Health Professions Advisory Committee Process

The HPAC exists to provide a composite letter of evaluation for GW students and alumni who intend to apply to medical or dental schools. The committee consists of the two health professions advisors and three faculty members, one from a science department, one from a non-science department, and one from a clinical department. This letter is written by student request and only after the student completes all application requirements, a subsequent HPAC interview, and an HPAC follow-up appointment. While the HPAC process is not mandatory, medical and dental schools place significant weight on committee letters. If an applicant elects not to use HPAC’s services, admissions committees may want a letter of explanation from the committee. The January 31st deadline to participate in the HPAC process is firm and there will no exceptions to this deadline.

Minimum Criteria for HPAC Applicants

  • You must have completed the majority of your medical or dental prerequisites at GW
  • You must have a 3.0 Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Math GPA (for medical school applicants) or a 3.0 Biology/Chemistry/Physics GPA (for dental school applicants)
  • You must have experience in a setting that involves patient and physician interaction
  • You must have met with a Health Professions Advisor during the academic year at least once by December 21, 2018.

Important update regarding HPAC dossier service (formerly Interfolio):

Please note that for the 2018-19 (2019 application year) HPAC cycle, students should NOT be using Interfolio. This is due to account changes that prevent the HPAC Committee from being able to access student documents. Instead, applicants must use a new dossier service called PrivateFolio. A GW-specific PrivateFolio link and account set up instructions can be found below.

Important Documents