MDAP

Medical and Dental Application Program (MDAP) provides comprehensive support for students in the process of applying to health professions schools. Our program is open to current students and recent graduates, 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 for the Committee Letter from the Health Professions Committee, a group of faculty and senior staff with a range of interdisciplinary expertise.

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.

For candidates intending to participate in the Committee Interview process, the submission deadline for letters of recommendation is April 30, 2021. As the application process is on a rolling admissions basis, meeting this deadline ensures a timely interview and submission of the Committee Letter. All letters of recommendation must be accompanied by the Letter of Evaluation Waiver Form. Letters of recommendation should be sent by the writer to medopp@missouri.edu.

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 2019
  • Have attended or made up the MDAP required workshops
  • Have a minimum 3.0 math/science GPA and a minimum overall 3.0 GPA
  • Have taken the MCAT by June 19th 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, 2021.

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 accompanied by the Letter of Evaluation Waiver Form, and should be sent by the writer to medopp@missouri.edu. The deadline for submission is July 31, 2021.

How do I get involved?

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 weekly MedOpp Newsletter broadcasts all of the programming for MDAP – if you are not already on the listserv, contact medopp@missouri.edu 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.