Question of the Week: Average Number of HPA Meetings

Oct. 7, 2022

Q: How many times does a typical student meet with an HPA adviser before they go to medical school? How often does HPA recommend that I come in to meet?
A: Interesting question! Looking at the alums who started medical and dental school this year for whom we wrote a committee letter, the average was 12. The number of meetings varied from four to over 30!
Minimally, an applicant is required to meet with an HPA adviser once for a preapplication interview, which is part of the process to receive the committee letter (read more about the importance of a committee letter here). Most students have met with an adviser at least a couple of times in the years leading up to that interview. When they're about to apply, most applicants meet with us a few times to discuss parts of their application (personal statement, where to apply, letters of recommendation) and then a few more times to update us on their progress (e.g., getting interviews, deciding where to attend). We also wrote committee letters for applicants from Class of 2017 to 2022, so some of the applicants had a long history of working with us, and more advising appointments with us as a result.
At a minimum, we recommend visiting HPA once a year to update us about your progress and discuss your future plans. The better we know you, the more we can provide suggestions along the way. In the busyness of life, it can be hard to squeeze in self-reflection. You can schedule meetings with us to make sure that you take 20 minutes from time to time to take stock of your prehealth preparation.

Question of the Week from 2021: Activities as a First-Year?
Question of the Week 2020: Letters of Recommendation in a Pandemic