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 email@example.com as the email (even if you are not having an interview). Please see additional instructions below specific to the different application services below.
AMCAS and AACOMAS - The Health Professions Office will be using the AMCAS (and for the first name) 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 a HPO committee interview. The "Committee Letter/Packet" will contain a comittee statement and selected letters of recommendation on file in the HPO. Regarding 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
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) the 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 your primary contact with firstname.lastname@example.org in the email regardless of 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 there are only letters being forwarded). Do not list the letters individually.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Both DO applicants (using the AACOMAS portal) and Dental applicants (using the AADSAS portal) will NOT be able to add letters once they are sent. 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.
Another IMPORTANT NOTE to MD applicants: If any additional letters are received by the HPO after you have released your letters to AMCAS, do NOT assume that the HPO will automatically add them to your AMCAS application. Students will need to send an email to the HPO (email@example.com) requesting that the additional letters be reviewed and added to their packet if supportive to their application.
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.