HCEC OrientationCornell Undergraduates2014-2015 HCEC CYCLEfor matriculation in 2016 FALL ‘14
This Orientationis for Juniors and Seniors applying for medical school matriculation in fall 2016.
Overview • Tonight we will discuss: • The HCEC- Who we are and what we do • What you will need to do and when • Timeline and Deadlines • Approximately 1 hour followed by a Q&A • (MD/PhD, Study Abroad, Advising)
What exactly is the HCEC? What exactly is the HCEC?
Health Careers Evaluation Committee We are a committee consisting of ~100 faculty and administrative staff who have volunteered to serve as interviewers for one or more student registrants.
Primary goal of the HCEC: To prepare a Letter of EvaluationforCornell juniors, seniors, and alumni who are applying to post-graduate, doctoral-level, degree granting programs in the human health professions.
Planning to apply to a school of… The HCEC is here for you. *Allopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Optometry, Dentistry, Podiatry
To help medical school admissions offices more efficiently review the large number of applications they receive.
The Letter of Evaluation (the HCEC Letter) is often the most heavily weighted qualitative element in the decision to offer a personal interview.
…admissions officers prefer students to use their school’s committee if the school has one.
When schools note that a Cornell applicant does not have a committee letter, they may call us to inquire. They may call you for an explanation. This can delay the review process.
Services For Non-registrants • Participation in HCEC is optional. • You may request, a “non-registrant letter”whichwe will provide to you explaining that you simply chose not to use the HCEC.
Cornell’s HCEC Other undergraduate school evaluation committees reporting higher acceptance rates than Cornell’s, in almost all cases, have selective criteriafor providing their service. Cornell’s HCEC, however, will write a letter for any eligible applicant. Use of our service is optional.
Eligibility All Cornell students and alumni who have at least 30 graded, undergraduate credit hours at Cornell are eligible to register.
The Letter of Evaluation (LoE) is a concise, individualized presentation of a candidate’s attributes. • LoE ≠ LoR The LoE is NOT a letter of recommendation.
The HCEC Letter is positive in tone. We provide an overall evaluation of each individual so all letters are not equally positive. It is holistic, and honest.
Evaluation, Not Recommendation The LoE interprets your undergraduate experiences in terms of: • Academic record • Service, clinical, and other activities (including research) • Personal background and experiences
Academic achievement is the BASE! High achievement in other endeavors complements but does not trade off or replace the academic record.
The Impact of GPA on Acceptance The Impact of GPA on Acceptance HCEC Accepted/Applied 2009-2011/Three Years Undergraduate MD applicants. * This chart does not include students who did not release their information to the Health Careers Program. Does not include Dental applicants or Osteopathic school or Texas school applicants. Does not display MCAT score data, which is a significant factor. Does not include alumni applicants.
For more information and statistics, speak with your Health Careers Advisor.
We are NOT Advisors But we do advise you to consult advisors liberally! Anything shared with an advisor is private, confidential, and not shared with the HCEC.
If you are unsure about your readiness for success, speak to an advisor.
Health Careers Advisor Speak with an advisor about when is the best time to apply.
Please direct advising questions to a Health Careers Advisor: • A&S Ana Adinolfi, firstname.lastname@example.org • CALSCate Thompson, email@example.com • ENG Beth Howland, firstname.lastname@example.org • HE Paula Jacobs, email@example.com • Cha-SookYou, firstname.lastname@example.org • http://www.career.cornell.edu/paths/health/advisors.cfm
Please direct advising questions to a Health Careers Advisor: • Cornell Career Services, Barnes Hall • TBA, (607) 255-5296 • Office of Undergraduate Biology • Bonnie Comella, email@example.com • Wendy Aquadro, firstname.lastname@example.org • Jeff McCaffrey, email@example.com • Colleen Kearns, firstname.lastname@example.org • http://www.career.cornell.edu/paths/health/advisors.cfm
Health Careers Advising Upcoming Sessions • Wed. Nov. 20 4:45pm, 251 Malott • Thurs. Nov. 21 4:45pm, 251 Malott • Tues. Dec. 3, 4:45am Barnes Auditorium • TBD • Wed. Dec. 4 4:45pm, 189 Rockefeller • Applying to Medical School: Are you Ready? • HCEC Letters of Recommendation: Whom to Ask and How? • Increasing your Chances of Admission to Medical School with a Gap Year • How to Select Schools to which to Apply • Writing Personal Statements and Themes for HCEC and for Application Watch for announcements of additional programs. http://www.career.cornell.edu/career/events/calendar.cfm
Health Careers Advising Recorded Sessions • Interviewing at Health Career Schools • Interviewing with the HCEC and the Interviewer’s Perspective • How to Choose Medical/Dental Schools – Student Panel • Summer Opportunities for Health Career Students • Career Paths for Health and Medicine Alumni Panel http://www.career.cornell.edu/resources/media/health.cfm
BlindInterview • Conducted by an HCEC member who has read your file but does not know you personally. • Simulates the experience of a medical school admissions interview.
Your HCEC interviewer then drafts a letter evaluating your readiness for training towards a medical profession, based on your: • academic record • service activities • clinical exposure • research experience • extracurricular activities • responses during the interview
The draft letter is sent to the HCEC office, where it is edited andformatted. It then undergoes a final review, to be sure that it is in the most comprehensive form and that it represents you accurately.
The strength of the HCEC Letter correlates with the extent of your Cornell experience. Applying as a senior Applying as a junior fall spring fall spring fall spring spring fall freshman sophomore junior senior graduation = Experiences Covered in LoE We evaluate through the fall term. The spring semester and summer of the year in which you apply are not included in the HCEC Letter.
Qualitative, non-academic factors are an important part of the HCEC evaluation.
We interpret your qualities as a candidate based on the information about your experiences provided in your: • Online registration documents, • Background Information Form • Personal Statement • Letters of Recommendation • HCEC interview, and interactions.
Through your registration documents and interview, explain how your involvement in activities enhances your candidacy.
The HCEC Does NOT Evaluate: • Grades or experiences in spring 2015. • Activities planned for the summer or beyond.
The HCEC Does NOTEvaluate: • Performance on standardized tests • Activities or coursework that took place on another campus* (although we may refer to these in the HCEC Letter). *With the exception of off-campus, Cornell-sponsored programs, such as the Urban Semester
*Note: • In rare situations, the HCEC may estimate that a registrant is not sufficiently prepared to apply during the current cycle. • If so, the HCEC will contact the registrant to discuss this view and present possible options.
At the applicant’s request, the HCEC will still submit the HCEC Letter. Alternatively, the applicant may choose to put their file “on hold” and register in a subsequent year.
Service Orientation Demonstrates a desire to help others and sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings; demonstrates a desire to alleviate others’ distress; recognizes and acts on his/her responsibilities to society; locally, nationally, and globally. aamc.org/initiatives/admissionsinitiative/competencies/
Social Skills Demonstrates an awareness of others’ needs, goals, feelings, and the ways that social and behavioral cues affect peoples’ interactions and behaviors; adjusts behaviors appropriately in response to these cues; treats others with respect.