admissions: Comprehensive holistic review training in the admissions process

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Abstract Body: Objectives To lead participants in an interactive holistic review training To discuss different admissions metrics and criteria, and the importance of these in reviewing medical school applicants To analyze what an ideal medical school application contains and how to provide admissions committees with the tools necessary to identify these applicants To define what a holistic review process means and its’ importance in the medical school admissions process Methods In this workshop, participants will actively engage in an abridged version of the Holistic Review Training developed by UNR Med for their Admissions Executive Committee. This training will begin with an overview of the context of a holistic review process within medical education and some sample institutions’ methods for facilitating their holistic admissions processes. We will then explore our own motivations for creating this training and how it fits in with the mission of our institution. Participants will then be exposed to a short overview of implicit bias and how it relates to a holistic review process. At this point, we will begin an applicant review activity where workshop participants review and rank sample medical school applications while being “blinded” to certain metrics and information. Further information will be provided about the applicants and then participants are asked to re-rank the applications. Finally, we will provide a summary of how each applicant performed in medical school, and ask participants to compare and contrast their rank lists with corresponding medical school performance metrics. This activity will lead into a discussion on the topics of an “ideal candidate” for medical school based on mission driven criteria, the tools and documents that can facilitate holistic review training, and considerations for how to bring this training to an Admissions Committee effectively. Intended Outcomes Participants will walk-away with a working definition of holistic review that can be applied to their own admissions process Participants’ view of traditional applicant criteria will be challenged and/or altered to further integrate inclusion in the admissions process Participants will understand potential methods of delivery for a holistic review training Target Audience This workshop is appropriate for any Student Affairs professionals interested in holistic review processes within medical education. Those working directly with admissions committees will find the content very relevant to their work. Participants should be prepared for an engaged, interactive session that will depend on audience participation in the activity and discussion. 

Tuesday February 28, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am

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