This past Wednesday I had my Pre-health Advising Committee (PAC) letter of recommendation
interview. The letter is a component of the medical school application process that is important for showing schools who I am outside of my academic experience. My committee adviser is Dr. Southern in the Chemistry department. She has been my main point of contact in the committee as well as the person who I will meet with to receive feedback from the interview.
The process for a PAC letter of recommendation started a couple of months ago when I submitted four letters of recommendation from individuals (two from professors, one from a current doctor, and one from my current work supervisor). I also submitted a personal statement, a few essay responses, my transcripts, and my resume.
Most medical schools are now looking for a committee letter of recommendation
from a pre-health committee at your school, so it's an important process and I'm happy to have the chance to bring many voices into one letter. I've definitely felt supported by my professors and advisers in the process of applying to medical school. The PAC letter is something students generally do as juniors or seniors, depending on when you are looking to apply to medical school. So far, my main piece of advice in the PAC letter process is to start thinking early about your decision to apply to medical school and to think deeply about why you want to become a physician.