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Registration open for medical education summit


The Fairbanks community can explore career and education opportunities in a wide range of health care areas on Saturday, Oct. 21, at the sixth annual Alaska Interior Medical Education Summit at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The event is free, but preregistration is required.

The UAF College of Natural Science and Mathematics, and Community and Technical College will host the summit from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Murie Building, 2090 Koyukuk Drive.

The summit is a great opportunity to explore traditional and emerging health careers. It is open to the public, particularly high school students, college students or those looking for a second career in health fields .

Health professionals will lead group discussions, panels and hands-on activities related to traditional, naturopathic, and Eastern medicine, nursing, biomedical research, dentistry, veterinary medicine, rural health care, EMT/Paramedic, pharmacy, X-ray and more.

In 2016, more than 200 students, presenters and vendors participated in AIMES. Carolyn Chapin, the college’s undergraduate student advisor, said the summit succeeds because it showcases such a diversity of jobs in the health care fields.

“While not everyone will end up going to medical school, this event show cases the incredible range of rewarding and satisfying opportunities in health care,” she said. “Our local, state and national presenters and student participation has increased over the past years to help this stellar event grow to what it is today.”

The event is free to the public and vendors. Register online at https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/aimes/

There are also several events before and after the summit where students and community members can explore educational pathways:

  • Friday, Oct. 20: Students who will be applying to medical school in the near future can sign up for one-on-one sessions with an admissions representative from the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, or from the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences. For more information, contact Carolyn Chapin at carolyn.chapin@alaska.edu
  • Friday, Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m., 104 Murie Auditorium: Representatives from the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences and the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences will give an overview of each university’s programs.
  • Saturday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m., 104 Murie Auditorium: Representatives from UAA WWAMI Medical School will give an overview of their programs in more depth right after AIMES.
  • Monday, Oct. 30, 1-2 p.m. 130 Murie, and 6-7 p.m. Murie 103/105: A representative from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will give an overview the school’s programs.

Additional sponsors include Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, Institute of Arctic Biology, and University of Alaska Anchorage WWAMI medical program.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Carolyn Chapin, 907-474-5548, carolyn.chapin@alaska.edu.

ON THE WEB: https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/aimes/

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