Changes to Medical School Admissions: The Holistic Review

Des Moines, IA US
September 11, 2014

Series Description

Biomedical scientists, along with clinical practitioners, have critical roles in training health care students in the scientific basis of medicine and in the research progress to combat disease. Exciting educational opportunities exist for future biomedical science faculty members. New schools require more pre-clinical and clinical teachers, new educational methods provide team-teaching opportunities and new ideas for research may spring from teaching in a clinical context.

This series of webcast seminars will address different approaches to facing opportunities and challenges and will include sessions on developing and improving observational skills in small group teaching sessions and preceptorships, giving and receiving feedback, as well as descriptions of specific university and organizational programs that assist graduate students in developing teaching skills for health-science courses and integrative programs.

Webinar Description

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.

Target Audience

DMU faculty and staff.


Steve Case, PhD

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, PhD

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. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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Event starts: 
09/11/2014 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/11/2014 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 181
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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