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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 22 February 2006

College students wanting to learn more about what it takes to be a dentist, a doctor, a pharmacist, a nurse, an engineer, a radiologist or another health or science professional can visit Oregon Health & Science University from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 24, for the sixth annual OHSU Health, Science & Engineering Careers Conference.

"Theconference's objectives go hand-in-hand with OHSU's mission of community service. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse health care providers to meet the needs of our state," said Leslie Garcia, director of the university's Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, which is hosting the event.

The conference especially hopes to attract underrepresented minorities and disadvantaged students to increase prospective students' awareness of OHSU's educational programs, faculty, resources and campus life.

The educational and interactiveconference will give the students an opportunity to explore possibilities for a future career.

The OHSU schools of Dentistry,Medicine, Nursing and Science & Engineering, as well as Allied Health programs andtheCollege of Pharmacy — a joint program with Oregon State University — will be represented.

This year's keynote speaker will be Charles R. Thomas Jr., M.D., professor and chair of radiation medicine in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Registration is free, but capacity is limited. For more information or to register for this event, call the OHSU Center for Diversityand Multicultural Affairs, 503 494-5657,e-mail [email protected] or register online at www.ohsu.edu/academic/diversity.

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