Health Professions Program
Are you interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the health professions? Preparing for a career in any of the health professions requires effort and careful planning, and the Health Professions Program (HPP) at Carnegie Mellon is here to help. From exploring your interests and selecting courses to finding opportunities for engaging with health professionals and patients, the HPP advisor will assist you every step of the way.
The HPP is an optional service that is open to all Carnegie Mellon community members—students at all years from all departments and colleges as well as alumni—interested in pursuing a graduate degree in the health professions. Enroll in the HPP to get connected to an experienced guide who will help you on your journey to a career in the health professions.
Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century: thinking about attending medical school? Well, top medical schools are rethinking the way they educate future physicians. Amidst the vast knowledge base in science and medicine, medical schools are targeting skills such as communication skills, critical thinking, working in teams, ultimately moving away from the "two plus two" model put forth by medical school pioneer and educator Abraham Flexner in the early 1900's.
By 2025, the nation will face a shortage of between 46,000-90,000 physicians. Read the AAMC report entitled, “New Physician Workforce Projections Show the Doctor Shortage Remains Significant."
How do I Prepare for the MCAT2015 Exam? If you are a pre-medical student and want to learn about how to prepare for the new 2015 MCAT, please start by doing some research at these sites. There is a lot of useful and very important information about timing, registation, content, cost, and differences from the old version.
January 1, 2015
AOA & AACOM Join the ACGME - the next step in unifying MD and DO residency programs.
October 9, 2014
Is this what you expected? First-years’ candid thoughts on med school - Read about what first year medical students really think about year one.
September 30, 2014
Health Professions Benefit When Admission Offices Look Beyond Grades - A review of a recent study looking at the impact of holistic review in medical school application review. Access the study report.
July 28, 2014
Bottlenecks in Training Doctors: an editorail published in The New York Times highlights the nationwide shortage of doctors—from primary care physicians to specialists—that will continue to worsen in the coming years.
July 21, 2014
AACOM Statement on AOA House of Delegates Vote to Support Single GME Accreditation System. Projected to be effective July 2020, DO and MD granting medical schools, hospitals, and community health centers are developing a single standard for residency program training. This action will further unify the medical profession, making the transition to residency training more seamless. Read the full statement.
July 17, 2014
Is a Post-baccalaureate Program for You? Learn more about the different types of programs that college graduates are pursuing in order to strengthen their applications to graduate programs in the health sciences.
Thinking about PA programs? Here is an article that provides perspective into the life of a physician assistant.
April 18, 2014: WESA 90.5 FM - A Holistic Approach to Global Health and Development
December 2013: AAMC Report
Friday, August 16, 2013
The Health Professions Program is pleased to introduce our new director, Jason D’Antonio, Ph.D..
Friday, April 15, 2013
Amy Hung is amazed at what three days of work can do. She and ten of her fellow Carnegie Mellon students toiled in the tiny mountain village of El Jute, Honduras, building latrines, mixing concrete for floors and assembling eco-stoves. Their goal? Helping two families improve their living conditions and avoid diseases like parasite infections and respiratory illnesses.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Primary care physician Dr. Kristen Goodell candidly spoke with HPP students Thursday evening about everything from life as a med student to dealing with difficult patients and balancing a busy career with a family.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Carnegie Mellon chapter of Global Medical Brigades conducted a 3-day mobile clinic in Pajarillos, an under-resourced community in rural Honduras. The CMU students worked alongside four physicians, one dentist, and one pharmacist at the mobile clinic, which they set up in a church and attending to a patient nearby buildings.MORE
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
When Ashley Kilp walked through the small mountain village of Korbo Odumasi, Ghana, a familiar refrain followed her: “Obroni! Obroni!”Loosely translated as “foreigner,” or more accurately, a white person, obronis stand out in the West African nation, especially in remote villages like Korbo Odumasi. Earlier that day, Kilp traveled three hours from the capital city of Accra to the village, where she found a line of people waiting for her and the rest of the team from the Crystal Eye Clinic.MORE