Health Professions Office

The Health Professions Office

The Health Professions Office (HPO) provides full-time support to the students and alumni of Rutgers University - New Brunswick, who are interested in applying to a variety of health professions programs including: allopathic (M.D.) and osteopathic (D.O.) medicine, dentistry, physician assistant, podiatry, optometry, and public health schools.

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ATTENTION 2016 APPLICANTS TO MEDICAL AND DENTAL SCHOOLS

(those who wish to start professional school in 2017)

 

HPO COMMITTEE INTERVIEW

In order to apply for an HPO Committee interview, you will need to complete the HPO Interview Worksheet student checklist, plus the appropriate Interview Worksheet (MD, DO only, or Dental) and Science GPA Calculator (AMCAS, AACOMAS or AADSAS).  All three documents must be submitted together and will be accepted April 1st through July 21st.   

For those of you who are reapplying and would like to request an update to your Committee Statement from last year, please complete the Update Committee Statement Request form.  Update applications will be accepted April 1st through    July 1st.

 

 Interview Worksheet student checklist

 MD Interview Worksheet                             AMCAS Science GPA Calculator

 DO Interview Worksheet                              AACOMAS Science GPA Calculator

 Dental Interview Worksheet                         AADSAS Science GPA Calculator

 Update Committee Statement Request

 

PROCESSING LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

When filling out the Letters of Evaluation portion of your primary application, DO NOT list the names of the individuals who have written the letters in your HPO file.  If your letters are being sent by the HPO to AMCAS or AACOMAS, you must list the Health Professions Office as your “Primary Author/Contact”, with hpo@biology.rutgers.edu as the email (even if you are not having an interview).  Please see additional instructions specific to the different application services below.

 

AMCAS and AACOMAS – The Health Professions Office will be using the AMCAS (and for the first time) the AACOMAS portal to process your letters.  These services require that you choose either a “Letter Packet” OR “Committee Letter/Packet.”   Choose “Letter Packet” if you are NOT having a committee interview.  The letter packet will only contain selected letters of recommendation on file in the HPO.  Choose “Committee Letter/Packet” if you are having an HPO committee interview.  The “Committee Letter/Packet” will contain a committee statement and selected letters of recommendation on file in the HPO.  Regardless of which you select, the letters will be coming from the HPO and should be entered as follows on the evaluation section of the online application.

 

Firstname:  Health Professions
Lastname:  Office
Email:  hpo@biology.rutgers.edu

 

When assigning a deadline on AACOMAS, please select a date at least four weeks between handing in your DO release form and the actual release of your letters.  Please be aware that during our busiest times (July through September) there may be a longer wait.  

 

For detailed information on questions regarding how to complete your AMCAS 2017 application, go to:  https://aamc-orange.global.ssl.fastly.net/production/media/filer_public/54/3c/543c5531-29ce-4049-b278-2edb3998a216/amcas_instruction_manual.pdf

 

AADSAS – All dental applicants must list “W. Robert Jenkins” as the primary contact with hpo@biology.rutgers.edu in the email regardless of whether or not you have an HPO committee interview OR who interviews you.  If you list anyone else, your name will not appear on our AADSAS list of applicants, and we will not be able to upload your letters.  You must list letters forwarded by this office as one Committee Statement (even if you are not having an HPO committee interview).  Do not list the letters individually. 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:   For DO applicants (using the AACOMAS portal) and Dental applicants (using the AADSAS portal) the HPO will NOT be able to add letters once the initial release is processed.  It is very important to make sure all letters have arrived in the HPO before signing our release form.  All letters must go together at the same time.

 

In addition to completing your online applications, please remember to also complete the appropriate HPO release form.  The fee for MD, DO and Dental Release Forms will now be $60.00.  The HPO will accept cash or checks made payable to Rutgers University.  All release forms can be found in the Forms Repository.

                             

Contact us

Nelson Labs

Nelson Biological Laboratories
604 Allison Rd, 
Room A-207
Piscataway, NJ 08854


p. (848) 445-5667
f.  (732) 445-6341