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Project title 4th Annual AMSA/AMWA Residency Fair
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 02/2006
Chapter University of North Carolina SOM
Project Coordinator Harriet Banda
Summary of project The UNC-Chapel Hill AMSA and AMWA chapters invited Residency Directors from Programs in North Carolina, Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, and Washington D.C. to send representatives to the 4th Annual Residency Fair held on Thursday February 23, 2006 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm in the Medical Biomolecular Research Building (MBRB) on the UNC Medical School campus. The fair was opened to medical students from Duke, Wake Forest, and ECU, along with UNC Chapel Hill. Residency programs were sent initial invitation letters in December and then again in January. The programs could RSVP via email or online at a website that the AMSA chapter put together for the fair. Through a two month invitation and RSVP process, 25 schools registered for a fee of $125 each. UNC programs received a discount. 20 of the 25 registered programs sent representatives on the day of the event. Tables and chairs, as well as lunch, were provided on three floors of the MBRB for the residency programs. Advertisement for the fair began in early February to the medical students. About 200 students visited the program’s tables over the two hour period. Light refreshments were also available for the students. Both students and residency programs were encouraged to fill out an evaluation form at the end of the event. The funds made from the residency program registration will cover the costs of mailings and lunch. Profits from the fair will fund students’ attendance at regional and national conferences, as well as speakers and programs for AMSA and AMWA at UNC.

Content area Medical Specialties
Number of participants 240
Participant hours involved 480 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $850
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising The Residency Fair was publicized through posted fliers, letters sent to school residency programs, and through medical and group email list-servs.
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(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions It would have helped to set a limit on how many people each residency program could bring. Some programs brought three or four people and this caused difficulties with lunch and chairs. It would have also helped to prepare more efficient signs to direct p