Selection Process 

selection process

Our Holistic Approach

Our Admissions Committee uses a holistic admissions process to ensure our applicant pool and student body is broadly diverse to enable the college to achieve its mission. NSU MD prohibits discrimination against or granting preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity or national origin. 

As we consider each applicant for admission, we review all relevant information including academic, personal, experiential and demographic data during the selection process:

  • Personal qualities such as motivation, sensitivity to the needs of others, excellent oral communication skills and maturity receive particular attention, along with strong academic credentials.
  • Personal attributes such as compassion and altruism, viewed by the committee as essential to the art of good medical practice, are also of special interest.

Interview Day

As the last step of our Selection Process, we invite chosen finalists who have completed both their Primary and Secondary Applications to interview with us. We now have the pleasure of getting to know you as a real person, beyond GPA and MCAT scores.

New Application Requirement for the 2021 Cycle

AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admissions (AAMC VITA)

The Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine is committed to advancing human health through innovation in medical education, research, patient care, and community engagement. By fostering a comprehensive, integrated systems-based approach that prioritizes patients first and advances human health by training physician leaders and supporting faculty members, we can become an exemplary medical college internationally recognized for excellence by fostering an innovative culture that supports diversity, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative leadership.

Given the need to conduct interviews safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are using virtual interviews in our process. To further enhance our holistic review process during the 2021 application cycle, we are requiring applicants to complete the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), to assess five of the core competencies that our admissions committee believes are essential for success at our medical school. The AAMC VITA was designed to complement our live virtual interview process -- and not replace it.

If you are invited to complete the AAMC VITA, you will receive an interview invitation from HireVue, the video interviewing platform. The AAMC VITA is an online one-way interview that you will only have to complete once. It can be completed in a location and at a time most convenient for you during the interview window. Free preparation materials, including an Applicant Preparation Guide, are available through the AAMC. A practice test will be available from the AAMC starting in mid-July. You are encouraged to prepare for this in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. In light of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no fees for the AAMC VITA interview for the AMCAS 2021 season.

We know that the process of researching and applying to medical schools can be stressful and time-consuming. The AAMC VITA is an opportunity for applicants to showcase personal and professional characteristics—beyond academic scores—that will contribute to their success in medical school.

We encourage you to review all application requirements here.

Information about the AAMC VITA, including preparation materials, frequently asked questions, and details for requests for accommodations are available here.

Interview Day Tips
What to expect and how to prepare.
Timeline and Key Dates
Important deadlines and dates.