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Question of the Week: "Disadvantaged" Status Friday, Feb 21, 2020

Question: I’ve noticed a lot of summer opportunities that are specifically for “disadvantaged” premeds. I’m first generation and low-income, but I’m also at Princeton and feel that it wouldn’t be appropriate to consider myself disadvantaged. What do medical schools and programs mean when they say “disadvantaged”?

Question of the Week: When Should I Make My Med School List? Friday, Feb 14, 2020

Question: Hi HPA – When do applicants usually decide where to apply to medical school? What should I be doing in the years before I apply to start learning about schools?

Question of the Week: C- in Orgo I, Should I Take Orgo II this Summer? Friday, Feb 7, 2020

Question: I got a C- in the first semester of organic chemistry. I’m thinking about taking Orgo II over the summer near home instead of at Princeton. Is this advisable?

Question of the Week: Why is GPA Important? Friday, Jan 31, 2020

Question: It feels like premeds spend a lot of time stressed out about grades. Why do med schools focus so much on GPA?

Question of the Week: Ghostwriting a Recommendation Letter Friday, Jan 24, 2020

Question: I had a great summer internship and asked my mentor if they’d be willing to write one of my medical school letters of recommendation. He asked me to write it and said they’d sign off on whatever I wrote.

Question of the Week: When to take a Five Course Semester Friday, Jan 17, 2020

Question: Is there a certain semester that HPA recommends I take five courses as an AB student?
Answer: AB students are expected to have completed 17 courses by the start of junior year. Here are some considerations we’d recommend for prehealth students:

Question of the Week: Summer Opportunities to Prepare for a Research Career Friday, Jan 10, 2020

Question: I’m a first-year student hoping to pursue a research career, but I’m not sure if I want to do MD, MD/PhD, or PhD. Are there summer programs you’d recommend that may help me decide between these paths?

Question of the Week: Winter Break Special Edition 2019 Friday, Dec 13, 2019

QOTW for First Years: First Semester GPA
QOTW for Sophomores: Who Should Apply Early Assurance?
QOTW for Juniors: MCAT/GPA
QOTW for Seniors: Postbac on a Budget


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: