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Puerto Rico hosts major medical school recruitment fair

Baiganchoka Discover Your Culture

May 2, 2012

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — As medical schools throughout the US work to enrich, advise, attract, and retain students from diverse backgrounds — as well as those under-represented in medicine — the Northeast Group on Student Affairs (NEGSA) will host a Medical School Recruitment Fair in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on June 11 at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

NEGSA is a member community within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

The fair is designed to educate students in Puerto Rico about the qualities medical schools are looking for in their applicants and provide important information that will help students become competitive medical school applicants. Representatives from more than 30 US-based medical schools as well as representatives from the AAMC will take part in this event.

The fair will include a number of workshops on topics including:

• Admissions requirements;
• Interview skills and personal statement development;
• Research, community service and leadership opportunities;
• MCAT preparation;
• Holistic review;
• Financial aid; and more.

“As the diversity of the US population increases, there is a growing need to insure that the healthcare providers serving patients reflect this diversity,” said Adam Aponte, MD, MSc, FAAP, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at Hostra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and the chair of NEGSA. “This is the first event of its kind and we are pleased to have so many medical school representatives on the island of Puerto Rico not only marketing their schools but providing advice and guidance to students interested in pursuing a medical career. This will be a unique opportunity for students, parents and pre-health advisors to interact with medical school representatives.”

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