Initial Application Review

Once the application has been processed by AMCAS, the Admissions Office will send the applicants via e-mail a confirmation receipt with the instructions that the applicant must follow in order to complete their record. Following receipt of all required credentials, the Committee on Admission will review applications and make interview decisions. Applicants selected for interview will be notified by the Admissions Office Staff.

 

NOTE: Applicants that do not complete the required documents by the deadline of December 15 will not be evaluated by the Admissions Committee.  Likewise, applications that have not met the admission requirements as determined by the SJBSM Admission Committee will be denied. Please make sure you meet the minimum requirements for admission as appeals cannot be accepted at this stage. No exceptions will me conceded. 

 

The Interview

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) format—a series of short structured interactions between the candidate and several different trained interviewer used to assess non-cognitive qualities such as: cultural sensitivity, maturity, teamwork, empathy, reliability and communication skills. The MMI has an advantage over the traditional one-on-one interview in that, having applicants interact with many interviewers, instead of one or two, reduces the chance that interviewer bias affects scoring.


The MMI are done within stations in the Clinical Skills Department. Before an interview rotation begins, the candidate will have (2) minutes to read the situation and (8) minutes to solve it. When the time is up for that scenario, your performance is scored. After a short break, you move on to the next scenario. After the interview is finished the applicants will take a tour with our students.


Because the questions are situational, there are no right or wrong answers. Rather, each assessment focuses on your decision-making, critical-thinking, and communication skills as they relate to healthcare and social issues. Interviewers are evaluating your thought process and your ability to improvise.


Admissions Committee Final Review

The Admissions Committee uses a holistic admissions process to ensure the applicant pool and student body is broadly diverse to enable the School to achieve its mission, vision, goals and student profile statements.  When considering applicants for admission, the Admissions Committee reviews all appropriate information including academic, personal, experiential, and demographic data in the selection process.