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

NOTE: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SJBSM has implemented virtual interview approaches to facilitate remote exchanges and promoting the social distancing. For this reason, the presential Mini multiple Interviews (MMI) will not be conducted during the 2021 Admission Cycle. Instead, two virtual interview modalities were approved for use: the AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admission –(VITA) and the virtual one-on-one interview. The VITA, developed and administered by the AAMC, is a one-time, one-way video (recorded) interview designed to help medical schools assess applicants’ pre-professional competencies important for success in medical school (teamwork, resiliency, cultural competence, social skills, adaptability, reliability). The one-on-one interview (via Zoom platform) will assess candidate’s communication skills in Spanish and will allow for a close interpersonal interaction with members of our SJBSM community.


The AAMC Video Interview Tool for Admission-VITA 

The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine will require applicants that are invited for an interview to participate in the Video Interview Tool for Admissions (VITA), administered by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), for the 2021-2022 application cycle. The VITA interviews will be used to complement our virtual personal Interview .  

If you are invited for an interview at our school, you will receive an interview invitation to complete the VITA 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 required completion 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 late-July. You are encouraged to prepare for this in the same way you would prepare for an in-person interview. 

Information about the AAMC VITA, including preparation materials and details for requests for accommodations, is available here:


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.