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Fair brings top health-related professional schools to ASU

February 27, 2009

Arizona State University hosted a health professions fair Feb. 24 for students applying to a professional school. In its ninth year, the Health Professions Advising office hosts the event for any ASU student interested in health fields, including dentistry, medicine and pharmacy.

The fair was held at the Memorial Union and was attended by more than 35 exhibitors from national health professional universities and ASU clubs and associations. ASU exhibitors included Camp Kesem, Alpha Epsilon Delta, American Medical Student Association and Biomedical Informatics. Thirty national universities exhibited, including the University of Chicago, University of Iowa and Midwestern University.

“This event is an opportunity for students to meet admissions representatives from a variety of health fields nationwide,” says Phillip Scharf, director of Health Professions Advising in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Many representatives are the admissions directors, so this is a great opportunity for these students to meet real decision makers.

“We have heard from past attendees that admissions representatives have remembered them from this fair at entrance interviews. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with schools on a personal level,” he says.

Students from all four ASU campuses, representing more than 35 majors, attended the fair. Students interested in pre-health professions can major in any area, according to Scharf. Advisors have spoken with students majoring in such diverse fields as art, psychology, biology and chemistry.

“This is a great opportunity for students to explore areas of healthcare they might not have thought of before, like dentistry and pharmacy,” says Scharf.

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