The Board of Admission takes seriously its charge of choosing future physicians who will contribute positively to the world’s community of healthcare practitioners.
Evaluation for admission is conducted on an individual basis. Students accepted to AGUSM are selected for their intellectual and social maturity as well as their wide educational and social backgrounds. Problem-solving skills, critical judgment, and the ability to pursue independent study are also of high consideration.
When evaluating academic achievement, the Committee considers factors such as course load, difficulty of the courses, and major area of study. In the non-academic area, maturity, emotional and motivational factors, and personal integrity are considered essential determinants.
Candidates for admission will be scheduled for a phone interview conducted by the Admission Counselor.
The medical school faculty specified the following non-academic and academic standards which Applicants/Students are expected to meet to participate in the medical education program and the subsequent practice of medicine:
- Observation Skills
The Applicant/Student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic medical sciences and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis and treatment.
- Communication Skills
The Applicant/Student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients in order to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.
- Motor Skills
The Applicant/Student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers, be able to perform basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients.
- Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities
The Applicant/Student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize. Problem solving, the critical skill demanded of physicians, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the Applicant/Student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. The Applicant/Student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.
- Behavioral and Social Attributes
The Applicant/Student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients, and the development of mature, sensitive and effective relationships with patients and others. An Applicant/Student must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment and motivation are personal qualities which each Applicant/Student should possess.