On Oct. 29, the University of West Georgia chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and the College of Science and Mathematics pre-health advising hosted a free health professions fair and discussion panel to provide students the opportunity to learn more about careers in health care.

“AMSA, with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.  Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA’s role in these issues is extremely important, because its strength is giving power to medical students to take action and create change about issues that they care about.”

After winning the University System of Georgia Innovation Award for Design and Technology for the new nursing building and being named one of the top five Southeastern colleges for online nursing, the increase of nursing student enrollment has grown tremendously. Representatives from health professional programs from Georgia Regents University, Mercer University, Morehouse Medical School, Emory University, South University and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine came and gave information for students in the field of nursing.

The fair began in the lobby of the TLC from 4-5:30 pm, where students were able to find out about different nursing programs available and had the opportunity to meet others in the same field or any student considering a health-related career. Shortly after, the representatives from the health professional programs occupied the TLC lecture rooms from 5:30-7 p.m. for a panel discussion in which any student or faculty could ask questions about nursing programs or any other health related career.

“This was a great opportunity to interact with people in the same career path that you may be interested in,” said Oshaar Jones, a junior and nursing major. “I was able to find out lots of things that I did not know and a lot of things that I needed to know like what kind of internships are available, what different type of jobs are available and where I would like to work at going into my senior year.”

For additional information, please contact Dean for the College of Science and Mathematics office at 678-839-5190 or email Dr. Vickie Geisler at vgeisler@westga.edu.  To find out more information about the American Medical Student Association please visit their website at www.amsa.org.

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