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March 2010

1. Editor's Corner

Carol Baffi-Dugan

It might be a bit presumptuous to use the idea of holistic review as the theme of this issue, but in the broadest sense it is.

2. Holistic Review and Medical School Admissions: Implications for the Health Professions Advisor

David Verrier, Ph.D.

The intent of this article is to discuss the challenges in promoting holistic review at the undergraduate level, to consider the role that health professions advisors can play in promoting holistic principles in undergraduate premedical education, to discuss how to “holistically” present candidates for medical school admissions, and to consider how health professions advisors can contribute to the overall goals of the Holistic Review Project.

3. Perspective: Medical School Admissions and Noncognitive Testing: Some Open Questions

Charles L. Bardes, M.D.
Peggy Carey Best, Ph.D.
Sara J. Kremer
Jules L. Dienstag, M.D.

What criteria should medical schools use in selecting applicants for admission? The successful practice of medicine embraces knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes.

4. Clinical Opportunities for Prehealth Professions Students: Let’s Level the Playing Field

Keith Bradley, M.D.

The various listserves for health professions advisors have had numerous interesting discussions about the need for clinical experience for pre-health students as part of their discernment, qualification and development.

5. Reality-Check: Helping Pre-Health Students Evaluate and Work Towards Their Career Goals through a Health Professions Seminar

Janet De Souza-Hart, Ph.D.
Joseph De Masi, Ph.D.
Delia Castro Anderson, Ph.D.

We begin the course with a review of the major health-related careers in addition to the various affiliations and agreements that our college has with several professional schools1.

6. What Would You Say If…? A View from Behind the Desk and on the Home Front

Jan Reichard-Brown, Ph.D.

Whenever a student settles into a chair in my office and starts the conversation with, “What would you say if…?” they usually get my complete attention, quickly.

7. Utilizing Preadmission Noncognitive Variables to Predict Success in a Postbaccalaurate Program: Implications for a Threshold Concept in the Admissions Process

Paul Henry, Ph.D.
M. Kimberly Gordon

According to Cohen racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care are major shortcomings in the U.S. health care system and the medical profession.

8. Financial Literacy and Other Resources

Nancy-Pat Weaver

Identity theft is the most common white collar crime today, and students are not immune. But, how do they know if their identity has been stolen?

9. NAAHP, Inc. Focus Group Report

Lori Provost
Amy Burkert, Ph.D.

Health professions advisors throughout the country are busily conducting interviews and writing letters to convey the essential elements of their students’ candidacies for professional schools.

10. Book Review: The Official Guide to the MCAT

Reviewed by Karen de Olivares, Ph.D.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) estimated that over 60,000 people would take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) in 2009 (see Official Guide).

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