Request for Coverage: Careers showcase

WHAT: The 2008 Health Professions Fair & Science Expo, an annual event at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio showcasing health science careers

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

WHERE: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Morning sessions – Health Professions Fair:
Greehey Academic and Research Campus, 8403 Floyd Curl Drive
Afternoon sessions – Science Expo:
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Campus, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive

WHO: The event is open to high school and college students, their parents and teachers. Faculty members from departments in the School of Health Professions will lead the morning sessions. Faculty in the School of Nursing, Dental School, School of Medicine and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences will lead afternoon sessions.

WHY: Demand is growing rapidly for workers in nursing, dentistry, medicine, research and the health professions (the latter term encompasses vocations that include physical therapist, clinical laboratory scientist, dental laboratory technician, physician assistant and other professionals). It is especially important for young people in South Texas to consider careers in these disciplines and to serve their home region after their education and professional training.

NOTES: This educational program is offered free of charge as a service to students. We can arrange an advance interview for you with the Health Science Center’s director of recruitment and science outreach, Irene Chapa, a Ph.D.-trained pharmacologist who is passionate about reaching young people with word of these careers. We can also make available parents and students who attended last year, and can arrange a campus visit for you to shoot a photo of a young student in a lab. We can also assist you with interviews and photos at the event.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit

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