Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC)

The Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) is a group of volunteer SUNY Oneonta faculty and retired local healthcare providers who assist the HPAC Chair in conducting interviews of students planning to apply to Medical, Dental, and Optometry School. The HPAC evaluates the strengths and attributes of medical, dental, and optometry school candidates and provides a summary which is included in a "HPAC Committee Letter" or "Committee Letter" of evaluation, which accompanies students' individual letters of evaluation for their applications.

Committee Letters are optional for students planning to apply to Medical, Dental, and Optometry School and are not required for others.

Students desiring a Committee Letter for their medical, dental, or optometry school applications should plan to apply for an HPAC Interview by December for an HPAC interview in the spring semester.

The year a student applies for an HPAC interview depends on their timing of application to medical, dental, or optometry school.


HPAC Interview & Committee Letter eligibility, applications, & approval process

Students apply and are approved for Committee Interviews & Letters in two phases:

  • Only students approved at Phase 1 will eligible to submit documents for Phase 2.
  • Spring 2023 HPAC interviews will be held February 27 thru March 10, 2023.

Phase 1: The following information must be submitted via the HPAC 2023 Electronic Form NO LATER than 5 p.m. on December 9, 2022:

  1. Names of 3-5 individuals completing HPAC evaluation form
    • evaluators must include, at the minimum:
      • one healthcare provider from the applicant's intended field
      • one science faculty
      • one employer or other professional reference
  2. Class standing (Student must be of junior or senior standing)
  3. Expected graduation Month & Year
  4. GPA (Student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0)
  5. Privacy Act Form (2-copies; note: no changes to Privacy Act Form can be made once electronic form is submitted & electronic and hand-signed forms must be consistent for Acknowledgement of Privacy Act)​​​​​​
  • Electronic Acknowledgement of Privacy Act (digital via HPAC 2023 Electronic Form
  • Hand-Signed Acknowledgement of Privacy Act (original, hand-signed, hard-copy to HPAC Chair)

NOTE: Only students approved after Phase 1 will eligible to submit documents for Phase 2.

Phase 2: The following documents must be received by the HPAC Chair NO LATER than 5:00 pm on February 3, 2023:

HPAC evaluation form from 3-5 references (emailed directly from evaluator to HPAC Chair)

  • NOTE: Optometry Candidate HPAC evaluation forms must include a FULL recommendation letter (signed, on official letterhead), directly from evaluator.

HPAC Candidate Documents (emailed to HPAC Chair)

  1. Personal Statement (best draft)
  2. CV (resume)
  3. Unofficial Transcript (all college courses, can be student copy)
  4. MCAT, DAT, or OAT scores (or results of practice tests), if available.

Phase 2 approved students will receive HPAC interview invites beginning February 6, 2023.


HPAC members are volunteers who assist in evaluation and advocacy in support of our students who are seeking admission to Medical, Dental, or Optometry School. Members serve under the guidance of the HPAC Chair (The Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator).

HPAC Members:
  • Tami LaPilusa, M.S. (HPAC Chair, SUNY Oneonta Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator)
  • Lisa Curch, Ph.D. (Professor, SUNY Oneonta Social Science Faculty)
  • Allan Green, Ph.D. (Professor, SUNY Oneonta Chemistry/Biochemistry Faculty)
  • Michael Levenstein, M.D. (Retired Physician, SUNY Oneonta Alumni)
  • Maurice Odago, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, SUNY Oneonta Chemistry/Biochemistry Faculty)
  • Fred Zalatan, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, SUNY Oneonta Biology Faculty)

HPAC related questions should be directed to Tami LaPilusa, M.S., HPAC Chair & Pre-Health Professions Program Coordinator

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