Composition and Authority of Admissions Committee

The Admissions Committee is a standing committee of the faculty that makes annual recommendations to the dean regarding the criteria for admission, screens and reviews applications, and interviews, ranks, and selects among applicants in accordance with the priorities set by the School of Medicine. The Admissions Committee is chaired by the associate dean for admissions and performs its function through six subcommittees, as delineated below.

Subcommittees of the Admissions Committee

Subcommittee Name
Subcommittee Function

Policy Subcommittee

Makes recommendations to the dean about admissions criteria and policies.

Screening Subcommittee

Screens applications and selects applicants for interview.

Interview Subcommittee

Interviews and evaluates applicant interview performance.

MD Program Subcommittee

Votes on MD applicant acceptances and waitlist.

MD/PhD Program Subcommittee

Votes on MD/PhD applicant acceptances.

MD/OMS Program Subcommittee

Ranks MD/OMS applicants for the OMS match.

Subcommittees

Terms for Admissions Committee members are three (3) years with an option to renew indefinitely. A single individual may maintain membership on multiple subcommittees with approval from the Admissions Committee chair.

The policy subcommittee consists of no fewer than eight (8) faculty members, in addition to the chair, who may be self-nominated, and are vetted and approved by the Admissions Committee chair. This subcommittee must contain two representatives from the screening, interview, MD program, and MD/PhD program subcommittees to ensure appropriate representation from committee members who participate in different parts of the admission process. The policy subcommittee is charged with reviewing and making recommendations to the dean regarding admission criteria, policies, and procedures. A quorum for the policy subcommittee shall consist of five (5) members.

The screening subcommittee consists of no fewer than twelve (12) faculty members, who may be nominated by the Faculty Council Nominating Committee or be self-nominated, and are vetted and approved by the Admissions Committee chair. This subcommittee is charged with conducting the initial review of applications for the MD, MD/PhD, and MD/OMS programs to determine which applicants are selected for an interview.

The interview subcommittee consists of no fewer than one hundred (100) faculty members, fourth-year students, staff members, and community members, who may be self-nominated, recommended by a department chair, or recommended by their supervisor, and are vetted and approved by the Admissions Committee chair. This subcommittee is charged with evaluating applicants to the MD, MD/PhD, and MD/OMS programs based on the attributes and criteria recommended by the policy subcommittee and approved by dean.

The MD program subcommittee consists of no fewer than thirty (30) faculty members with at least one (1) year of screening or interview experience, who may be self-nominated, and are vetted and approved by the Admissions Committee chair. This subcommittee also consists of a limited number of fourth-year student members, who may be self-nominated, and are vetted and approved by the Admissions Committee chair. The number of student members may not exceed one-third (1/3) of the total subcommittee membership. The MD program subcommittee has final authority for making acceptance decisions into the MD program and this authority cannot be challenged, overruled, or rejected. A quorum for the MD program subcommittee shall consist of five (5) members, of which no more than one (1) may be a student.


The MD program subcommittee is responsible for creating a ranked waitlist. When/if a spot in the class becomes available, the next qualified applicant from the ranked waitlist is admitted based on their rank order number by the associate dean for admissions. When a final class is assembled, the Admissions Committee receives a report from the associate dean for admissions that includes how many waitlisted individuals were admitted.

The MD/PhD program subcommittee consists of no fewer than eight (8) faculty members who teach in the MD/PhD program, who may be self-nominated and are vetted and approved by the MD/PhD program director and Admissions Committee chair. The MD/PhD program subcommittee has the final authority for making acceptance decisions to the MD/PhD program and this authority cannot be challenged, overruled, or rejected. A quorum for the MD/PhD program subcommittee shall consist of sixty (60) percent of the total subcommittee membership.

The MD/OMS program subcommittee consists of the MD/OMS program director and no fewer than three (3) faculty members, who may be self-nominated, and are vetted and approved by the MD/OMS program director and Admissions Committee chair. The MD/OMS program subcommittee has the final authority for making rank-order decisions for the MD/OMS program and this authority cannot be challenged, overruled, or rejected.

All members of the Admissions Committee must recuse themselves from the screening, interview, presentation, deliberation, and vote (as applicable) about an applicant with whom they have a conflict of interest, as defined in the Policy on Educational Conflicts of Interest and Recusal.
Admissions Committee and subcommittee meetings are closed, except for invitees. All deliberations are confidential.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies:
Faculty Bylaws
LCME Element 10.2: Final Authority of Admission Committee
Policy on Educational Conflicts of Interest and Recusal

Last Updated: July 2021