The Association Between a Holistic Review in Admissions Workshop and the Diversity of Accepted Applicants and Students Matriculating to Medical School.

Grbic, Morrison, Sondheimer, Conrad, & Milem, 2018 / / September 2018

University of Michigan Med School

The authors tested for an association between the Association of American Medical Colleges' holistic review in admissions (HRA) workshop and the compositional diversity of medical school accepted applicants and matriculants in schools that held workshops compared to those that did not.The authors examined school-level data from 134 medical schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education for the years 2006-2016 using information from the American Medical College Application Service. They used a fixed effects regression to examine the within-school association between an HRA workshop and four measures of diversity: percent first generation college students, percent Black/African American, percent Hispanic, and overall level of racial/ethnic diversity as measured by a diversity index.For schools that held an HRA workshop, descriptive statistics showed higher mean values across all four measures of diversity for the post-HRA workshop period (the HRA implementation period) compared to the pre-workshop period (accepted applicants: d = .34 to .79; matriculants: d = .29 to .73).