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Question of the Week: Certificates Friday, Mar 31, 2017

Question: Hi HPA – I’m trying to decide which certificate to do. Are there certain ones that are better for premed than others?

Question of the Week: DIY Postbac Friday, Mar 24, 2017

Question: Hi HPA – I struggled with some of my sciences here and I know that I need to take more classes for med school. I don’t think my family will be able to help me finance the classes and I don’t feel like I can take on the debt of a formal postbac program. Are there ways other students have taken classes that are more cost-effective?

Question of the Week: Mission Fit and Medical School Selection Friday, Mar 17, 2017

Question: I know HPA suggests that we apply to medical schools that will be a good fit for us in terms of the school mission, but when I read mission statements, they all seem to say the same thing. Is there something I should be looking for? How do I convince a school that I’m a good fit for their mission?

Question of the Week: MCAT Tips Friday, Mar 10, 2017

Question: I wasn’t able to attend the MCAT panel this week – could you tell me what the students talked about?

Answer: It would be hard to capture everything here, but here are a few takeaways from the HPA Peer Advisers who described their MCAT experiences:

Question of the Week: Sophomore Suggestions Friday, Mar 3, 2017

Question: I’m a sophomore and I’m starting to feel the pressure of med school applications. I just want to know if I’m on the right track with my classes, choices of activities, and summer plans. Should I meet with an adviser to discuss this? Where else can I find information?

Question of the Week: Pharmacy School Prerequisites Friday, Feb 17, 2017

Question: Dear HPA – I’m interested in drug development and patient care, and I think I want to go to pharmacy school. I’ve looked into a few schools’ prerequisites and they want me to take Microbiology with Lab, two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology, and Public Speaking. Are these classes that I can take at Princeton?

Question of the Week: The Pre-med Resume Friday, Feb 10, 2017

Question: I’ve registered for the AAMC Virtual Fair and look forward to networking with med school admissions representatives. I’ve never formatted my resume specifically for med school purposes – do you have suggestions?

Question of the Week: Balancing Studies with Extra-curriciulars Friday, Feb 3, 2017

Question: Hi HPA – I’m a sophomore and classes are getting more intense. I didn’t do as well as I thought I would last semester. I know a lot of it was trying to figure out how to balance classes, studying, and extra-curriculars. I’m in five or six different extra-curriculars right now – is this about normal for premeds? How much time do most...

Question of the Week: Am I Cut Out to be a Doctor? Friday, Jan 27, 2017

Question: I’m a first year student and I didn’t do as well as I thought I would in my classes. Maybe I’m not cut out to be a doctor.

Question of the Week: MCAT Registration Timing Friday, Jan 20, 2017

Question:  Dear HPA: How early do I have to sign up for the MCAT? Have you heard of any problems with registration? Any advice?