The committee letter, also known as the “composite letter”, is written by the Office Director, Prof. Gaines, after interviewing qualified applicants. The committee letter packet consists of a qualitative ranking (Most Highly Recommend, Highly Recommend, Recommend, Recommend with Reservations, or Do not Recommend), a two-page letter discussing the applicant’s academic performance, research, shadowing, leadership, and community service experience, and six individual letters of evaluation. 

What To Do Before the Interview
Your first step is to review the committee letter procedures.
Then visit or call the Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring at the beginning of the spring semester of the year you are applying to medical school to set-up a 45-minute committee letter interview with Prof. Gaines. Interviews will be held from February through May, with exact dates changing each application cycle. Make sure to schedule your committee letter interview well in advance by calling (305-284-5176) or stopping by the Pre-Health Office in Ungar 103.

All of the items below must be in your pre-health file 48 business hours before your interview:

  • Committee letter request form
  • At least three individual letters of evaluation (two of these three letters must be from UM science faculty with accompanying pink sheets)
  • Personal statement with a maximum of 5,300 characters, including spaces. (Note: The personal statement you submit to the Pre-Health Office is for our personal use when writing the committee letter.  It does not have to be the final version you submit to professional school.)
  • Sweeping Autobiographical Essay (three pages, double spaced)
  • Curriculum Vitae (include beginning and end dates, descriptions of activities, and total hours)
  • Unofficial Transcript or Degree Progress Report
  • Professional development activities form
  • Documented attendance at one of our 301 Sessions (If we do not have record of your attendance at a 301 session based on our sign-in sheets you are not eligible for a committee letter interview.)
  • What To Do After the Interview
    Review the procedures for committee and cover letter packet submission to medical schools that must be followed in order for the Pre-Health Office to submit your committee letter packet.  All of the items below must be in your pre-health file before we can submit your committee letter packet:

  • MCAT score (Committee letter packets will not be submitted to individual health professional schools or application portals until you have taken the MCAT and your score has been released.)
  • Copy of your submitted AMCAS, AACOMAS, and/or TMDSAS application(s)
  • AMCAS letter request form, if applicable
  • Off-Shore and International Medical Schools Form, if applicable
  • All six individual letters of evaluation
  • Letter of evaluation selection form if you decide, after the committee letter interview, to change which six individual letters you want included in your packet

  • All documentation required prior to and following the interview may be submitted electronically to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) as pdf file attachments.  You are not required to hand deliver paper copies of documents to the office.

    Office of Pre-Health Advising and Mentoring
    1365 Memorial Drive
    Ungar Building, Room 103
    Coral Gables, FL 33146
    Phone: 305-284-5176

    Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Office Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.