What is it Like to Work in a Medical School Admissions Office?
What’s it like on the med school admissions committee?
Answer by Joel Butterly:
My company has a number of former admissions officers from various medical schools (see). In speaking with them, I’ve found that there is a significant difference between the student committee members and the full-timers.
For many of the top-ranked medical schools, the student committee members do what you imagine they do: they are assigned (along with members of their sub-committee) a number of applications, they discuss those applications with the members of the sub-committee, and then selected applications are brought to a central or “standing” committee, where final decisions are to be made. Often times, these students will also interview applicants whose applications they read.
The full-timers (either professional admissions officers or deans of admission, etc.) work just like any other admissions officers. The greatest difference is that, unlike college admissions officers, these admissions officers are usually current or former practitioners/professors, and so their incentives are a little different than the usual admissions officers. I.e., they are probably more concerned about questions such as: do I really want to have this person as a part of my professional community?
Hope that helps. Again, this is based on a limited school sample, so I’m sure there is a great deal of variance at other schools.