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Review Board

Medical and dental schools require students to obtain letters of recommendation for admission, with most schools requesting a composite letter from the student’s undergraduate institution. The Pre-Health Professional Review Board (a committee of faculty and staff members appointed by the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics) assists eligible students with this process by writing a letter of recommendation on behalf of Georgia Southern University. The board is currently chaired by Mr. James Braselton, faculty member within the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Georgia Southern.

There are several steps involved in the Review Board process, which begins during a traditional student’s sophomore year. It is crucial for Pre-Health students to be aware of these requirements and the deadlines associated with them. Exceptions to the deadlines are rarely – if ever – granted.

Each spring, students who are registered for the Pre-Health listserv (refer to your Pre-Health Program success checklist for instructions on how to sign up) will receive information about scheduling a “junior pre-interview meeting” with Mr. Braselton. Eligible students should schedule their pre-interview during the end of their sophomore year (spring semester). The pre-interview meeting occurs in the fall semester of the student’s junior year – if the student qualifies for an interview (see below) and follows the process instructions. During the pre-interview meeting, Mr. Braselton assesses a student’s strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps for health professional school application preparation.

After the pre-interview meeting, qualified students will then receive additional information in the fall semester of their junior year on how to sign up for a final Board interview, which occurs during the following spring semester. During the Board interview, Mr. Braselton and a member from the Pre-Health Professional Review Board will conduct a formal evaluation of a student’s candidacy for this composite letter of recommendation on behalf of Georgia Southern.

This timeline of events for receiving the Review Board interview and letter may seem early to interested students. It is important to know that students typically apply to professional school one calendar year prior to their intended start date. The Review Board interview process begins one year prior to application.

If you have any questions or inquiries about the Pre-Health Professional Review Board, we invite you to contact Mr. Braselton directly.

Interview Requirements

Pre-Dental students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA.

Pre-Medical students must have at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA.


 Letter of Recommendation

Students will be required to have letters of recommendation/evaluation provided to the Board. Letters are preferred to be written on letter head.

Students should contact evaluators and request letters of evaluation be sent directly to the student. We request that evaluators submit the letter to the student in a sealed envelope with a signed seal. Students should share a copy of the waiver form, and ask for the evaluators to include it with the letter. Letters should be submitted to the Chair of the Board as they are received.

Students are responsible for collecting their own letters of evaluation. Although the letters of evaluation must be collected by students and delivered to the Board, the letters of evaluation can be addressed to:

Professor Jim Braselton
Chair, Pre-Health Professional Review Board
Department of Mathematical Sciences
P.O. Box 8093
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8093

A general rule of thumb would be to provide at least three letters: one from a science teacher who can attest to academic ability, a professional (physician, dentist, etc) who can discuss suitability for the profession, and someone who knows the student well and can address integrity/ethics. However, depending upon circumstances, the student may want more or less letters to serve as attachments to the Board letter.

Download Waiver Form


The Interview Process

Once a student has completed the above requirements, the student is eligible for a Board interview. The Board interview will begin the Board letter of recommendation process.

Students will receive instructions for this process through the preprof-l listserv; follow the directions carefully. When prompted, juniors (third year of pre-health chronology) should send their spring semester schedule before the end of the fall semester. Note: The end of fall semester is the last day of final exams. If a student follows these instructions and do not hear from Mr. Braselton within a few days of sending their spring schedule, the student should contact Mr. Braselton and resend their spring schedule. Board interviews are conducted during the spring of a student’s junior year (third year of pre-health chronology). The instructions for the formation of the schedule will be announced during fall semester via the preprof-l listserv. Occasionally, the Board will defer a student’s Board interview to the fall semester; however, these exceptions are very rare.

For other official correspondences, please allow at least 10 working days during the regular academic year.

If a student did not have a Board interview during the spring semester but find that they need it during fall semester, the student will need to provide information for the Board to write a composite letter of evaluation – sometimes called a “packet letter.”


Composite Letter of Evaluation without Board Interview

Some students or graduates of Georgia Southern University may prefer a Composite Letter of Evaluation without a Board Interview.  Typically, this is for students who have decided they do not want a Board interview for some reason or for graduates of the University who may find a Board interview inconvenient. For a composite letter of evaluation, please follow the procedures outlined below.

For students or graduates of Georgia Southern who have not been formally interviewed by the Medical Review Board, Georgia Southern will provide a “Composite Letter of Evaluation” if GPA and MCAT scores qualify for a Board recommendation. For the Board to provide a “Composite Letter of Evaluation,” students need to provide the Board with at least three letters of recommendation. We suggest that students exceed that number. A comprehensive composite letter of evaluation might include letters from two or three science teachers, two or three physicians that the student has shadowed, and two or three other individuals who might know the student in supervisory capacities as an employee (volunteer or paid). Students should arrange to have their letters of evaluation sent directly to Professor Braselton at the following address:

Professor Jim Braselton
Chair, Pre-Health Professional Review Board
P.O. Box 8093
Mathematical Sciences
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8093

Once a student provides this information to the Board – and provided that the student meets the requirements for a Board letter with GPA and MCAT scores – the composite letter of evaluation will be valid for at least one year. As a courtesy to our students, Georgia Southern will send the Board letter to AAMCAS, AOCOMAS, AMSAS, and a few private or international schools the year the student interviews, for a total of three or fewer letters. In subsequent years or for additional letters, students are responsible for the costs for sending Board letters. Make checks ($10 for each letter) payable to: Department of Mathematical Sciences. Once the check has been received, the up-to-date letter will be processed within 5-10 business days.

Please mail checks to:

Professor Jim Braselton
Chair, Pre-Health Professional Review Board
P.O. Box 8093
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8093

 

Last updated: 7/24/2017

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