The Holistic Admission webcast is designed to assist both biomedical science and clinical faculty in exploring the complex dynamics of weighing and balancing applicants’ experiences and attributes with their academic achievements as a means of accomplishing the mission-based excellence they seek. The author provides a background for instituting and using a holistic review process to screen, interview and select applicants for medical school admissions while offering a context for the motivation for change, the challenges faced and the lessons learned.
Dr. Ballejos is the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and serves as the Diversity Affairs Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs, and as the Co-Chair for the SOM Committee on Admissions. Dr. Ballejos completed her dissertation and research on “The Effect of Various Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Weighting Schemes on the Medical School Admissions Rates of Under Represented Minorities” and participated in the 2008 Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) Graduate Student Research Program sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. She conducted research on the non-cognitive constructs measured for medical school admissions. Her interests include serving diverse populations, research related to educational disparities and workforce training, and issues related to underrepresented minorities.