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Question of the Week: The Cost of Postbac Programs Friday, Feb 8, 2019

Hi HPA – I didn’t take premed classes at Princeton but now I’m interested in medicine. I’ve started looking at postbac programs where I can take the science classes but they seem really expensive. Are there any cheaper options?

Question of the Week: What Should I Look for in Service Opportunities? Friday, Feb 1, 2019

I’ve noticed a lot of medical schools seem to really value community service, both medical and non-medical. I don’t have much free time but I want to show that I want to help others—what are the best ways to do this in an efficient way?

Question of the Week: CASPer? Friday, Jan 25, 2019

A friend of mine who applied to med school told me I need to take the CASPer test. What is it and when should I take it?

Question of the Week: I Didn't Get an Internship... Now What? Friday, Jan 18, 2019

I applied to PICS and IIP but wasn’t accepted. I’m worried that there aren’t any summer options left. What should I do?

Question of the Week: Why Consider Osteopathic Medicine? Friday, Jan 11, 2019

Hi HPA – I met with an advisor who suggested that I consider DO school. Is this because they didn’t think I was good enough to get into MD programs?

Question of the Week: Checking With Schools About Prerequisites Friday, Dec 7, 2018

Hi HPA: I was advised to check with specific schools about a course I want to take to fulfill their prerequisites. I’m not sure which schools I should reach out to since I have no idea where I will apply. How should I proceed?

Question of the Week: Summer Research at Princeton vs. Elsewhere Friday, Nov 30, 2018

Hi HPA – I'm debating between MD, PhD, or MD/PhD. I was thinking of staying at Princeton to do research this summer, but a friend told me that you told them to look at other schools. Is it okay to stay on campus? 

Question of the Week: What Are Top Schools Looking For? Friday, Nov 23, 2018

Hi HPA – I’m a sophomore and I feel like I’ve made a good academic adjustment. My grades are strong and I’m loving my academic path so far. While I know how hard it is to get into top med schools, is there anything I can do to try to maximize my chances?

Question of the Week: Should I Drop Gen Chem? Friday, Nov 16, 2018

Hi HPA – I’m a first year student and I didn’t do as well as I wanted on the Gen Chem midterm. I really want to do a sophomore early assurance program. Should I drop the class and take it over the summer to preserve my GPA?

Question of the Week: One Writer, Many Letters of Recommendation Friday, Nov 9, 2018

I plan to apply to fellowships, medical school, and a few jobs that require letters of recommendation this year. I feel bad asking the same people to write letters for so many things, but I also feel like they’re the best people to write for all of these opportunities. Is it bad to ask someone to write a lot of letters?