What is the Credential Service?
The prehealth credential service is an online system for MIT students and alumni applying to medical schools.
The Credential Service:
- Lets you request, collect, and store letters of recommendation
- Lets you share your application materials with the Committee on Prehealth Advising (COPA), the MIT faculty members who will write a committee letter to accompany your application if you request it
- Sends letters, including the COPA letter (if applicable), electronically to AMCAS
Opening an Account
If you are applying for a 2023 entry to medical school, you can open an account anytime from February 8 – February 11, 2022 at 5pm. Make sure you are on the prehealth email list to get reminders. Not on the prehealth email list? Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: “Please add me to the [year] prehealth email list.” (Use the year you plan to enter medical school, not the year you graduate from MIT.)
Credential Service Policies
- There is a $100 non-refundable annual fee to use the prehealth credential service.
- Recommendation letters may only be used for applying to medical schools.
- If you want to reuse a letter that is one year or older, you need to get new consent from the author. We recommend that you ask for updates to old letters.
- If you waive your right to view a letter of recommendation, the letter is considered confidential and you cannot see it.
Questions? Call us at 617-715-5328, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.