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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...

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.