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HPA 101 and 202 information sessions

HPA 101: General Information Session

  • For: All VT students potentially interested in health professions.
  • What: HPA services and the path to gain entrance to a graduate health program.
  • When to attend: As soon as you have an interest in health professions! First-years are welcomed and encouraged.
  • Offered during fall and spring; about three times each semester.
  • Attendance is highly recommended so that your one-on-one appointments can be concentrated on your specific questions, rather than generalities.
  • Length: 60 minutes.
  • Format (virtual or in-person) specified in each session details.

HPA 202: The Competitive Applicant

  • For: Students who plan to apply to a graduate health program in the next two years.
  • What: Gain more knowledge on the application process and the HPEC committee letter process.
  • When to attend: As soon as you know you want to apply to programs. Sophomore year is not too soon!
  • Offered during fall and spring; about three times each semester.
  • Attendance is highly recommended so that your one-on-one appointments can be concentrated on your specific questions, rather than generalities.
  • Length: 60 minutes.
  • Format (virtual or in person) specified in each session details.

Learn about health careers and network with professionals

Advance registration required due to attendance limits and structure of these sessions.

Healthcare Admissions Advantage

Sunday, October 2, 2022, 5:30-7:30pm (arrive by 5:25pm)
In person, Blacksburg campus, Owens Banquet Hall.

Deadline to request participation: 4pm ET, Wed. Sep. 21, 2022.

Networking event for VT students of all academic levels, and alumni, to meet with practitioners and admissions personnel from health professions (listed below).

  • Participants will meet and learn from healthcare education professionals and local clinical practitioners in three 10- to 15-minute roundtable conversations, followed by 45-60 minutes of open networking with programs/professionals of your choosing.
  • Professions represented:
    • Art Therapy
    • Athletic Training
    • Counseling
    • Dentistry
    • Health Administration
    • Nursing
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Pathology Assisting
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistant
    • Podiatry
    • Public Health
    • Reproductive Clinical Sciences
    • Surgical Assisting
    • Veterinary Medicine
  • For: Both students and alumni may request to participate. (Any major or academic level.)
  • Participation by request. Space is limited because this involves small group conversations.
  • Request process:
    • Only request to attend if you absolutely can and will attend. If you request to attend, mark it as a firm commitment on your calendar until/unless you hear otherwise.
    • Request form was open through 4pm ET, Wed. Sep. 21, 2022.

Medical School Admissions Advantage

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, Arrive 5:20-7:30pm (Must arrive on time and stay for full duration of event.)
In-person on the Blacksburg campus 
Location will be provided to those who are registered.
Deadline to request participation: Mon. Oct. 24, 2022, 4pm ET.

Networking event for VT alumni and students of all academic levels to meet with deans and admissions personnel from both allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. During this event you will have the opportunity to network in specific small groups as well as engage in open networking at the end of the evening.

  • Participants will network with medical school representatives in small groups. Students will have the opportunity to engage in open networking at the end of the evening with schools of their choosing.
  • For: Both students and alumni may request to participate. (Any major or academic level.)
  • Participation by request. Space is limited because this involves small group conversations.
  • Request process:
    • Only request to attend if you absolutely can and will attend. If you request to attend, mark it as a firm commitment on your calendar for 5:20-7:30pm until/unless you hear otherwise.

Becoming a strong applicant

Advance registration required due to attendance limits.

Taking Your Pulse Workshop

Friday, October 28, 2022, 2:30-4pm ET
Modality TBA.
Registration link and deadline TBA.

  • For: Intended for students who have made some progress on obtaining experiences, and are 1.5-3 years prior to applying for admission to medical or health professional school.
  • What: Students will learn critical factors to being a competitive applicant to health professional school and will leave the workshop able to accurately self-assess their current experience and identify steps moving forward.

Advanced Tools to Make Your Application Shine workshop

Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, 3-4:30pm ET
Smith Career Center, Meeting Room A

Details and registration in Handshake.

  • HPA advisors will review the components for a complete HPEC interview application, discuss common mistakes, and highlight ways to make your content shine! Participants are asked to prepare and have available a rough draft of your application to use during the workshop.

Practice for interviews

Advance registration required due to attendance limits and structure of these sessions.

Mock (practice) Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

Six sessions in spring 2023; Feb.-March.
Deadline to request participation: Fr. Jan. 13, 2023, 4pm ET.

  • What: Mock (practice) multiple mini interviews (MMI) give participants the opportunity to experience the MMI process firsthand. Participants respond to a series (several brief one-on-one interviews with different interviewers) of MMI-style prompts and receive feedback on your responses.
  • Who can participate: Both students and alumni may request to participate.
  • When: Offered during fall and spring semesters. Sessions in spring 2023 listed below.
    (In-person sessions could be converted to virtual if necessary for health and safety.)
  • Session length: 90 minutes.
  • Request process:
    • Participants attend one session.
    • Space is limited. Only request a session that you mark on your calendar as firm, and that you can and will attend.
    • The request form was accepted from 9am ET, Wed. Jan. 4, 2023, through 4pm ET, Fr. Jan. 13, 2023.
    • After the request period, we will promptly notify selected participants of the session you will attend.

Spring 2023 MMI sessions:

Day Date Time Format
Thur. Feb. 2, 2023 10:30am-noon ET Virtual
Tues. Feb. 7, 2023 1:30-3pm ET Virtual
Wed. Feb. 8, 2023 1:30-3pm ET In person
Thur. Feb. 16, 2023 1-2:30pm ET Virtual
Thur. Feb. 23, 2023 3-4:30pm ET Virtual
Wed. Mar. 1, 2023 2-3:30pm ET In person

Small-group practice interviewing sessions

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 2-3:30pm ET
Friday, October 14, 2022, 10-11:30am ET
Zoom
Deadline to request participation: 4pm ET, Fr. Sep. 23, 2022

  • What: Verbally practice responding to interview questions and receive feedback in a small group setting (4-5 participants). Each student/alumnus will verbally respond to two interview prompts: one known to you in advance (same for all participants) and one not known to you in advance (different for each participant). Group participants and the advisor will give feedback, in a respectful manner.
  • Open to: Both students and alumni may request to participate in a session.
  • Semester offered: fall
  • Mode: Zoom; link will be sent to registered attendees.
  • Session length: 90 minutes.
  • Session dates / times (participants attend one session):
    Thursday, October 6, 2022, 2-3:30pm ET
    Friday, October 14, 2022, 10-11:30am ET
  • Request process for fall 2022 sessions:
    • Participants attend one session.
    • Space is limited. Only request a session(s) that you mark on your calendar as firm, and that you can and will attend.
    • Request period was Mon. Sep. 19, through 4pm Fr. Sep. 23, 2022. The request form is now closed.
    • After the request period, we will email selected participants to tell you how to register for your session.