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Inside Med Admissions
Conversations about medical school admissions by medical school admissions leaders.

Inside Med Admissions: COVID-19
Wednesday, March 31st, 2021
1:00 PM Eastern (10:00 AM Pacific)

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Ryan Gray, MD
Rachel Grubbs

Meet the Speakers

Host: James Scott Wright, Ed.D.

CEO and Co-founder, Mappd.

Dr. Wright has worked in medical education for more than 25 years. He served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Health Professions Advising Center for  University of Texas at Dallas and as the Director of Admissions at UT Southwestern Medical School. He also served as executive director of the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and editor-in-chief of APPLY Magazine. He currently serves as Vice President of Advising at Mappd.

Scott’s interests include the psycho-social aspects of personal growth and professionalism, mindfulness and techniques to limit distractibility, and helping pre-health students through the arduous journey to fulfill their dreams.  Dr. Wright has spoken on these and other topics throughout the USA and internationally.

Dr. Scott Wright

Guest: Leila Harrison, Ph.D.

CEO and Co-founder, Mappd.

Dr. Leila Harrison is the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine with a faculty appointment in the Department of Medical and Clinical Sciences. She oversees efforts in these areas as well as pathways related to admissions into the College. Overall, Dr. Harrison has been involved in medical education since 2002, mostly within admissions across three public medical schools (WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Texas A&M College of Medicine, and University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine), with experiences in diversity and inclusion and student affairs.   

Dr. Harrison is a solid advocate for holistic review in admissions as well as helping any aspiring doctor along their journey. She is originally from Las Cruces, New Mexico with family roots in the state going back four generations. She is a first-generation college graduate and the first in her extended family to earn a PhD. Her own background makes her passionate about encouraging any aspiring doctor to believe that future is possible.

Dr. Leila Harrison

Guest: Filomeno Maldonado, M.A.

COO and Co-Founder, Mappd.

Mr. Maldonado is Associate Dean of Admissions and Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities in Medicine at the Texas A&M University College of Medicine. Mr. Maldonado coauthored two papers in the journal of Academic Medicine on “The effects of differently weighting interview scores on the admission of underrepresented minority medical students” and “Beyond affirmative action: One school’s experiences with a race-neutral admissions process.”

He also served on the AAMC’s Committee on Admissions for a three-year term representing thesouthern region of the Group on Student Affairs. During his tenure on the Committee on Admissions, he served as a Holistic Review Facilitator, training admissions committee faculty at several medical schools in the country on the effective use of holistic review in medical school admissions.

Filomeno Maldonado, m.A.

Guest: Lyman Mower, M.A.

VP, Academic Advising

Lyman Mower is the Director of Admissions for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in religion from Syracuse University. His favorite part of working in admissions is helping students make the right preparations for medical school.

Lyman Mower, M.A.

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