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 for 2023 entering class, and features a series of detailed informational seminars on writing a personal statement, interviewing, and filling out the applications for medical and dental school. Medical and dental applicants who meet the requirements of the program are 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 senior staff with a range of interdisciplinary expertise. This is an important component of an applicant’s application to medical/dental schools. The MDAP Application must be completed to register for the program.
Note: The information you would use to log in to complete the MDAP Application is what you used when you originally applied for admission to Mizzou, not your UM email address.
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 included in your Committee Interview Application. Many medical and dental schools require a Committee Letter; most strongly recommend 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 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 MDAP 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 with supporting materials and payment by the deadline of April 30, 2022.
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. All letters of recommendation must be submitted by July 31, 2022.
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 Medical and Dental Application Program (MDAP) happens at the beginning of each Fall semester. If you miss the orientation, contact the MedOpp Advising Program for your next step.
The MedOpp Newsletter broadcasts all of the programming for MDAP – if you are not already on the listserv, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be added!
I am applying to optometry/podiatry/PA school. Can I take part in the program?
Yes! We do not conduct Committee Interviews or write Committee Letters for those programs, but you are welcome to take part in the workshops and come in for an individualized application assessment conference and a personal statement conference.