Letters of Evaluation
Dental applicants are required to submit:
- One Health Professions Committee Packet OR Three individual letters of evaluation
- One evaluation letter must come from a dentist
- Optional: One extra letter (not included in HP Committee Packet) may be submitted in addition to the required letters
All letters of evaluation must include the following criteria in order to be accepted by TMDSAS. Any letters that do not meet these standards will be rejected.
- Be written on official letterhead (personal or professional letterhead is accepted)
- Include the evaluator's contact information (specifically a phone number and/or email address)
- Include the evaluator's signature
- Include the applicant's name
- Letter must be dated. Admissions committees will take the date of the letter into consideration during review, with a strong preference for letters written after May 1, 2020.
- Written in English
TMDSAS will forward one letter in addition to the three required letters. You will indicate in the application if you are submitting an extra letter and the name of the evaluator writing the extra letter.
Detailed information on letters of evaluation and submitting them to TMDSAS can be found in the Application Handbook.
Do my letters have to be submitted before I can submit my application?
No, you can submit your application before TMDSAS has received your letters of evaluation. Your letters will be added to your application as they are received.
How do I change an evaluator listed on my application?
You must update TMDSAS of an evaluator change immediately. Once you have secured a different evaluator, please notify TMDSAS of the new evaluator by sending a message though the internal message system in the application. Include the name of the evaluator that needs to be removed and provide the following information for the evaluator that should be added:
- Salutation (i.e. Dr, Prof, Mr, Mrs, etc.)
- First and last name of Evaluator
- Suffix (i.e. MD, PhD, etc.)
- Relationship to you (Academic Advisor, HP Advisor, Professor, Business Associate, Work/Volunteer Supervisor, Other)
- Letter delivery method (upload directly to TMDSAS, Interfolio or regular mail)
- Email address of evaluator if he/she will upload directly to TMDSAS
- Whether or not you release your right of access to the letter
Can I substitute my evaluator if TMDSAS has received a letter of evaluation?
If TMDSAS has received and approved a letter of evaluation, you will not be able to substitute that evaluator for another.
When do my letters have to be submitted?
The deadline to submit letters of evaluation is November 15th.
Is my application considered complete if only my extra letter has not been submitted?
If you indicate that you are submitting an extra letter, many schools will not consider your file complete until both the required letters and extra letter are received.
My evaluator hasn't received the email request to submit their letter of evaluation using the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal.
Email filters may interpret an email from TMDSAS as spam. To prevent your evaluator from missing important TMDSAS emails, you should instruct them to check their spam/junk email file for TMDSAS emails.
My advisor can't find me in the TMDSAS Advisor Portal to submit my HPAC.
You must have answered “Yes” to the following question in the [Colleges Attended Questions] section: “Would you like to release your information to the health professions advisor at any school(s)?” and indicate the school which will be uploading your committee packet.
If you answered "No" to this question please send an internal message through the application to have this changed.
My evaluator can't find me in the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal to upload their letter of evaluation.
The email address you listed in your application for your evaluator must match the email address your evaluator uses to login to the Evaluator Portal.
Contact your evaluator to verify the email address then send an internal message through the application if the email address needs to be updated.
My evaluator can't login to the TMDSAS portal.
If your evaluator is new to using the TMDSAS Evaluator Portal they must use the link included in the email request that was sent to them. Make sure that they are using the link from the latest email request sent. They will be directed to a page in order to create an account.
For any other login issues please have your evaluator contact TMDSAS so we can provide direct assistance.
How do I send my letters to TMDSAS using Interfolio?
Check out Interfolio's help page on sending letters to TMDSAS.
Make sure that you include your TMDSAS ID with the delivery. Follow these instructions to add your TMDSAS ID to the Interfolio delivery.
Does my TMDSAS ID need to be included on my letters?
Though it is not required that your TMDSAS ID be included on your letters it is highly recommended.
If your evaluator is mailing in their letter to TMDSAS please make sure your TMDSAS ID is on your letter(s) so that they are matched to your application properly.
When can I start sending letters to TMDSAS?
Letters should not be sent to TMDSAS until after the application opens. Do not have any letters of evaluation delivered to TMDSAS until you have completed the [Letters of Evaluation] section of your application. The completion of this page creates the placeholders to upload your letters to your application file.
Who should write my letters?
Evaluators should know an applicant well enough to evaluate him/her both academically and personally. It is recommended that your evaluators be current/former professors that can speak to your academic ability in the sciences.
I'm a reapplicant, can I reuse the letters that I submitted last cycle?
All supporting documents (letters, test scores, transcripts) must be re-submitted for each application cycle that you apply for. We do not recommend using the same letters that were submitted previously, as letters should contain up-to-date information.