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Health Professions Recruitment Fair allows students to explore school options

By ETSU News Bureau
On September 30, 2012

Students who are interested in exploring and comparing health-related professional schools can go on a scouting trip of institutions from eight states and two Caribbean nations - and they can do it all in one afternoon, under one roof, at East Tennessee State University.
The third annual Health Professions Recruitment Fair, sponsored by the ETSU Office of Medical Professions Advisement (MPA), will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the D.P. Culp University Center ballroom. Representatives from more than 40 professional schools will be on hand from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
The event is geared toward undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students. Approximately 550 students from ETSU and other schools in East Tennessee as well as North Carolina and Virginia attended the first two recruitment fairs, said Martha Edde, ETSU coordinator of MPA.
"This is a great opportunity for students to have that initial conversation with the schools they are interested in," Edde said. "A lot of our students at ETSU are very focused on this region and they haven't thought about applying to some of the places that are a little farther away. So the recruitment fair certainly opens their eyes to more of the choices they have."
The choices are indeed many. The health-related areas that will be represented at the fair include allopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic medicine; clinical and rehabilitative health sciences; dentistry; international service learning; nursing; occupational therapy; optometry; pharmacy; physical therapy; physician assistant; podiatry; psychology; public health; social work; and veterinary medicine. Information on international study and health-related careers in the U.S. Army will also be available.
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.
Schools and programs from the Southeast - as well as from Pennsylvania and the Caribbean island nations of St. Maarten and Grenada - 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 a question-and-answer session from 4:30-6 p.m. that focuses on allopathic and osteopathic medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry and pharmacy. Current 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.
Edde said the Q&A feature proved to be popular last year.
"It leads to some interesting questions," Edde said, "such as, 'What's the most important class you took as an undergraduate that prepared you for the PCAT?' and 'What's the most important undergraduate class you took that prepared you for your first class in medical school?' Students may also get some insight on how to prepare the personal essays they write when applying for professional school."
Those who attend the Q&A session will be eligible for a door prize giveaway of two prep courses from Kaplan: one each of Kaplan's Medical College Admissions Test Preparatory Course and Pharmacy College Admissions Test Preparatory Course. Each prep course typically retails for about $2,000.
Edde's office advises 2,200 ETSU students each year who have an eye toward health professions education. She said it's never too early for students, even freshmen, to start preparing in ways that will improve their chances of enrolling and succeeding in the professional school of their choice. Edde advised interested students to dress professionally for the recruitment fair.
For more information, contact the Office of MPA at (423) 439-5602 or premed@etsu.edu. The office is online at www.etsu.edu/cas/mpa.


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