Holistic Review

ADEA Definition of Holistic Review

Holistic review is a flexible, individualized way of assessing an applicant’s capabilities by which balanced consideration is given to experiences, attributes, and academic metrics and, when considered in combination, how the individual might contribute value as a dental student or dentist. It is grounded in the institution’s mission and uses of multiple criteria in the assessment of applicant qualifications, including, but not limited to traditional criteria such as standardized test scores and grade point average, as well as linguistic and/or cultural experience, demonstrated commitment to community service, specific areas of career interest (e.g., plans to practice in underserved communities), and distanced traveled (i.e., personal, familial, and other experiential challenges overcome).

Sources: AAMC Holistic Review Project.  Roadmap to diversity: Integrating holistic review practices into medical school admission processes.  2010. p. ix. and The W.K. Kellogg Foundation [WKKF] and The California Health Workforce Alliance [CHWA].  Health professions accreditation and diversity: a collaborative approach to enhance current standards. 2010. p. 37.


The Holistic Perspective

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