Students are eligible to go through the committee process if they are:
- Applying to medical, dental, veterinary, or other health profession school (post baccalaureate programs and other health profession schools do not require committee letters.)
- A current Middlebury student or an alumni.
How do I Apply to Go Through Committee?
Follow the Application Timeline for instructions on deadlines and the committee process.
Required interview with the Health Professions Committee:
If you request a committee letter you will meet in person or via a virtual interview with three committee members who will provide open and honest feedback and advice. This interview will not determine whether you will receive a committee letter, but the committee will recommend either applying in the current cycle or delaying your application by at least a year or two to improve your qualifications.
Interviewing with Committee Members
This is a great time to practice for your school interviews that will happen in the fall, so consider these interviews formal and official.
- Schedule a practice interview through CCI
- Jan Reichard-Brown’s article in The Advisor on “Medical School Interview Attire- Common Knowledge or Urban Legend?“
- AAMC – Preparing for Medical School Interviews
- Johns Hopkins University information on the interview
- Sample interview questions
- Interview information from IvyLeagueAdmission.com
Committee Review Period
After all of the committee interviews complete (usually by mid-March), the committee meets to discuss and rate the candidates.
Once the HPC has rated the candidates, students then begin their application process and the health professions advisors begin to write the committee letter.
A committee letter is a 3-5 page narrative evaluation of your qualifications for health professions school. These letters are widely appreciated by admission committees, and in the case of most medical and dental schools, are expected elements of applications from current students and recent graduates.
The committee letter presents a full picture of you based on your academic record; the committee member’s knowledge of you; information in your bio report; information from the committee’s interview with you; and individual letters of recommendation.
Health Professions Committee 2020-2021
The members of the Health Professions Committee (HPC) are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty and work closely with the staff of the Health Professions Office.
Mary Lothrop, Director, Health Professions and STEM, co-chair
Mark Spritzer, Associate Professor of Biology, co-chair
Hannah Benz, MD, Associate Director, Health Professions and STEM
Kristin Bright, Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Amanda Crocker, Associate Professor of Neuroscience
Randall Ganiban, Professor of Classics
Jason Grant, Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Jennifer Ortegren, Assistant Professor of Religion
Akhil Rao, Assistant Professor of Economics
Fernando Rocha, Assistant Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies
Mary Jane Simpson, Assistant Laboratory Professor in Chemistry/Biochemistry
Do I have to have a committee letter to apply to medical/DO/dental/veterinary school?
Students who wish to apply to medical and allied health professions schools do not have to be evaluated by the Committee, but it is very unusual to apply without the Committee’s recommendation. It often sends a ‘red flag’ to the schools, giving them the impression that there is some reason you would not be supported by your school’s Committee.
Committee letters also serve to shed applicants in the best possible light for admissions counselors.
What is the role of the Committee in supporting students through the application process?
Our health professions committee is typically compromised of approximately 2 staff and 8 faculty, representing a variety of different disciplines. Each student interviews with 3 committee members (one staff, two faculty). Prior to those interviews, committee members have access to the student’s unofficial transcripts(s), their biological report, and any letters of recommendation that have been submitted. Interviewers each provide their rating and overall review of each candidate they met with. The full Committee then evaluates the materials and decides on the appropriate level of recommendation for each potential applicant. The final letters are written by the Director of Health Professions on behalf of the Committee and incorporate tone and content from the other reviewers.
What are the Committee ratings?
Candidates being supported by the Committee are rated as ‘Superior,’ ‘Excellent,’ ‘Very Good,’ or ‘Good‘
Will you send out a dossier if you do not give the student a good rating?
If the Committee is not comfortable writing a strong of letter of support for a student, they will give the student a rating of ‘Not Recommended.’ In these cases, we meet with students to discuss ways of strengthening their application for a subsequent cycle.
If a student decides to apply without the endorsement of the Committee, the College will send a letter packet (including an official Middlebury cover page, the student’s biological report, and any letters of recommendation that have been submitted) on their behalf without the Committee letter endorsement.