MedOpp Application Support Program (ASP)

The MedOpp Application Support Program (ASP) – formerly known as the Medical and Dental Application Program (MDAP) – provides comprehensive support for students in the process of applying to health professions schools. Our application program is open to current students and recent graduates applying health professions schools, and it features a series of detailed informational seminars on writing a personal statement, interviewing, and filling out standardized application systems.

Medical and dental applicants who attend ASP Programming and meet certain requirements may be eligible to participate in the Committee Interview process, which results in a Committee Letter from the MedOpp Health Professions Committee, a group of faculty and staff with a range of interdisciplinary expertise.

Programming begins the Friday before classes begin; consult the MedOpp Canvas Page or the MedOpp Newsletter for more information.

How do I get involved?

Whether you are now just beginning to explore health professions or you have already completed the exploring step and know where you are going, it is important for you to self-enroll in the MedOpp Advising Program so that you become known to us and have access to our resources. Please self-enroll in the MedOpp Advising Canvas site using this URL: https://umsystem.instructure.com/enroll/68AA9J

Orientation for the Application Support Program (ASP) happens the Friday before classes start in the Fall semester. If you miss the orientation, contact the MedOpp Advising Office for your next step.

The MedOpp Newsletter broadcasts all of the programming for ASP – if you are not already on the listserv, contact medopp@missouri.edu to be added!

What is a Committee Letter?

A Committee Letter is an evaluation of your candidacy for medical or dental schools. The evaluation is based on data gathered from several sources, including your Committee Interview with the Health Professions Committee, individual letters of recommendation, transcripts, and supporting materials. Some medical and dental schools prefer a Committee Letter if your university offers it.

As a part of this service, we will collect all of your letters of recommendation and submit them along with the Committee Letter. We keep all of your letters of recommendation on file for up to three years in case you need to use them again for future applications.

Who is eligible to go through the Committee Interview process?

Committee Interviews and Letters are only available for first-time medical and dental applicants who are currently enrolled MU students or recent MU graduates. To be eligible for a Health Professions Committee Interview and Letter, students must:

  • Be a first-time applicant to medical/dental school
  • Be a current MU student or graduated no earlier than December 2020
  • Have attended or made up the Application Support Program (ASP) Events
  • Have a minimum 3.0 math/science GPA and a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Have taken the MCAT by June 18th or the DAT by July 2nd
  • Score a minimum 500 on the MCAT or 18 on the DAT
  • Submit the Committee Interview Application by the Spring 2023 deadline.

What is a Letter Packet?

If you are not available or eligible for a Committee Interview, or if demand for interviews exceeds staff capacity, you may instead use our Letter Packet service, where we send your letters of recommendation with a cover letter to medical or dental school. How do I get involved?

Whether you are now just beginning to explore health professions or you have already completed the exploring step and know where you are going, it is important for you to self-enroll in the MedOpp Advising Office so that you become known to us and have access to our resources. Please self-enroll in the MedOpp Advising Canvas site using this URL: https://umsystem.instructure.com/enroll/68AA9J

Orientation for the Application Support Program (ASP) happens at the beginning of each Fall semester. If you miss the orientation, contact the MedOpp Advising Office for your next step.

The MedOpp Newsletter broadcasts all of the programming for ASP – if you are not already on the listserv, contact medopp@missouri.edu to be added!

I am applying to optometry/podiatry/PA/other health professions school. Can I take part in ASP?

Yes! We do not conduct Committee Interviews or write Committee Letters for those programs, but all allied health professions are welcome to take part in the workshops. If you’re within our advising caseload (optometry, podiatry, PA) come in for an individualized application assessment and personal statement consultation, too!