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HPAC Instructions & Forms

HPAC documents updated for 23-24 cycle and available below.

STEP I: Prepping your HPAC File

STEP II: Completing and Submitting HPAC Materials 

HPAC documents will be accepted beginning January 17, 2023. The final deadline is February 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm. If capacity is reached prior to final deadline, additional packets will not be accepted. To open your file, submit the following: 

  • HPAC Open File Request Form 
  • HPAC Application 
    • All information in this document must be current and accurate. Please refer to the HPAC Application Instructions as you complete the form.
    • Please use the provided GPA calculator to assist in completing the HPAC Application Form.
  • Personal Statement
    • Students must attend Personal Statement Orientation and Personal Statement Workshops.
    • Personal Statement should be as close to final draft as possible. 
    • Be sure to review the HPAC Application Instructions to ensure that your Personal Statement is properly formatted. Use the template provided in the link above. 
  • Activities & Experiences Worksheet
    • Use this worksheet to highlight your educational achievements, employment history, volunteer experience and extracurricular activities since your graduation from high school.
    • Consider using the AAMC Core Compentencies to contexualize your activities and reflect on why each experience was important for your personal/professional development.
    • Be sure to review the HPAC Application Instructions to ensure that your Activities & Experiences Worksheet is properly formatted.
  • These four documents should be completed, signed, and submitted in the same email to prehealth@uh.edu. Incomplete forms will not be accepted. Students must use the pre-set naming conventions as detailed in the HPAC Application Instructions.

STEP III: Letters of Evaluation

In addition to the above materials, you must also have three letters of of evaluation to complete your HPAC file.

All letters of evaluation should be submitted by your letter-writers to prehealth@uh.edu.

  • Provide each of your letter-writers with the Letters of Evaluation Request and Waiver.
    • Letters of Evaluation should be submitted electronically by the Letter Writer-not by you!
    • HPAC and Pre-Health Advising strongly recommend for your letters to be submitted by March 1, 2023. Submitting by this time ensures that your HPAC evaluation can be completed in a timely manner.

Recommended letters to submit:

  • One letter should come from BCPM ("science") faculty. This is required by HPAC. 
  • One letter should come from a physician (recommended for medical applicants), a general dentist (required for dental applicants), science mentor, or another BCPM faculty member. 
  • Remaining letters should be from an evaluator who can speak highly of your qualifications for professional schools. Letters from additional faculty, healthcare professionals, job supervisors, volunteer coordinators are appropriate.
  • Students in a graduate program should plan to include a letter from their graduate advisor.
Note: You should always waive the right to view your Letters of Evaluations. This is standard practice and is done to protect the privacy and viability of your file.

STEP IV: HPAC Evaluation

Once all of your HPAC Application materials have been received (including at least 3 letters of evaluation), you will be assigned an HPAC evaluation date. HPAC evaluations are held weekly from late March through late May. (Early June sessions are reserved for graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences MS program).

Following your evaluation, you will be provided feedback of your application materials as well as your individual HPAC consensus recommendation.

STEP V: Submission of Letter Packet

Once you are ready to submit your medical or dental school primary application, you will need to:

  • Select the committee letter option within the TMDSAS, AMCAS, AADSAS, and/or AACOMAS application.
    • TMDSAS: "Health Professional Committee Packet"
      • Release your TMDSAS application information to the Pre-Health Advising Center, by indicating that you want to release your information to the health professions advisor (check yes), and then selecting University of Houston- Main Campus as the school. 
    • AMCAS: "Committee Letter"
    • AACOMAS/AADSAS: List the Director of the Pre-Health Advising Center (Kialyn Yendell) as evaluator, with email address of prehealth@uh.edu
  • If using Interfolio, send Interfolio requests to prehealth@uh.edu.
FINAL STEP: After your HPAC evaluation has been completed and you have received your evaluation, submit the completed Letter Packet Submission Request form to prehealth@uh.edu. This is a critical step, as it is the notification to Pre-Health Advising that you want letters sent to the indicated application services.

Have questions? Please contact the Pre-Health Advising Center.