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The Application Process

The application process for medical, dental, and veterinary schools involves one full year. We ask that all students wishing to go through the committee process read the Health Professions Handbook Part II. Part II is for students who wish to apply to a health professions school and matriculate in fall 2016 or thereafter by going through the Health Professions Committee in this year's cycle (usually juniors, seniors, or alumni).

 

Health Professions Committee 2014-2015

The members of the Health Professions Committee (HPC) are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty and work closely with the staff of the Health Professions Office.

Hannah Benz, MD, University of Vermont School of Medicine
Jeff Byers, Philip B. Stewart & Sarah F. Cowles Stewart Prof. of Chemistry
Florence Feiereisen, Assistant Professor of German
Erick Gong, Assistant Professor of Economics
Chong-suk Han, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology
John Huddleston, Fletcher Professor of Studio Art
Mary Lothrop, Assistant Director, Health Professions &, STEM Advisor, co-chair
Tom Root , Professor of Biology
Roger Sandwick, Associate Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry 

 

Step One: The Committee Process

Middlebury, along with other top undergraduate schools, provides an evaluation process conducted by a faculty committee (Health Professions Committee) that results in a letter of endorsement in support of your applications. This campus review process begins in the fall preceding the summer in which your application is initiated.

Click on the 'Matric Year' below (the year you wish to matriculate to medical/dental/veterinary school) to see the proper cycle of application activities that pertain to you.

Required interview with the Health Professions Committee:

If you request a committee letter you will meet in person or via Skype (only if you are studying abroad) with three committee members who will provide open and honest feedback and advice. This interview will not determine whether you will receive a committee letter, but the board will recommend either applying in the current cycle or delaying your application by at least a year or two to improve your qualifications.

Once you have gone through committee and the HPC has ranked the candidates, students then begin their application process and the health professions advisors begin to write the committee letter.

A committee letter is a 3-5 page narrative evaluation of your qualifications for health professions school. These letters are widely appreciated by admission committees, and in the case of most medical and dental schools, are expected elements of applications from current students and recent graduates.

The committee letter presents a full picture of you based on your academic record; the committee member's knowledge of you; information in your bio report; information from the committee's interview with you; and individual letters of recommendation.

View the video of the 2013 Applicant Meeting.

Students are eligible to go through the committee process if they are:

  • Applying to medical, dental, veterinary, or other health profession school (postbaccalaureate programs and other health profession schools do not require committee letters.)
  • A current Middlebury student or an alumni.

Step Two: Applications

1. Submit a general (primary) application in the summer
2. Submit applications of specific schools (secondaries)
3. Attend interviews
4. Receive offers of acceptance; and
5. Matriculate to their school of choice late summer the following year.

How to send the Committee Letter

Below are tips and links re: sending/uploading the committee letter

AMCAS- Most allopathic medical schools use AMCAS. On your primary application you will list the committee letter as your one letter that schools should expect to receive. List Mary Lothrop as the committee letter author, and indicate which of the medical schools to which you are applying should receive the committee letter (typically all of them). You will send the letter from Interfolio to AMCAS, and AMCAS will distribute the letter to the individual schools. Click here for the 2015 AMCAS Application Manual.

AACOMAS- Most osteopathic medical schools use AACOMAS. AACOMAS does not have a letter distribution service, so you will send your letter from Interfolio to each individual osteopathic medical school to which you are applying. Click here for the 2015 AACOMAS Application Manual.

TMDSAS- Texas dental schools and allopathic and osteopathic medical schools use TMDSAS. On your primary application you will list the committee letter as your one letter that schools should expect to receive. List Mary Lothrop as the committee letter author, and indicate which of the medical schools to which you are applying should receive the committee letter (typically all of them). You will send the letter from Interfolio to TMDSAS, and TMDSAS will distribute the letter to the individual schools. Click here for the 2015 TMDSAS Application Instructions.

AADSAS- Most dental schools use AADSAS. On your primary application you will list the committee letter as your one letter that schools should expect to receive. List Mary Lothrop as the committee letter author, and indicate which of the medical schools to which you are applying should receive the committee letter (typically all of them). Mary Lothrop will upload the letter directly to AADSAS for the service to distribute the letter. Please send a committee letter request from AADSAS to the Health Professions in-box at hprofess@middlebury.edu. Click her for the 2015 AADSAS Application Instructions.

OPTOMCAS- Middlebury has not yet had any optometry applicants, but in case we do, optometry schools use OPTOMCAS. Mary Lothrop will upload the committee letter directly to OPTOMCAS and also complete a second rating of attributes on this interface. Please send a committee letter request from OPTOMCAS to the Health Professions in-box at hprofess@middlebury.edu. Some schools will not accept a committee letter. It is your responsibility in all cases to verify the accepted method of letters of reference before requesting a committee letter or individual letters of reference. Click here for more information on the OptomCAS application process.

AACPMAS- Middlebury has not yet had any podiatry applicants, but in case we do, podiatry schools use AACPMAS. AACPMAS does not have a letter distribution service; send your letter from Interfolio to each individual podiatry school to which you are applying. Click here for more information on the application process.

VMCAS- The Veterinary Medical Colleges use VMCAS for their applicants. As part of your primary application you will list the committee letter as your letter of recommendation. List Mary Lothrop as the committee letter author. Mary will upload the letter directly to VMCAS for the service to distribute the letter. Please send a committee letter request from VMCAS to the Health Professions in-box at hprofess@middlebury.edu. Click here for the 2015 VMCAS Application Manual.

 

Profiles | Beyond the Classroom


Through a service learning grant, Ewen Bazirake ’12 returned to his home region of Uganda during winter term to serve at the Global Emergency Care Collaborative, under alum Mark Bisanzo ’98.
 

Matric 2015

Matric 15s:  Candidates wishing to matriculate in fall 2015      

  • February 2011:  meeting for first-semester Feb students during the first week of classes: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • October 2011:  meeting for first-  and second-year students: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • MCAT preparation:  Kaplan courses offered as a live, on-line classroom beginning in September 2013 and continuing throughout the year—individualized computer prep programs also available from other vendors
  • October 1, 2013:  meeting for juniors and seniors—overview of the application process
  • December 2, 2013:  deadline for biographical report
  • January 15, 2014:  submit two recommendations (minimum)
  • January–February 2014:  Health Professions Committee [HPC]  interview period (alums return to campus for these)
  • March–April 2014:  HPC continues evaluation of candidates
  • April 2014:  meeting for juniors and seniors (and seniors wishing to apply later): developing the school list, initiating the application process, Middlebury's role throughout.
  • MCAT, DAT, GRE:  taken late spring or early summer 2014
  • June 1, 2014:  deadline for submitting updated biographical reports
  • By June 2, 2014: update biographical reports (2nd phase Bio Report)
  • June –August 2014:  submit primary applications (AMCAS, TMDSAS, and/or AACOMAS; VMCAS; or AADSAS)
  • List of schools sent to HP Office on Dossier Request form immediately following submission of primary application. Applicants review school list with the premedical advisor during the spring semester.
  • Dossiers, including committee letter, submitted to professional schools summer–fall 2014.
  • Interviews at professional schools fall 2014, continuing through spring 2015.
  • Admissions decisions begin mid-fall 2014 and continue through spring 2015.
  • Matriculate into professional school late summer 2015.

Matric 2016

Matric 16s:  Candidates wishing to matriculate in fall 2016     

  • February 2012:  meeting for first-semester Feb students during the first week of classes: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • October 2012:  meeting for first-  and second-year students: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • MCAT preparation:  Kaplan courses offered as a live, on-line classroom beginning in September 2013 and continuing throughout the year—individualized computer prep programs also available from other vendors
  • October 1, 2014:  meeting for juniors and seniors—overview of the application process
  • December 2, 2014:  deadline for biographical report
  • January 15, 2015:  submit two recommendations (minimum)
  • January–February 2015:  Health Professions Committee [HPC]  interview period (alums return to campus for these)
  • March–April 2015:  HPC continues evaluation of candidates
  • April 2015:  meeting for juniors and seniors (and seniors wishing to apply later): developing the school list, initiating the application process, Middlebury's role throughout.
  • MCAT, DAT, GRE:  taken late spring or early summer 2015
  • June 1, 2015:  deadline for submitting updated biographical reports
  • By June 2, 2015: update biographical reports (2nd phase Bio Report)
  • June –August 2015:  submit primary applications (AMCAS, TMDSAS, and/or AACOMAS; VMCAS; or AADSAS)
  • List of schools sent to HP Office on Dossier Request form immediately following submission of primary application. Applicants review school list with the premedical advisor during the spring semester.
  • Dossiers, including committee letter, submitted to professional schools summer–fall 2015.
  • Interviews at professional schools fall 2015, continuing through spring 2016.
  • Admissions decisions begin mid-fall 2015 and continue through spring 2016.
  • Matriculate into professional school late summer 2016.

Matric 2017

Matric 17s:  Candidates wishing to matriculate in fall 2017    

  • February 2013:  meeting for first-semester Feb students during the first week of classes: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • October 2013:  meeting for first-  and second-year students: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • MCAT preparation:  Kaplan courses offered as a live, on-line classroom beginning in September 2013 and continuing throughout the year—individualized computer prep programs also available from other vendors
  • October 1, 2015:  meeting for juniors and seniors—overview of the application process
  • December 2, 2015:  deadline for biographical report
  • January 15, 2016:  submit two recommendations (minimum)
  • January–February 2016:  Health Professions Committee [HPC]  interview period (alums return to campus for these)
  • March–April 2016:  HPC continues evaluation of candidates
  • April 2016:  meeting for juniors and seniors (and seniors wishing to apply later): developing the school list, initiating the application process, Middlebury's role throughout.
  • MCAT, DAT, GRE:  taken late spring or early summer 2016
  • June 1, 2016:  deadline for submitting updated biographical reports
  • By June 2, 2016: update biographical reports (2nd phase Bio Report)
  • June –August 2016:  submit primary applications (AMCAS, TMDSAS, and/or AACOMAS; VMCAS; or AADSAS)
  • List of schools sent to HP Office on Dossier Request form immediately following submission of primary application. Applicants review school list with the premedical advisor during the spring semester.
  • Dossiers, including committee letter, submitted to professional schools summer–fall 2016.
  • Interviews at professional schools fall 2016, continuing through spring 2017.
  • Admissions decisions begin mid-fall 2016 and continue through spring 2017.
  • Matriculate into professional school late summer 2017.

Matric 2018

Matric 18s:  Candidates wishing to matriculate in fall 2018   

  • February 2014:  meeting for first-semester Feb students during the first week of classes: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • October 2014:  meeting for first-  and second-year students: overview of course requirements and early preparation for health professions careers
  • MCAT preparation:  Kaplan courses offered as a live, on-line classroom beginning in September 2013 and continuing throughout the year—individualized computer prep programs also available from other vendors
  • October 1, 2016:  meeting for juniors and seniors—overview of the application process
  • December 2, 2016:  deadline for biographical report
  • January 15, 2017:  submit two recommendations (minimum)
  • January–February 2017:  Health Professions Committee [HPC]  interview period (alums return to campus for these)
  • March–April 2017:  HPC continues evaluation of candidates
  • April 2017:  meeting for juniors and seniors (and seniors wishing to apply later): developing the school list, initiating the application process, Middlebury's role throughout.
  • MCAT, DAT, GRE:  taken late spring or early summer 2016
  • June 1, 2017:  deadline for submitting updated biographical reports
  • By June 2, 2017: update biographical reports (2nd phase Bio Report)
  • June –August 2017:  submit primary applications (AMCAS, TMDSAS, and/or AACOMAS; VMCAS; or AADSAS)
  • List of schools sent to HP Office on Dossier Request form immediately following submission of primary application. Applicants review school list with the premedical advisor during the spring semester.
  • Dossiers, including committee letter, submitted to professional schools summer–fall 2017.
  • Interviews at professional schools fall 2017, continuing through spring 2018.
  • Admissions decisions begin mid-fall 2017 and continue through spring 2018.
  • Matriculate into professional school late summer 2018.