What is Holistic Review?
In recent years, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) launched an admissions initiative that promotes and supports evaluating applicants in a holistic manner. In an effort to define holistic review, the AAMC developed a list of 15 core competencies. These 15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students fall into four categories that are listed below.
Competencies are defined as observable behavior that combines knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes related to a specific activity. Barnard's Health Professions Advising embraces these core competencies to inform and guide our advising, particularly as we discuss successful preparation and application to health professional schools. We strongly encourage you to review them at each stage in your preparation process.
15 Core Competencies for Entering Medical Students
- Pre-Professional Competencies
- Service Orientation
- Social Skills
- Cultural Competence
- Oral Communication
- Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
- Reliability and Dependability
- Resilience and Adaptability
- Capacity for Improvement
- Thinking and Reasoning Competencies
- Critical Thinking
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Scientific Inquiry
- Written Communication
- Science Competencies
- Living Systems
- Human Behavior