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TUSM HOSTS REGIONAL MEETING TO DISCUSS AAMC'S "ADMISSIONS INITIATIVE"

January 12, 2012

CONTACT: Rebecca Harmon rebecca.harmon@tuhs.temple.edu

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Dean Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, addresses attendees at the meeting of the Local Advisors Network (LAN), hosted by Temple University School of Medicine on January 12.

Dean Larry R. Kaiser, MD, FACS, addresses attendees at the meeting of the Local Advisors Network (LAN), hosted by Temple University School of Medicine on January 12.

 

The Temple University School of Medicine hosted a meeting of the Local Advisors Network (LAN) on January 12, in which participants discussed an initiative by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that will have implications for medical school admissions nationwide.

 

Over 100 premedical advisors from universities in the northeast and mid-Atlantic region, as well as admissions representatives from local medical schools and officers of the AAMC, gathered at the MERB to discuss how medical school candidates' “personal competencies” should be reported and used as part of the medical school admissions process.

 

There is an emerging consensus among experts that factual scientific knowledge is only part of what makes a skilled physician, and that medical schools should look more closely at candidates’ personal characteristics and experiences – things such as integrity and ethics, adaptability, cultural competency, service orientation, interpersonal skills, and teamwork – when making admission decisions.

 

AAMC officials discussed their “Admissions Initiative,” which seeks to clarify and codify the way in which premedical advisors report medical school applicants’ personal competencies on recommendation letters, to optimally meet the needs of medical school admissions committees.

 

The AAMC will soon survey medical school admissions officers and pre-med student advisors to learn their specific needs and practices, after which it will develop a standardized recommendation letter template designed to capture more consistent data on candidates’ personal competencies.