Making the Most of a Pre-med Event

Premedical conferences and recruitment fairs typically include workshops or presentations on topics like preparing for the MCAT® exam, applying to medical school, and how to pay for your medical education. You can meet medical school representatives, ask them questions, and gather information about their schools.
students talking to school rep at a career fair
In addition to medical school programs, organizations like the AAMC often attend these fairs to provide information and answer questions about their pre-med services and resources.


Why should I attend?
Attending a pre-med conference or recruitment fair is a good way to learn about the process of applying to medical school, admission requirements, and resources all in one place. You’ll likely meet lots of medical school admissions professionals in person and have the opportunity to talk with them about specific opportunities at their schools.

Are there registration fees?
The majority of pre-med events are free to attend, although some may charge a small registration fee to attend development sessions or workshops. Most fairs and conferences will publish their programs and fees in advance of the event, which will help you decide which ones are best for you to attend.

What should I wear and bring with me?
It’s a good idea to dress professionally or in business casual attire for most events. Wear comfortable shoes because you may be walking and standing a lot. Bring something to take notes on, or a note-taking app on your phone, so you can review your conversations and key information as you complete your application and later as you prepare for interviews. It also may be a good idea to bring a bag with you to carry items you gather from booths, although some tables may have bags imprinted with their logo, which you can use for that purpose, or sometimes bags may be included with conference registration.

How can I find out about events near me?
Ask the pre-health advisor at your school about fairs and conferences in your area. Medical schools near you also may host local events. Additionally, many conferences stream presentations or have recordings available online after the event. Follow AAMC Pre-Med on Facebook and Twitter to see occasional announcements about events around the country. In addition, see Upcoming Career Fairs.

Premedical Fair Checklist