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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.

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?