JOHNSON CITY (September 17, 2013) – Undergraduate students who are pondering the many choices for attending a health-related professional school can check out more than 50 different schools from multiple states, all in one day and all under one roof at East Tennessee State University.
The fourth annual Health Professions Recruitment Fair, sponsored by the ETSU Office of Medical Professions Advisement (MPA), will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the D.P. Culp University Center Ballroom. School representatives will be on hand from 1-4 p.m., followed by several question-and-answer sessions from 4:30-6 p.m. Admission is free.
The event is geared toward undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students interested in professional schools in health care. ETSU students will be joined by undergraduate students from other colleges and universities in East Tennessee, as well as North Carolina and Virginia. Approximately 350 students attended the fair last year, said Martha Edde, ETSU coordinator of MPA.
“This is a great opportunity for students to have a conversation with the schools they are interested in learning more about,” Edde said. “I’ve seen students attend the fair and, by the end of day, expand the list of schools they’re interested in from a couple to five or six, and I’ve seen it go the other way, where students will have a list of five or six schools that they narrow down to two. The recruitment fair can be a real eye-opener.”
The health-related areas that will be represented at the fair include allopathic and osteopathic medicine; chiropractic medicine; clinical and rehabilitative health sciences; dentistry; nursing; occupational therapy; optometry; pharmacy; physical therapy; physician assistant; psychology; public health; social work; and veterinary medicine.
All five of the colleges in the Academic Health Sciences Center at ETSU – the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, the College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, the James H. Quillen College of Medicine, the College of Nursing and the College of Public Health – will participate. Graduate-level programs from the ETSU Department of Psychology and the Department of Social Work will also participate, as will the ETSU School of Graduate Studies.
Information on international study and health-related careers in the U.S. Army and Navy will also be available.
Schools and programs from throughout the United States and abroad will travel to ETSU to meet with students. School representatives at the recruitment fair can offer advice on prerequisite classes and the value of job shadowing.
After the informational booths close at 4 p.m., students may attend question-and-answer sessions from 4:30-6 p.m. with separate focuses on allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, optometry, physician assistant and pharmacy. Students from the Quillen College of Medicine, the Gatton College of Pharmacy and the DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate will answer questions about their experiences.
Those who attend a Q&A session will be eligible for a door-prize giveaway of preparation courses from Kaplan, which publishes a Medical College Admissions Test Preparation Course and a Pharmacy College Admissions Test Preparation Course.
Edde’s office advises approximately 2,200 of ETSU students each year who have an eye toward health professions education. She advised interested students to dress professionally for the recruitment fair.