MMEDIC Application Frequently Asked Questions
Carefully read these frequently asked questions and the “MMEDIC Application Instructions” for the application for the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum.
What courses are students in the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum required to take?
Students in the MMEDIC program must enroll in at least 16 course credits in each semester of their junior and senior years. Four courses from a prescribed list of medical/dental school-related courses must be completed prior to entry into the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. All students must take GMS BI 751 Biochemistry and Cell Biology, GMS PH 730/731 Human Physiology (two semester sequence), or GMS AN 722 Cellular Organization of Tissues. Courses are selected in consultation with the director of the MMEDIC program.
Should I save a copy of the information that I submit in my application for the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum?
After submission, you will not have access to your application for the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum. We strongly encourage you to save a copy of the summary of experiences that you provide as well as your personal statement.
How many letters of recommendation should I request be submitted to the Preprofessional Advising Office?
We require three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a Boston University faculty member in the sciences (biological sciences, chemistry, physics, or engineering). We prefer that the science letter be from someone who has taught you in the classroom. Although there is a minimum requirement of three letters of recommendation, you may submit more. All letters of recommendation must be received by the stated deadline.
Unless the Preprofessional Advising Office is notified differently in writing, all letters of recommendation in your file at the deadline will be considered part of your application. If you would like us to include a different selection of letters, you must inform the Preprofessional Advising Office no later than February 17, 2020 (11:59PM EST).
Whom should I ask to submit letters of recommendation on my behalf?
It is important to request letters of recommendation from individuals who know you well, since a vague and noncommittal letter is of marginal value. The Admissions Committee is interested in evaluators who are knowledgeable and experienced in assessing your academic abilities, character, interpersonal skills, and professional potential. The most useful letters are those related to your academic work, experience in clinical settings, community service, research activities, leadership roles, and employment. Letters of recommendation from faculty (at least one in the sciences is required), research mentors, volunteer supervisors, and employers play an important role in your application. Although you may solicit additional letters of recommendation from teaching assistants, discussion leaders, or laboratory instructors, letters from faculty are usually afforded more weight.
The most effective letters of recommendation are those that stress the context in which the writer knows you, the duration of his or her acquaintance with you, and your performance level as compared to other individuals in similar settings. Your communication skills, interpersonal skills, cultural competence, teamwork, initiative, integrity, resilience, and capacity for improvement are among the areas that your recommenders may discuss. Cited examples of these qualities make for effective letters of recommendation. Letters from employers or supervisors of volunteer work carry the greatest weight when they include a description of duties, demonstrated initiative, capacity to assume responsibility, and identification of strengths and weaknesses.
Regardless of the health profession to which you are applying, excellent guidelines that you may wish to provide to your recommenders are available on the Association of American Medical College’s website.
- If your file contains an old letter of recommendation from someone with whom you have continued to work or with whom you have taken additional courses, we strongly suggest that you request an updated letter from that individual.
- Do not submit letters of recommendation from high school teachers, administrators, or guidance counselors, unless you have completed additional projects with them as a college student.
- We strongly discourage personal letters from clergy, family physicians/dentists, public office holders, peers, or friends of the family, as they are generally not helpful.
How can a recommender submit a letter of recommendation on my behalf to the Preprofessional Advising Office?
Letters of recommendation must be written on letterhead stationery, must include a signature, and must be accompanied by the Preprofessional Advising Office’s Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form. We strongly encourage recommenders submit their letters and the waiver form electronically as PDFs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, physical copies of recommendations may be mailed to:
Preprofessional Advising Office
100 Bay State Road, Room 428
Boston, MA 02215
The Preprofessional Advising Office does not accept letters of recommendation and Letter of Recommendation Waiver Forms that are hand-delivered or emailed to us by applicants. You are responsible for determining that your letters of recommendation are received by the February 17, 2020 deadline. In some cases, you may need to apply tact and diplomacy to remind your recommenders to submit their letters. You may call the Preprofessional Advising Office at 617-353-4866 to determine whether we have received your letters.
Do I have access to the letters of recommendation in my file?
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Boston University students are entitled access to letters of recommendation contained in their permanent educational records at Boston University. However, a student may waive this right of access to letters of recommendation. If this right of access is waived, letters of recommendation will be considered confidential and will not be available to the student. Schools generally prefer to receive letters for which applicants have waived their right of access. If you have questions about the waiver, please schedule an appointment with a prehealth advisor.
What format should I use when describing my activities and experiences in the application for the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum?
While you may describe your experiences using a bullet format, you will likely be able to provide a better description of the experience, your key responsibilities, and the significance of the activity by using a narrative or paragraph-style format. It is important to provide thoughtful reflections of your experiences to demonstrate how they have helped shape your interests and motivation for pursuing your desired health profession. Remember, the clarity of the information you provide about your activities in your application, will help the admissions committee evaluate your preparedness as an applicant.
How long should my personal statement be?
Your personal statement should be no longer than 5000 characters. Characters include spaces and punctuation.
Is there anything I should be aware of when writing my personal statement?
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law, requires that the Preprofessional Advising Office report to the University’s Title IX Coordinator any form of sexual misconduct that advisors learn about through discussion with or from written material provided by students who have been targets of sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, incidents of rape, sexual assault, coercion, harassment, domestic and dating violence, and stalking.
How do I send an official electronic copy of my Boston University transcript to the Preprofessional Advising Office?
Instructions on how to electronically send your Boston University transcript are available on the Registrar’s website. You should have your official Boston University eTranscript sent directly to email@example.com.
When will I be notified about the status of my application for the Modular Medical/Dental Integrated Curriculum and whether I have been granted an interview?
Interviews take place in April. By the end of March, you will be notified by email whether or not you have been granted an interview. If you do not receive an interview, your application will not receive further consideration.
If I am granted an interview, when will I be notified about the Admissions Committee's decision?
Decisions will be announced by email no later than July.
How else can the Preprofessional Advising Office help in the application process?
Prehealth advisors are available throughout the academic year and during the summer to offer guidance and answer questions about the application process.