Application Process

Health Professions Recommendation Committee (HPRC)

The Health Professions Recommendations Committee at Tufts is a faculty committee whose role is to write composite letters of recommendation for those Tufts students and alumni applying to health professions schools. All of the medical, dental, optometry and podiatry schools to which you apply will prefer (or even require) a committee letter. (Veterinary schools through VMCAS do not typically want a committee letter but you should register with the HPRC; except Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine highly values our committee letter.) Therefore, the work you do with the HPRC is an important piece of your application process.

The HPRC is composed of the following individuals:

                                                         Department         Phone                    Email
Bernheim, Harry* Biology 3187 harry.bernheim@tufts.edu
Black, Lauren Biomedical Engineering 4660 lauren.black@tufts.edu
Chew, Frances Biology 3189 frances.chew@tufts.edu
DeBold, Joe Psychology 5901 joe.debold@tufts.edu
Ellmore, George Biology 3188 george.ellmore@tufts.edu
Fuhrman, Juliet Biology 3183 juliet.fuhrman@tufts.edu
Jacobs, Fran Child Dev./UEP 3394 francine.jacobs@tufts.edu
McLaughlin, Kelly     Biology 4154 kelly.mclaughlin@tufts.edu
Levine, Steve Civil Eng. 2212 stephen.levine@tufts.edu
Mistry, Jayanthi Child Devel. 2038 jayanthi.mistry@tufts.edu
Oliver, William Physics 5364 william.oliver@tufts.edu
Phillips, Joanne Classics 2039 jh.phillips@tufts.edu
Urry, Heather Psychology 3773 heather.urry@tufts.edu


*Committee chair



Applicant Handbook

Students applying to health professions schools in 2014 should be sure to read the Applicant Handbook online at http://uss.tufts.edu/hpa/ApplicationProcess. The handbook gives an overview of the application process, important dates and deadlines, and a suggested timeline. Carol Baffi-Dugan, Director for Health Professions Advising, and Stephanie Ripley, Associate Director, can be reached at carol.baffi-dugan@tufts.edu or stephanie.ripley@tufts.edu. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 617-627-2000. The Administrative Support staff that assist in the process can be reached at hprc@ase.tufts.edu.


A STEP-BY-STEP OUTLINE OF THE WORK YOU WILL DO WITH THE
Health Professions Recommendation Committee:

1) By April 1, 2014: Submit a completed Registration Form: part I

2) By May 1: Have submitted on your behalf letters of recommendation from four to five individuals. At least one must be from a Tufts professor who has taught you. A composite letter will not be written without at least three letters, one from a Tufts ASE faculty member.

3) By May 1: Submit a completed Registration Form: part II

4) May 1: You will be assigned your HPRC faculty representative and should contact that person to schedule your interview. Report the date of the interview to hprc@ase.tufts.edu as soon as it is known.

5) By May 1: Have copies of any non-Tufts college transcripts sent to your HPRC file. Your photocopies are acceptable. Transcripts can be emailed to hprc@ase.tufts.edu or mailed to Tufts University, Administrative Support-HPRC, 419 Boston Avenue, Dowling Hall, Medford, MA 02155.

6) May 1- August 7: Interview with a member of the HPRC. You must report your interview date to hprc@ase.tufts.edu and must have ALL materials – registration forms and all letters of recommendation- on file before you may interview. If a file is incomplete at interview time, the interview will be automatically cancelled and you will have to reschedule with the interviewer.

7) July through September: Complete the “Request for Letters to Be Sent” form online, print it out and submit with the appropriate fee and other documents to HPRC Administrative Support, Dowling Hall. The form will not be accepted before July 1, and if submitted will be returned to you. The form will be posted on the website and sent to applicants in June.


8) Out of courtesy, please notify your HPRC interviewer when you receive an acceptance.


****LETTERS WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE BEFORE AUGUST 1****
ALL STUDENTS SHOULD PLAN FOR A 4 TO 6 WEEK TIME PERIOD BETWEEN THE HPRC INTERVIEW AND THE POINT AT WHICH LETTERS ARE READY TO BE SENT. WE ATTEMPT BUT CANNOT GUARANTEE A SHORTER TURN-AROUND TIME BECAUSE OF THE MANY STEPS INVOLVED.





 

 
  Health Professions Advising, Dowling Hall, Medford, MA, 02155  |  Tel: (617) 627-2000