University Pre-Health Advisory Committee (UPHAC)
Overview & Application:
The University Pre-Health Advisory Committee (UPHAC) is how EKU formally presents a student as a candidate to a medical, dental, or optometry school. Interested students must submit an application to for a 2019 interview with the Committee by January 7, 2019. Applications should be submitted to Christina Ruhfel at firstname.lastname@example.org or room NSB 1234. If invited, the student will meet for a 30-minute interview with several members of the UPHAC during the spring semester (February through May). The Committee will then provide a confidential letter of evaluation in support of the student's application to a professional program.
Students Must Satisfy the Following Conditions to Qualify for an Interview:
- Have junior status or above
- Have at least 16 hours of upper level Chemistry and Biology courses
- Have 50 or more hours of shadowing and/or clinical experience
- Dental and optometry school applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.20 or above and a BCPM (Biology-Chemistry-Physics-Math) GPA of 3.20 and above
- Medical school applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.40 or above and a BCPM (Biology-Chemistry-Physics-Math) GPA of 3.20 and above
Required Materials & Preparation:
Students who are invited to interview with the UPHAC must provide 1) a personal statement; 2) resume that outlines all professional, extracurricular, shadowing, and volunteer experience; 3) a copy of all unofficial transcripts; 4) two individual letters of recommendation (optional) and 5) a photo for identification purposes. Letters of recommendation from course instructors and/or research supervisors preferred. These materials must be sent to Christina Ruhfel, College of Science Pre-Professional Health Advisor, at email@example.com, at least TWO WEEKS PRIOR to the scheduled interview.
Process & Letter Submission:
After each interview, the participating committee members will discuss the student's interview and provide an evaluation of the candidate. Based on the committee's evaluation, the Chair of the UPHAC, with input from other members, then writes a confidential evaluation letter ("Committee Letter") that will eventually be routed directly into the student's respective online professional school application. When students are completing their applications to professional schools they must list the Chair, Garett Yoder, as the contact for their Commitee Letters. Students should review the specific instructions for their respective application system to learn more: AACOMAS, AMCAS, AADSAS, and OptomCAS.
Students are encouraged to follow up with committee members who were present for their interview for feedback on their interview, personal statement, and overall qualifications. (Note that the pre-professional health advisor is available to provide specific feedback on personal statements prior to the student's two week deadline and/or after the student's interview).
Current UPHAC Members:
Current members of the UPHAC are listed below. Note that a student CANNOT use both a letter of evaluation from the committee and a letter from an individual committee member in their application.
Garett Yoder, UPHAC Chair, Physics, College of Science
Michelyn Bhandari, Public Health, College of Health Sciences
Martin Brock, Chemistry, College of Science
Suzanne Byrd, Biology, College of Science
Lindsay Calderon, Biology, College of Science
Dan Florell, Psychology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Studies
Ben Freed, Anthropology, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Studies
Sandy Hunter, Emergency Medical Care, College of Justice and Safety
Kevin Rahimzadeh, English, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Studies
Tanea Reed, Chemistry, College of Science
Bill Staddon, Biology, College of Science