AACOM Admissions & Student Affairs Monthly Forum

Past Webinars

AAMC's Situational Judgment Test (SJT) Pilot

Date/Time: Feb 9, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: The AAMC Situational Judgment Test (SJT), developed and administered by the AAMC, is a standardized exam designed to help admissions officers assess applicant readiness to learn about issues related to professionalism in medical school. The AAMC SJT, currently entering the second year of pilot testing, presents a series of hypothetical scenarios students may encounter in medical school and asks examinees to evaluate the effectiveness of a series of behavioral responses to each scenario. Join us for an overview of the exam and an update on the development and pilot.

Examinees’ responses provide insight into their knowledge of effective and ineffective behaviors across eight core pre-professional competencies for entering medical students:
- Service Orientation
- Social Skills
- Cultural Competence
- Teamwork
- Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
- Reliability and Dependability
- Resilience and Adaptability
- Capacity for Improvement


AACOM Holistic Admissions Research Project (HARP)

Date/Time: Jan 12, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: HARP is a new holistic admissions tool that uses applicant personal statements and experience information (the applicant’s description of their work experiences, volunteer experiences, and healthcare experiences) to categorize applicants for admissions review. Join us for an overview of the project and pilot from Mark Speicher and Michael Beveridge.

AACOM began development of HARP in April 2020 to make the application process at its member COMs more robust to changes in the environment, such as the cancellation or postponement of MCAT administration sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. AACOM has partnered with Vettd, a company that provides AI services in the human resources space to develop and pilot this new tool.



Kira Talent Demo

Date/Time: December 8, 2020 at 2pm ET

Description: Kira Talent seeks to transform admissions processes by combining on-demand, timed video and timed written assessments with existing admissions requirements. During this demo, the Kira Talent Team will demonstrate the Kira product which is designed to help you:

  • Get a Holistic View: Select your best-fit applicants. Discover the real people beyond the applications by assessing for program fit and traits like leadership, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • Save Time: Work more efficiently. Eliminate time-consuming, repetitive tasks so you can focus on getting to know your applicants in a meaningful way.
  • Make Fair Decisions: Give every applicant an equal opportunity by building a structured assessment to reduce concerns of bias in the admissions process.
For a recording of this webinar, please contact Jessica James at jjames@aacom.org.

There’s an App for That! Improving Mental Health and Wellness in Medical Students

Date/Time: September 8, 2020 at 2pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)


  • The ongoing epidemic of burnout and self-harm among both osteopathic and allopathic medical students has long been known.
  • Rates of depression and suicide are much higher among medical student cohorts than the average population.
  • Research shows that wellness and self-care can combat mental health issues and are necessary for physicians to be effective in their clinical practice and community involvement.
  • There is a wealth of data on how to effectively use modern technology to address these issues, specifically the utilization of smart phones and tablets amongst the medical student population.
  • This presents the opportunity for a novel approach to help address the mental health issues faced by medical students and future physicians.

What in the World does AACOM do with all of those AACOMAS Decisions and How Does this Help my COM?

Date/Time: Aug 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Each year, AACOM requests admissions decisions from our 36 institutions. During this webinar, our goal is to explain how we use the data provided, and how it can help your institution make better, more informed decisions.

MCAT Validity Presentation with AAMC

Date/Time: July 14, 2020 at 2pm in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Join AAMC staff Iliana Estevez and Cynthia Searcy to learn more about MCAT Validity Research conducted at the AAMC. Among the research being conducted is a 10-year longitudinal research study to examine the current version of the MCAT exam. The MCAT exam assesses applicants’ problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles that are important to being ready for today’s medical school.

What EMP Can Do for You

Date/Time: Jun 9, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Learn about the ways a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system can help your campus track, recruit, and enroll your next class.

Presenter: Conor Clerkin, Strategic Partnership Consultant, Liaison International

Disabilities in Medical Education

Date/Time: May 12, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: An overview of disability accommodations, resources, and regulations in medical education with Dr. Lisa Meeks, Assistant Professor for the Dept of Family Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School & Director of MDisability Education

Presenter: Lisa M. Meeks, PhD, Assistant Professor Department of Family Medicine, University of Michigan Medical School; Director, MDisability Education

Vision for Health Professions Advisors with Tony Wynne, NAAHP Executive Director

Date/Time: Apr 14, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Join us for an update from Tony Wynne, Executive Director of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) since October 2019.

Presenter: Tony Wynne, Executive Director, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions

Annual Conference Update: Application Services, Recruitment & Student Affairs Department

Date/Time: Mar 10, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: AACOM's Application Services, Recruitment, and Student Affairs Department staff will be giving their Annual Conference update virtually in advance of the COMAO and CSA Council meetings. This will allow members more time for Council discussion during the in-person meetings at Educating Leaders 2020, the AACOM Annual Conference.

Presenters: Jayme Bograd, Erin Helbing, and Jessica James, AACOM

Holistic Review in Graduate Health Profession Admissions: Evidence &  Implementation

Date/Time: Feb 11, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Description: Holistic review, as part of admissions processes, represents a paradigm shift from expecting the “best students” as those with the highest academic or standardized test metrics to those who are a “best fit” with the mission, values, and goals of any program. This shift may be a challenging, as it requires reconsideration of longstanding traditions, thoughts, and beliefs about admissions criteria and definition of what makes a successful student and future practitioner. Enrolling students who are both academically qualified and prepared to provide culturally sensitive, appropriate, and competent clinical care is likely a goal for our health profession programs. This presentation will cover the foundational tenets and current evidence supporting holistic review. Specific methods of implementation, including concrete, replicable processes will be presented. In addition, the processes and multiple dimensions of diversity outcomes of a speech-language pathology program’s 5-year history of using holistic review practices will be included.

Presenter: Kerry Callahan Mandulak, PhD, CCC-SLP, Associate Professor, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Pacific University