Early Assurance Premedical Programs
Exceptionally well-qualified students may be considered for a special early-admissions program during the sophomore year. Candidates for early assurance should be absolutely sure they want to pursue a career in medicine, should be sure of the medical school they wish to attend, and must demonstrate clearly how the early assurance program will benefit them in a significant way. They should be active and productive in extra-academic endeavors, and their academic performance should be excellent. Those who are selected as early-assurance candidates will complete their Middlebury B.A. in normal course prior to entering medical school and will be expected to maintain high academic standards throughout their Middlebury tenure. The following medical schools currently offer Middlebury students the Early Assurance option:
Albany Medical School
University of Connecticut
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
University of Rochester
The chart below compares these schools’ application requirements and processes:
In addition, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine offers a unique Early Acceptance Program in Humanities and Medicine program. This program offers maximum flexibility in the undergraduate years for students to explore their interests in humanities and assures highly motivated undergraduates admission to Mt. Sinai upon successful completion of program requirements and graduation from their undergraduate program. MCATs are neither required nor permitted to be taken.
An informational meeting on all the programs available to Middlebury students will be held
Wednesday, October 31
For further details on any of the above programs, contact the Health Professions adviser at extension 2455.
Underclassmen applying to these programs need a committee letter and must go through the Health Professions Committee process. Click on the headers below for details:
Early Assurance Program (EAP) Application Timeline
For Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
and University of Rochester School
of Medicine and Dentistry
Sophomores (Class of 2015) may apply to the Middlebury Health Professions Committee (HPC) for consideration for the Geisel Dartmouth and Rochester early admissions programs. Students interested in Albany, University of Connecticut and SUNY schools should contact the health professions advisor.
2012-2015 Application Details and Timeline
1. There will be an information meeting for interested candidates in late October 2012. Please check EIA website or the Health Professions Newsletter Blog for details.
2. Dr. Susan Pepin and other representatives from Geisel Dartmouth Medical School will visit campus in November 2012 to talk to students who are interested in medical school in general, and Dartmouth in particular. Please check for details on the EIA website, or the Health Professions Newsletter Blog.
3. Interested candidates should complete the process for evaluation by the HPC as outlined in the document called Beginnings for EAP Applicants on the Health Professions Website by: February 6, 2013.
4. It is expected that applicants will have completed one year of chemistry, one year of biology, and a calculus or stats course before the committee evaluation.
5. A subcommittee of the Health Professions Committee will review the pool of applications and recommend up to five candidates to the full committee for evaluation by February 18, 2013.
6. The HPC will endorse and advance applications to Geisel Dartmouth or Rochester that they determine to be outstanding. Applicants will be informed of the status of their applications between May 24 and June 15, 2013.
7. The committee letter will be written and forwarded to Geisel Dartmouth Medical School by August 15, 2013.
8. Nominees will be directed to complete the application of the appropriate medical school between June and September 2013.
9. Nominees will be invited to interview at the respective medical school during fall 2013, and given a decision soon thereafter.
10. Geisel Dartmouth EAP students will be provided a research opportunity during summer 2014.
11. Geisel Dartmouth EAP students will be expected to have taken the MCAT by the beginning of the senior year, fall 2014.
Matriculation in fall 2015.
Beginnings for Early Assurance Program (EAP)
Applicants who wish to matriculate to Geisel Dartmouth or Rochester in fall 2015
Following are the procedures by which students may establish a candidate file to facilitate the Health Professions Committee (HPC) interview, evaluation and recommendation process.
Note: All attachments that are returned electronically should be sent to the Health Professions e-mail address.
1. Please complete and return the Committee Selection form as an attachment.
2. Please complete and return the Biographical Report and Essay as an attachment.
It should be self-explanatory, especially when used in conjunction with the handbook (if you haven’t seen that, look on our website: go/healthp—at the moment the older version is up, but we’re working on the update).
3. Also required is a photograph of yourself! Please send a color digital photo by e-mail attachment — be sure it's crisp and clear, head and shoulders only.
4 TRANSCRIPTS: Please submit a Banner Web Degree Progress Report (DPR) to the Health Professions office. Do remember to use the Degree Progress Report format, NOT the “unofficial transcript.” If you have trouble with sending it, just copy and paste it into a Word document, reduce the text size to 10 pt. and remove the bold formatting, save it, and send it as an attachment.
5. REFERENCE LETTERS: For the upcoming committee evaluation process, a minimum of two recommendations must be in the Health Professions office, at least one of which from a professor in the natural sciences here at Middlebury, by February 6. After the initial screening of applications, candidates who will be recommended to early assurance programs will be asked to obtain a third (and possibly fourth) letter of recommendation.
Your recommenders need to know before they compose the letter whether or not it will be confidential. When you request each referee to write for you, please send them the Credential Waiver Form [recommenders’ copy]. Note: It is rare for letters to be open (non-confidential)—it is thought that referees will write more candidly if they do not think the candidate will see the letter. Each letter is marked if it is not confidential. This form also specifies the appropriate format. It is a good idea to provide your referees with a résumé [the first section of your bio report would work well], an essay [also from the bio report!], and a copy of your unofficial grade report—all of these items are just for the writer's use and can be sent electronically, if you wish.
The file copy (below) should come to the Health Professions office, filled out on paper and signed by you, so we have documentation of your choice.
It is your responsibility to keep current with the status of your file by checking with the Health Professions Office.
7. Setting up your Interviews: Annie will send your file to your interviewing team—which consists of
three members of the Health Professions Committee—once it is ready for this phase of the committee process, and notify you of the names of your interviewers. Required components of a file ready for interviews include:
~ biographical report, including essay
~ 2 letters of recommendation, one of which is from a Midd natural-science prof
~ Degree Progress Report
8. Meeting with the Advisor: If you have questions about the process or the biographical form, whom to ask to write recommendations, etc., remember that Mrs. Wickland has drop-in hours [for 15-minute meetings] on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, and appointment hours [for half-hour meetings] Mondays & Thursdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m or Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Call or come by the office [(802) 443-2455] to reserve a slot for the MTTh appointment hours; and if these times don't work for you, let Annie know and she'll find a time for an appointment. Please do not e-mail us for appointments unless you're off-campus at some distance, like Antarctica, and don't have a cell phone.
In the spring, there will be more information pertaining to your EAP application. For now, this should keep you quite busy enough.
Best wishes for a good beginning!