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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.

Question of the Week: Standing Out as a MOL Premed Friday, Mar 29, 2019

I am truly passionate about learning about molecular mechanisms and can’t imagine not becoming a MOL concentrator, but I’m afraid that so many premeds are MOL that it’ll seem “generic.” What can I do to really stand out since there are so many MOL majors?
It’s absolutely fine to love MOL as a premed! Here are some ideas as far...

Question of the Week: Specialties Friday, Mar 22, 2019

Hi HPA – I want to know more about the different specialties I could pursue after medical school. What’s the best way to learn about them?

How Many Schools Should I Apply To? Friday, Mar 15, 2019

Hi HPA – Is there a certain number of medical schools I should apply to so that I maximize my chances of acceptance?

Question of the Week: I Missed the MCAT Panel! Friday, Mar 8, 2019

I wasn’t able to attend the MCAT panel this week – could you tell me what the students talked about?

It would be hard to capture everything here, but below are some important takeaways from the seniors who described their MCAT experiences:

Question of the Week: How Med Schools Define "Clinical Experience" Friday, Mar 1, 2019

I attended the Georgetown School of Medicine info session online the other day and was surprised that they don’t consider hospital volunteering as part of the “clinical experience” that they want to see from applicants. Is this normal?

Question of the Week: When to Ask for Letters of Recommendation Friday, Feb 22, 2019

Hi! I’m a first-year prehealth student. How early should I worry about letters of recommendation for medical school?

Question of the Week: Activities for Predental Students Friday, Feb 15, 2019

I know that HPA emphasizes community service, research, clinical experience, and leadership for premeds. Is it the same for predental students? Is there anything else that I should focus on more or less if I’m hoping to become a dentist?