Health Professions Advising

Medical Students

HPQ portfolio

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). 

Drop-in Hours

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:

Applying to medical school is a major commitment. Before or during the process, be sure to ask yourself:

We can help you review your answers to these and other related questions. To contact a health professions adviser, email


If you have questions about the health committee (HC) letter that are not answered on these web pages, please contact us at, 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.

Health Professions Quick Links

Prospective and undergraduate students:

Pre-med students preparing to apply:

Graduates considering a career change to the health professions: