Consultant Profile: Dr. Herman Gordon


I have reviewed over 800 applications to the University of Arizona College of Medicine in my four years of service on the admissions committee, two of which were as chair. This experience fostered both a passion for admissions and a perspective on what makes for an excellent future physician.

I want to work with Herman!

What does a medical school admissions committee look for? In addition to academic and mission criteria, students need to have a hunger to learn and practice medicine, and they have to love science for its rational approach to reality. In addition to those fundamental requirements, medical schools value unique individuals, people who will bring a diversity of backgrounds and life experiences to their classmates and to their profession.

I tell my students that if they were all clones, they would have nothing to learn from each other. When you apply to medical school, it is vitally important that you tell your own unique story. What will you contribute?

Admissions committee members are dedicated individuals who seek to make the right life-altering decisions for the future of medicine in America. It is your job as an applicant to help them make the right decisions and to make it easy for them to do so. Be prepared, be clear, be authentic.

Now, as an Accepted consultant, it is my job to make sure that you do your job.

My other passion these days is in teaching problem solving. To this end, I’ve developed a pedagogy and supporting app called ThinkShare which focuses on the development of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity in a hybrid learning environment. We now use this approach across the first two years of case-based instruction at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

My academic background: I earned my AB from Harvard College and my Ph.D. from Cal Tech.

So what’s with the “Flash”? I worked as a systems programmer in high school and had the great fortune to share an office with Ward Cunningham, who went on to invent the Wiki. In those days, we had to shorten our names to 5 letters when we submitted jobs to the mainframe. Ward didn’t like “Gordn”, so he swapped it to “Flash” without telling me. Of course, I couldn’t find my job output at first, but after I did find it, the name “Flash” stuck.

Please note:

  • To avoid potential conflicts of interest, Flash will not work with applicants on University of Arizona secondary applications or interview prep.
  • Flash is more available during evenings and weekends (Arizona time) than during normal business hours.

If you need assistance with a University of Arizona medical school application or if you need access to your advisor primarily during business hours, you will be well served by one of the other fine consultants at Accepted.