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Mr. Moody Responds To Your Last Minute HPAC Questions

Dear Mr. Moody,
I am working on my HPAC application and I’ve got last-minute questions. The instructions are pretty clear but I may have missed some things. Can you help, please? I’m kind of freaking out.
Sincerely,
HPACer

Mr. Moody is getting away from DC for the winter

Mr. Moody is getting away from DC for the winter

Dear HPACer,
Happy to help! Amy and Jessica try to think of everything, but they are human. Sometimes not every situation is fully anticipated and every question answered. I’ve responded to your questions below.

Q: What if I haven’t met with a pre-health advisor by Feb. 27?
The requirement is that you have met with your pre-health advisor at least once during the academic year. If you are L-Z, that would be Jessica. If A-K, that would be Amy. So if you haven’t met with your advisor in the fall or spring prior to Feb. 27, you at least need to meet with them prior to your interview. This isn’t ideal, but it meets the requirement. If you are not in the area, you can schedule a phone appointment. This is meant for your own good. It’s really helpful to have a person-to-person conversation with your pre-health advisor to make sure that applying now is the right step for you.

Q: If I have a professor who is both in the science faculty and my major does that count for both categories or do I have to get one from a science faculty and another professor from my major?
Yes, it does count for both categories. You are certainly free to get another letter from a science faculty member if you feel that would strengthen your application, but you have covered your bases. You do still need at least 3 total letters.

Q: I’ve got a draft of my personal statement. Will Amy or Jessica take a look at it?
They won’t. They aren’t trying to be mean. But since they sit on the committee it’s just not appropriate to offer advice on part of the application they’ll be evaluating. Also, if they opened that door they just wouldn’t have the capacity to read everyone’s personal statements and be able to turn feedback around in time. They think it would be a great idea if you have someone read it though! And, if you’d like, they can give it a quick look-over for feedback after your HPAC interview if you want to tweak it before submitting your med/dental application in the summer.

Q: The Interfolio Instructions say to include the applicant data form and signature page. The Applicant Data Form doesn’t require a signature. What’s going on?
Woops, typo from last year’s process. Amy and Jessica sometimes miss things, but this has already been updated on the Interfolio Instructions! No, the applicant data form doesn’t require a signature. You’ll need to put your signature on the Checklist and FERPA Waiver, which you need to upload separately or drop by the office.

Q: Do I really need to physically sign the Checklist and FERPA Waiver? Can’t I just type my name?
Nope. You have to sign it with ink.

Q: Do I really have to drop off the Checklist and FERPA Waiver at the office if I can’t scan and upload it?
Yes, you do. Amy and Jessica will be particular about this. But, if you don’t have access to a scanner, do you have a smart phone? Download a scanner app and then you are good to go!

Q: The deadline for the application is midnight on Feb. 27th. Does that mean 11:59pm on Feb. 27 or 12:00am on Feb. 27?
Yes, Amy and Jessica have actually gotten this question before. Turns out, they don’t care how you interpret “midnight on Feb. 27th.” But you better have it in BEFORE Feb. 28.

Q: What happens after I submit my application? How can I be sure it has been received?
This question is answered under the “Interview Process” heading on the first page of the application. How about that!

Q: How do I schedule an interview?
See above.

Q: What advice do you have for the interview?
That’s part of the idea behind the “meet with your pre-health advisor during the academic year” requirement. They can give you advice in that meeting. Actually, Jess and Amy won’t let me be involved at all, so I don’t have any first-hand experience. Though personally I think having a stress ball available during the interview could be helpful. Of course, I am much more than a stress ball. But I digress…

Q: Will the personal statement I submit for the HPAC application become part of my application to health profession programs?
No. You may choose to use the same exact personal statement, but they will not automatically send it. You will have time to edit and adjust it before submitting your application to schools if you want.

Q: Interfolio doesn’t seem to be working right for me. What do I do?
Those Interfolio people are actually really helpful for technical questions. You can call them at (877) 997-8807 between 9 and 5, M–F.

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