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Committee letters of recommendation are preferred by most medical schools. Benedictine University uses a committee letter process to provide students and alumni with letters of recommendation for application to medical and other health profession schools. To carry out this work the committee meets with applicants to learn more about each applicant and put their individual letters of recommendation into a cohesive perspective.
A letter is prepared on the basis of input from both the student and the faculty members. This input includes an application, personal statement, interviews, and letters of recommendation from other sources. Upon the request of the student, this committee letter is sent to the professional schools of their choice. All students seeking admission to professional schools should plan to interview with the members of this committee during the year before applying for professional school; typically, this will be your junior year. If you are considering going through the Health Professions Recommendations Committee, please read the "Application Eligibility" section to make sure you qualify. All of the items listed contain valuable information. It is to your advantage to read through all of them!
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Benedictine students and alumni interested in a health professional school after graduation, and who meet the following criteria are eligible:
o Medicine (MD and DO)
o Physician Assistant
o Physical Therapy
o Occupational Therapy
Upon submission of the “Intent to Participate” form, a personal Dropbox folder is created for the student. The student will then be sent a personalized link to the folder, where he/she can upload completed files. However, he/she cannot see the contents of his/her folder; only the HPRC members can.
Undergraduate students who transferred to Benedictine, have less than 30 credit hours of Benedictine coursework, are interested in a health professional school after graduation, and who meet the following criteria are eligible:
Graduate students currently enrolled in a Master’s program at Benedictine who are interested in attending a health professional school after graduation are eligible provided they meet the following criteria:
Upon submission of the “Intent to Participate ” form, a personal Dropbox folder is created for the student. The student will then be sent a personalized link to the folder, where he/she can upload completed files. However, he/she cannot see the contents of his/her folder; only the HPRC members can.
2. Individual letters of recommendation
For transfer students with < 30 credit hours of Benedictine coursework (in their first semester at Benedictine at the time of submitting the “Intent to Participate ” form) and graduate students, there is a slightly different iLOR requirement.
A completed application packet for the student includes the following, all located on the HPRC website:
There are two deadlines for submission of these documents through the provided Dropbox link:
Priority deadline: End of the eighth week of the Fall Semester (Friday, October 23, 2020 by 5:00 PM)
Final deadline: End of the first week of the Spring Semester (Friday, January 22, 2021 by 5:00 PM
If a student needs to obtain a committee letter prior to the end of the fall semester he/she is applying, the student may petition the HPRC Chair and the Director of the Pre-Health Professions Program for an expedited application process. In this case, the complete application is due by the end of the fifth week of the fall semester.
Students are asked to obtain a minimum of three (3), but no more than six (6), individual letters of recommendation (iLORs). Those three letters must come from a combination of two (2) science faculty and one (1) additional resource (not necessarily faculty) that can speak to the student’s non-academic qualities. This could be a club adviser, a Scholar’s advisor, a research mentor, a clinician who supervised a shadowing experience, a supervisor for a volunteering experience, etc.
If additional letters are submitted, they may come from other faculty, physicians the student shadowed, volunteer coordinators, etc.
**It is expected that you will ask those whom you are requesting iLOR’s from in advance if it is okay that they provide a letter for you. If it is discovered that you did not do this, the HPRC may penalize your recommendation by one level.
Final approval of committee letters will occur once all of a student’s application packet and iLORs are submitted, ant the HPRC has met to discuss the recommendation.
Letters will be primarily written by the faculty who interviewed the student as part of the process, though the Director of the Pre-Health Professions Program and Chair will also participate. As letters are finished, they will go to the Director of Pre-Health Professions Program and Chair for review and editing. Once editing is complete, then the letter is shared with the rest of the HPRC for final approval.
Once final approval is confirmed, the letter is sent to the designated place(s) the student identified and the letter is then archived should the student need an updated letter. In most cases, the committee letter will be sent as a packet along with the iLORs the student included, unless the student requests otherwise.
Interviews will be scheduled in a minimum of two blocks: those that made the “Priority Deadline” and those who submitted after this, but by the “Final Deadline”.
Those that meet the “Priority Deadline” will be interviewed in the fall semester prior to Thanksgiving break, but all other students will be interviewed in the spring semester.
Depending on committee members’ preferences, some informal, preparatory interviews may start taking place in the fall semester for non-priority students, but the vast majority of interviews will take place in the spring semester.
Students will be asked to take part in three (3) interviews:
Proper Dress for an HPRC Interview:
PROFESSIONAL DRESS IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!
MEN - Interview Suit or Sport Jacket with tie
WOMEN - Interview Suit - Proper length of skirt
THINK!!! about what you eat before you go to the interview!
Put a mint in your mouth before your interview!
* Please also be aware of the amount of perfume or aftershave you put on.
Some people are more sensitive than others to stronger smells. *
The Benedictine Benefit
Friday, September 18, 2020: “Intent to Participate” form due by 5:00 PM
**Dropbox link will be sent via e-mail the following week**
Friday, October 2, 2020: “Expedited Fall” Application due by 5:00 PM
**This requires an appeal to the HPRC Chair and the Director of the Pre-Health Professions Program to be eligible**
Friday, October 23, 2020: “Priority” Application due by 5:00 PM
**This is for those students who wish to interview with the HPRC in the fall semester**
Friday, January 22, 2021: FINAL Application due by 5:00 PM
**This is the final deadline! Any incomplete applications after this date will not be considered!**