Holistic Review Process

Mary Lovell volunteering at the Bay Area Medical Center's Menominee River Century Bike Ride.

Mary Lovell volunteering at the Bay Area Medical Center’s Menominee River Century Bike Ride.

Health professions programs evaluate applicants holistically, meaning admissions committees are interested in everything about you—your academic and non-academic experiences, the skills and personal attributes you gain and cultivate during the course of your experiences, and also—importantly—why you are interested in the career path you are pursuing. The maturity and thoughtfulness you show in describing all these things are very important parts of your application. Talk with us about developing depth of insight in your application.

 

Academics

  • GPA (overall and science)
  • Trends in your academic work; consistency is best, but an upward trend is taken into account in admissions
  • Professional Exam Score (DAT, GRE, MCAT, OAT, PCAT)

Non-Academic Experiences

  • Clinical experience (shadowing, hospital or other clinical volunteering, or paid clinical work)
  • Community Service (non-clinical)
  • Paid Employment (non-clinical)
  • Personal Interests or Hobbies (student organizations, intramural sports, music, etc.)
  • Profession-Specific Shadowing (many dental, vet, med, PA, PT and OT programs require students to observe professionals)
  • Research
  • Studying abroad, language skills, cultural immersion and/or experience learning from others

JB Hernandez studying Cystic Fibrosis while on fellowship at the Worgall Lab at the Cornell Medical College in Manhattan.

JB Hernandez studying Cystic Fibrosis while on fellowship at the Worgall Lab at the Cornell Medical College in Manhattan.

Personal Qualities

  • Interest in Healthcare
    • Personal and Professional Characteristics
    • Skills and Attributes
  • Letters of Recommendation (LOR’s)
  • Maturity and thoughtfulness expressed in your writing
  • Demographic Factors
  • Timing of Application
  • Citations/Institutional Actions

Resources

Many healthcare education organizations list the characteristics, skills, competencies, or experiences they believe aspiring professionals in their field should cultivate prior to applying to a graduate program: