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Pre-Professional File

Arts and Sciences Advising Services offers a system for submitting faculty letters of evaluation for students applying to medical schools or post-baccalaureate programs that have as their purpose medical school preparation. This service provides a means for a faculty member to supply one letter of evaluation which can be forwarded to AMCAS, AACOMAS, international medical schools, or schools of podiatry. In addition, Arts and Sciences Advising Services can ensure that the letters that are forwarded are confidential.  Letters from the packet will be retained in Arts and Sciences Advising Services for five years which means one or more of the letters can also be utilized in a subsequent application cycle if necessary.

Early in your junior year, schedule a pre-professional file group meeting to learn about setting up a pre-professional file. Group meetings are scheduled weekly in Arts and Sciences Advising Services, Room 313, Ayres Hall. In the meeting, you can gain information on pre-professional evaluations and other aspects of the medical school application process. When you are ready to set up your pre-professional file, call 865-974-4481 to arrange a meeting.

The most important documents in your file will be the letters of evaluation that you will request from faculty members who have known you as a UT student. Two of the letters should come from faculty members teaching in science-based disciplines. Be sure that you have become well acquainted with your professors prior to requesting the evaluations.

Once you have started your file, keep in touch periodically with the Health Professions secretary to check on your file and to provide address and phone number updates. Once your file is complete, the staff in Arts and Sciences Advising Services require at least three business days to release your file to a third party.

If you are pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, optometry, or physical therapy, consult the specific schools to which you are applying to determine if UT’s standardized process is appropriate for you.

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