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1 HCEC Health Careers Evaluation Committee Fall Orientation for 2015 HCEC Process Cornell Undergraduates for Matriculation in FALL 2016 Welcome. Introduce myself, Doug – Manager of the HCEC, Jeremy – Records Coordinator, Lauren – Health Careers Advisor, Rebecca – Director of Career Services. Take questions afterwards. This presentation will be posted on HCEC website. Please swipe in with Cornell ID card.

2 This Orientation is for Juniors and Seniors applying for medical school matriculation in fall 2016.
Attendance here is for Juniors & Seniors intending to apply to schools of human medicine. HCEC Fall Orientation HCEC Application Cycle AMCAS application year – 2016 Please swipe in with your Cornell ID (note: Those of you who do not anticipate applying to medical school in the upcoming application cycle, this orientation does not pertain to you. Seniors taking an extra gap year must wait and apply as alumni.)

3 Overview This presentation includes:
The HCEC- Who we are and what we do What you will need to do and when Timeline and Deadlines Tonight’s presentation covers: The HCEC – Who we are and what we do What you as an undergraduate applicant need to do and when Explain the timeline and deadlines. Q & A Tonight we will be talking about the HCEC as it relates to the medical school application process. For more detailed information, visit AMCAS/AACOMAS/AADSAS website. Familiarize yourself with the wealth of information there. The slides from tonight’s presentation will be posted to the HCEC webpage – so I will try to move through them quickly tonight. At the end of the presentation, I will take a three-minute break, so that those who wish to leave may do so, and then I will answer questions. I will meet with individuals for questions after that.

4 ? Planning to apply to a school of… The HCEC is here for you.
Allopathic Medicine Osteopathic Medicine Optometry Dentistry Podiatry The HCEC is here for you. *Allopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Podiatry

5 The medical school application process requires:
Preparation Planning Investigation Guidance The medical school application process involves many decisions based on a great number of factors. The successful applicant must prepare, plan, and investigate. Preparation – Academic, personal Planning – Financial planning, scheduling, organization. Throughout the process, timing is critical. Investigation – Which schools? Where? How competitive is the school? How costly? The successful applicant establishes a pattern of decision making based on good information. Guidance – Resources are available. Lauren in Cornell Career Services and your colleges have health careers advisors. Use these resources. Attend the many workshops offered through Career Services. Use CCNet. Stay connected. Strategizing – Work with your advisors to create a plan. Develop an application strategy. Self-assessment – Question your desires and motives. Be honest with yourself. It is okay to not have all the answers, but you should begin preparing a list of questions to ask yourself and others. – You need to understand who you are and what you want. The highest likelihood of acceptance into medical school is on the 1st time that you apply. You will need to decide when you are going to be the most ready. Strategy Self-assessment

6 Applicants should apply when they are the most ready.
Am I ready? The highest likelihood of acceptance into medical school is on the 1st time an applicant applies. The highest likelihood of acceptance into medical school is on the 1st time that you apply. You will need to decide when you are going to be the most ready. Once you have decided that you are ready to apply, the HCEC is here to help present your credentials to medical schools. It could be as a junior, a senior, or an alum. Applicants should apply when they are the most ready.

7 What exactly is the HCEC?

8 Health Careers Evaluation Committee
The HCEC staff consists of the: Committee Chair HCEC Manager Records Coordinator Summer Editors and...

9 Health Careers Evaluation Committee
… a group of faculty and administrative staff volunteers who serve as interviewers for one or more undergraduate registrants.

10 Primary goal of the HCEC:
To prepare a Letter of Evaluation for Cornell juniors, seniors, and alumni who are applying to post-graduate, doctoral-level, degree-granting programs in the human health professions. To shorten this phrase I often will use the term "Medical School” When I say “medical school” I am also referring to schools of Dental Medicine, Optometry and Podiatry.

11 Why have a Health Careers Evaluation Committee?

12 Why have a Health Careers Evaluation Committee?
To help medical school admissions offices more efficiently review the large number of applications they receive. In 2014, there were 49,480 applicants to US medical schools.* At an average of 14 applications / applicant, over 690,000 applications were submitted. These schools look to the undergraduate schools to assist them in evaluating the potential of their applicants. The number of students applying to medical school in 2014 totaled over 49,000. An increase of 3.1% over the previous year. This does not include applicants to Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Schools of Dental Medicine, Podiatry Schools, and some Texas Medical Schools. * (Does not include DO, DDS, DP, and some Texas schools.)

13 The Letter of Evaluation (the HCEC Letter) is often the most heavily weighted qualitative element in the decision to offer a personal interview. Most admissions committees place great emphasis on this letter, also called a Committee Letter, which is one of the most important elements of the application.

14 Do I have to use the HCEC?

15 No. But…

16 …admissions officers at most medical schools prefer students to use their undergraduate school’s committee if the school has one.

17 This can delay the review process.
When schools note that a Cornell applicant does not have a committee letter, they may call us to inquire. They may ask you for an explanation. This can delay the review process.

18 Over the past three years, for Cornell undergraduates who used the HCEC, the acceptance rate is more than twice the rate for non-users. Applicants (as a group) who have applied independently in the past had a lower acceptance rate than HCEC registrants with comparable credentials.

19 Services for Non-Registrants
Participation in HCEC is optional. You may request a “non-registrant letter” which we will provide to you explaining that you simply chose not to use the HCEC.

20 Cornell’s HCEC Other undergraduate school evaluation committees reporting higher acceptance rates than Cornell’s, in many cases, have selective criteria for providing their service. Cornell’s HCEC, however, will write a letter for any eligible applicant. Use of our service is optional.

21 Eligibility Cornell students and alumni who have completed at least 30 letter-graded, undergraduate credit hours at Cornell are eligible to register with the HCEC.

22 What is the HCEC Letter?

23 The HCEC Letter Includes:
This Committee Letter, has three components. Letter of Evaluation LoRs The Cornell profile sheet details our HCEC process, describes the pre-med coursework requirements at Cornell, and lists the members of the HCEC.

24 The Letter of Evaluation (LoE) is a concise, individualized presentation of a candidate’s attributes. LoE ≠ LoR The Cornell letter of evaluation or LOE is a thorough review of the many facets of a registrant’s candidacy for the health career of his or her choice. The LoE is NOT a letter of recommendation.

25 The HCEC Letter is positive in tone, providing an overall evaluation of each individual’s unique qualities and attributes. It is a narrative about you and describes your accomplishments, successes and challenges. Wherever possible we comment on your core competencies. Who here is familiar with the Core Competencies? Can you name some? Integrity and Ethics Reliability and Dependability Resilience and Adaptability Service Orientation Teamwork Oral Communication Cultural Competence Social and Interpersonal Skills Desire to Learn Capacity for Improvement

26 Evaluation, Not Recommendation
The LoE interprets your undergraduate experiences in terms of: Academic record Service, clinical, and other activities (including research) Personal background and experiences The letter, generally two pages in length, describes your background and personal qualities; activities, both volunteer and paid; and discusses your academic record including a comparison to other undergraduates in your class and your college. Other activities also include, extra-curricular activities, clubs, athletics, performance arts- It describes how did you spent your time. If you don’t tell us about these involvements, we may not know about them!

27 Academic achievement is the BASE!
Blank B High achievement in other endeavors complements but does not trade off or replace the academic record.

28 The Impact of GPA on Acceptance
HCEC Accepted/Applied /Three Years Undergraduate MD applicants. Overall GPA <2.79 # Accepted/ # Applied 0/10 1/11 7/32 30/94 99/181 183/247 186/212 % Accepted 0% 9% 22% 32% 55% 74% 88% Note that 1 undergraduate applicant with a GPA below 3.0 did gain acceptance to at least one medical school. Also note that 26 applicants with GPA over 3.8 did not get accepted. To discuss your readiness, plan to meet with a Health Careers Advisor. *This chart does not include students who did not release their information to the Health Careers Program. Does not include Dental applicants or Osteopathic school or Texas school applicants. Does not display MCAT score data, which is a significant factor. Does not include alumni applicants.

29 and statistics, contact Lauren O’Neil, Director,
For more information and statistics, contact Lauren O’Neil, Director, Health Careers Advising Program or another Health Careers Advisor. Lauren O’Neil Appointments: 103 Barnes Hall

30 The HCEC staff are NOT advisors
But we do advise you to consult advisors liberally! Anything shared with an advisor is private, confidential, and not shared with the HCEC. We at the HCEC are not advisors, and we encourage you to confer with health career advisors. There is a separation between Evaluating and Advising so that you may comfortably share information with an advisor and know that it will be kept confidential.

31 Health Careers Advising

32 Speak with an advisor about when is the best time to apply.
Health Careers Advisor Speak with an advisor about when is the best time to apply. When consulting with your advisor, if questions arise regarding your readiness, accept them as a sign that your advisor is interested in helping you. Trust that your advisor is sincerely interested in helping you find a path to medical school. Be honest with yourself. Remember, your highest likelihood of acceptance is on the first time that you apply. Your advisor can help you develop a successful application strategy.

33 Health Careers Advisor:
Please direct advising questions to a Health Careers Advisor: Cornell Career Services, 103 Barnes Hall Lauren O’Neil, (607) A&S: Ana Adinolfi, CALS: Cate Thompson, HE: Paula Jacobs, Verdene Lee, Cha-Sook You, ENG: Beth Howland, Introduce advisors.

34 Health Careers Advisor:
Please direct advising questions to a Health Careers Advisor: Office of Undergraduate Biology: Bonnie Comella, Wendy Aquadro, Jeff McCaffrey, Colleen Kearns, Introduce advisors.

35 Health Careers Advising Upcoming Sessions
HCEC Letters of Recommendation: Whom to Ask and How Applying to Medical School: Are You Ready Now? Increasing Your Chances of Admission with a Gap Year Writing for 20 Questions and the HCEC Application How to Select Schools to which to Apply Tues. Nov :45pm, 122 RCK Thurs. Nov :45pm, 122 RCK Tues. Dec :00pm, 122 RCK Wed. Dec :45pm, 122 RCK Spring 2015 TBD Be sure to update your CCNet profile to ensure that you are receiving announcements of upcoming programs. Watch for announcements of additional programs.

CCNet Be sure to update your CCNet profile to ensure that you are receiving announcements of upcoming programs and other Health Career-related information and opportunities.

37 Health Careers Advising Recorded Sessions
Interviewing at Health Career Schools Interviewing with the HCEC and the Interviewer’s Perspective How to Choose Medical/Dental Schools – Student Panel Summer Opportunities for Health Career Students Career Paths for Health and Medicine Alumni Panel

38 How does the HCEC evaluation process work?

39 Health Careers Evaluation Committee
A group of faculty and administrative staff volunteers serve as interviewers for one or more undergraduate registrants.

40 HCEC Interview Conducted by an HCEC member who has read your file but does not know you personally. Simulates the experience of a medical school admissions interview. As an undergraduate, you will be matched for an interview with someone you don’t already know. Remember, they are volunteers and there for you

41 extracurricular activities responses during the interview
Your HCEC interviewer then submits a draft letter or an interview report evaluating your readiness for training towards a medical profession, based on your: academic record service activities clinical exposure research experience extracurricular activities responses during the interview The primary information that forms the letter is derived from the materials you have submitted. It is imperative that you do well writing and reflecting on yourself. The letter includes interviewer observations, so it also is important that you do well in the interview.

42 The staff in the HCEC office then edit and format the letter.
It then undergoes a final review, to be sure that it is in the most comprehensive form and that it represents you accurately.

43 How does the HCEC evaluate candidates?

44 Online registration documents: Background Information Form
The HCEC interprets your qualities as a candidate based on the information about your experiences provided in your: Online registration documents: Background Information Form Personal Statement Letters of Recommendation HCEC interview, and interactions. Although very rare, if a registrant is extremely rude to staff, it could be mentioned in your letter.

45 Qualitative, non-academic factors are an important part of the HCEC evaluation.

46 The HCEC Letter reflects the extent of your Cornell experience.
freshman graduation sophomore junior senior Applying as a junior = Experiences Covered in LoE fall spring Applying as a senior Spring activities can be shared with medical schools on primary and secondary applications. We evaluate through the fall term. The spring semester and summer of the year in which you apply are not included in the HCEC Letter.

47 Through your registration documents and interview, explain how your involvement in activities enhances your candidacy.

48 The HCEC Does NOT Evaluate:
Grades or experiences in spring 2015. Activities planned for the summer or beyond.

49 The HCEC Does NOT Evaluate:
Performance on standardized tests. Activities or coursework that took place during high school or on another campus* (although we may refer to these in the HCEC Letter). *With the exception of off-campus, Cornell-sponsored programs, such as the Urban Semester.

50 If you hear from an advisor, take it seriously.
Sometimes we will ask a Health Careers Advisor to reach out to a student to discuss his or her readiness for medical school. If you hear from an advisor, take it seriously. Take it seriously. Meet with them. Develop an application strategy. Remember, we all want you to succeed.

51 *Note: In rare situations, the HCEC may estimate that a registrant is not sufficiently prepared to apply during the current cycle. If so, the HCEC will contact the registrant to discuss this view and present possible options. First thing we will ask is if you have met with a health career advisor.

52 At the applicant’s request, the HCEC will still submit the HCEC Letter.
Alternatively, the applicant may choose to put their file “on hold” and register in a subsequent year. We want you to be successful. Highest likelihood of acceptance is on the first application. We highly recommend waiting until you are the most prepared before applying that first time. Speak with an advisor.

53 What do medical schools want the HCEC to address?
Academic Competencies and Personal Competencies – Core Competencies This will be posted on the HCEC webpage, so I will run through them here. Keep in mind when completing the BIF, how you have developed any of these competencies through your activities- do not just cite an example. Be honest with yourself. Reflect and write.

54 Thinking and Reasoning Science
Core Competencies The AAMC has developed a list of 15 Core Competencies for entering medical school students. The competencies fall into four categories: Interpersonal Intrapersonal Thinking and Reasoning Science

55 Interpersonal Competencies
Service Orientation Demonstrates a desire to help others and a sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings; demonstrates a desire to alleviate others’ distress; recognizes and acts on his/her responsibilities to society; locally, nationally, and globally.

56 Interpersonal Competencies
Social Skills Demonstrates an awareness of others’ needs, goals, feelings, and the ways that social and behavioral cues affect people’s interactions and behaviors; adjusts behaviors appropriately in response to these cues; treats others with respect.

57 Interpersonal Competencies
Cultural Competence Demonstrates knowledge of socio-cultural factors that affect interactions and behaviors; shows an appreciation and respect for multiple dimensions of diversity; recognizes and acts on the obligation to inform one’s own judgment; engages diverse and competing perspectives as a resource for learning, citizenship, and work; recognizes and appropriately addresses bias in themselves and others; interacts effectively with people from diverse backgrounds.

58 Interpersonal Competencies
Teamwork Works collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals; shares information and knowledge with others and provides feedback; puts team goals ahead of individual goals.

59 Interpersonal Competencies
Oral Communication Effectively conveys information to others using spoken words and sentences; listens effectively; recognizes potential communication barriers and adjusts approach or clarifies information as needed.

60 Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others
Intrapersonal Competencies Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others Behaves in an honest and ethical manner; cultivates personal and academic integrity; adheres to ethical principles and follows rules and procedures; resists peer pressure to engage in unethical behavior and encourages others to behave in honest and ethical ways; develops and demonstrates ethical and moral reasoning.

61 Reliability and Dependability
Intrapersonal Competencies Reliability and Dependability Consistently fulfills obligations in a timely and satisfactory manner; takes responsibility for personal actions and performance.

62 Resilience and Adaptability
Intrapersonal Competencies Resilience and Adaptability Demonstrates tolerance of stressful or changing environments or situations and adapts effectively to them; is persistent, even under difficult situations; recovers from setbacks.

63 Capacity for Improvement
Intrapersonal Competencies Capacity for Improvement Sets goals for continuous improvement and for learning new concepts and skills; engages in reflective practice for improvement; solicits and responds appropriately to feedback.

64 Thinking and Reasoning Competencies
Critical Thinking Uses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

65 Quantitative Reasoning
Thinking and Reasoning Competencies Quantitative Reasoning Applies quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.

66 Thinking and Reasoning Competencies
Scientific Inquiry Applies knowledge of the scientific process to integrate and synthesize information, solve problems and formulate research questions and hypotheses; is facile in the language of the sciences and uses it to participate in the discourse of science and explain how scientific knowledge is discovered and validated.

67 Written Communication
Thinking and Reasoning Competencies Written Communication Effectively conveys information to others using written words and sentences.

68 Science Competencies Living Systems Applies knowledge and skill in the natural sciences to solve problems related to molecular and macro systems including biomolecules, molecules, cells, and organs.

69 Science Competencies Human Behavior Applies knowledge of the self, others, and social systems to solve problems related to the psychological, socio-cultural, and biological factors that influence health and well-being.

70 What does the HCEC need from me?

71 The HCEC File Registration Parts (questionnaires, forms, and fees) Transcripts Letters of Recommendation HCEC Checklist (including sending a PDF of your submitted primary medical school application)

72 Accessing the Online File and Checklist

73 HCEC registration opens on December 1st
HCEC registration opens on December 1st. This gives you time to assess whether this is the right cycle for your most successful application.

74 Accessing your HCEC Checklist

75 Use your Checklist as an information resource and a step-by-step guide to assist you with completion of HCEC requirements. Bookmark it. Check it often to verify that you have completed all the necessary steps.

76 Use your Checklist as an information resource and a step-by-step guide to assist you with completion of HCEC requirements. Bookmark it. Check it often to verify that you have completed all the necessary steps.

77 Required Readings Read the Required Readings provided in your Online File. Check regularly for new Required Readings. HCEC Registrant Guide We will announce new readings on Facebook. We try to keep notifications to a minimum. Also peruse the FAQs before writing to the HCEC.

78 HCEC Process Winter

79 Three-Part Registration: Part 1
Deadline: January 16, 2015 Registration Intent Questionnaire (RIQ) 20 Questions (20Q) (answer in narrative form) This 20Q form is not sent to the HCEC. The 20Q is a private, personal working document for self-assessment of readiness to apply. Some responses can be pasted directly into the HCEC Background Information Form (BIF). The 20Q will become very useful when completing medical school secondary applications. Submit Part 1 the RIQ anytime after Dec. 1st, but before Jan. 16th. Primarily demographic information. The 20Q should evolve as a living document that you develop through the lengthy medical school admissions process. Others have noted that it was an invaluable resource in completing secondary applications.

80 The 20Q* *not sent to the HCEC The 20Q is a questionnaire designed
to provide you with a comprehensive self-assessment of: your preparation, your readiness for application, and the strength of your background as a candidate for any health career. To discuss your 20Q, contact a Health Careers Advisor Not sent to HCEC – however, you must attest in your checklist that you have completed the 20Qs.

81 Background Information Form (BIF) Personal Statement (PS) Photograph
Registration Part 2 Deadline: January 23, 2015 Background Information Form (BIF) Personal Statement (PS) Photograph (of you, alone, in a professional or neutral setting, file size under 1 MB, named Last_First_PHO.jpg) Deadline is a week later, but don’t wait until then to work on it. Submit Online

82 BIF (Background Information Form)
Deadline: January 23, 2015 Categorizes your activities, (e.g. service, clinical, etc.) Describes your activities, Demonstrate your time commitment, and dedication to the activity, Explains how your participation in activities allowed you to develop your core competencies. REMINDER: Be realistic and review before submitting. We read the BIF carefully and will question an overstatement of hours. Specifically for work that requires more than 24 hours in a day.

83 PS (Personal Statement)
Deadline: January 23, 2015 Demonstrates your ability to reflect on your life with perspective and to communicate well in a written format. Illuminates your distinctive background, experience, motivation, and preparation for a medical field. *For information about or help with composing a PS, contact a Health Careers Advisor The 20Qs, BIF, and Personal Statement require a great deal of writing. Make sure you have time for this before 1/23/15 before proceeding with this application cycle. (especially if you’re taking the MCAT in January)

84 Submit in person during Walk-In Event
Registration Part 3 Deadline: January 28, 2015 Registration Agreement Form (RAF) Original signed paper copy required. Fee payment Registration fee is $190. Fee waivers are available to those qualified by the Financial Aid Office. Non-refundable fee Fee waiver is done through an to the Financial Aid Office. Information regarding how to do this can be found in the checklist. Submit in person during Walk-In Event

85 Requires signed statements:
Registration Agreement Form (RAF) Deadline: January 28, 2015 Requires signed statements: Integrity in the application process Applicant access to the HCEC packet Release consent File retention policy Approved destinations Timeline agreement Optional FERPA Waiver Non-refundable fee Submit in person during Walk-In Event

86 HCEC Walk-in Event* January 27th and 28th, 2015 5:00 – 7:00pm
Deadline: January 28, 2015 You must personally deliver your RAF at the: HCEC Walk-in Event* January 27th and 28th, 2015 5:00 – 7:00pm 103 Barnes Hall *At this event, please deliver ONLY the RAF and fee, and no other materials. Note that the fee is non-refundable. In the past, there has been a line from 5:00 to 5:45. To avoid waiting in line, come after 6pm.

87 RAF Download Deadline: January 28, 2015

88 HCEC will retrieve your Cornell transcript.
Transcripts Deadline: March 6, 2015 You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent to HCEC for all non-Cornell undergraduate study completed after high school. HCEC will retrieve your Cornell transcript. Do not bring transcripts to the walk-in event

89 Study Abroad Transcripts
Deadline: March 6, 2015 Check Student Center to verify that your grades and course titles appear on your Cornell transcript. If they do not, you must arrange for transcripts to be sent to HCEC. Don’t need to bring transcripts to walk-in event.

90 LoRs (Letters of Recommendation)
Due date: March 6, 2015 Required: 2-3 LoRs, including at least one from a Cornell-affiliated writer. Enter names as soon as recommenders agree to write your LoR. You may change a name until (but not after) we receive that LoR. Work with your recommenders to ensure letters are received by the HCEC in a timely manner. We will accept LoRs whenever they arrive, however, not having the minimum number of LoRs could affect the timing of your interview match, and not having all of your LoRs submitted could affect the timing of your HCEC letter release.

91 LoRs (Letters of Recommendation)
Due date: March 6, 2015 *For help selecting and communicating with recommenders, contact Health Careers Advising

92 LoRs (Letters of Recommendation)
Due date: March 6, 2015 When requesting an LoR, please use the LoR Guidelines document found on the HCEC website. NOTE: This procedure will change after January 9, 2015. Watch for important updates on this in the Required Readings. Note that the FERPA waiver form is included in the LOR guidelines

93 HCEC Process Spring 2015

94 HCEC Interview The HCEC Interview is for current juniors and seniors who intend to apply in the upcoming application cycle for medical school matriculation in fall 2016. Seniors planning to take an additional gap year should apply as alumni in the cycle year for which they are applying. Juniors who interview and subsequently delay their application will not be interviewed again. Undergraduates are only interviewed once. Alumni are not eligible for an interview. We will only use the interview report or draft letter for the current application cycle. If you decide to delay your application after your interview, you will not be interviewed again and the interviewer’s draft letter will not be used.

95 HCEC Interview Find contact information in your Checklist. Initiate contact and record scheduled interview date in your Checklist (or risk losing your interview spot). Thank your interviewer!

96 File Status and Contact Information Review your Checklist periodically to make sure that your information is accurate. Keep your phone number, postal mail, and address up-to-date. We may need to reach you during the letter review process. An inability to reach you could delay your letter release.

97 Medical School Application PDF
After submitting your application (AMCAS, AADSAS, AACOMAS, etc.) the HCEC a PDF of your dated, submitted application as proof of your submission. HCEC Registration Deadline: August 31, 2015 06/02/2015 2:30 PM 06/02/2015 2:15 PM John Doe AMCAS REPORT 2016 ENTERING CLASS

98 HCEC Process Summer 2015 REMINDER: There is no need to memorize this information now. These slides will be posted online. The checklist and the Required Readings will guide you through the process.

99 HCEC Letter Release Queue
Only after you complete your checklist through “Checklist Complete” will your letter be placed in the HCEC Letter Release Queue. HCEC releases letters according to the Letter Release Queue. Queue order is primarily based on the date of completion of your HCEC Online File. Watch for a Required Readings with a more detailed explanation of the 2015 Queue protocol.

100 HCEC Letter Release Timing
As you wait, check Facebook and your Online File for updates. Do not contact the HCEC to ask when your letter will be released. This only slows down the process. Weekly updates on progress through the Queue See your letter release date, posted immediately after upload Feel free to contact us with other relevant question, but please do not ask about when your letter will be released.

101 A third party document storage and delivery service
Once your letter is ready, the HCEC office releases it (along with your 2 – 3 LoRs and a Cornell profile sheet) to Interfolio (and/or AADSAS). HCEC Letter More about this in the Spring Briefings in late April and early May. A third party document storage and delivery service

102 Delivery of HCEC Letter
You must then go to and schedule delivery of your letter to the appropriate receiver (i.e. AMCAS, TMDSAS, etc.). This does not happen automatically. *Not applicable to AADSAS uploads. The HCEC will hold “Spring Briefings” in late April and early May to remind you of this process.

103 Opening an Interfolio Account

104 After you pay your HCEC Registration Fee, you receive a complimentary Interfolio account, accessible using a code provided in your HCEC Checklist.


106 Your Interfolio account must be HCEC-coded, or we will be unable to access it and therefore unable to release your HCEC Letter. If you open an account without the HCEC code, call Interfolio to have them manually connect your account with the HCEC.

107 You can use this account to upload other credentials, such as LoRs, and distribute them to any legitimate destination.

108 Schedule Delivery To: From:
In your Interfolio account, after your HCEC Letter is released, you must of your HCEC Letter Schedule Delivery To: From: Usually the letter is the last piece to complete your AMCAS application. After your application goes to medical schools, you will begin to receive secondary requests. Medical School Application Services and Admissions Committees (i.e. AMCAS, ACOMAS, TMDSAS, etc.)

109 Deadlines for Undergraduates

110 Timeliness is very important!
Deadlines Timeliness is very important! The HCEC workflow and letter release timing are based on when a registrant’s file is complete. Lateness during any step of the HCEC process could negatively affect the timing of your HCEC interview match and/or the timing of your letter release.

111 If you are late registering:
You must write to the HCEC Chair for a waiver to register late (which may be granted or denied). Late registrants are not guaranteed an interview. We cannot guarantee that we will release your letter at the same time as registrants who have adhered to our deadlines. Lateness could refer to submission of the RIQ, the Registration Agreement Form, submission of BIF and PS and PHO, or receipt of external transcripts. LORs could delay your interview if at least 2 are not received before interview matching. Your timeliness with us directly reflects on the timing of your letter release.

112 Undergraduate HCEC Deadlines
HCEC Step Deadline Registration Part 1 January 16, 2015 Registration Part 2 January 23, 2015 Walk-in Event January 27 or 28, 2015 5:00 – 7:00 pm 103 Barnes Hall LoRs and Transcripts March 6, 2015 Checklist (through the Delivery Authorization section) August 31, 2015 PDF of medical school primary application October 1, 2015

113 Medical School Deadlines
Be aware of your medical school deadlines. HCEC Letter release usually takes many weeks, and may take up to 12 weeks after your checklist is complete. See: The ultimate goal is to get your letters to your medical school admissions committee on time, and HCEC deadlines are set with this goal in mind. However there are a range of medical school deadlines and to meet the earlier ones, you should be submitting your HCEC documents and medical school applications at the early side of the allowed time frame.

114 HCEC Registration Timing
MD/PhD Applicants Due to the competitiveness for admission to MD/PhD programs, it is important that MD/PhD applicants submit all materials to HCEC, and submit the AMCAS application, as early as possible. The ultimate goal is to get your letters to your medical school admissions committee on time, and HCEC deadlines are set with this goal in mind. However there are a range of medical school deadlines and to meet the earlier ones, you should be submitting your HCEC documents and medical school applications at the early side of the allowed time frame.

115 Putting your file “On Hold”
the HCEC stating your decision. Your registration and supporting documents will be retained for 5 years (per retention agreement signed in the RAF).

116 “Resuming” You may “Resume” before or after graduating, provided your letter was not released (i.e. to Interfolio). Complete a new registration (BIF, PS). Your LoRs and transcripts remain on file. You may replace each old LoR with an updated letter by the same author. If you had three LoRs on file, you may add one by an additional writer, for a total of four. Fee: $0 if paid previously, otherwise $190. You may need to update an external transcript.

117 Sometimes HCEC Registrants do not gain admission on their first application attempt and wish to reapply in a subsequent cycle using HCEC services. In these situations, the HCEC registrant chooses to: Update or Reactivate More about this during the Spring Briefings.

118 Update An Update HCEC Letter contains both the original HCEC Letter and a supplemental new HCEC Letter. The updated element is an additional LoE that evaluates how you spent your time since the last HCEC Letter was prepared. Only one Update is allowed after graduation. The fee for Updating registrants is $75.

119 Reactivate A Reactivating registrant’s original HCEC Letter is released again for use in a new application cycle. No changes are permitted to the HCEC Letter. Reactivating registrants need only register online through the HCEC Online File, mail the Registration Agreement Form and fee, and renew their Interfolio account. There is not a limit on the number of times a registrant may Reactivate a letter. The fee for Reactivating registrants is $50.

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