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Bethlehem, Pa., March 13, 2008— Moravian College will host this year's Lehigh Valley Medical School and Health Professions Expo. On March 30, students from college and universities throughout the region who are considering all sorts of health-related careers can get many of their questions answered at the Expo which will be held from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Moravian's Main Street campus.
The event, sponsored by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, has been held at other Lehigh Valley colleges in the past. This is this first time Moravian has been invited to host this event. “The expo provides a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students from across the Lehigh Valley, who have an interest in pursuing a career in the health care profession, to learn more about various programs from a wide variety of institutions,” said Cecilia M. Fox, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Neuroscience Program at Moravian College.
Moravian's version is expected to draw more visitors than ever, thanks to the legwork done by Professor Fox and the students in her Premed Club. “We are notifying faculty advisors in colleges all over the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas and asking students to bring their peers at other institutions,” she says. “Moravian premed clubbers also came up with a list of questions for the health professionals panel, recruited premed clubs from other schools to participate, and will be helping with registration and other logistics on the day of the event.
Professor Fox hopes the event will be an eye-opener for students who are considering post-baccalaureate study in any health-related field. Even students who aren't yet sure what path they want to take can benefit from attending, she says. “It's a great way to get a sampling of the many opportunities that are available,” she notes, adding, “I hope students will come away with a real light bulb moment, and think ‘look at all the possibilities available to me.’” For Professor Fox, planning and organizing the Expo is an extension of her role as an advisor to her undergraduates. “I think it's important for them to have opportunities like this, so they can make informed decisions,” she says. “I want them to have as much information as possible before they select a particular career path.” In fact, she adds that she wishes she'd had events like this to attend when she was starting out. “I think I'm passionate about this because, when I was in college, I really didn't know about the various opportunities out there for a science major,” she says. “It's important that today's students are educated about all the fascinating possibilities.”
Among those institutions participating are: Temple University School of Medicine; Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine; Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine; New York College of Podiatric Medicine; Drexel University COM, Post-Baccalaureate and Pre-Professional Education; Lehigh University; US Army; DeSales University, MSN Program; American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine; Wachovia Education Finance: Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions.
Details and schedule of events are available on the Web at http://www.moravian.edu/expo/flyer.pdf; students can register at http://www.moravian.edu/expo/. Once students register, they will be eligible to win a number of fabulous door prizes from local vendors (including a Titanium Blackberry Curve 8310 generously donated by AT&T).
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.