Application Timing Q & A-Health Professions Program - Carnegie Mellon University

Application Timing Q & A

What is the “right time” to apply?

Answer: June of the appropriate year.

What is the appropriate year?

Answer: When you are ready. Discuss with the HPP Director.

When will I be ready?

Answer: When you are certain that a particular health profession is what you want to do, when you will be a competitive applicant, and when a demanding educational program fits into your life.

Should I take a Bridge (Gap) year(s)?

Answer: The average age of people entering medical school is 24.  Many medical/dental/vet school admissions highly value post-college life experiences. Approaches and strategies for pursuing a bridge year can be discussed with the HPP Director.

Is it worth pursing Rhodes, Churchill or Fulbright Scholarships before going to medical school?  

Answer:  Yes, these experiences are prestigious; however, it depends on timing and should be discussed with the HPP Director. 

  • You should apply in June of the year BEFORE you wish to matriculate (e.g. June 2015 for fall 2016).  You should plan to be available for interviews from August to April (don’t be abroad). 

Do schools value post-bacc research at the NIH or a year of service in the Americorps Health Corps? 

Answer:  Most definitely. Again, timing is key and how you convey the impacts of these experiences to your desire to serve in health care is critical.

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