Question of the Week: Last Minute Advice by Class Year

Friday, May 26, 2017
by jsamarel

Question: Hi HPA—anything else I should know in terms of my pre-health prep before I leave campus for the summer?

Answer: We will miss you all over the summer! While our appointment times are limited while we write committee letters, be in touch if you need us!

Seniors: please be sure that we have your permanent contact information, especially if you plan to apply to health professions schools in the near future.  We will send you announcements as upcoming application cycle events unfold. You can share your contact info via this form:

Juniors: Do some soul searching. Think about your development as a future professional, particularly in light of the core competencies that are sought in future physicians (e.g., communication skills, teamwork, service orientation). Consider ways to develop in these areas moving forward. Consider taking the MCAT if you might apply to med school in the next 2-3 years.

Sophomores: Reflect on your year. What went well, socially, academically, personally? What could have been better?
Consider potential steps for improvement in the coming year.  Find alumni health professionals near you by searching by location in the Tigernet Directory and do some shadowing.

First-Years: Read some medical books to understand patient or physician perspectives. Pick up The Health Care Handbook for an overview of US health policy. Read past HPA Questions of the Week for insight on what your peers have wondered about in regards to pre-health preparation.