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Question of the Week: How to Study for the MCAT Friday, Feb 23, 2018

Question: I’m trying to study for the MCAT this semester. How much time should I be devoting each week to studying?

Question of the Week: C- in Orgo - What Next? Friday, Feb 16, 2018

Question: I got a C- in CHM 303. I’m worried about taking CHM 304 and not doing well because of it. What should I do?

Question of the Week: When Should I Give Up? Friday, Feb 2, 2018

Question: Hi HPA: I’m a sophomore and I was hoping to start medical school right after graduation, but I’m afraid that after my fall grades that I’ll just never get to medical school. I’ve also started falling in love with anthropology. At what point, grades-wise, should I just give up my premed plans?

Question of the Week: Applying MD/PhD Friday, Jan 26, 2018

Question: Hi HPA - I’m about to apply to medical school but I’m still on the fence about MD versus MD/
PhD. Does anyone apply to both? How does the application process differ between the two? Is it
more competitive to get into an MD/PhD program?

Question of the Week: Shadowing Abroad Friday, Jan 19, 2018

Question: Hi HPA—I’m interested in learning more about medicine abroad and I was accepted to the Atlantis Project to shadow physicians. The trip is very expensive—do you think that it’s worth the price?

Question of the Week: AP in Physics Friday, Dec 8, 2017

Question: I have a course-related question for you. I know that students who have taken AP Chemistry in high school can place out of general chemistry at Princeton and go directly to Orgo, usually as a sophomore. What about AP Physics? If a student has taken the AP Physics exams and done well, can they simply not take Physics in college?

Question of the Week: How Much Science? Friday, Dec 1, 2017

Question: Hi HPA – I have a lot of AP credit and I’m not planning to major in a science. Is there a minimum number of science courses I should take before applying to med school?

Question of the Week: Advanced Chem Course to Supplement AP Credit Friday, Nov 17, 2017

Question: Dear HPA, I have to take an advanced chemistry class to fulfill my premed pre-requisites. Now that Drug Discovery is no longer being offered, I am a little bit confused about what could count for this requirement. Do you have any suggestions? Can I use a CBE course to fulfill this requirement?

Question of the Week: Woody Woo & Pre-Health Friday, Nov 10, 2017

Question: I am interested in a Woody Woo concentration and I missed the student panel the other day. Can you tell me what was discussed?

Question of the Week: When to Start Thinking About Fellowships Friday, Nov 3, 2017

Question: I’m a sophomore and I think I’d like to take a glide year to pursue my interest in infectious disease – I might want to work, or I might want to do a graduate program, and I think it’d be great to do so abroad. An older student told me to look into fellowships – is it too early to think about this as a sophomore? When do I need to...