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You may have heard that The MCAT is changing in 2015, and if you are planning to apply for medical school in the next 3-4 years this change will directly impact you! This meeting will provide an overview of the changes, as well as considerations for your application timeline and course planning. Application preparation resources will be provided, including a self-assessment, upcoming workshops, and pre-health events. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. RSVP required. To RSVP click on the date/time you would like to attend below.
Thursday, April 25th from 12:30-1:30 PM
Monday, April 29th from 5:30-6:30 PM
Thursday, June 6th from 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
If you plan to interview with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee in the spring, you are required to attend an Application Prep Workshop before March 1. Note that sessions will largely focus on the timeline for medical, dental and veterinary medicine, but students who are applying to ALL health professions graduate school within the next will find the information useful. Topics covered will include: general overview of the application process, timeline, references, selecting schools, the Pre-Health Advisory Committee and resources to help you prepare.
Pre-Health Advisory Committee Overview
The Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PHAC) is a resource for Seattle University students to help prepare for the health professions graduate school application and interview process. The committee is chaired by the Pre-Health Academic Advisor and typically includes 2-3 other SU faculty/staff. Applicants who interview have the option to receive a committee letter, which will be submitted to the appropriate application service(s) along with the applicant's individual reference letters.
Seattle University students are not required to meet with the committee, but those who do must follow the requirements outlined here: 2013 PHAC student eligibility. Interviews are held in late April and throughout May. Alumni and re-applicants are welcome to interview with the committee, but should be in contact with the Pre-Health Advisor in the fall to discuss options.
Benefits of Meeting with the Committee
Students can greatly benefit from meeting with the PHAC. Interviews are an important part of the application and admissions process for health professions graduate schools. Practicing in this, and/or other mock interview formats will be helpful for applicants. In addition, the PHAC will provide applicants with feedback on their materials, impressions of the alignment between applicant's professional goals and experiences, and the applicant's performance in the interview.
Students and alumni are encouraged to attend an Application Prep Workshop and start working on the Applicant Self-Assessment two years in advance of when they intend to apply. Application Prep Workshops are held in Fall and Winter quarters. Applicant Self-Assessments are available to students after attending an Application Prep Workshops. Quarterly meetings with the Pre-Health Advisor to talk through the Applicant Self-Assessment, and set short and long term goals will be helpful in presenting a well-rounded application.
2013 Interview Materials
Blank Reference Letter Request 2013
Sample Reference Request Form-PHAC letter
Sample Reference Request Form-individual letter
Additional details on PHAC materials and processes for the 2013-14 application cycle will be posted here in early March. Please contact Becca Bregel, Pre-Health Advisor (email@example.com) or Lindsay Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 206/296-2500 if you have any questions in the interim.
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