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Health Professions Advising [HPA] events

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

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 was Mon. Oct. 18, to 4pm on Fr. Oct. 29, 2021.
      The request period is now closed, and 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.
Virtual

View details and register 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

Mock Multiple Mini Interviews (MMI)

  • 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.
  • For: Both students and alumni may request to participate.
  • Format and schedule for spring 2022:  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; spring 2022 schedule below.
  • Request process for spring 2022 sessions:

Spring 2022 MMI session schedule

Day Date Time Format
Tuesday Feb. 1, 2022 1:30-3pm Virtual
Friday Feb. 4, 2022 2-3:30pm In person
Friday Feb. 4, 2022 3:30-5pm In person
Tuesday Feb. 22, 2022 10-11:30am Virtual
Monday Feb. 28, 2022 10-11:30am In person
Wednesday Mar. 2, 2022 10-11:30am Virtual