This past March, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) chapter here at Georgia Tech held its ninth annual pre-health conference. Amongst the many events at the conference, some highlights were the opening remarks and keynote, panels with admissions counselors and current students, and a pre-health fair with a number of companies and colleges.
The day began with attendees being treated to breakfast followed by a quick journey over to the Klaus Auditorium to the an inspiring keynote speech. The conference’s keynote speaker, Dr. Montogomery Rice, currently serves as the President of the Morehouse School of Medicine and is the first woman in the history of the school to occupy this role. In her speech, Dr. Rice talked about her journey as a minority student who decided to choose medicine as her career during her final year of college. The stories she shared helped students to begin thinking about their own potential careers in medicine, serving as a segue into the conference’s first workshop session.
The first workshop session consisisted of three parts: a panel with medical school admissions representatives, a panel discussing dual medical degrees, and a session about the role of women in healthcare. The discussions here proved to be a very valuable resource as they allowed students a small glimpse into the future whether it was the the application process, the different tracks that can be chosen, or the gender ratio (something that I think for which Tech has already prepared us).
The subsequent sessions, contrary to the first, allowed attendees the chance to learn more about the healthcare field itself and the different opportunities it could provide. Discussions at these sessions involved learning about the experiences of students currently in medical school, the operation of startups in the medical field, and the modern culture of medicine. All these discussions provided students a number of perspectives on the medical world including some, such as the startup scene or disciplines such as optometry or dentistry, that many would never have initially considered.
Finally, after a networking lunch, the tail-end of the conference allowed students the chance to roam freely and talk with different school and companies at the health fair. Among the various booths were representatives from companies like Kaplan and medical schools such as Emory and Mercer. Parallel to the ongoings at the fair, students also were given to opportunity to listen to (or participate in) a mock medical school admissions interview or to learn how to stitch sutures on pig feet.
As a pre-med student here at Tech, I can say with confidence that the AMSA Pre-Health conference proved to be a valuable opportunity to learn more about the field that I want to enter someday. For any students who might be interested in pursuing a career in medicine or healthcare, I would definitely recommend attending next year’s conference.