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Admissions Committee

Welcome to Admissions Committee

School of Medicine




The School of Medicine utilizes the Multiple-Mini-Interview (MMI) process for interviewing medical school applicants. Instead of a single 60 minute interview yielding one perspective, applicants will meet one-on-one with multiple interviewers for just eight minutes each, focusing on a single issue, ethical dilemma, or development in medicine.  When a student struggles in medical school, many times it comes down to communication issues, particularly in the third and fourth years that call on interpersonal skills, professionalism and ethical/moral judgment. Multiple perspectives – including yours - are necessary to properly judge a candidate’s potential to become a great physician.

VCU School of Medicine, Admissions Office is seeking to enroll and graduate a class representing many dimensions of diversity. We need you to “GET INVOLVED” by selecting the most capable students who would contribute to VCU SOM learning environment as well as the medical profession as a future physician. As a volunteer, you will work with the medical school’s admissions office to identify the most promising applicants. 

Are YOU available to interview medical school applicants on Tuesday, Wednesday and/or Saturday mornings beginning at 8:30 am – 11:00 am. Also, Saturday afternoons beginning at 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm.  ONLY 2 ½ hours without pre-work and post work.

File reviewers are needed as well. A file reviewer must commit to 4 file reviews per week. We will begin reviewing files in July of each application cycle. 

ALL committee members are REQUIRED to attend training.  

Current Admissions Committee Members, please contact Charmaine Mendoza at Charmaine.Mendoza@vcuhealth.org or 804-828-9629 to register for training. If you're not a member and would like to participate, please contact Charmaine Mendoza to assist you with the process.  


The Admissions Committee’s charge is to review, interview, and recruit the most talented students for the medical school class each year utilizing a holistic review process.


To develop a diverse, talented student body appropriate to the study and practice of medicine.

Procedures for Nomination

The Chair of the Admissions Committee and the Associate Dean of Admissions nominate candidates who have the personal and professional qualifications to represent the school. Interested faculty are welcome to self-identify to the Associate Dean if they have a high level of interest in participating in the committee. Retired and practicing alumni are also considered.

Procedures for Appointment

The Dean either approves or disapproves the nominations from the Chair and Senior Associate Dean of Admissions and the appointment letter is then sent from the Admissions Office.

Membership and Term

The membership is at the discretion of the Dean and the terms are not limited. Most faculty request replacement after several years because of the time commitment necessary for service on this committee. Currently, most members are senior faculty because of the time intensive nature of the committee.

Committee Assignments

Selection Committee Member

Selection Committee Members are nominated by the Chair and Senior Associate Dean for Admissions. Members are required to attend meetings on Monday's from 12-3 pm late August through mid-March. Training is required.

File Reviewer

File reviewers are selected by the Chair and Senior Associate Dean for Admissions. File Reviewers are expected to complete a minimum of 4 files per week using the File Review Guidelines. Training is required.


Interviewers are selected by the Chair and Senior Associate Dean for Admissions. Multiple Mini Interview(s) will be held on Tuesday/Wednesday and 1 Saturday a month. Training is required.

General Contact Information

Please complete the General Contact Information form here: http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/facultyaffairs/committees/admissions/new_member_form/

Training Dates Selection

Please sign up for training dates here: http://www.medschool.vcu.edu/facultyaffairs/committees/admissions/training-dates/

Committee Documents

Committee Documents


Charmaine Mendoza
Virginia Commonwealth University
School Medicine
Admissions Office
Box 980565
McGlothlin Medical Education Center
1st Floor, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: 804-828-9629

(No direct contact is allowed with committee members.)