Health Professions Committee Process

HEALTH PROFESSIONS COMMITTEE PROCESS

The Johns Hopkins University Health Professions Committee Process refers to the steps required for obtaining a Committee Letter 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.

The role of a Pre-Professional advisor is to advise and support you through the application process while also providing a realistic assessment of your readiness as an applicant to graduate professional programs. Our goal is to help you become the strongest applicant possible.

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. It collects demographic information, information about your upbringing, and co-curricular experiences (research, clinical experience, community service, employment, etc.). The HPCA mirrors the AMCAS application in that much of the information you are asked to provide is the same (or very similar) to the information you will enter into primary applications. The HPCA is the foundation for the Committee Letter (see next section). Since the HPCA contributes 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

The Johns Hopkins Committee Letter presents an applicant’s background, strengths, and competencies. The Committee Letter is not a letter of recommendation, but rather an introduction of the applicant up to the point of applying.

All current undergraduate students and undergraduate alumni of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences 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. Please note: applicants are required to meet with a Pre-Professional advisor at least once during their undergraduate education in order to be eligible for a Committee Letter.

Blackboard

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 20XX” 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

As you navigate the JHU Committee Process, please follow the instructions specific to your applicant status.

  • First-Time Applicant–has never submitted medical/dental school primary application such as AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, or AADSAS.
  • Reapplicant–has previously submitted a medical/dental school primary application such as AMCAS, AACOMAS, TMDSAS, or AADSAS.

Committee Letter Transmission Deadlines

We begin to transmit Committee Letter packets to the relevant primary application services (AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS, TMDSAS) in mid-July.

  • The Johns Hopkins University Committee Process and application cycle will close on October 15. Completed primary applications and all other supporting documents must be uploaded to the designated Blackboard site by October 15. There are no exceptions to this policy.

In Closing

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 450 applicants per year and ask for your patience and consideration during the application season.

Please note: The Johns Hopkins University Health Professions Committee Process and the aforementioned steps are subject to change.