Healthcare Professions Mentoring (HPM) Program FAQs

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What is the Health Professions Mentoring Program?

The University of Miami’s Health Professions Mentoring (HPM) Program is a program designed to prepare and strongly position students for admission to medical school through an enriched curriculum and academic and professional mentoring throughout their four years of college.

How does it differ from the previously established Dual-Degree Program in Medicine?

The previous program was a Dual-Degree Program meaning upon completion, you would have obtained two degrees: your undergraduate degree and your graduate degree. Admission into the Miller School of Medicine was guaranteed if admitted into the previous program. However, the Health Professions Mentoring Program is not a Dual- Degree Program. It is an honors program for pre-health professional majors, and it is designed to mentor and strongly position students for admission into medical school. A group of students in the HPM cohort will be selected during their undergraduate junior year for guaranteed entry to the Miller School of Medicine. 

What will the committee review?

The University employs a holistic review process to assess applicants’ readiness for the HPM Program. Factors influencing admission to the HPM Program include:

  • the applicant’s personal/life experience within diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and neighborhoods;
  • time and service to disadvantaged populations;
  • excellence in community service and leadership ability; and,
  • specific interest in health disparities.

Achievements in science and math courses, strong letters of recommendation, a compelling essay, extracurricular activities, and awards/achievements are also reviewed.

What are the benefits of being in the HPM Program?

The HPM Program will prepare students to be competitive applicants to any medical school of their choice upon completion of their bachelor’s degree. In addition, students will have an opportunity to partake in a specifically designed enriched curriculum.

What is the enriched curriculum for HPM?

  • Multigenerational mentoring by faculty, medical school students, and advanced undergraduates
  • Professional development activities
  • Monthly meetings with special guest speakers in the medical profession
  • Innovative curricula:
    • HHMI Integrative Biology/Chemistry Research Lab Course- HPM students in their first year will be enrolled in these labs and will do authentic research.
    • Clinical Medicine Course- taught by medical school faculty, HPM students will be introduced to the art of diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and understanding of disease etiology.
    • MCAT course at no additional cost. This MCAT course will be part of the curriculum.

What is the difference between the traditional pre-med track at UM and the HPM Program?

The HPM Program enriches the traditional pre-med track with its focus on intense mentoring and unique courses, which will be made available to students in the HPM Program ONLY.

What are the requirements to stay in the HPM Program?

Students must maintain a 3.5 GPA and participate in all program co-curricular activities.

Can a student choose a nonscience major?

Yes. A student can choose any major as long as they complete the prerequisites for medical school admissions. The Medical School Admissions Requirements (MSAR) should be used as a guide for all medical school prerequisites and application process.

Can HPM students be in more than one program (e.g., PRISM, Ronald A. Hammond Scholar, Foote Fellows)?

Yes, students can be in more than one of UM's Programs of Distinction.

Is the HPM Program nonbinding?

The HPM Program is a nonbinding program. It is a program offered to undergraduate students at the University of Miami seeking to change the future of healthcare. If given a guaranteed seat your junior year at UM, this would be binding you to the Miller School of Medicine upon your acceptance of the offer.

How many students will be selected for the HPM Program?

Since it is a newly revised program, the number of students that will be selected to participate is still to be determined.

Are there interviews?

Interviews do not form part of the admission process. Admission decisions for the HPM Program are made solely on the supplemental application and supplemental requirements. 

What is the average SAT/ACT score of accepted students?

The average SAT score of an admitted student is a 1340-1420 and the average ACT score is a 29-33.

Is it a seven-year program or does one finish all four years at the University before going to medical school there?

A student must complete all requirements of their undergraduate career before matriculating into medical school when guaranteed a seat. This is traditionally completed in four years.

Application Process

What are the requirements?

The HPM Program requirements include:

  • Completion of the Common Application and supporting undergraduate application documents.
  • Completion of the supplemental application for HPM.
  • Strong letters of recommendation.
  • A compelling essay, separate from the Common Application and submitted together with the supplemental HPM application.
  • Strong achievement in science and math courses.
  • List of extracurricular activities, awards, and/or personal achievements.

Please make note that the program is currently limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline should match the application deadline for your Common Application. If you are applying:

  • Early Decision I or Early Action, your HPM supplemental application is due by November 1.
  • Early Decision II or Regular Decision, your application is due by January 1.

Please note that you must complete both the Common Application and the HPM Program supplemental application in order for your HPM application to be evaluated.

What if I missed the HPM Program application deadline?

If you apply early via the Common Application (ED I or EA) and decide to apply to the HPM Program AFTER the deadline, you may do so; however, please note that both your admission and HPM application will be reviewed together under the Regular Decision application pool.

What school/college or major do I select on the Common Application when my intended program is the HPM Program?

You can select any school/college of your choice with a health professions-related major or track.

Will my Common Application materials be considered along with my HPM supplemental application?

Yes. All application materials required for the Common Application are used in consideration for the HPM Program.

How do I know if my HPM application was successfully received?

When you submit your application, you will receive an automated acknowledgment email stating that your submission was successful. If you do not receive this automated acknowledgment email, it is recommended that you reach out to one of the HPM coordinators. Unlike your Common Application, you will not be able to track your HPM application via CaneLink.

Will the letters of recommendation sent via the Common Application suffice for the HPM Program or do I need to submit different ones?

The letters of recommendation that are submitted together with the Common Application will be applied to the supplemental application for HPM. However, we highly recommend that you submit one additional letter of recommendation for HPM, either from a physician or a research mentor in the medical field. If you have never shadowed a physician, this will not be necessary.

How do I submit the letters of recommendation?

You can submit the letters of recommendation multiple ways. The letters can be uploaded via Naviance, emailed to mydocuments@miami.edu, or mailed to:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
P.O. Box 249117
Coral Gables, FL 33124-9117 

If sending via FedEx, DHL, UPS, or courier:

University of Miami
Office of Undergraduate Admission
1320 S. Dixie Highway
Gables One Tower, Suite 945
Coral Gables, FL 33146

If you email us, please put "HPM Program" in the subject line and make sure you include your first name, last name, and date of birth in the body of the email.

How can my recommender submit my letter if he/she does not send it to me to upload?

They should email it directly to mydocuments@miami.edu, or mail it in. If they email us, please instruct them to put "HPM Program" in the subject line and to include a letterhead in addition to your first name, last name, and date of birth and your University of Miami identification number (C#, which consists of eight digits) in the body of the email.

Does it matter who writes the letters of recommendation (i.e., do they need to be science or math teachers specifically)?

One letter MUST be from your high school counselor, one from a professor of your choice, and, if applicable, one from a physician you have shadowed and/or worked with. A research mentor in the medical field will meet the physician letter of recommendation requirement as well.

When will I be notified if I have been admitted to this program?

Students admitted into the HPM Program will be notified in March via email.

Is there a way to change information after submission?

There is no way to change information once an application has been submitted. However, an applicant can send additional information or updated information via mydocuments@miami.edu, via our P.O. Box, or by simply emailing our HPM coordinator:

Admission to Miller

Is admission to Miller School of Medicine guaranteed?

No. However, HPM students in the general application pool should be very competitive for admission. The Miller School of Medicine will select a group of HPM students in their junior year of undergraduate studies at the University of Miami for early acceptance based on their overall undergraduate cumulative GPA, cumulative GPA in science courses, extracurricular activities, clinical experience, recommendations from HPM Program staff, and an interview with the Miller School of Medicine by invitation.

What percentage of the students selected will be admitted into the medical school?

Since it is a newly revised program, the percentage admitted to Miller from the program is still to be determined.

Will I be automatically enrolled in the Miller School of Medicine?

Only a selected group of students during their undergraduate junior year at the University of Miami will be picked to automatically enroll in the Miller School. They must meet the minimum MCAT scored required by Miller at that time.

If I'm invited to the HPM, do I have to attend Miller School of Medicine?

No. Students may apply to any medical school of their choice. However, those students who are accepted for early admission in their junior year to the Miller School of Medicine and agree to attend, cannot apply to other medical schools.

Will the students accepted into the HPM Program but not selected in their junior year for enrollment in Miller have an advantage into getting into the Miller School of Medicine?

Students not automatically selected their junior year will need to apply to Miller and submit all requested supporting documentation. These students will be reviewed in the same applicant pool as all students applying to Miller at that time and must meet the same criteria.

Please note that students in the HPM Program will participate in a specially designed curriculum and receive academic and professional mentoring throughout their four years of college that will prepare and strongly position them for admission to a medical school.

Is there a minimum percentile a student must achieve on the MCAT to be admitted to the Miller School of Medicine?

The minimum MCAT score for admission into the Miller School of Medicine will be determined annually based on the average MCAT score of the previously matriculated medical school class.