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Question of the Week: AP + Biology Requirement Friday, Sep 20, 2019

Question: Hi HPA – I have AP Biology and I’ve taken MOL 214 and no other Biology courses yet. Are there certain courses that you recommend? Do I need to take more than one extra Biology course?

Question of the Week: AP Chem 4 - What Next? Friday, Sep 13, 2019

Question: I took AP Chemistry as a high school sophomore and received a 4 on the exam. I'm not really sure that I'm prepared to take CHM 202 or CHM 215 in the spring, but I also have a lot of interests and would rather not take a course where I already know a lot of the information. What do you recommend?

Question of the Week: Planning My First Fall Schedule Friday, Sep 6, 2019

Hi HPA – What recommendations do you have for courses for an incoming premed student?

Question of the Week: Full-Time MCAT Study Friday, May 17, 2019

Q: I was planning to study full-time all summer but a friend of mine told me it would look bad to have no other activities. What do you think?

Question of the Week: Applying MD/PhD Friday, May 10, 2019

Q: Hi HPA - I’m a sophomore considering MD vs MD/PhD. Is it more competitive to get into an MD/PhD program? What should I keep in mind in the coming years?

Question of the Week: GPA Cutoff for Committee Letter? Friday, May 3, 2019

Q: I heard that there were certain guidelines that we have to follow to get a committee letter from HPA. Does that include having a specific GPA or MCAT score? I'm afraid my GPA won't be high enough to get a committee letter.

Question of the Week: MCAT as a Sophomore Friday, Apr 26, 2019

Q: I’m a sophomore. I attended a very strong high school and took a lot of AP science. I took MOL 214, orgo and biochem already, and I’m fairly confident that I want to be a doctor after many years of high school volunteering and shadowing.

Question of the Week: Substitutions for EEB 211 Friday, Apr 19, 2019

Dear HPA, Do I really need to take EEB 211?  I don’t have any AP credit in Biology but I have a very strong background in it, and I’ve done MOL 214.  I know other students who have skipped 211.  I also have plans to take more Biology in college. Is it really necessary to do 211 or can I take another course as a substitution?

Question of the Week: Science GPA for Non-MD Professions Friday, Apr 12, 2019

Hi HPA – I’ve been thinking about applying to professions other than medicine recently. Is science GPA still something I need to worry about? Is it computed the same way for dental or vet school as it is for med school?

Question of the Week: What to do During Your Year Off? Friday, Apr 5, 2019

I'm just curious, what are some of things that people do with their year between college and med school?  I'm thinking about applying after senior year but I'm wondering what my options are with the year off.  Thanks.