Opening an HPAC File
To establish an HPAC File, you must first:
Then submit the following request form:
- Open File Request Form (AY 2021). Please complete (using Adobe Acrobat Reader) and submit this form to firstname.lastname@example.org. This will officially open your HPAC File with the Pre-Health Advising Office.
All HPAC Applicants will need to complete and submit HPAC Application Materials for the HPAC review. The information that you will need to submit includes:
- Demographic information
- Professional photo
- Coursework and GPA information
- MCAT/DAT scores (if available)
- Volunteer, employment, and student organization activities
- Draft of Personal statement
- Letters of Evaluation (three minimum)
- Any non-UH Transcripts
All HPAC Application materials must be complete and submitted by the deadline to be reviewed by HPAC.
Completed files will be accepted starting on January 4, 2021 through March 15, 2021. All requested documents (HPAC Application, Personal Statement, Activities & Experiences, and Letters of Evaluation) must be received by the deadline in order to undergo the HPAC review.
HPAC meets every Friday beginning in March. Completed packets will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting on this date. The earlier your completed HPAC File is received, the earlier it will be reviewed. Waiting to submit the material on the deadline may delay evaluation. However, as long as your application materials are received by the deadline, the committee will provide your evaluation prior to submission of your medical or dental school application in June.
The HPAC evaluation is based on your personal statement, transcripts, grade point average, extracurricular and clinical activities, and letters of evaluation. Although members may consider MCAT or DAT scores when they are available, these scores are not a major factor in the overall evaluation decision.
After a review of a your HPAC Application, each committee member will provide an individual recommendation. The committee then meets to discuss each applicant and decide upon a final consensus recommendation.
HPAC’s recommendation categories are:
- Highest Recommendation
- Highly Recommend
- Recommend with Reservations
- Unable to Recommend
Your consensus recommendation will be included in a Committee Letter of Evaluation. This letter also includes details of the HPAC review and evaluation process. The Committee Letter is added to your Letter of Evaluation Packet and submitted on your behalf to the application services to which you have applied.
If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your HPAC Review, you may request that the HPAC Recommendation Letter be excluded from your Letter of Evaluation Packet and replaced with a general cover letter indicating only that you completed the required HPAC review.
Before letters are submitted to the application services, you must submit a HPAC Letter Packet Submission Request to indicate which application services you plan to apply. NOTE: Your Letter of Evaluation Packet cannot be submitted prior to submission of your medical or dental application.
Per TMDSAS Letter Guidelines, only Letters of Evaluation dated for the current application cycle are submitted. Letters of Evaluation from prior application cycles will not be held over or recycled for subsequent cycles.
It is not uncommon for an applicant to have to re-apply to medical or dental school.
Students who reapply to medical/dental school after an initial review by HPAC must be reviewed again by HPAC.
Per TMDSAS Letter Guidelines, the Letter of Evaluation Packet from your original review will not be forwarded again. HPAC will evaluate reapplicant application materials but reapplicants must meet the new criteria and any updated requirements for the current application cycle.
Reapplicants should plan to submit updated HPAC Application materials as well as request new (or updated) Letters of Evaluation in order to be reviewed again.