The application process for medical/DO, dental, veterinary and allied health schools is exciting, albeit complicated. The process takes one full calendar year. Professional schools are interested in assessing candidates on a holistic basis by reviewing their “competencies.” You can review the competency categories below. We ask that all students wishing to go through the committee process read the Health Professions Handbook. It is also helpful to review the HPC Application Timeline.
- Academic performance and ability
- Intellectual curiosity
- Rigor of courses taken
- Academic contributions
- Attitude and approach in and outside of class
- Ethical, responsible, honest, service oriented
- Motivation for chosen health profession as demonstrated by exploration of medicine
- Ability to communicate and collaborate
- Professional, mature, reliable, compassionate, independent
- Ability to work with a diverse population
- Resilient and adaptable
- Capacity for improvement
Other Things to Consider
As you consider the internal health professions committee process and the external application process, remember that we are all expecting to find a motivated and professional candidate in front of us. We ask you to be professional throughout the entire process. This includes meeting all deadlines and maintaining a responsible and mature demeanor. Below are a few helpful reminders:
- Always use a professional sounding email and make sure your email signature includes your contact information.
- Consider changing your voice mail greeting to be more professional for when schools begin to call you back.
- For interviews (with HPC and with the schools of your choice), always consider the interview beginning the moment you step on campus. You never know who is taking notes. This includes administrative assistants and student tour guides. Always dress professionally and conservatively.
- Make sure you thoroughly review your online persona (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) Make sure to present the portrait you want people to see. Check the privacy settings of your social media accounts and Google yourself to see what is out there.