Health Professional Student Association

Huntington Beach, CA   |  http://www.hpsa.org

Mission

Health Professional Student Association helps students from underserved communities to become healthcare providers in their communities through: - Identifying students from underserved communities - Helping those students through college and into health professional school - Guiding medical students into residency programs committed to serving healthcare shortage areas - Encouraging residents to join practices and clinics in Health Professional Shortage Areas - Encouraging students to take positions with the Indian Health Service and National Health Service Corps

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Ms. Laura Turner

Main address

16835 Algonquin Street #106

Huntington Beach, CA 92649 USA

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Formerly known as

Coastal Research Group

EIN

77-0001066

NTEE code info

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

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Our programs

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Student Doctor Network

Student Doctor Network (SDN) was created in 1999 as a nonprofit service to provide free advising resources, tools, and a peer-support forum community to those who would otherwise not have access to such services. SDN brings together hundreds of thousands of current and future healthcare students and professionals into one community where they can share information and offer guidance.

In addition to the SDN community forums, SDN offers a wide range of tools to help students successfully prepare for, apply to, and complete health professional school:
- Application Assistant Calculator
- Interview Feedback
- Application Cost Calculator
- Medical Specialty Selector
- Activity Finder

Population(s) Served
Students
Academics
Low-income people

Have questions about the admissions process or your specific application? Get your questions answered by our vetted experts to help you through college and into health professional school. Our vetted experts include admissions committee members, pre-health advisors, and current practitioners and residents.

Anonymous versions of the questions are then published based on the discretion of the Confidential Expert Advice team.

Population(s) Served
Students
Low-income people

As the requirements for medical school continue to increase and the process becomes more competitive, HPSA developed the Premed Planner App to help all students maximize their chances of a successful medical school application. The app enables you to track your progress while preparing to apply to medical school with the following tools:

- Application process overview
- Premedical course timeline
- Volunteering, shadowing, and clinical experience expectations
- Ability to log and track hours, along with notifications to remind you to log your activity hours

Available for both iOS and Android devices. Premed Planner does not track personal information.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Students

Follow these step-by-step guides to help you get into the health professional school of your dreams. These guides will help you strengthen your application so that, with some hard work, you can be competitive at any health professional school. Each guide outlines important information for applicants, including:

- Pre-application requirements - prerequisite classes, volunteering, and extracurricular activities
- Test prep resources and study outlines for admissions exams such as the GRE and DAT.
- Program-specific application system information
- School-specific guides showing GPA, test scores, and unique features and characteristics of each school
- Breakdown of the interview process, including types of interviews, common questions, and how to prepare

Each guide is available to download at no cost through the generous support of HPSA donors and sponsors.

Dental school, optometry school, occupational therapy school, and physical therapy school guides are currently available.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Students

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Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Students

Where we work

Awards

The Opportunity Project Open Data For Good Grand Challenge Winner 2021

US Dept. of Health & Human Services

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Healthcare systems in the United States struggle with addressing substantial disparities in population health and healthcare. One key factor in these disparities is that large parts of the U.S. have significant shortages of primary, dental, or mental health care providers.

These shortages exist, in part, because students who are from these areas don’t become doctoral-level healthcare providers. Students from wealthier backgrounds are more likely to practice in affluent areas similar to where they grew up. Physician and other healthcare shortages perpetuate because medical school and other health professional classes skew toward students from wealthy households, and wealthier students go on to serve fewer patients from urban and rural underserved communities.

HPSA aims to increase the number of healthcare providers in underserved areas by supporting students from underserved areas to enroll in and successfully complete health professional programs.

HPSA aims to increase the number of healthcare providers in underserved areas by supporting students from underserved areas to enroll in and complete health professional programs. There are multiple reasons why students from underserved areas do not become healthcare providers, but one key factor is an information gap. Numerous studies have identified that lack of information is a crucial reason why students from underserved communities do not pursue doctoral-level health professional programs.

HPSA works to provide students from underserved areas with the information to become successful applicants to health professional schools. HPSA delivers this information to students via the internet or through in-person programs.

HPSA publishes the Student Doctor Network (SDN), a vibrant online community of prehealth and health professional students and practicing doctors. Through this community, we can distribute information and access to internet-based tools to support students on their admissions journeys. In addition, through virtual distribution, we reach students who would otherwise not have access to advising services, such as non-traditional students.

In addition to using the Student Doctor Network to disseminate information, HPSA partners with other nonprofits and schools to increase our reach.

Our advising experts answered more than 1,300 student questions this past year, and our student members accessed our "How To" admissions guides more than 150 times per week. The 2021 Open Data for Good Grand Challenge named a new tool, Activity Finder, as a prize winner in the Health and COVID-19 category. In February 2022, we will be launching two courses to support students as they prepare to apply to health professional programs, Application Booster and Becoming a Student Doctor. In addition, we are preparing to pilot a new program, Undergraduate Medical Accelerator Program (UMAP), with higher education partners in Oklahoma in April 2022 that will focus on preparing pre-health students enrolled in community college for future medical school admission. We are also collaborating on a recent HRSA grant submission as a consulting organization with a higher education institution in Texas, which, if awarded, would begin in September 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve pre-health students, from current undergraduate students to nontraditional students. From the undergraduate student just getting their feet wet to the nontraditional student pursuing a health professional career later in life, HPSA aims to assist underserved students in their educational journey.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    HPSA launched a new Student Advisory Council to ensure we understand the range of our constituent viewpoints. The Student Advisory Council, made up of a diverse group of pre-health and health professional students, has been instrumental in developing new program ideas and providing feedback on existing programs. Additionally, in response to the changes to healthcare admissions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we added additional content to help students prepare for virtual interviews.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    In 2021, we recruited students to serve on a new structure - a Student Advisory Council (SAC). This diverse group of pre-health and health professional students has been instrumental in developing new program ideas and providing feedback on existing programs. Since the inception of the SAC, their input has been key to creating a new online application, Activity Finder, and shifting the editorial content of our articles to provide more health professional school news to pre-health students. Additionally, we have implemented standard pre- and post-program surveys as we launch new courses and programs. These surveys, and the input that students provide, will guide future course development and changes, allowing the students to control the direction of the courses.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

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Health Professional Student Association

Board of directors
as of 02/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary LeRoy

MD

Term: 2005 - 2021

Catherine Arthur

DVM

Benjamin Shapiro

MD

Scott Nass

MD

Emilio Russo

MD

James Herman

MD

Laura Turner

Lee Burnett

DO

Kimberli Cox

MD

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/31/2022

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Leadership

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Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Heterosexual or Straight
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Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/03/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.