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Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Applications

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Applications

The HPAC Process provides students applying to medical or dental school in the upcoming cycle an opportunity to obtain a Letter of Recommendation from an HPAC Committee Member. This is also referred to as a Committee Letter. Aside from possibly earning an endorsement from the committee and becoming familiar with the medical school or dental school application process, successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate in an interview, providing practice for medical or dental school admission interviews.

Health Professions Advisory Committee Process

 HPAC applications for upcoming cycle open December 16th, 2019 and close on February 16th, 2020 at 11:59PM CST

Apply: 2020 HPAC Application (EY 2021)

ELIGIBLITY & REAPPLICANTS:

All alumni and current UTA students with a minimum Overall GPA of a 3.25 applying to medical or dental school in the upcoming cycle are welcome to apply. (MAV ID number will be required) Students must also show evidence of an upward trend in GPA in recent coursework. Post Bacc students must have a minimum UTA Post Bacc GPA of a 3.5 with a strong Post Bacc Science GPA. Please see below for Applicant Selection Criteria.

Students should create an account with the application service(s) they will be using to apply to professional school(s). (TMDSAS, AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS) There will be a section on the Letter of Recommendation Evaluation Form and application to include your unique ID number(s).

HPAC Acceptance from previous years- Students that were accepted to HPAC prior to 2019, have the option to reuse the same HPAC letter for their current cycle or contact their HPAC letter writer and see if they are willing to update their letter. Starting for the 2020-2021 cycle, letters will include the cycle year with ranking. Students can request the same letter for future cycles, however, the date and content of the letter will not be changed. If a student would like an updated HPAC letter with a new date, ranking and cycle year, they will need to reapply to HPAC. Recently dated letters are highly recommended.  

REAPPLICANTS- Students that were not accepted last year are welcome to re-apply for the upcoming cycle. Re-applicants should provide evidence of growth from their previous application much like they would need to for their medical or dental school application. Reapplicants can re-use 2 of the 3 letters from last year. However, updated letters are highly recommended.  

REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS & INFORMATION needed for APPLICATION:

  • Transcripts- unofficial or official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities where college courses were taken

 

  • Overall and Science GPA- calculate GPAs from all transcripts and enter on application. Science GPA includes all Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math courses only. Courses must be for science majors.  See TMDSAS Approved Course List.

 

  • Statement/Essays- These are the SAME prompts from the 2019 TMDSAS Application 
    • Personal Statement- max 5,000 characters with spaces – Required
      • Your personal statement should include the factors that influenced you to pursue a career in medicine or dentistry. This statement should be the one you plan to use on your medical or dental school application
        • Pre-Dental students are asked to discuss your philosophy of the dental profession and indicate goals relent to the profession.
        • Pre-Medical students are asked to include the value of your experiences that prepare you to be a physician.

 

    • Personal Characteristics Essay- max 2,500 characters with spaces – Required
      • Learning from others is enhanced in educational settings that include individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Please describe your personal characteristics (background, talents, skills, etc.) or experiences that would add to the educational experience of others.

 

    • Unique Circumstances or Life Experiences Essay- max 2,500 characters with spaces - Required
      • Briefly discuss any unique circumstances or life experiences that are relevant to your application. This is not an area to continue another essay or reiterate what you have previously stated: this area is provided to address any issues that have not previously been addressed.

 

  • Healthcare Activities, Volunteering, Work Experience, Leadership, Awards/Honors, and Research Hours

  

Letters of Recommendation- 3 required; at least 1 letter must be dated within 6 months of HPAC deadline

    • 1 from a science faculty member
    • 1 from a Health Professional (Pre-Dental Students: Must be a licensed Dentist; Pre-Med Students: MD or DO (preferred) or other clinical exp professional)
    • 1 from any faculty member, doctor/dentist, research director, clinical experience or volunteer supervisor

LETTERS:

Instructions for Applicants requesting letters: Review the Letter of Recommendations Page. Applicants must complete the top portion of the HPAC Cover Letter Form. Give this cover letter to your evaluator. HPAC will not review your application unless the box waiving your right to the letter is marked. The form can be hand delivered or scanned and emailed to your evaluator to complete depending on their preference. If this form does not accompany the letters, your right to the letter will be automatically waived.  

Instructions for Evaluators writing letters: Letters should be addressed to the Admissions Committee, not HPAC and must be typed, on an official letterhead, dated, hand or e-signed and contain contact information. These letters will most likely be used for the applicant’s medical/dental school application(s). See below for letter delivery options.  The HPAC Cover Letter Form should have been provided by the applicant requesting the letter. This form should accompany the letter. Please refer to the AAMC Guideline for Letter Writers for tips.

Letter Delivery for Evaluators:

  • Email (preferred): Completed letter and form can be scanned and emailed by the evaluator to hpac@uta.edu
  • Applicant delivery: Evaluators can give the letter and form to the applicant for hand delivery to the Health Professions Advisor mailbox (Sandy Hobart) in the Dean’s Suite LS 206. The letter and the form must be placed in an envelope and signed across the seal by the evaluator to verify the integrity of the letter.
  • Mail: Letters with the completed evaluation form can be mailed in an envelope signed across the seal by the evaluator to: Health Professions Advisor The University of Texas at Arlington Box 19047 Arlington, TX 76019-0047

 

APPLICANT SELECTION CRITERIA:

ALL supporting documents, including letters, should be received by the deadline of February 16th, 2020 by 11:59pm CST. Applications can be submitted prior to letters being being received.

Applicants will be reviewed holistically. Competitive Applicants will be selected and invited to an HPAC Interview. Selection Criteria will be based on:

  • CUM GPA, SCIENCE GPA, LAST 30 HOURS
  • Experiences: Clinical and Non-Clinical Experiences, Volunteering, Leadership, Research
  • Personal Statement, Essays, and Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview- an interview invite DOES NOT guarantee a committee letter. The interview process is a very important factor in the final committee decision much like interviews for medical and dental schools.

TENTATIVE TIMELINE:

  • Applications open Monday December 16th, 2019 and close Friday February 16th, 2020 by 11:59pm. Apply: 2020 HPAC Application (EY 2021)
  • Week of February 24th: Review Process
  • March 2nd:  Invites/Denial Email sent with interviewer information.