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Admissions committee seeks interviewers; academic advising program delays implementation

June 5, 2014

 IUSM Admission Committee seeks interviewers

To increase the diversity of voices selecting the next generation of physicians, the Admissions Committee is seeking new members whose only role will be to interview applicants. No other involvement will be expected. The service commitment will be restricted to no more than one Wednesday per month from September through February.

The Admissions Committee utilizes a “holistic” review process whereby applicants are selected for medical school on the basis of personal attributes and relevant life experiences, in addition to the traditional metrics of grades and MCAT scores.  The goals of holistic review are to increase the diversity of the entering class beyond simple academic acumen to encompass other desirable characteristics, such as altruism, compassion, and commitment to serve others; and to select a class whose demographic composition mirrors the patient population our graduates will serve.

Individuals who are interested in serving as Admissions Interviewers are encouraged to send their names, contact information, and a brief statement of interest to:

Karen Smartt, Ed.D.
Director of Admissions

Academic Advising Program to delay implementation

Because we want to improve the advising system for all medical students at IUSM and given our desire to integrate the excellent suggestions we are receiving from many of the departments and our faculty colleagues, we have decided to delay the implementation of the program for matriculating students until the fall of 2015.

We will therefore be closing the application process for now and reopen the application submission later this fall.  To those who have already submitted an application, thank you. You will not need to resubmit information this fall. 

Please know that this adjustment in our timeline will not preclude ongoing efforts to enhance academic support services and programming for students. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of the students and of these important advising activities.

Sheryl E. Allen, M.D.
Associate Dean for Medical Student Affairs

Abigail F. Klemsz, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Academic Advising and Career Mentoring

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