SMU has had an active Health Professions Recommendation Committee (HPRC) for more than twenty-five years. Each spring members of the Committee meet to interview students applying to medical and dental schools. Interviews may also be arranged for students applying in other areas, for example veterinary medicine, pharmacy or optometry. In order to be eligible to meet with the HPRC, students must attend a workshop and complete their "pre-med" file.
The HPRC interview, usually with a panel of three members, provides an opportunity for students to practice interview skills and receive an evaluation of their preparation. Committee members review the student's academic progress, extracurricular activities, and essay. The student should plan to explain motivation and goals set.
Committee members provide comments to the HPRC Chair, who writes a letter of evaluation. This letter, accompanied by individual letters of recommendation, is submitted to medical and dental school upon the student's request.
We encourage students to establish a "pre-med" file and be informed about the HPRC. Medical and dental schools will often expect a letter of evaluation from the undergraduate institution if they know that college or university has a HPRC.