'21-'22 Med School Applicants: UVA Pre-Health Advising Credential Program

Claire Cornell

2021-2022 Med School Applicants: UVA Pre-Health Advising Credential Program

Some medical schools require or highly value a holistic committee letter of evaluation from the undergraduate institution. The University of Virginia does not offer a committee letter. The lack of a committee letter has not interfered with the success of UVA applicants to medical school. Still, in 2016 the Health Professions Advising Task Force at UVA proposed the creation of a document which would help contextualize UVA applications from the institution’s point of view. The Pre-Health Advising Credential came out of this recommendation. The Advising Credential is sent alongside individual letters of recommendation in the AMCAS application and serves as a lens by which medical schools will review UVA participants.

The upcoming 2021-2022 Advising Credential will be limited to 50 applicants. Requirements include:

  • Indication of interest through an Advising Credential Survey in the Pre-Health Pulse in early 2021
  • Meeting with a pre-health advisor in fall 2020, before December 18, 2020*
  • Meeting with a pre-health advisor prior to fall 2020
  • Meeting with a pre-health advisor in Spring 2021
  • Engagement in a number of pre-health advising activities focused on the application process in Spring 2021 (still being finalized, keep an eye on the Pre-Health Pulse for updates)

*Read the requirements, details, and a sample of an Advising Credential here!