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Question of the Week: Choosing Service Opportunities Friday, Nov 2, 2018

Dear HPA: I did a lot of community service and volunteering in high school and I miss it. What are some of the popular service activities with prehealth students? Is there anything specific I should be looking for when I choose service activities?

Question of the Week: How Many Glide Years is Too Many? Friday, Oct 26, 2018

I think I want to take one glide year, but I’ve talked to a lot of students who took two. Is there a point where medical schools worry about how much time you’ve taken off?

Question of the Week: Finding Someone to Shadow Friday, Oct 19, 2018

Question: I’d like to shadow a doctor and maybe some people in other health professions but I don’t know how to find them or what to ask them if I do find them. Where do I start?

Question of the Week: Should I Retake the MCAT? Friday, Oct 12, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I’m worried that my MCAT score is too low to get into top schools. Should I retake it?

Question of the Week: Why Do They Require English Anyway? Friday, Oct 5, 2018

Question: HPA told me my writing seminar (WRI) from my frosh year can count as one of my English requirements for medical school. I know I need one more course to fulfill my English prerequisite for most medical schools. Does it need to be a literature course? Would another course in the humanities work so long as it has a lot of reading and...

Question of the Week: Four Year Planning Friday, Sep 28, 2018

Question: Thinking about how to fit in all the classes I need for premed, a concentration, a certificate, general education classes, and studying abroad stresses me out. I don’t think I’ll be able to do everything I want to do. Can HPA help me with this?

Question of the Week: Sophomore Early Assurance Programs Friday, Sep 21, 2018

Question: I’ve heard there are a few juniors who have already been accepted to medical school through early assurance programs and am curious about them. Should I apply to these programs?

Question of the Week: What Happens if I Don't Take the Courses HPA Recommends? Friday, Sep 14, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I’ve looked at the courses that you list for med school requirements, but I’m not that interested in some of them. What would happen if I didn’t take some of the courses? Would I immediately be disqualified from applying to medical school?

Question of the Week: Addressing a Weakness in My Candidacy Friday, May 18, 2018

Question: I know I shouldn't compare myself to other students, but it's hard not to feel like everyone else is so much more put together than I am. Even so, I've been trying my hardest and am happy with many aspects of my candidacy, but I'm really worried that my disciplinary probation from last year will immediately make me a weaker candidate...

Question of the Week: Do I Need to Volunteer/Shadow in the U.S. Friday, May 11, 2018

Question: All of my volunteering and shadowing has been abroad. I feel like I’m able to do more and see more abroad than I could in the US. Will this be a problem for medical school?