Health Professions Advising offers an optional committee letter for LMU students and alumni who are applying to medical or dental school.
Receiving a committee letter will neither guarantee admission nor denial to medical or dental school. However, many medical and dental schools do expect students to have a committee letter written if this service is available at their undergraduate institution.
The LMU Committee Letter will reflect:
- Academic information
- Biographical information
- Passion for medicine or dentistry
- Clinical experience
- Community service
- Research experience
- Interpersonal skills
- Intrapersonal skills
- Unique attributes and competencies
- Unique challenges or adversities that the applicant has overcome
- Additional competencies
As part of the committee letter service, students will receive feedback on their application to medical or dental school. In addition, students will do a mock interview with an LMU faculty member, and be evaluated on the strengths and weaknesses of their responses.
*Committee letters are requested during the calendar year that the student is applying to medical or dental school. The window for committee letter requests is January - April each year for students applying that summer.*
Committee Letter Process
The Committee Letter process is intended to provide LMU students with a thorough assessment and guidance when applying to medical and dental school. It is much more than just requesting a committee letter. You will be provided with feedback on your entire application. The committee letter application will open on January 13, 2020. We'll update here and include the committee application once live.
Step 1. Pre-Health Committee Letter Application
Complete a Pre-Health Committee Letter Application (due April 6, 2020)
A complete Pre-Health Committee Letter Application will include your:
- Health Professions GPA Table
- Resume (see CPD's resume guide)
- Unofficial Transcripts (upload as one document). Official transcripts may be requested on an individual basis.
- Names of individuals who will write your letters of recommendation (only names).
Step 2. Meeting with Health Professions Advisor
- Students that submit an application are required to have an individual meeting with the Health Professions Advisor--once your application is submitted, the Health Professions Advising office will contact the applicant about setting up a meeting.
Step 3. Letters of Recommendation
- Remind letter writers to type, date, and sign the letter and put it on official letterhead.
- The minimum number of letters required is 3 and the maximum number is 6. Two letters must be from faculty who have taught you in the sciences. One non-science academic letter is recommended. Dental students should have a dentist write a letter of recommendation.
- Deadline for letters of recommendation is: June 1, 2020.
Step 4. Mock Interview (Interviews will take place between May and August)
- Students will be instructed as to how and when to schedule your mock interview with a faculty member (you will be provided with the faculty contact information); it is your responsibility to set-up an agreed time and date for your interview.
- Interviews will be conducted either in person or via Zoom, based on the student's preference.
- The notes from the interviewer will be sent to the Health Professions Advisor within two weeks.
Step 5. Drafting and Finalizing the Committee Letter
Once the Health Professions Advisor receives the mock interview notes, she will take up to three weeks to draft your letter. It will be finalized and submitted to AMCAS / AACOMAS / TMDSAS / AADSAS once the following information has been received by the Health Professions Advising office (email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Unofficial transcript with spring grades (if applicable)
- MCAT or DAT scores
- All letters of recommendation are in your Interfolio account
- Draft of AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS application has been reviewed and approved by the Health Professions Advising office. Send the completed yet un-submitted application to email@example.com. Courtney Klipp needs to be listed as the committee letter writer.
*The Committee Letter is kept on file for 5 years.
Step 6. Release of Your Common Application (Dental and Medical School application) (optional)
Students have the option to release your Common Application to the Health Professions Advisor. We request that students release their information as it allows the HPA staff to maintain statistics and further improve services offered to LMU students.
April 6, 2020: Firm deadline for all materials to be submitted online. We will not accept late applications.
- We have a very high volume of students that request committee letters each year. June and July are the busiest months. Please understand that we are unable to expedite our process. We want all of our LMU applicants to have the best possible letters, and they take time to write.
- After the application is submitted to AMCAS/AACOMAS/TMDSAS/AADSAS, it will go through the grade verification process before it is viewed by medical/dental schools. This can take up to 4-6 weeks. The committee letter does not need to be completed when the application is submitted.
- Students retaking the MCAT should list the date of the upcoming exam on the AMCAS application. If this is not done then the application will be reviewed with the old score(s). We recommend that students planning to retake the exam send in the application for verification on or near the exam date. The verification process should be completed around the time the new scores are available.
For a more detailed summary of the committee letter and the process, please check out our Committee Letter Information 2020 packet for more information.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 310.338.7704.