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The UNR School of Medicine sign as it stands on February 20. The school recommends that students have volunteer experience when applying to their program.

Pre-med students will soon be able to network with healthcare professionals at the second annual High Sierra Area Health Education Center’s Annual Pre-Professional Healthcare Summit being held on April 13 to 14 at Truckee Meadows Community College.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine receives around 1,000 to 1,500 applications to their program every year. Among those applications, approximately 300 are selected for interviews, according to their website. One of their requirements for applicants is to have community and volunteer experience.

“The conference is an amazing opportunity to make connections,” student ambassador Jayde Powell said. “Our goal in putting on this conference is to connect students to professionals and give them insight on what the reality is with being a helping professional.”

The conference is being supported by local medical groups such as Nevada INBRE, Nevada Hospital Association and Carson Tahoe Health. At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to earn hands-on experience from helping professionals and focus on interprofessional education.

“We invite professionals from all fields of healthcare, such as psychologists, administrators, primary care physicians, radiologists, nurses, surgeons and more to present workshops or lectures on a given topic of their choice,” Powell said.

Researchers from Northeastern University, Drexel University and the Economic Policy Institute gathered to research data collected by the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey and the U.S. Department of Labor in order to determine the percentage of college students that found a job after a graduation. The study found that in 2001, approximately 53.6 percent of bachelor degree-holding individuals under the age of 25 did not have a job or were underemployed.

However, a study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2014 found hope for job-seeking college graduates. In a poll response by graduates, the Pew Research Center in 2014 found that about 86 percent of college graduates said they were either in a “career job” or in “a stepping stone to a career job.”

Powell says that a contributing factor to these numbers are that college students continously network with professionals while attending school.

“I think going above and beyond and being involved in whatever field you want to be in will help find a job,” Powell said. “Students have the opportunity to make connections with the professionals giving lectures or workshops, and although we can’t guarantee that every doctor or professional will offer something beyond the conference, it is possible that students could very well find a mentor or someone to shadow and work with while attending the conference.”

Students are not required to stay the full duration of the conference and are encouraged to register on the AHEC site.

“We hope students who attend gain a lot of insight on their fields of interest directly from professionals,” Powell said. “It’s a two-day event full of fun and learning at the same time, and there’s no requirement to attend all sessions.”

Karolina Rivas can be reached at karolinar@sagebrush.unr.edu and on Twitter @karolinarrivas.