The Pre-Health Professions Committee (PHPC) of The Citadel assesses a student’s readiness for a particular graduate program in a health-related profession, and writes a consensus letter of recommendation for the student on behalf of The Citadel.
A letter from the Pre-Health Professions Committee of The Citadel is not usually required for application to an education program in the Health Professions, but it is esteemed by most schools. The committee recommendation is made in the following manner:
Each student seeking a committee letter of recommendation meets with the chair of the Pre-Health Professions Committee to select 5 faculty members who might be able to provide positive evaluations of the student as a candidate for health professional school. The student requests those 5 professors to fill out a confidential evaluation form and return it, together with a signed letter of recommendation on professional letterhead, to the chair of the Pre-Health Professions Committee. Upon completion and return of all 5 letters and forms to the chair, the results of the evaluations are tallied and reported on a confidential summary evaluation form.
The members of the Pre-Health Professions Committee then meet, consider the evaluations and individual letters from the faculty members, discuss the student’s abilities, and personally evaluate the student. The chair of the committee then drafts a letter to make the committee’s recommendation to the medical, dental or other health professional school. The committee letter will indicate a recommendation level: recommended enthusiastically, with confidence, recommended, with reservations, or not recommended. Committee letters include a summary explaining the committee’s recommendation and may also include written comments from the individual evaluators.
The Chair of the Pre-Health Professions Committee, Dr. Zanin, will keep a summary of specific replies from professors on file for five years. During that time, students may get a consensus report from the committee sent to any medical, dental, or other health-related school by requesting it in writing from the Chair.