On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, Associate Professor of Biology Dr. John Cadle and Chair of the East Georgia State College Biology Department Dr. David Chevalier attended the Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Recruitment Fair in Atlanta with five EGSC Bachelor of Science in Biology program students. Yamin Chhipa, Khadijah Johnson, Susanna Hall, Fiza Chhipa and Lesilie Harbin attended the workshop, and the trip was sponsored by the new Pre-Professional Student Club at EGSC.
“This trip was the first activity for the new EGSC Pre-Professional Student Club,” added Dr. Chevalier. “The goal of this club is to provide students with opportunities to learn about careers in the medical and healthcare fields. We are planning additional activities and trips in order to help plan students’ applications to professional programs in healthcare.”
The Careers in Science and Medicine: Workshops and Recruitment Fair was organized by the Association of American Medical Colleges and included both presentations from faculty at medical colleges and graduate schools across the nation and a recruitment fair. During the presentations, students learned the difference between a MD, MD-Ph.D., and Ph.D. programs, and the specific requirements for each program. In addition, the Outreach Specialist from the Association of American Medical Colleges Application Service discussed in detail the application process to medical schools, including the MCAT test. Students also attended a fair that included Deans and Directors of programs from medical schools and graduate schools that included Yale University, University of West Virginia and University of Texas Health San Antonio. EGSC students were able to network with the deans and directors and learned about various medical programs across the United States.
“I had a great time and really appreciate the opportunity to meet incredible medical doctors and instructors,” said Fiza Chhipa. “Attending this workshop allowed me to hear different perspectives on the medical field.”
Dr. Cadle added, “It was such a great opportunity to learn about educational and training opportunities for our undergraduates. I think the array of programs displayed really helped open the eyes of our students to opportunities that they probably did not know existed. In addition, they received great tips about how to write a persuasive application to medical school—something that will be invaluable as they start on this adventure.”