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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?

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...