AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title First Annual Medical School Fair
Project type(s) Fundraiser,School Service,Recruitment
Date completed 02/21/2008
Chapter University of Iowa
Project Coordinator Jim Curry
Summary of project A tabled fund raising event to bring medical school representatives to the University of Iowa community, and let premedical or prehealth students see the availability and diversity of medical schools.

Content area Health Fair
Number of participants 8
Participant hours involved 25 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $400
Project funding Other grant,Admission/participant charge
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Dorm fliers, bus posters, the campus newspaper, emails and facebook event.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Schools should be notified and able to register well in advance. Contact school admissions offices- NOT Deans. Give multiple ways of registration, and set clear deadlines for all parts of event. Do not be afraid of asking certain schools, just take all that are willing. Leave open the option of sending information when no representative can come. Encourage medical students to be representatives, and ask their schools for funds. Hold the fair in a heavily trafficked area, and promote well. Promote often and early.

Comments Start early and plan ahead. Schools often budget far in advance for these kinds of events. That's why allowing medical students to apply for funds can help in the long run. The more publicity and student turn out that you can show, the better. Schools will be more secure in sending reps when they are confident they will be able to recruit. If there is a week set out by your school for health sciences, etc., it is best to partner up and draw their crowd, too.