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HPAC Review Process

Please review HPAC Eligibility Requirements before moving forward. In addition to coursework and GPA requirements, students must attend HPAC Orientation, Personal Statement Orientation, and Personal Statement Workshop as part of the eligibility requirements. 

 

All eligible HPAC Applicants will need to complete and submit HPAC Application Materials for the HPAC evaluation. 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 extracurricular involvement
  • Personal statement
  • 3-5 Letters of Evaluation (submitted from letter writers)
  • Any non-UH Transcripts

All HPAC Application materials (except letters of evaluation) must be complete and submitted to prehealth@uh.edu by February 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm. There will not be extensions granted to the deadline. 

Completed materials will be accepted starting on January 17, 2023 through February 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm. HPAC only has the capacity to review 150 students; once 150 completed application packets are received, HPAC will no longer accept additional packets (even if this happens before February 24). Packets are not complete unless students have attended the required orientations and workshops in addition to the application documents. Students who do not attend the required orientations and workshops will not be eligible to submit packets.

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 materials (including letters) are received, the earlier you will be evaluated. To ensure timely evaluation and feedback from the committee, please let your letter writers know that letters should be submitted by March 1, 2023. 

The HPAC evaluation is based on your personal statement, transcripts, GPA, 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 an evaluation of a your application materials, 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
  • Recommend with Reservations
  • Unable to Recommend

The committee's recommendation will be included in a Committee Letter of Evaluation.  This letter also includes details of the University of Houston HPAC evaluation process. The Committee Letter is added to your individual letters of evaluation and submitted as a "Committee Letter Packet" on your behalf to the application services to which you have applied (TMDSAS, AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS). 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your HPAC evaluation, you may request that the HPAC Committee Letter be excluded from your Letter Packet and replaced with a general cover letter indicating only that you met the requirements for and completed the required HPAC evaluation.

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 receiving your HPAC rating, nor prior to submission of your medical or dental application.

Per TMDSAS Letter Guidelines, only Letters of Evaluation dated for the current application cycle are eligible to be submitted. Letters of Evaluation from prior application cycles will not be stored and rolled over for subsequent cycles.

It is not uncommon for an applicant to have to re-apply to medical or dental school. Only 42% of medical school applicants and 50% of dental school applicants are admitted each cycle. 

Students who reapply to medical/dental school after an initial evaluation by HPAC must be evaluated again by HPAC to receive a new committee letter

Per TMDSAS Letter Guidelines, the Letter of Evaluation Packet from your original evaluation will not be submitted again for a new application cycle. 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. Additionally, a brief statement outlining any updates or improvements since the last application cycle is required.

Finally, alumni of the University of Houston are eligible for an HPAC evaluation for up to 1-year post-graduation.