Health Professional Schools: What They Look For

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Medical schools often use 15 Core Competencies as a tool to evaluate your application. This holistic approach means that  in ddition to meeting standard academic requirements, you'll also be expected to demonstrate thinking and reasoning competencies. Make sure to stand out by paying attention to these key areas:  

  • Capacity for Improvement
  • Cultural Competence
  • Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
  • Oral Communication
  • Service Orientation
  • Social Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Reliability and Dependability
  • Resilience and Adaptability
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Scientific Inquiry
  • Written Communication
  • Living Systems
  • Human Behavior