VCU Pre-Health Advisory Committee: Overview

For the 2020 Admissions Cycle, the Pre-Health Advisory Committee will NO LONGER be providing  letters of evaluation (committee letters) for pre-dental and pre-medical VCU students.  This decision was made after long deliberation and input from professional program admissions departments based on the trend in the field away from committee letters.

However, students will still have the opportunity to participate in the immense benefit of going through the Pre-Health Advisory committee.  See below for the updates to committee this year:

  • The Pre-Health Advisory Committee Application will now be a mock, near replica, of the AMCAS, AACOMAS, AADSAS applications.
  • Students are required to meet with their pre-professional health advisor to review their mock application prior to submitting the application to the Committee for direct feedback.
  • Interview length is increased to 45 minutes – 25-30 minutes for interviewing and 15-20 minutes for 360 degree feedback from committee members.
  •  Students will receive access to the Evaluation Form used by committee members to assess the individual competitiveness of their application.

Participating in the committee process is optional but strongly recommended, as it offers students an invaluable opportunity to receive direct and specific feedback about how they can be the best possible applicant to their programs of interest.  

Benefits of going through the Pre-Health Advisory Committee:
  • Access to mock AADSAS, AMCAS, AACOMAS application 4 months early
  • Direct personal feedback on entire mock application from pre-professional health advisor
  • Interview preparation with a professional headshot
  • 360 feedback from committee on competitiveness of application with specific action steps
  • Your ranking and file review scores
  • Transmission of letters of recommendation to centralized application services 
  • Opportunity to apply to the Art Seidenberg scholarship

 

If you have questions about the process, please contact the Office of Pre-Professional Health Advising at preprofadv@vcu.edu.