The first and most important thing to do as you begin the application process is to ask yourself why you are applying. Really ask yourself why. Many students do not want to do this. But the self-analysis the questions requires will make you a stronger candidate.

Once you have thought about why, the next question is what? There are many health professions available to college graduates and the majority of them require graduate education. Investigate the various fields to be sure you are choosing the best course. Take factors such as the  skills/talents required, work environment, length of training, level of responsibility, salary and labor force projections into account in your decision.

This section focuses on applying to medical school (MD and DO), but the process is very similar for dental school. Veterinary, optometry, and podiatry schools are also four-year postgraduate clinical education programs that have similar requirements and processes for applying, although with a shorter timeline. There is also some overlap in the application processes for physical and occupational therapy, physician assistant, nurse practitioner.

Archived Applicant Emails

April 4, 2017: First Email

April 11, 2017: Individual Letters of Recommendation

April 19, 2017: Autobiography and Personal Statement

April 26, 2017: Choosing Schools

May 2, 2017: HPRC Interview

May 10, 2017: Transcripts

May 18, 2017: Tips for Completing all the Centralized Applications

May 25, 2017: Committee Letter and Packet

May 31, 2017: What To Be Doing Now

June 7, 2017: Completing Applications, Transcripts, Mailing Request, Open Houses, Job

June 15, 2017: Completing Aplications, Next Steps in Application Proces, Schedules

June 22, 2017: Starting to Prepare for InterviewsAttachment: Interviewing for Health Professions Schools

June 29, 2017: Requesting Letters to be Sent

July 6, 2017: The Packet

July 13, 2017: Sending Letters, Secondaries

July 21, 2017: Where You Should Be, Secondaries, What to Read, What Not to Read

July 26, 2017: Osteopathic Medicine

August 2, 2017: Sending Your Packet, Preparing for Interviews, Updates to Application; Attachment: Interviewing for Health Professions Schools

August 7, 2017: Final Email - For Those Who Have/Have Not Been Admitted, University of Queensland Clinical School

August 9, 2017: Financing Your Education

August 28, 2017: School Lists, Sending "Stuff," Course Work, Our Schedules

September 12, 2017: Interviewing, Med Schools Coming to Tufts

October 5, 2017: Sending More "Stuff," Preparing for Interviews

October 24, 2017: Last Requests to Send Packets to Schools, MCAT Survey