NIHAL CHOWDHURY As busy college students, it is difficult, if not impossible, for many of us to find the time and money to visit all of the health professions schools that we want to know more about. The Health Professions Fair, hostedonce a year in the spring semester, gives UT students opportunities to meet and network with health professions schools. As students may have difficulty visiting schools themselves, dozens of schools from around the nation and the world come to UT to give students the chance to learn more about their schools first-hand.
This year's fair hosted over eighty representatives from all different types of programs, ranging from medicine to public health to health administration. For prospective medical students, there were representatives from every medical school in Texas. There were representatives from out-of-state medical schools, such as Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Missouri and the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in Illinois. There were even a number of international medical schools represented at the fair, including Technion American Medical School in Israel, Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in Mexico, and St. George's Hospital Medical School in the UK. The fair did not focus only on medical students though, as there were many prestigious programs for other health professions schools as well, including representatives from the Army and Air Force. Overall, there were twenty-four medical schools, nine pharmacy schools, seven dental schools, and dozens of schools from almost every other health professions specialty.
Over the course of four hours, hundreds of students and faculty went in and out of the Rec Sports Gymnasium. People came in empty-handed and left with bags full of handouts and pamphlets. Lines of students formed in an attempt to get free headshots and complimentary snacks provided by the Health Professions Office. In the short hour that I spent at the Health Professions Fair, I made small-talk with recruitment officers, received business cards and other goodies, and most importantly, networked and exchanged contact info with a handful of representatives. In the competitive environment of pre-health professions, having a member of an admissions committee know your name and face has the possibility of making the difference between acceptance and rejection. The Health Professions Fair is definitely an event all pre-health professions students at UT should make an effort to attend—even if you go just for the free pens, at least you’ll be able to get a glimpse at the incredible variety of health professions careers and schools out there.
For more information on the Health Professions Fair and other events and workshops hosted by the Health Professions Office, check out their website.