Applicants

Applicants To Medical and Dental School

imagesIf you are an undergraduate or alumnus of the School of Engineering or Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, planning to apply to medical or dental school, and have completed premedical requirements as an undergraduate, you are eligible to participate in the Health Professions Committee Process and have a Committee Letter written on your behalf. The services offered by the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising associated with the process include individual application advising, meetings and workshops, webinars, managing recommendations, and completing and submitting materials.  Here is a brief overview:

The Health Professions Committee Process

The Health Professions Committee Process is how Johns Hopkins University formally presents you as a candidate to medical or dental school. Your strengths, attributes, and competencies as an applicant are summarized in your “Committee Letter” which accompanies your individual letters of recommendation that are forwarded to medical and dental schools.

As an applicant using the Health Professions Committee Process, you will be working with three separate web interfaces:

Blackboard

All JHU students and alumni use the Blackboard application to assist in the medical and dental school application process. Blackboard provides you with quick and easy access to critical and timely information and resources regarding your application to medical or dental school, including forms, presentation PowerPoints/webinars, and important web links. This is also the site to which you will submit your required forms for the Health Professions Committee Process and your Health Professions Committee Application (HPCA). You will be able to track and account for all of your steps via an Applicant Checklist and monitor your submissions. Information on how to sign up for Pre-Prof’s Blackboard is communicated by email by the Office. If you have questions, contact Ms. Angie Decker at “decker@jhu.edu.”

veCollect

All requests for letters of recommendation to support your future application to medical or dental schools go through veCollect. It is an online letter of recommendation request and storage system that enables you to request letters of recommendation, manage your letters, automatically provide a waiver, and verifying that they have been received. Once you open a veCollect account your recommendations are on file until you have successfully matriculated to medical or dental school.

Online HPCA

The information in the online Health Professions Committee Application (HPCA) allows the Pre-Prof. Office to present you as a candidate for medical or dental school; it is the foundation of your Committee Letter. Since this application mirrors your professional school application, the time, energy, and thought put into the Online HPCA will pay off immensely.

Application Timeline

Four out of five students applying to medical school from Johns Hopkins take at least one “bridge” year following graduation. This path is reflected below:

Freshmen Year

  • Get to know your academic advisor; attend Freshmen First-Time Small Group Meetings; have a follow up meeting with a pre-health advisor; seek out resources to assist with your adjustment and promote your academic success
  • Attend preregistration “Town Hall Meetings for Pre-Med Students” in November and April
  • Consider pursuing a volunteer experience or research opportunity
  • Consider summer medically-related opportunities, research or volunteering

Sophomore Year

  • If you have not done so, meet with a premed advisor in the Pre-Professional Office
  • Consider seeking out meaningful public service in the Baltimore community
  • Pursue meaningful public service, summer paid/volunteer medically related experience
  • Consider participation in a Medical Tutorial, new or continued research, and/or medically-related clinical experience

Junior Year

  • Consult with Pre-Professional Office to clarify pre-medical course requirements, decide academic pathways for optimal preparation, and timing of the MCAT
  • Pursue meaningful public service, summer paid/volunteer medically related experience
  • Consider applying to the Intersession Surgical Rotations program or other Pre-Prof. intersession offering
  • Open up your “veCollect” account to electronically store letters of recommendation

Senior Year

  • Continue contact with an advisor in the Pre-Professional Office
  • Consider applying to the Intersession Surgical Rotations program
  • Attend Applicant Kick-Off Session in November and all applicant workshops
  • Prepare and submit the Health Professions Committee Application (HPCA) in spring semester
  • Attend application and personal statement workshops and prepare to apply
  • Secure research, public service, or other one-year commitment for “bridge” year

Summer Following Graduation

  • Continue contact with an advisor in the Pre-Professional Office
  • Complete medical school application(s) and secondary applications

Bridge Year

  • Engage in research, public service, or other one-year commitment for the “bridge” year
  • Continue contact with an advisor in the Pre-Professional Office
  • Attend medical school interviews
  • Receive acceptances! (time to relax before your next journey begins!)

Below are the links for applicants: