Frequently Asked Questions

For the Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, Medical/Dental Preparatory Program, and Summer Research Fellowship Program.

Please review the program website and these frequently asked questions (FAQs) prior to submitting your application. We are happy to answer your questions during the application submission process. Many of the questions that you may have about these Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative (Aetna HPPI) programs and the submission process are addressed in these FAQs.

Programs

For the Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program, do I need to have prior clinical or research experience?

Participants of the Health Disparities Clinical Summer Research Fellowship Program do not need to have previous research experience, but must demonstrate a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program.

How do I find a community sponsor, or know what type of research has been done before?

Once accepted to the program, you will be matched with a community sponsor based on your interests. For a list of community sponsoring organizations for the previous program, please see the program handbook.

For the Medical/Dental Preparatory Track 1 Program, do I need to have prior exposure to the MCAT or DAT?

The program is most beneficial to those who are already familiar with the MCAT or DAT exam. The program is not intended to teach all of the concepts of the various content areas of either exam, but is instead intended to help one further his/her preparation with strategies and test taking skills to be most successful. It is best that applicants have taken the required premedical/predental courses prior to applying to this program.

If I have already taken the MCAT or DAT, can I still apply to the Medical/Dental Preparatory Program?

You may still apply, however, previous scores must be submitted with your completed application.

I am interested in applying for the Medical/Dental Preparatory Track 2 Program, do I need to have previously participated in Track 1 in order to be eligible for Track 2?

Acceptance to the Medical/Dental Preparatory Track 2 Program is not dependent on previous participation in the Medical/Dental Preparatory Track 1 Program.

For the Summer Research Fellowship Program, do I need to have prior research experience?

Participants of the Summer Research Fellowship Program do not need to have previous research experience. However, they must demonstrate preparation for a laboratory research experience through academic excellence in coursework in biology and chemistry (preferably through organic chemistry) and demonstrate a high probability of fulfilling the social and educational goals of this program.

How do I find a faculty sponsor or know what type of research has been done before?

Accepted participants are responsible for finding a faculty sponsor to work with for their summer project. Research opportunities can be accessed via the UConn Health website. Once accepted to the program, participants should contact faculty members who they are interested in working with to determine availability. Recommendations for faculty sponsors will also be offered based on your interest expressed in your application.

Do the Aetna HPPI college summer enrichment programs provide a stipend?

A stipend is provided at the end of the programs to all accepted participants who successfully complete their specific program by fulfilling all program requirements. Failure to do so will result in the forfeit of stipend.

Application

How do I submit my application?

Applications for each Aetna HPPI college enrichment program must be computer generated with all pages of the application and the essay in one document and submitted electronically to hcop@uchc.edu. Only applications sent to hcop@uchc.edu will be considered. Please note that your typed name is sufficient as an electronic signature for the application.

How do I submit my supporting documents?

All supporting documents must be submitted electronically via email to hcop@uchc.edu. *Please note that only official transcripts that cannot be sent electronically as an e-Script to hcop@uchc.edu can be sent as hard copies mailed to:

Department of Health Career Opportunity Programs
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3920
Attention: Jan Figueroa

Should my letters of recommendation be submitted by me or by my recommenders?

Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the recommender to hcop@uchc.edu. All letters of recommendation must contain an official signature by the recommender. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm with their recommenders that all letters are submitted by the deadline.

Do my transcripts need to be official?

Transcripts must be official and sent as official e-Scripts or official hard copies (if e-Script is not available). Unofficial transcripts will not be considered.

Do you need a score report of all my standardized tests?

Yes, score reports for all standardized tests including SAT, ACT, GRE, and MCAT or DAT are needed to complete your application. These reports can be sent as an official copy, scanned copy, or screen shot that includes your name and all official scores.

I took the SAT when I was in high school and do not have my scores or can no longer obtain my scores through College Board. Are these scores still required?

All SAT scores must be submitted. You can check with your college or university for record of your score. If you did not take the SAT because you previously attended a community college or junior college that did not require them, please send official documentation stating so.

What if I did not take the SAT in high school?

If you were not required to take the SAT because you previously attended a community college of junior college, please send documentation stating so. If you took the ACT instead of the SAT or an equivalent exam, please send those scores.

Is a current Federal Tax Form 1040 or Equivalent required with my application? What if I (or my parents/guardians) have not filed federal taxes for the current year?

A current Federal Tax Form 1040 or Equivalent is required to complete your application. Only the 1040 Form with just the page reflecting number of dependents and adjusted gross income (when completed and filed with IRS) is needed. If you (or your parents/guardians if you are listed as their dependent) will not file before the March 1st submission deadline, please submit a Tax Form 1040 or Equivalent for the
previous year with your application until the current form is available. Please note that a current form must be submitted once filed.

Can I apply to more than one program at a time?

You can only apply to one program for a given summer. As noted on the application, you must select only one program that you are interested in applying to. Please note that an applicant can apply for other programs in subsequent years as long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

Do all supporting materials need to be received by the final deadline for my application to be considered complete?

Yes, all supporting documents must be submitted to hcop@uchc.edu and received no later than March 1, 2018. Applications are considered by the Admissions Committee when they are complete. Applicants should understand that it is their responsibility that all materials are submitted, including letters of recommendation, which must be submitted directly by recommenders.

How will I know that my application and supporting materials have been received on time?

Applicants will receive notification about materials that have been received if they have submitted materials prior to the deadline. It is best to allow for sufficient time for all materials to be received by the March 1st deadline.

Other Related Questions

Do you pay for or reimburse for travel to and from my location to the program in Farmington, CT?

The program does not pay for or reimburse for travel to and from your location.