Creating Mission-Centric, Legally Sustainable Admissions Policies in Medical Schools - July 11

Recorded On: 07/11/2024

Join us for an insightful session designed for admissions officers, legal counsel, and educational, diversity, and student affairs officers. This session will equip you with the knowledge and tools to develop admissions policies that are both legally sustainable and mission driven. Learn about the implications of federal and state laws on medical school admissions and discover innovative strategies to align your policies with your institution's mission while navigating the shifting legal landscape. By partnering effectively with legal counsel, you can create admissions policies that enhance diversity, comply with legal requirements, and clearly communicate your goals to stakeholders.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the current federal and state legal frameworks affecting medical school admissions.
  • Develop strategies to work with legal counsel to balance legal and mission risks.
  • Identify and adopt best practices for creating effective and defensible admissions policies.

Target Audience: Admissions officers, legal counsel, educational, diversity, and student affairs officers. 

Why Attend: Gain crucial insights and practical tools to ensure your admissions policies advance your mission while remaining legally sound. This session is essential for anyone involved in shaping the future of medical school admissions.

Art Coleman, JD

Partner and Co-Founder, EducationCounsel LLC

Art is a founding partner of EducationCounsel LLC, where he provides policy, strategic, and legal counseling services to national non-profit organizations, postsecondary institutions, school districts, and state agencies throughout the country. As a national leader on issues of student and faculty diversity, equity and inclusion, Art supports national non-profit organizations and higher education institutions in their efforts to advance DEI aims in legally sustainable ways with a focus on mission-aligned objectives and principles of innovation.

Emily Sharp-Kellar, JD

Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Emily Sharp-Kellar is the Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. In this role, she partners with admissions faculty leadership to oversee all aspects of the medical school admissions process, as well as financial aid and scholarship awarding for MD students. She received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.

Ed Smith, PhD

Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel LLC

Ed Smith serves EducationCounsel as a Senior Policy Advisor, working at the intersection of higher education law, policy, and practice.

Mike Woodson, PhD

Director of Admissions, Tulane University School of Medicine

Mike Woodson began working for Tulane University School of Medicine in June 2017 as the Assistant Director of Admissions but was promoted to his current role of Director of Admissions in March 2019.  In his current role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the School of Medicine Admission’s office, while serving on several committees within the School of Medicine such as the Admissions Review Committee, Multicultural Affairs Committee, Professionalism and Promotions Committee, and the LCME Accreditation Committee.  He was also a member AAMC MCAT Validity Committee.  

Prior to Tulane University School of Medicine, Dr. Woodson worked in admissions at the University of Houston (Houston, TX) and Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA).  Prior to his time in higher education, he worked in secondary education as a high school athletic director.  

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