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1HCECHealthCareersEvaluationCommitteeFall Orientation for 2015 HCEC Process Cornell Undergraduates for Matriculation in FALL 2016Welcome. 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.
2This 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 OrientationHCEC Application CycleAMCAS application year – 2016Please 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.)
3Overview This presentation includes: The HCEC- Who we are and what we doWhat you will need to do and whenTimeline and DeadlinesTonight’s presentation covers:The HCEC – Who we are and what we doWhat you as an undergraduate applicant need to do and whenExplain the timeline and deadlines.Q & ATonight 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 MedicineOsteopathic MedicineOptometryDentistryPodiatryThe HCEC is here for you.*Allopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Podiatry
5The medical school application process requires: PreparationPlanningInvestigationGuidanceThe medical school application process involves many decisions based on a great number of factors. The successful applicant must prepare, plan, and investigate.Preparation – Academic, personalPlanning – 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.StrategySelf-assessment
6Applicants 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.
8Health Careers Evaluation Committee The HCEC staff consists of the:Committee ChairHCEC ManagerRecords CoordinatorSummer Editorsand...
9Health Careers Evaluation Committee … a group of faculty and administrative staff volunteers who serve as interviewers for one or moreundergraduate registrants.
10Primary 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.
12Why 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.*www.aamc.org(Does not include DO, DDS, DP, and some Texas schools.)
13The 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.
16…admissions officers at most medical schools prefer students to use their undergraduate school’s committee if the school has one.
17This can delay the review process. When schools note that a Cornell applicant does not have acommittee letter, they may callus to inquire.They may ask you for anexplanation.This can delay the review process.
18Over 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.
19Services 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.
20Cornell’s HCECOther 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.
21EligibilityCornell students and alumni who have completed at least 30 letter-graded, undergraduate credit hours at Cornell are eligible to register with the HCEC.
23The HCEC Letter Includes: This Committee Letter, has three components.Letter of EvaluationLoRsThe Cornell profile sheet details our HCEC process, describes the pre-med coursework requirements at Cornell, and lists the members of the HCEC.
24The Letter of Evaluation (LoE) is a concise, individualized presentation of a candidate’s attributes.LoE ≠ LoRThe 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.
25The 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 EthicsReliability and DependabilityResilience and AdaptabilityService OrientationTeamworkOral CommunicationCultural CompetenceSocial and Interpersonal SkillsDesire to LearnCapacity for Improvement
26Evaluation, Not Recommendation The LoE interprets your undergraduate experiences in terms of:Academic recordService, clinical, and other activities (including research)Personal background and experiencesThe 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!
27Academic achievement is the BASE! BlankBHigh achievement in other endeavors complements but does not trade off or replace the academic record.
28The Impact of GPA on Acceptance HCEC Accepted/Applied /Three YearsUndergraduate MD applicants.Overall GPA<2.79# Accepted/# Applied0/101/117/3230/9499/181183/247186/212% Accepted0%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.
29and statistics, contact Lauren O’Neil, Director, For more informationand statistics, contactLauren O’Neil, Director,Health Careers Advising Program or another Health Careers Advisor.Lauren O’NeilAppointments: 103 Barnes Hall
30The HCEC staff are NOT advisors But we do advise you toconsult advisors liberally!Anything shared with an advisoris private, confidential, andnot 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.
32Speak with an advisor about when is the best time to apply. Health Careers AdvisorSpeak 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.
33Health Careers Advisor: Please direct advising questions to aHealth Careers Advisor:Cornell Career Services, 103 Barnes HallLauren O’Neil, (607)A&S: Ana Adinolfi,CALS: Cate Thompson,HE: Paula Jacobs,Verdene Lee,Cha-Sook You,ENG: Beth Howland,Introduce advisors.
34Health Careers Advisor: Please direct advising questions to aHealth Careers Advisor:Office of Undergraduate Biology:Bonnie Comella,Wendy Aquadro,Jeff McCaffrey,Colleen Kearns,Introduce advisors.
35Health Careers Advising Upcoming Sessions HCEC Letters of Recommendation: Whom to Ask and HowApplying to Medical School: Are You Ready Now?Increasing Your Chances of Admission with a Gap YearWriting for 20 Questions and the HCEC ApplicationHow to Select Schools to which to ApplyTues. Nov :45pm, 122 RCKThurs. Nov :45pm, 122 RCKTues. Dec :00pm, 122 RCKWed. Dec :45pm, 122 RCKSpring 2015 TBDBe sure to update your CCNet profile to ensure that you are receiving announcements of upcoming programs.Watch for announcements of additional programs.
36https://cornell-students.experience.com/experience/login CCNetBe sure to update your CCNet profile to ensure that you are receiving announcements of upcoming programs and other Health Career-related information and opportunities.https://cornell-students.experience.com/experience/login
37Health Careers Advising Recorded Sessions Interviewing at Health Career SchoolsInterviewing with the HCEC and the Interviewer’s PerspectiveHow to Choose Medical/Dental Schools – Student PanelSummer Opportunities for Health Career StudentsCareer Paths for Health and Medicine Alumni Panel
39Health Careers Evaluation Committee A group of faculty and administrative staff volunteers serve as interviewers for one or moreundergraduateregistrants.
40HCEC InterviewConducted 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
41extracurricular 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 recordservice activitiesclinical exposureresearch experienceextracurricular activitiesresponses during the interviewThe 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.
42The 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.
44Online 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 FormPersonal StatementLetters of RecommendationHCEC interview, and interactions.Although very rare, if a registrant is extremely rude to staff, it could be mentioned in your letter.
45Qualitative, non-academic factors are an important part of the HCEC evaluation.
46The HCEC Letter reflects the extent of your Cornell experience. freshmangraduationsophomorejuniorseniorApplyingas a junior= Experiences Covered in LoEfallspringApplying as a seniorSpring 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.
47Through your registration documents and interview, explain how your involvement in activities enhances your candidacy.
48The HCEC Does NOT Evaluate: Grades or experiences in spring 2015.Activities planned for the summer or beyond.
49The 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.
50If 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.
52At 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.
53What do medical schools want the HCEC to address? Academic Competencies and Personal Competencies – Core CompetenciesThis 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.
54Thinking and Reasoning Science Core CompetenciesThe AAMC has developed a list of 15 Core Competencies for entering medical school students. The competencies fall into four categories:InterpersonalIntrapersonalThinking and ReasoningSciencehttps://www.aamc.org/initiatives/admissionsinitiative/competencies/
55Interpersonal Competencies Service OrientationDemonstrates 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.
56Interpersonal Competencies Social SkillsDemonstrates 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.
57Interpersonal Competencies Cultural CompetenceDemonstrates 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.
58Interpersonal Competencies TeamworkWorks collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals; shares information and knowledge with others and provides feedback; puts team goals ahead of individual goals.
59Interpersonal Competencies Oral CommunicationEffectively conveys information to others using spoken words and sentences; listens effectively; recognizes potential communication barriers and adjusts approach or clarifies information as needed.
60Ethical Responsibility to Self and Others Intrapersonal CompetenciesEthical Responsibility to Self and OthersBehaves 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.
61Reliability and Dependability Intrapersonal CompetenciesReliability and DependabilityConsistently fulfills obligations in a timely and satisfactory manner; takes responsibility for personal actions and performance.
62Resilience and Adaptability Intrapersonal CompetenciesResilience and AdaptabilityDemonstrates tolerance of stressful or changing environments or situations and adapts effectively to them; is persistent, even under difficult situations; recovers from setbacks.
63Capacity for Improvement Intrapersonal CompetenciesCapacity for ImprovementSets goals for continuous improvement and for learning new concepts and skills; engages in reflective practice for improvement; solicits and responds appropriately to feedback.
64Thinking and Reasoning Competencies Critical ThinkingUses logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
65Quantitative Reasoning Thinking and Reasoning CompetenciesQuantitative ReasoningApplies quantitative reasoning and appropriate mathematics to describe or explain phenomena in the natural world.
66Thinking and Reasoning Competencies Scientific InquiryApplies 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.
67Written Communication Thinking and Reasoning CompetenciesWritten CommunicationEffectively conveys information to others using written words and sentences.
68Science CompetenciesLiving SystemsApplies knowledge and skill in the natural sciences to solve problems related to molecular and macro systems including biomolecules, molecules, cells, and organs.
69Science CompetenciesHuman BehaviorApplies 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.
75Use 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.
76Use 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.
77Required ReadingsRead the Required Readings provided in your Online File.Check regularly for new Required Readings.HCEC Registrant GuideWe will announce new readings on Facebook. We try to keep notifications to a minimum.Also peruse the FAQs before writing to the HCEC.
79Three-Part Registration: Part 1 Deadline:January 16, 2015Registration 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.
80The 20Q* *not sent to the HCEC The 20Q is a questionnaire designed to provide you with a comprehensiveself-assessment of:your preparation,your readiness for application, andthe strength of your background as a candidate for any health career.To discuss your 20Q, contact a Health Careers AdvisorNot sent to HCEC – however, you must attest in your checklist that you have completed the 20Qs.
81Background Information Form (BIF) Personal Statement (PS) Photograph Registration Part 2Deadline: January 23, 2015Background 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
82BIF (Background Information Form) Deadline: January 23, 2015Categorizes your activities,(e.g. service, clinical, etc.)Describes your activities,Demonstrate your time commitment, and dedication to the activity,Explains how your participation inactivities allowed you to developyour 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.
83PS (Personal Statement) Deadline: January 23, 2015Demonstrates 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 AdvisorThe 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)
84Submit in person during Walk-In Event Registration Part 3Deadline: January 28, 2015Registration Agreement Form (RAF)Original signed paper copy required.Fee paymentRegistration fee is $190. Fee waivers are available to those qualified by the Financial Aid Office.Non-refundable feeFee 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
85Requires signed statements: Registration Agreement Form (RAF)Deadline: January 28, 2015Requires signed statements:Integrity in the application processApplicant access to the HCEC packetRelease consentFile retention policyApproved destinationsTimeline agreementOptional FERPA WaiverNon-refundable feeSubmit in person during Walk-In Event
86HCEC Walk-in Event* January 27th and 28th, 2015 5:00 – 7:00pm Deadline: January 28, 2015You must personally deliver your RAF at the:HCEC Walk-in Event*January 27th and 28th, 20155:00 – 7:00pm103 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.
87RAF Download Deadline: January 28, 2015 Blankcareer.cornell.edu/paths/health/medschool/hcec/index.cfm
88HCEC will retrieve your Cornell transcript. TranscriptsDeadline: March 6, 2015You must arrange for official transcripts to be sent to HCEC for all non-Cornell undergraduate study completed after high school.HCEC will retrieve yourCornell transcript.Do not bring transcripts to the walk-in event
89Study Abroad Transcripts Deadline: March 6, 2015Check 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.
90LoRs (Letters of Recommendation) Due date:March 6, 2015Required: 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.
91LoRs (Letters of Recommendation) Due date:March 6, 2015*For help selecting and communicating with recommenders, contact Health Careers Advising
92LoRs (Letters of Recommendation) Due date:March 6, 2015When 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
94HCEC InterviewThe 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.
95HCEC InterviewFind contact information in your Checklist.Initiate contact and record scheduled interview date in your Checklist (or risk losing your interview spot).Thank your interviewer!
96File Status and Contact InformationReview 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.
97Medical 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, 201506/02/2015 2:30 PM06/02/2015 2:15 PMJohn DoeAMCAS REPORT 2016 ENTERING CLASS
98HCEC Process Summer 2015REMINDER: 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.
99HCEC 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.
100HCEC 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 QueueSee your letter release date, posted immediately after uploadFeel free to contact us with other relevant question, but please do not ask about when your letter will be released.
101A 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 LetterMore about this in the Spring Briefings in late April and early May.A third party document storage and delivery service
102Delivery of HCEC Letter You must then go to Interfolio.com 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.
106Your 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.
107You can use this account to upload other credentials, such as LoRs, and distribute them to any legitimate destination.
108Schedule Delivery To: From: In your Interfolio account, after your HCEC Letter is released, you mustof your HCEC LetterSchedule DeliveryTo: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.)
110Timeliness is very important! DeadlinesTimeliness 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.
111If 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.
112Undergraduate HCEC Deadlines HCEC StepDeadlineRegistration Part 1January 16, 2015Registration Part 2January 23, 2015Walk-in EventJanuary 27 or 28, 20155:00 – 7:00 pm103 Barnes HallLoRs and TranscriptsMarch 6, 2015Checklist (through the DeliveryAuthorization section)August 31, 2015PDF of medical school primaryapplicationOctober 1, 2015
113Medical 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.
114HCEC Registration Timing MD/PhD ApplicantsDue 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.
115Putting 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.
117Sometimes 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 ReactivateMore about this during the Spring Briefings.
118UpdateAn 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.
119ReactivateA 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.