News - FAQ



Question of the Week: Does ENV Count as BCPM? Friday, Dec 6, 2019

Question: Hi HPA – I’m trying to calculate my science GPA and I don’t know whether ENV 303, Agriculture, Human Diets, and the Environment, should count as Biology (and be a part of my BCPM GPA) or as Environmental Science and Policy (and not be part of my BCPM GPA). What do you think?

Question of the Week: Summer at Home Friday, Nov 22, 2019

Question: Hi HPA – I need to be home for the summer but I still want to do something relevant to my interest in medicine. Do you have suggestions?
Answer: We’d be happy to brainstorm with you based on your location! Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Question of the Week: PHY 109/110 for Premeds Friday, Nov 15, 2019

Question: Dear HPA: I’m BSE and I’m thinking about taking PHY 109 and PHY 110 and PDF’ing PHY 103. Will this be okay for premed?

Question of the Week: MOL 101 as a Premed? Friday, Nov 8, 2019

Question: I need to raise my science GPA and I was thinking of taking MOL 101 and Math Alive next semester. Do you think med schools would have a problem with this?

Question of the Week: How Late is Too Late to Become Premed? Friday, Nov 1, 2019

Question: I'm a junior MOL major and I've just started thinking about medicine as a possible career option. Is it too late to prepare myself for medical school? Should I just stick with my original plans?

Question of the Week: How Much Does State Residency Affect Chances of Medical School Acceptance? Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Question: I've heard that it’s harder to get into medical school if you’re from California. Is this true?

Question of the Week: When Should I Look for Glide Year Research Jobs? Friday, Oct 18, 2019

Question: Hi HPA – I think I want to do clinical or translational research in an academic medical center for my glide year. When should I look for these jobs? Does the timeline differ for other jobs?

Question of the Week: MCAT Registration Friday, Oct 11, 2019

Question: I’m planning to apply this summer and I know MCAT registration opens next week. When do you recommend registering? What test date should I choose?

Question of the Week: Creating a College Resume Friday, Oct 4, 2019

Question: I’m a first year student looking at summer internships that require a resume and cover letter. I only have a high school resume – what should I change to make it appropriate for these internships?

Question of the Week: What Counts as Clinical Experience? Friday, Sep 27, 2019

Question: HPA says we have to get “clinical experience” or “clinical exposure” before medical school but I don’t really know what this means. What experience counts?

Answer: It helps to think about what professional schools want to know about you based on your clinical experience. As they read your...