The Holistic Review Project

"The AAMC Holistic Review Project, established in 2007, sought practical means to enhance diversity, developing a set of tools and resources for medical schools. A student’s disadvantaged status and distance traveled were included as part of the holistic review." 
– The National Association of Advisors for Health Professions, Inc.

For more information, refer to Roadmap to Diversity

Health profession programs do not look solely at an academic record when deciding who to admit. There is a comprehensive initiative in the healthcare community and specifically within admissions to infuse a more holistic approach to evaluating applicants. Admissions officers do not focus on numbers alone, rather they are interested in finding applicants that bring a range of experiences, skills, and competencies. It is just as important to foster strong interpersonal, intrapersonal, and critical reasoning skills as it is to do well in your courses and achieve a good entrance exam score. These are skills you can develop through many interactions, including those with faculty, staff, alumni, peers, and the greater community as well as through internships, volunteering, employment, and extracurricular activities. Therefore, when preparing for your role as a healthcare professional, think about yourself beyond the numbers. 

Category Competencies
Interpersonal Service orientation
Social skills
Cultural competence
Teamwork
Oral communication
Intrapersonal Ethical Responsibility to Others
Reliability and dependability
Resilience and adaptability
Capacity for improvement
Thinking & Reasoning Critical Thinking
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry
Written Communication