The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) mentors Pre-Health students on several levels. The committee works closely with the Associate Director of Pre-Health Professions to provide guidance for strategically becoming a competitive applicant, as well as guidance for the application and interview process. Many Pre-Health professional programs strongly encourage students to receive an evaluation from their institution's HPAC. Students may acquire a letter of evaluation from HPAC to accompany their application. Students typically begin their application process for professional school in their junior year. However, national trends indicate that students are delaying their application to professional school until their senior year of college or later, after they have gained firsthand experience in their field of interest.
The following health professions will be considered for evaluation: Medical, Dental, Veterinary, Physician Assistant, Optometry, and Pharmacy. If you are not applying to any of the preceding fields, there is no need to complete an application.
To be considered for a letter of evaluation from HPAC, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 at the time of application submission (if your cumulative GPA drops below this requirement during the evaluation process, you will no longer be considered for evaluation).
2. Must have a BCPM (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Math) GPA of 3.25 at the time of application submission (if your BCPM GPA drops below this requirement during the evaluation process, you will no longer be considered for evaluation).
3. Must have earned at least 60 credit hours of college credit at the time of application submission.
4. Must have completed one full semester at St. Edward's University (minimum of 15 credit hours) by the end of the Spring 2018 semester.
5. Must have firsthand experience in your professional field of interest (minimum of 50 hours suggested) at the time of application submission. Examples include: clinical volunteering, shadowing, missions trips, employment at a clinic, hospital, or health professional's office.
6. Need to have participated in an average of three events per year (sponsored by HPAC or the Pre-Health Professions Office) since entering St. Edward's University, and prior to the application year. It is worth noting that your application will receive more serious consideration if you have attended more events, especially if you have attended ten or more. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
7. Must have attended an HPAC evaluation application workshop in your application cycle.
8. Must have engaged in campus and/or community service/volunteerism.
9. Must submit a letter of evaluation. Evaluators should know an applicant well enough to evaluate him/her, and can come from a variety of sources. Potential evaluators may include university faculty or staff, work or volunteer supervisors, health care professionals that you shadowed, etc.
Current HPAC members cannot provide this evaluation. Letters will be accepted in two forms: PDF and hard copy. PDF letters must be emailed directly from the letter writer to jasond [at] stedwards.edu. Hard copy letters should be delivered in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal, to Jason De La Rosa in Moody Hall 155 or campus mail 1035, in care of the Pre-Health Professions Office.
Letter writers should refer to page 2 of the AAMC Letter Writing Guidelines and pay special attention to the competencies listed (Thinking & Reasoning, Science, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal).
Letters must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 26, 2018.
10. If HPAC becomes aware of any unprofessional or unethical conduct during the evaluation process, we reserve the right to eliminate a candidate from the process.
Students must submit the completed application no later than 5pm on Friday, October 26, 2018. We encourage you to start working on the essays immediately in a Microsoft Word document, which can be pasted into the application. Keep in mind that this is an evaluative process, and a completed application does not guarantee interviews or a letter of evaluation.
Alumni seeking an evaluation from HPAC will be considered according to these guidelines:
Have you previously completed the HPAC evaluation process, including application and interviews with the committee?
Are you an alumni who did not apply for an evaluation from HPAC when you were a student?