Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC)
Traditionally, many medical or dental programs across the country encourage a "committee letter" of evaluation. At OSU, this is known as the Pre-Health Advisory Committee (PAC) Interview and Letter of Evaluation service. While not required for a professional application, a PAC evaluation and letter is highly recommended for many professional school applications in medicine (specifically physician) or dentistry.
Please plan accordingly for your appropriate application cycle for PAC consideration
based-upon the eligibility requirements.
OSU students planning to apply to medical or dental school professional programs may
apply for an interview and letter of evaluation through OSU's PAC process if they
meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:
- Minimum of 50 hours of experience in a health-related setting
- 3.0 minimum overall science GPA (BCPM: Biology, Chemistry, Physics & Math)
- 3.0 minimum: cumulative GPA
- Completed a minimum of 24 semester credit hours at OSU
- Intend to apply for the 2022 summer application cycle/2023 program entry in medicine (specifically physician) or dentistry
PAC workshop Wed., Oct. 13th @ 12:30. Click for Zoom link
Minimal requirements and resources.
I am applying to medical or dental school. Am I required to do the OSU PAC process?
- No. Often it is not "required" for a professional application. However, a committee letter (OSU PAC) is highly recommended by most medical (specifically physician) and dental professional school admissions programs.
- Alternatively, you can also seek appropriate individual letters of recommendation from your mentors that may also meet your individual professional school admissions requirements.
- Review our pre-health preparation resources area of your specific health care field area (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.) labeled “Letters of Recommendation” for full resources to assist you.
I am pursuing another health care field role which is not a physician or dentist.
Should I do the PAC process?
- No. National trends indicate that a committee letter process (PAC at OSU) is primarily focused on by physician and dentistry specific admissions committees.
- If you are pursuing another health care field and need individual letters of recommendation, we can still help.
- Review our pre-health preparation resources area of your specific health care field (pre-optometry, pre-physician assistant, etc.) labeled “Letters of Recommendation” for full resources to assist you.
My overall (cumulative) and/or overall science GPA's are below a 3.0. Can I participate
in PAC at OSU?
- No, not at this time. National data demonstrates that average professional medical and dental school applicant’s GPA’s and matriculants (those accepted) are much higher GPA ranges and trends than our minimum PAC GPA requirements.
- We review your PAC application holistically but have minimum GPA standards in place. Consider reviewing national data resources below for general reference:
The PAC application requires 50 hours of health-related experiences minimally to apply.
What is considered “health-related” experiences?
- Both paid and unpaid work/public service in a health or health-related field where you are not directly responsible for a patient’s care but may still have patient interaction.
- For example: filling prescriptions, performing clerical work, delivering patient food, cleaning patients and/or their rooms, administering food or medication, taking vitals or other record keeping information, working as a scribe, CNA, medical assistant, dental assistant, patient care tech, phlebotomist, pharmacy technician, EMT, etc.
- Shadowing, clinical research and/or any direct observation or participation in patient care in a clinic, hospital or with a physician or dentist is considered acceptable. However, we prefer a demonstration of direct, hands-on patient care experience in your candidacy.
- Virtual shadowing is also considered acceptable.
- I am a Pre-Eligible OSU-COM 3+1 Program candidate and preparing for the OSU PAC process.
Does my GPA need to be a 3.0?
- No, your pre-eligibility for the PAC process as an OSU-COM 3+1 Program candidate have higher standards for consideration.
- Review our OSU-COM 3+1 Program for full resources to assist you to ensure you are pre-eligible before you fully prepare for the PAC process and application.
Tips and reminders.
Is attending the free OSU PAC Workshop in October mandatory to apply for PAC?
- No. However, the PAC Workshop event is highly encouraged to successfully prepare for your final PAC submission at the end of the fall semester.
- For students that attend the live PAC workshop event, we offer additional mentorship and pre-mock practice interviews before your spring PAC committee official interview.
- Can my 50 minimum hours of health-related experience be in-progress after the official
PAC application deadline?
- No. Health-related experience hours cannot be in-progress after the official OSU PAC deadline to reach the minimum 50 hour requirement. No exceptions.
- Your health-related experience hours must be completed and fully documented on your OSU PAC application by the required deadline.
- We encourage all PAC candidates to continually document all additional new hours of healthcare (and non-healthcare) experiences after your PAC application is completed.
- Continual self-documentation is important to complete your official medical or dental school professional application in May/June.
- I noticed that a personal statement is required for the PAC application. What resources
are available to aid me in the process?
- OSU's Pre-Professional Health & Law Support Services office offers free personal statement professional school support resources for any OSU student to access on our preprofessional website, 24/7.
- Review our pre-health preparation resources area of your specific health care field area (pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, etc.) labeled “Personal Statements" for full resources to assist you.
Do I need a passport to turn in my PAC application required "passport size" photo?
- No. You are not required to have a “passport photo.”
- Specific size instructions to take your own self-photo are included in the official PAC application to assist you.
- Additional option(s): OSU Career Services typically offers periodic, free event(s) for a "Professional Headshots with Career Services" each semester. Search the OSU Career Services Career Fairs & Events calendar for periodic opportunities to get an updated free photo as an OSU student.
Do I need to have official or unofficial transcripts from each college/university
that I’ve attended for my PAC application?
- Yes. Unofficial or official transcripts from each individual college/university you’ve ever attended are required.
- We recognize that official transcripts often cost money, so unofficial transcripts that indicate your legal name, course information, hours and grades are acceptable.
- If you've attended other institutions other than OSU-Stillwater/Tulsa, you are required to attach all college/university transcripts in addition to your OSU-Stillwater/Tulsa transcript.