All You Ever Wanted To Know About Admissions! Part 3

Admissions deans were surveyed (Monroe et al ) in 1986 and in 2008 regarding their admissions process and the importance of various types of applicant data.  The applicant pool has changed over this time, reflecting an increase in Asian applicants from 8% to 22% of the total, with a corresponding drop in Caucasian applicants.  African-American and Hispanic applicant percentages have stayed at stable low levels over this period.  The majority of schools have variations on a two-step process, with MCAT scores and GPA having the major influence on the decision to grant an interview, and interview outcomes and letters of recommendation having the major influence on the decision regarding which interviewees to admit.  Current admissions deans said they place less importance on the quality of the undergraduate institution and the difficulty of undergraduate coursework, and more importance on the personal statement and community service, as compared to deans in 1986.—Laura Willett, MD

Monroe, A, Quinn E, Samuelson W, Dunleavy DM, Dowd KW. An Overview of the Medical School Admission Process and Use of Applicant Data in Decision Making: What Has Changed Since the 1980s? Acad Med. 2013 May;88(5):672-681.

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