Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dimple Patel, the Associate Dean of Admissions at the University of Minnesota Medical School. They talk about the deliberation process for accepting applicants into medical school.
- [01:04] Introducing Dimple Patel
- [01:46] How Medical Schools Deliberate
- [07:18] Showcase Your Core Competencies
[09:41] Tips for Waitlisted Applicants
- [13:17] What Dimple Patel Would Change About Healthcare
Transparency in Medical Schools’ Admissions Process
When applicants are rejected, they often feel like they’re not qualified to become medical students. In reality, there are a lot of factors that affect admissions. For example, the University of Minnesota Medical School allocates 80% of its slots for Minnesota residents, and the remaining 20% for non-residents. As a result, non-resident applicants face much stiffer competition. Each school will have its own criteria and mission that will influence their deliberation process. Applicants would be able to increase their chances of acceptance if they can demonstrate how their personal values align with the institution’s own goals.
Attributes of Good Medical School Applicants
Different medical schools will differ in the core competencies they’re looking for. But generally, critical thinking, socio-cultural humility, and an orientation towards service are great attributes. In your application, prove that you possess those qualities by citing your experiences. It’s also helpful to share any changes and learning outcomes that you’ve gained. This will provide the admissions team with further insight into who you are.
Tips for Waitlisted and Rejected Applicants
If you have not been granted an interview, review your application again. Maybe you can improve how you present your learning outcomes or other core competencies. Include stories of how you overcame challenges in life or when your values were tested. If you have been denied after an interview, it may just be a matter of brushing up on your communication skills.
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