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Question of the Week: Study Abroad & Applying Direct Entry Friday, May 4, 2018

Question: I want to study abroad in junior spring but I’ve heard it’s hard to apply direct entry to medical school if I do. Have any students done this successfully? What do I need to keep in mind?
Answer: It is uncommon, but where there’s a will, there’s a way! Here are some of the complications and ways you might address them...

Question of the Week: Summer Chemistry Friday, Apr 27, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I didn’t start Chemistry as a first-year, so now I feel like I want to catch up and either take Gen Chem this summer and Orgo in the fall, or Gen Chem in the coming school year and Orgo in the following summer. Is one better than the other for medical school?

Question of the Week: MCAT Score to Balance GPA? Friday, Apr 20, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I’ve talked to older students who took the MCAT who are hoping for high scores that’ll make up for lower GPAs. How high do you need to score on the MCAT to make up for a low GPA?

Question of the Week: CHM 301? Friday, Apr 13, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I plan to take orgo next year and all my friends told me to take CHM 303, but I don’t see it in the Course Offerings. I see CHM 301 and CHM 337 as options, but no 303. What do I do?

Question of the Week: Unexpected Prerequisites Friday, Apr 6, 2018

Question: I’m thinking about classes for next semester and want to make sure I’m covering all of my requirements. I heard that more schools are requiring psychology, sociology, and even humanities courses. is this true?

Question of the Week: What Counts as a Science Letter? Friday, Mar 30, 2018

Question: I know we need two science letters of recommendation when we apply. Are there certain classes or departments that are “better” than others for science courses? Do Psychology profs count as science recommender? How about COS?

Question of the Week: Preparing for a Postbac Career Changer Friday, Mar 23, 2018

Question: I’m a sophomore and I’m starting to think about medicine but I’m not ready to commit to the premed classes yet. If I might want to pursue premed after I graduate, what should I be doing now, other than classes, to start to prepare myself?

Question of the Week: The Cost of Applying to Med School Friday, Mar 16, 2018

Question: I was talking to a senior who said I should start saving my money for med school applications now. What’s the average that a student spends on applying?

Question of the Week: The Power of Self-Reflection Friday, Mar 9, 2018

Question: I know that med schools want me to demonstrate my ability in the sciences and want to see my commitment to medicine, along with those personal competencies you talk about. What skills should be building in order to be more ready for the actual application process?

Question of the Week: Why Should I Come to HPA? Friday, Mar 2, 2018

Question: Hi HPA – I haven’t been in recently, but I feel like I’m following along with online resources, talking to friends, and am generally on track. Is there a reason I should come in anyway? I feel bad taking up your time if I don’t have a specific question.