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SDSU Committee Interview Process

Preparation for your committee interviews is the beginning of a long series of events culminating in acceptance to professional school. It indicates to SDSU that you are prepared to make a career commitment and want to solicit this institution's support in the pursuit of your goal.

Many questions will be asked of you during this time in an attempt to understand the basis of your desire to enter the health profession (e.g., do you have a clear perspective of the responsibilities of your decision? - and how can you contribute to the betterment of health care?). Far more important than the probing questions being asked of you are the questions you should be asking yourself. If you have any doubts, now is the time to discuss them. You should never feel that your decision is final, but make certain it is the correct one for you and those who will be sharing it with you.

After the videotaped mock interviews and peer essay reviews in the fall semester you will need to prepare the following to be placed in your file at the Preprofessional Health Advising office:

1.  A recent picture of yourself. This does not have to be a professional photo.
2.  A completed mock application.

The evaluation process begins with a videotaped mock interview at Career Services during  the fall semester before you apply. You will be interviewed in a manner similar to a professional school interview. It will be taped for your review. This interview is for your own benefit and is not used as an evaluation tool. You will also be a member of a peer group, evaluating essays including your own.

If you have submitted your sign-off sheet, application (with essay) and GPA calculation sheet by the required deadline, you will be scheduled for interviews with three faculty members or professionals in the health field. No preprofessional health student under judicial review will go through committee. This is a privilege, not a right.

THE INTEREST YOU SHOW IN PREPARING THIS MATERIAL GIVES THE COMMITTEE AN INSIGHT INTO YOUR CHARACTER. ALWAYS STRIVE TO PRESENT YOURSELF IN THE BEST POSSIBLE LIGHT. PRINT EVERYTHING ON A GOOD PRINTER. WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR AND SPELLING. GIVE CONSIDERABLE THOUGHT TO THIS MATERIAL.

Prior to the interview, prepare yourself to present your case well. Do some reading and think about current issues within the profession. When presenting yourself for the interview, it is to your advantage to be neat and clean. During the interview be attentive and articulate. Do not wait for the interviewer to inititate all conversation. Be honest and as relaxed as possible. Show enthusiasm. Refer to the Interview Skills handout in the materials for the three mandatory meetings.

Following the interviews, you will receive a letter from the Preprofessional Health Advising Office with the committee's recommendation. A committee letter based on everything in your file including the committee evaluations will be written if you receive a rating of recommended or above. THE COMMITTEE LETTER WILL NOT BE WRITTEN UNTIL YOUR FILE IS COMPLETE INCLUDING:

1) AMCAS/AACOMAS/VMCAS/AADSAS or other professional school application (including essay).

2) DAT/MCAT/GRE scores (if available)

3) at least three letters of evaluation including two from faculty in laboratory sciences courses. Check the schools or the application for additional requirements (i.e; osteopathic physician, veterinarian)

4) an autobiography (hard copy plus disk copy/attachment on Microsoft Word)

5) a small photograph

6) 3 committee evaluations

7) proof of payment of fee through extended studies

Before you send your final completed application to the application service, make two (2) copies - one for you and one for your PPHA file. Continue to update your file with copies of all correspondence from the application service such as the Transmittal Notification (medical) or Biographical Profile (dental).

PreVet applicants: Your committee letter and evaluation letters are submitted with your VMCAS application as instructed in their application booklet.

Other applicants: Once you receive, complete, and mail your secondary applications, submit a Request to Send Evaluation Packet Form (available in the office) and provide typed mailing labels to the Preprofessional Health Advising Office to release your committee packet to those schools.


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