To students applying for the 2017 medical/dental/vet school cycle:
Please remember the letter submission agreement: If your HPQ was submitted by January 31 and you completed the HPQ interview, as well as let The Office of Health Professions Advising know your Application ID score and MCAT score by June 30, 2016, you may expect your Health Committee Letter to be uploaded to Interfolio throughout the months of July and August 2016. As a reminder, this will not be hindering to your application as a whole.
Thank you for your patience as we carefully prepare a letter in support of your candidacy, which is a time-intensive and thorough process. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
*PLEASE NOTE: The last day for drop-in hours is Friday, May 6th. If you have a question, please feel free to schedule an appointment with a Health Professions advisor or call our office (585-276-7315).
What are drop-in hours?
Students are encouraged to attend drop-in hours to get answers to quick questions regarding general information or direction towards resources (web, print, etc.). If a student is just beginning to think about health professions and needs pointers on how to get started, drop-in hours are a great place to begin.
Questions about specific academic schedules, candidacy for health professions programs or questions regarding personal circumstances cannot be addressed thoroughly during Drop-in hours. For these scenarios, it is recommended to schedule an appointment with an adviser.
What We Do
Many students study as undergraduates at the University of Rochester while preparing for medical, dental, veterinary, nursing, or other health professional graduate schools. Being “pre-med” or “pre-vet” is an interest and not a program or major. It is crucial to prepare for health professions programs in a great variety of ways including, prerequisite coursework, standardized tests, involvement in health-related work experiences, involvement in research activities, community service, and engagement in extra- or co-curricular activities.
If you are interested in a career in health professions, we’re here to help.
Whether you’re applying to allopathic or osteopathic medical, dental, or other health professions programs, we can help you navigate the process.
We provide information on:
- Academic planning (what courses to take and when)
- Gaining clinical and research experience
- Applying to health professions programs
Applying to medical school is a major commitment. Before or during the process, be sure to ask yourself:
- What are your goals? How best can you reach those goals?
- Do you have a specific timeline you’d like to be on?
- Are you interested in research? If you don’t have research experience, where do you start? If you’re not interested in research, what are some other options for you?
- Are you the best candidate you can be if you were to apply to medical school today?
We can help you review your answers to these and other related questions. To contact a health professions adviser, email urhealthprofessions@UR.rochester.edu.
HC Letter (CURRENT APPLICANTS)
If you have questions about the health committee (HC) letter that are not answered on these web pages, please contact us at urhealthprofessions@UR.rochester.edu, so we can provide you efficient and correct information. HC letters will be uploaded according to the HPQ guidelines, and on-time requests are uploaded by August 15.
Prospective and undergraduate students:
Pre-med students preparing to apply:
- Timetable for Medical School Application Process (for 2015 matriculation)