|Attend "How to Apply to Medical School" Workshop||November|
|Identify Reference Writers and confirm their willingness to support your candidacy||December 1st|
|Submit Declaration of Intent||December 1st|
|Submit Release of Information/Confidentiality Waiver||December 1st|
|Request transcript be sent to Leslie Bell||January 23rd|
|Call Career Center to schedule an Interview for Committee Letter between February-April||January 30th|
|Fill out & submit Self-Assessment for Committee Letter||February 1st|
|Submit Additional Documents (Personal Statement & Resume)||February 1st|
|Contact any reference writers who have not submitted letters of recommendation||February 20th|
|Complete Interview for Committee Letter||February 1st - April 10th|
|Optional: Schedule a Review of Personal Statement||February 1st - April 10th|
|Prepare to complete the AMCAS Application||May 1st|
|Complete and Submit the AMCAS Application||July 1st|
|Submit Secondary Applications as early as possible||July-September|
|Prepare for Interviews||August-November|
Students will be notified of workshop dates and times via email. Login to HamNET and go to the Events page in order to RSVP for the workshop. The workshop will review/discuss:
A Committee Letter is a letter authored by a pre-health committee or pre-health advisor and intended to represent your institution’s evaluation of you. At Hamilton, the Committee Letter is a composite letter that includes your letters of recommendation (LOR's). Although not required for admission to medical school, medical schools prefer to receive a Committee Letter. In fact, they will become suspicious if an applicant doesn't submit such a letter when his/her school offers this service.
As part of the medical school application process, you will need to solicit letters of recommendation (LORs). A list of your recommenders/reference writers is due as part of the Declaration of Intent by December 1, 2014 for those applying for admission to medical school for fall 2016. You will need to confirm writers' willingness to support you before submitting the Declaration of Intent on December 1st.
Serving as an outside endorsement of your candidacy, a LOR is a letter in which the author will assess your qualities, characteristics, and capabilities as they pertain to medical school. Ideally, a LOR will demonstrate to the admissions committees that you possess the traits and core competencies that they look for in a future physician. Don't underestimate the importance of a strong letter of recommendation. A comprehensive letter from a solid source who knows you well can speak volumes about your integrity and the quality of your work. For tips on soliciting letters of recommendation, you can visit our Letters of Recommendation Page.
The Declaration of Intent survey notifies Leslie Bell (and the Health Professions Advisory Committee) of your intent to apply to medical school for the fall of 2016. Complete this survey no later than December 1st, 2014. It requires you to provide basic identifying information as well as a list of your reference writers and their contact information. In December, Leslie Bell will contact reference writers to request their letters of recommendation by February 1st. If you wish to have a reference letter written later than February 1st (in order to give the writer more time to get to know you and your work/performance), use the optional box on the form to include any special instructions relative to your letters of recommendation.
Download and complete the Release of Information/Confidentiality Waiver form. Submit it by December 1st within the Declaration of Intent survey (you will be prompted to upload the waiver at the bottom of the Declaration of Intent). It allows Leslie Bell and the Health Professions Advisory Committee to contact the Dean’s Office in order to determine if there are any sanctions that have been brought against you during your time at Hamilton as well as waives your right to view any letters written on your behalf. While you legally have the right to view any letters written on your behalf, it is best to waive this right for several reasons. Medical schools are wary of applicants who feel they need to see their LORs. Failure to waive this right creates the impression that your LORs may not be candid assessments of your candidacy and that you may have "censored" your letters by including only those that paint a very positive picture of you. Admissions committees want to have assurance that they are receiving a complete, unedited picture of you from those who wrote your LORs, so it is best to remove any appearance of you having a hand in what they say. From the medical schools' perspective, therefore, it is preferable that you have a closed file and that your letters be confidential.
Ultimately, you will be responsible for submitting all transcripts in your application to medical school. In addition, you are required to request - by January 23rd, 2015 - that the Registrar send a copy of your Hamilton transcript to Leslie Bell for use by the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) to evaluate your candidacy.
Call the Career Center at 859-4346 by January 30th to schedule an Interview for a Committee Letter between February 1st and April 10th. The Interview consists of a discussion between you and Leslie Bell, allowing her to get to know you as well as the experiences, passions, academics and extracurricular activities outlined in your Self-Assessment and Resume (due by February 1st). This information will be used to write a comprehensive Committee Letter that will be sent along with your Letters of Recommendation to the medical schools to which you are applying.
Download and complete the Self-Assessment form. In mid-January, you will be sent an email with a personal link to upload your completed Self-Assessment form and Additional documents by February 1st, 2015. It will be used in combination with the interview to draft your Committee Letter. Please note: this form is now a Microsoft Word document instead of a fillable PDF, allowing more writing space for each question. Please remember to save the “Self-Assessment” with your name (LastName_FirstName) in the filename.
In mid-January, you will be sent an email with a personal link to upload your Self-Assessment, Resume, and Personal Statement - all due by February 1st, 2015. They will be used in combination with the interview to draft your Committee Letter. To have your resume reviewed (optional), please call the Career Center at 859-4346 in order to schedule an appointment with a Peer Advisor by December 12th or between January 20th and January 30th.
A personal statement is required as part of your application to medical school. Drafting it by February 1st will ensure that this part of your application is in its final form when it is time to upload as part of your application (starting in May 2015). The medical school application essay is limited to 5300 characters and the essay for osteopathic schools is limited to 4800 characters. More information on writing a personal statement is forthcoming.
Leslie Bell will contact you during the week of February 2nd to let you know of any letters not yet received. It will be your responsibility to contact your reference writers. Often a phone call is the best way to touch base with your writer regarding the status of your letter.
The interview consists of a discussion between you and Leslie Bell, allowing her to get to know you as well as the experiences, passions, academics and extracurricular activities outlined in your “Self-Assessment” and “Resume” (due by February 1st). This information will be used to write a comprehensive Committee Letter that will be sent along with your Letters of Recommendation through AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service) to the medical schools to which you are applying.
A personal statement is required as part of your application to medical school. Drafting it by February 1st and having it reviewed between February 1st and April 10th will ensure that this part of your application is in its final form when it is time to upload as part of your application (as early as May 2015).
Most medical schools will send you their own secondary/ supplemental application after receiving your AMCAS application. While some medical schools send applicants secondary/supplemental applications after reviewing their AMCAS application, most send it to every applicant. These applications vary in length and what they ask you to do. Some simply require some additional personal information; others require you to respond to one or more essay prompts. It is important to submit these to the medical schools as soon as possible after receiving them.
Schedule an interview preparation appointment with Leslie Bell to be conducted in person or via Skype.