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Health Professions Advising [HPA] events

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: about three times in both fall and spring semesters.
  • 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: about three times in both fall and spring semesters.
  • 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

Healthcare Career Showcases

  • Three unique sessions. Each date featured different health professions, as shown below.
  • In each, participants moved through several breakout sessions to hear from and network with healthcare providers.
  • For: Both students and alumni could request to participate. (Any major or academic level.)
  • Participation by request. Space was limited because this involved small group conversations.
  • Request process:
    • You could request one or more sessions, based on your interests.
    • Only request sessions you absolutely can and will attend. If you request a session, mark it as a firm commitment on your calendar.
    • Request period was from Mon. Aug. 30, to Mon. Sep. 6, 2021.
      After the request period, we will promptly notify selected participants of the session(s) you will attend.

Session dates and professions:

Day Date Time Format Professions
Tuesday Sep. 14, 2021 6-8 p.m.
Virtual - Allopathic medicine
- Dentistry
- Naturopathic medicine
- Nursing
- Physician assistant
Tuesday Sep. 21, 2021 6-8 p.m. Virtual - Genetic counseling
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Pharmacy
- Public health
- Veterinary medicine
Tuesday Sep. 28, 2021 6-8 p.m. Virtual - Athletic training
- Counseling / social work
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech-language pathology

Medical School Admissions Advantage

Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021, 5:45-8 p.m.
Virtual

Networking event for VT 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 move through several breakout sessions to hear from and network with medical school representatives.  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 until/unless you hear otherwise.
    • Request period is Mon. Oct. 18, to 4pm on Fr. Oct. 29, 2021; during those dates you can complete the request form.
      After the request period, we will promptly notify selected participants and those who are waitlisted.

Preparing a strong application

Advanced Tools to Make Your Application Shine workshop

Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, 3-4 p.m.
in-person or zoom; details tba

TBA: link to view information and registration

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

Mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

  • What: Mock 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.
  • For: Both students and alumni may request to participate.
  • Format and schedule for fall 2021:  Virtual and in person, as shown below.
    (In-person sessions could be converted to virtual if necessary for  health and safety.)
  • Session length: 90 minutes.
  • When: Offered during fall and spring semesters; fall 2021 schedule below.
  • Request process:
    • Participants attend one session, but you can request all the session times to which you could commit.
    • Space is limited. Only request sessions that you mark on your calendar as firm, and that you can and will attend.
    • Request period for fall 2021 sessions was from Wed. Aug. 18, 8am, to Fr. Aug. 27, 4pm.
    • After the request period, we will promptly notify selected participants of the session you will attend.

Fall 2021 MMI session schedule

Day Date Time Format
Tuesday Sep. 14, 2021 10-11:30 a.m. Virtual
Tuesday Sep. 21, 2021 10:30 a.m.-noon Virtual
Monday Oct. 4, 2021 noon-1:30 p.m. In person
Monday Oct. 4, 2021 1:30-3 p.m. In person
Tuesday Oct. 12, 2021 10-11:30 a.m. Virtual
Friday Nov. 5, 2021 2-3:30 p.m. In person
Friday Nov. 5, 2021 3:30-5 p.m. In person