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FIRST YEAR HPP STUDENT ORIENTATION August 30, 2005. What is the HPP?. The Health Professions Program (HPP) is an advising program whose focus is to provide information and assistance to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. Contacts.

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August 30, 2005

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What is the HPP?

The Health Professions Program (HPP) is an

advising program whose focus is to provide

information and assistance to students who

are interested in pursuing a career in the

health professions.

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HPP Director: Amy L. Burkert, [email protected] (412) 268-8494 DH 1324

Program Assistants:May Simaan [email protected] Katya Malkin [email protected]

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Biomedical Engineering

Hilda Diamond is the primary BME advisor.

DH 2100

[email protected]

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Services Provided by HPP

  • Academic and Professional Advising

  • Exploration of Career options in the Health Professions

  • Medical Exposure Opportunities

  • Resource Library

  • Committee Interview and Letter Processing

  • Enrichment Seminars and Symposia

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Why don’t we offer a premed major?

  • We encourage students to design a curricular plan in the field of their choice while incorporating the courses required for admission to the health professions graduate program of their choice.

  • Students with majors in every college of the university are served by the HPP

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Table I:

Distribution of 2005-2006 Health Professions Program Students

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1 Year Biology with Laboratory

1 Year General Chemistry with Laboratory

1 Year Organic Chemistry with Laboratory

1 Year Physics with Laboratory

1 Year English

Core Course Requirements for the Health Professions

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Medicine: Allopathic and Osteopathic

Clinical Pharmacy

Veterinary Medicine




Clinical Research

Biomedical Engineering

Genetic Counseling

Physician Assistantship

Health Professions Placement Areas

  • Patient Advocacy

  • Health Care Policy

  • Health Care Administration

  • Medical Informatics

  • Toxicology and Pharmacology

  • Occupational and Environmental Health

  • Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Physical and Occupational Therapy

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Grades: Total, Science, All other, YR

Standardized Test Scores (MCAT, GRE, etc)

Exposure and Commitment to the Field

Extracurricular Involvement

Research Experience

Work Experience

Community Service

Communication Skills

The Qualities of a “Perfect” Applicant

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You should choose a major that interests you but plan carefully to complete matriculation requirements.

Breadth in your curriculum is desirable.

AP credit is not always accepted to fulfill requirements.

Taking required courses abroad or over the summer is not generally recommended.

Don’t overload or underload.

Read as much as you can.

Key Points to Consider EARLY in Your Undergraduate Career

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Maintain balance in your schoolwork, activities, and personal life.

Get to know your advisors and professors - they are a great resource and you will need letters for internships, grad school, med school or jobs.

Don’t be afraid to get the help you may need.

Get in involved but do so wisely.

Explore your interests to expand your knowledge and test your commitment.

Don’t be a typical “pre-med”.

Key Points to Consider EARLY in Your Undergraduate Career (continued)

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Avoid Being “Pre-Med” personal life.

  • Compromising integrity for the sake of a grade

  • Begging for points and saying “because I am pre-med…”

  • Cut-throat competitiveness with peers

  • Focus on learning, not just on getting

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The Doctors of Carnegie (DOCs) personal life.

DOCs is a student organization for those students who are interested in the Health Professions.

President: Sally Maikarfi

DOCs Web Site:

Upcoming Event: DOCs Meeting 7:00 – 9:00 PM DH 2302

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Minority Association of personal life.Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

Academic support, networking opportunities, and peer mentoring for minority pre-health students.

President: Jonathan Perry

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Pitt Dental Science Club personal life.

Dental Science Club at the University of Pittsburgh

Membership Fee $5

For More Info, Email

[email protected]

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Peer Health Advising personal life.

Peers helping peers – talk to your college community about health issues such as nutrition, stress, and sexuality.

Kristine M. Cecchetti, MPH, MPA

Health Educator

(412) 268-7888

[email protected]

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Example Medical Schools Where Carnegie personal life.Mellon Students Have Been Accepted

  • Harvard University

  • Johns Hopkins University

  • Washington University – St. Louis

  • University of Pennsylvania

  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • University of California – San Francisco

  • Cornell University Medical College

  • Stanford University

  • Vanderbilt University

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • Jefferson Medical College

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Volunteer Opportunities personal life.

  • Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

  • Magee Women’s Hospital

  • UPMC Shadyside Hospital

  • UPMC Presbyterian & Montefiore Hospitals

  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

  • University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

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Undergraduate Research personal life.Opportunities

  • The Cutting Edge of Surgical Technology

  • Managing Health Care

  • Engineering New Approaches to Elder Care

  • Exploring the Mind-Body Connection

  • Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

  • Engineering Human Tissues

  • Debating the Right to Die

  • Viewing Human Form and Function

  • Understanding Brain Function from Neurons to Behaviors

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General Timeline personal life.

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Evaluation Parameters personal life.

  • Rigor of academic program

  • Breadth of academic program

  • MCAT score

  • Total GPA

  • Science GPA

  • Level of faculty interaction

  • Research experience

  • Extracurricular involvement

  • Leadership positions

  • Communication skills

  • Exposure to medicine

  • Service to others

  • Work experience

  • Timing of application

  • Other specific factors

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Me, A Doctor? personal life.Phase I: Question & Explore

  • Why am I interested in the health professions?

  • Do I know which health profession I would like to pursue?

  • How have I tested this interest?

  • What courses should I take?

  • What should my major be?

  • What if I don’t do as well in my courses as I had hoped?

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Me, A Doctor. personal life.Phase II: Work & Prepare

  • In addition to completing my course requirements, what else should I do to prepare myself for medical school?

  • Do I really need to do volunteer work?

  • What is the Shadyside Hospital Preceptorship Program?

  • What is the MCAT and when should I take it?

  • Is it valuable to have research experience?

  • Why should I be in DOCS?

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Me, A Doctor! personal life.Phase III: Commit, Commit & Commit

  • What is the Health Professions Committee Interview?

  • How many letters of recommendation will I need?

  • What is an AMCAS application?

  • How can I prepare for my medical school interviews?

  • How many schools should I consider?

  • What if I don’t get in?