I’m in Baltimore attending the Association of American Medical Colleges’ annual meeting and this year’s meeting focus is social justice and racial inequity as contributors to health disparities. I just left an informative, timely, standing room only session on holistic review in admissions that revisited the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Fisher vs University of Texas case. Many schools are watching this case closely to better understand how to implement legally compliant recruitment strategies in order to matriculate medical school classes that meet their missions while reflecting the nation’s diversity.
The information shared was relevant and well-organized. Kudos to the presenters! But my take away from the session was not the importance of legally compliant recruitment strategies nor the evolution and effectiveness of holistic review in admissions. The most memorable moment in this session was when one of the presenters told a story about a student’s experience with bias in the classroom. Continue Reading