IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair to take place March 1

Students contemplating careers in health care are invited to attend the 15th annual Indiana University Bloomington Health Programs Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 in the Indiana Memorial Union.

Featuring representatives from more than 100 schools, programs and organizations, the fair will provide IU students a chance to learn about a wide variety of educational and career opportunities. Attendees will meet with recruiters from medical schools and health professions programs and learn about the admissions process. The fair is organized each year by the Health Professions and Prelaw Center at IU Bloomington.

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A student attends last year’s IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair.

Dr. Robert Kasberg, associate dean for admissions and student affairs at the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, enjoys attending the fair every year to meet with IU students.

“The campus is beautiful, the staff is accommodating, and the students are excited,” he said. “The HPPLC team exemplifies professionalism, and they do an excellent job of organizing the fair.

“I find IU Bloomington students to be among the best prepared of all my applicants. The quality of the advising they receive from the HPPLC team is matched by no other undergraduate college or university with which I am familiar. I find them very well prepared for the rigors of dental school.”

The fair is designed to enhance student success in admission to health profession schools.

“IU students should not miss this event,” said Rachel Tolen, assistant director of the Health Professions and Prelaw Center. “Students have a chance to meet directly with officials who make decisions on their applications, and they can gain insight into how to become a more competitive applicant.”

Information will be available on health care careers in direct patient care, laboratory work, administration, information technology and other areas. About 500 students usually attend the Health Programs Fair, and large crowds are expected again this year.

Representatives from IU academic departments will attend the fair to discuss majors and courses that help prepare students for medicine and other health fields. Students will also have the opportunity to speak with representatives of health-related student organizations and volunteer agencies from the Bloomington area.

A list of professions and of schools and programs that will be represented at the fair is available online. Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Health Professions and Prelaw Center at 812-855-1873 or hpplc@indiana.edu.

The center, a unit of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, provides advising and other services for students who want to pursue careers in law, medicine and other health professions. The center works closely with IU students throughout their undergraduate years, and with IU alumni, to help them become thoughtful, well-prepared, competitive applicants to professional programs.

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