Fall 2018 Career and Residency Fair Exceeds Expectations for Students and Participating Programs

 

Students attending Meharry’s Fall 2018 Career and Residency Fair may have come to practice in mock interviews and receive feedback on their CVs, but a few came away with job offers from medical and dental recruiters.

 

Meharry students participate in mock interviews. Students talk to recruiters at the Career and Residency Fair.

 

Representatives from nearly 30 dental and medical entities attended the fair, many offering residencies and paid positions. In fact, one Meharry dental student received a job offer from a Texas company on the spot that included a $20,000 signing bonus. Another company told fair organizers they would be sending out several offer letters as soon as they returned to their offices.

 

Recruiters engage students at the Career and Residency Fair.

 

Patricia M. Hammock, M.Ed., student affairs specialist, noted that “the Division of Student Affairs founded the Career and Residency Fair at Meharry three years ago in collaboration with the student organization American Medical Student Association”. She said, “the medical and dental recruiters present see Meharry as the destination for diverse health professions talent. Many of this year’s participants have already preregistered for 2019’s Career and Residency Fair, slated for the first Friday after Labor Day each year going forward”.

 

Medical students sign up to attend the Career and Residency Fair.

 

Cherry Hutcherson, a physician recruiter for Franklin Primary Health, was impressed with the student turnout which exceeded her expectations compared to similar national recruitment events. She also praised Meharry students for being well informed and asking good questions. “They know what they want to do,” Hutcherson said, describing Meharry students as the “cream of the crop.”

 

Two recruiters have a conversation with Meharry students.