|Attend "How to Apply to Medical School" Workshop||October & November|
|Identify Reference Writers and confirm their willingness to support your candidacy||by December 1st, 2015|
|Submit Declaration of Intent||by December 1st, 2015|
|Submit Release of Information/Confidentiality Waiver||by December 1st, 2015|
|Create Account on veCollect||by December 1st, 2015|
|Generate letter requests in veCollect||December|
|(if applicable) Request transcripts from other institutions to be sent to Leslie Bell||January, 2016|
|Call Career Center to schedule an Interview for Committee Letter between January-April||January, 2016|
|Fill out & submit Self-Assessment for Committee Letter||February 1st, 2016|
|Submit Additional Documents (Personal Statement & Resume)||February 1st, 2016|
|Contact any reference writers who have not submitted letters of recommendation||February 20th|
|Complete Interview for Committee Letter||January 11 - April 30th|
|Optional: Schedule a Review of Personal Statement||February 1st - April 30th|
|Prepare to complete the primary application on AMCAS||May 1st - May 31st|
|Submit primary application on AMCAS||June 2nd - mid July|
|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 detailed narrative of your path to a career in medicine written by Leslie Bell and edited by the Health Professions Advisory Committee. It is combined with your other letters of recommendation (LOR's). Although not required for admission to medical school, medical schools prefer to receive a Committee Letter so it is a benefit to you. 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 four-to-six letters of recommendation (LORs). 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.
Beginning in the fall of 2015, LOR's will be collected by and stored in veCollect. Those applying for admission to medical or dental school for fall 2017 will need to create an account (paid for by the Career Center) by December 1, 2015 (more information below.) Applicants should confirm writers' willingness to support them before setting up an account and listing your evaluators. For tips on soliciting letters of recommendation, visit our Letters of Recommendation Page.
The Declaration of Intent is a Qualtrics form that notifies the Health Professions Advising office of your intent to apply to medical or dental school for the fall of 2017 and provides the office with basic identifying information. Complete this form no later than December 1st, 2015. Re-applicants from the 2016 application cycle should submit a new Declaration of Intent by February 1st, 2016.
Submit Release of Information/Confidentiality Waiver
The Release of Information/confidentiality waiver (found within the Declaration of Intent Qualtrics form) 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.
All applicants, including those with letters currently on file at the Health Professions Advising office, must create an account on veCollect.
The evaluation of your candidacy will include a review of all of your transcripts (other than study abroad) by the members of the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC.) You do not need to provide a Hamilton transcript to the HPAC as we have access to WebAdvisor. However, if you have completed relevant course work at other post-secondary institutions (e.g. summer classes, post-bac programs, Master's degrees), you will need to request that transcripts from those institutions be sent to Cheney Cronin, Health Professions Advising Assistant, at email@example.com, by February 1, 2016. Unofficial transcripts, if you have them, are also acceptable. Ultimately, you will be responsible for requesting transcripts from all secondary institutions you have attended when you complete your application to medical school on AMCAS.
Call the Career and Life Outcomes Center at 315-859-4346 in January to schedule an Interview for a Committee Letter between January and April, 2016. The interview is a conversation 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. Allow one and a half hours.
Alumni: interviews will be conducted by Skype; times have been reserved after 5:00 p.m. for those whose work schedules prohibit appointments during normal business hours. Please consider scheduling your interview during the weeks of March 14th and 21st when students are on break.
Download and complete the Self-Assessment form. Send it to your veCollect account by February 1st, 2016 (re-applicants by March 1st); instructions for sending documents to your account will be included in an email in mid-January. It will be used in combination with your transcript, resume, and the interview to draft your Committee Letter. Reflecting and writing about your experiences should also help you prepare answers for your application. Please save the “Self-Assessment” with your last name and document name in the filename: (LastName_Self-Assessment)
Also by February 1st (March 1st for re-applicants), send a draft of your personal statement and a current resume to your veCollect account; instructions for sending documents to your account will be included in an email in mid-January. 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 11th or between January 19th and January 29th.
A personal statement is required as part of your application to medical/dental school. Drafting it by February 1st and taking the time to develop it 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 2016). The medical school application essay is limited to 5300 characters (including spaces); for osteopathic schools, the limit is 4500 characters (including spaces). For dental schools, the limit is 4500 characaters (including spaces)
It will be your responsibility to monitor your account of veCollect regarding the receipt of your letters and to contact reference writers who have not yet submitted them. 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.
It is recommended that you receive and incorporate feedback from several sources, both personal and professional, to craft your final essay. For professional reviews, appointments can be made with the Writing Center and/or the Career Center. To ensure that your personal statement is ready to be presented to the Health Professions Advisory Committee, aim to finalize your personal statement by mid-March.
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.