Health Professions Committee Process
The Committee Process for Medical/Dental School Entry Year 2020 is now OPEN.
The Johns Hopkins Health Professions Committee Process refers to the steps required for obtaining a Committee Letter of Evaluation from Johns Hopkins University. Applicants to medical and dental school must complete the online Health Professions Committee Application (HPCA), which collects information that is vital to the writing of the Committee Letter. Each applicant is then discussed and evaluated by the Health Professions Review Committee, and the strengths and attributes of each applicant are summarized in the Committee Letter.
The role of a pre-professional advisor is not only to advise and support you through the application process. Part of their responsibility is also to provide a realistic assessment of your readiness as an applicant to graduate professional programs. Our goal is to help you become the strongest applicant possible. Please consult with a pre-professional advisor throughout your undergraduate experience and at least once before you submit applications to medical school. While the Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising does not prevent any applicant from applying to medical or dental schools – even if the applicant has chosen to apply against our advisement – we may suggest delaying your application to a later cycle in order to remedy any areas of concern.
Health Professions Committee Application
The first step in the committee process is the completion of the Health Professions Committee Application (HPCA). The HPCA is the online application to obtain a Johns Hopkins Committee Letter of Evaluation. It collects demographic information, information about your upbringing, academic record, and co-curricular experiences (research, medically-related clinical experience, community service, employment, etc.). The HPCA mirrors the AMCAS application in that much of the information that you are asked to provide is the same (or very similar) to the information you will enter into the AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS applications. The HPCA is the foundation for the Committee Letter, which evaluates your candidacy for medical or dental school. Since the HPCA contributes significantly to your professional school application, the time, energy, and thought put into the HPCA will pay off immensely. Please know that the HPCA is only used internally and is not shared with medical or dental schools.
The Committee Letter of Evaluation (Committee Letter)
The Johns Hopkins Committee Letter presents an applicant’s accomplishments, individual strengths, attributes, and competencies. The Committee Letter is not a letter of recommendation, but rather an evaluation of an applicant’s preparation up to the point of applying for their chosen program of study. The Committee Letter is one part of a “Committee Packet,” which includes the Committee Letter, as well as individual letters of evaluation applicants, have collected from faculty, supervisors, etc. The entire packet is transmitted to the medical or dental schools to which an applicant has chosen to apply.
All current undergraduate students and undergraduate alumni of the Krieger School of Arts and Science and the Whiting School of Engineering, who have satisfied our Committee Letter Eligibility Requirements, and meet our stated deadlines, will receive a Committee Letter from Johns Hopkins.
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising utilizes the Blackboard system for disseminating information to and receiving information from applicants participating in the Health Professions Committee Process. You must register for the “Med School Entry Year 2020” Blackboard site AND upload a PDF of your completed HPCA to Blackboard by the stated deadline in order to be eligible for a Committee Letter.
Blackboard also provides quick and easy access to critical and timely information and resources regarding your application to medical or dental school, including forms, PowerPoint presentations, deadlines, and important links. Resources found on our Blackboard site will help keep you organized and up-to-date as you complete the application process. As you progress through the Committee Process, you will also be able to track and account for all of your steps and monitor your submissions via Blackboard.
Key HPCA Deadlines
The Committee Process is time-sensitive. Missing a deadline could mean you have to delay your application for a whole year. Set up your calendar now. Use whatever tools or devices at your disposal to help you remember the timelines and deadlines related to applying for your target programs. Deadline extensions will not be granted.
Note Regarding Applicant Status
There are three types of applicants. As you navigate the committee process, please follow the instructions specific to your applicant status.
- First-Time Applicant: never before submitted an HPCA OR an AAMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS application
- Delayed Applicant: previously submitted an HPCA, but has never before submitted an AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS application
- Reapplicant: previously submitted an HPCA AND has previously submitted an AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS application in a prior year
Reapplicants pay a reduced HPCA processing fee of $60, which can be paid by cash, check, or money order.
Please note: All materials must be uploaded to Blackboard, your hardcopy HPCA must be submitted to Pre-Professional Advising, and your HPCA processing fee must be paid in order to be eligible for a Committee Letter.
Committee Letter Transmission Deadlines
We begin to transmit Committee Packets to the relevant centralized application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, etc.) in mid-July. The deadlines by which the Pre-Professional Office will upload Committee Packets are as follows:
- October 15: AMCAS (MD programs), AADSAS (dental programs), TMDSAS (Texas medical and dental programs)
- December 1: AACOMAS (DO programs)
The Office of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising offers advice, support, and feedback throughout the application process, and we strive to assist you to the best of our ability. Please remember, however, that we support approximately 350–400 applicants per year and ask for your patience and consideration during the application season.