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HPAO Application Process Video

THE APPLICATION PROCESS - TIMELINE & TIPS FOR APPLYING

COMMITTEE LETTER REVIEW (CLR) MEETING

TO ALL STUDENTS APPLYING TO MEDICAL, DENTAL, PHARMACY, VET, ETC. SCHOOLS:                  
A Committee Letter Review (CLR) meeting  is required in order for the HPAO to prepare a committee letter to the health professions schools. This meeting is strongly recommended since most health professions schools require and/or expect to receive a letter from the school's health professions advisor if the student is an undergrad. These meetings can be scheduled to take place as early as January of the application year. They should be booked (through our homepage)  well in advance of the preferred meeting date since the calendar fills up quickly. The Committee Letter Review Packet (CLRP) must be completed and emailed to our office (hpao@vanderbilt.edu) AT LEAST 3 BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the scheduled CLR meeting, and the email subject line must include: “Committee Letter Review Packet Attached”.

Click here for the Committee Letter Review Packet (CLRP)

Recommendation Letter Request and Waiver

 KNOW YOUR SCIENCE GPA

AMCAS GPAs are reported to medical schools for each Academic Status (High School, Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Post-baccalaureate, and Graduate), subdivided into courses listed as "BCPM" (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Math) or "AO" (All Other)

This AMCAS COURSE CLASSIFICATION GUIDE  clearly defines exactly which courses are considered BCPM.

Here’s a tool that can help you determine your science GPA.  (Specify each BCPM course name, select the grade earned, and input the credit hours {units} earned, then the calculator will determine the cumulative science GPA.)

                   GPA CALCULATOR

PERSONAL STATEMENT

Vanderbilt University Writing Studio

The Vanderbilt Writing Studio offers free consultation services to Vanderbilt students.  Students have the opportunity to meet individually with trained consultants to talk about any writing project including the application Personal Statement.  (The Writing Studio is unavailable during the month of May, so please plan accordingly.)

 

INTERVIEWS

  • Students are encouraged to schedule a Mock Interview with the  Center for Student Professional Development .

  • Ever wonder how you come across during an interview? Why not have a virtual mock interview and critique yourself? ThCenter for Student Professional Development provides a Virtual Mock Interview Module in DoreWay which is an excellent resource to guide you to being a great interviewee. Click here for instructions on using the interview module.

  • How to have a good interview  - by Dr. Zic, Associate Dean of Admissions for Vanderbilt Medical School, PowerPoint from AED meeting 9/18/2007

  • Medical School Interview: Interviewer's Perspective  - by Dr. Jayant Shenai, VUSM Admissions Committee Member

  • Preparing for Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)
  • Vanderbilt student applicants are encouraged to visit the HPAO to review the Interview Survey Binder containing interview surveys completed by previous applicants.  After interviewing, students are encouraged to complete the Medical School Interview Survey and return it to the HPAO.  (It will not be added to the binder until the next application cycle.)

  • Students interviewing for medical school may be asked questions about medical ethics. Here is a link from the AMA website which has a large database of clinical situations which highlight the of medical ethics in the context of actual patient care. After each situation is outlined, there are commentaries written by physicians from a variety of specialities. We think this will be useful for students as they prepare for their interviews, especially those students who have not taken a medical ethics course..Here is the link:. http://virtualmentor.ama-assn.org/site/cases.html