Healthcare Expo

Every spring semester, the Student Pre-Health Committee (SPHC) and the Center for Pre-Health Advising (CPHA) invite you to a Healthcare Expo. This is an incredible opportunity for students and alumni to come and talk with more than 50 representatives from professional programs, experiential/gap year opportunities, meaningful service experiences, patient care opportunities, and more. Take advantage of this chance to explore your next steps toward a future career in healthcare. A conversation with someone at this expo could launch you into a pivotal experience on your way to that career!

Spring 2020 Healthcare Expo

A student speaks with Sarah Schaefer, a career advisor and assistant director of Career Services in the UW-Madison School of Education.
A student learns more about the UW-Madison Occupational Therapy program from Alexia Rebne, the UW-Madison OT Admissions Coordinator.
A student speaks with a current Marquette University School of Dentistry student about the dental program at Marquette.

Professional Programs
Edgewood College
Loyola University Chicago (MAMS)
Marshall B. Ketchum University (Optometry, Pharmacy, PA)
Medical College of Wisconsin, Master of Science in Anesthesia Program
Rush University Colleges of Health Sciences
University of Minnesota School of Public Health
UW-Madison Athletic Training Program
UW-Madison Center for Patient Partnerships
UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program
UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
UW-Madison Dietetics & Nutritional Sciences Program
UW-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
UW-Madison Master of Genetic Counselor Studies
UW-Madison Master of Public Health Program
UW-Madison Occupational Therapy Program
UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program
UW-Madison Rehabilitation Counseling Program
UW-Madison School of Nursing
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
UW-Madison School of Social Work
UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
UW-Milwaukee College of Health Sciences
UW School of Medicine and Public Health Office of MD Admissions
UW-Whitewater Counselor Education Program (clinical mental health and school counselor training)
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Service, Patient Care Training & Opportunities, and Gap/Experiential Year Experiences
Achieving Collaborative Treatment
Adapted Fitness
Badger SPILL (Supporting Peers in Laidback Listening)
The Beacon
Caravel Autism Health
Center for Healthcare Education and Simulation (CHES)
Centro Hispano of Dane County
Community Action Coalition
Domestic Abuse Intervention Services
Easter Seals Wisconsin
Harambee Village Doulas
Illumina
Madison College
Marshall Area EMS
More Smiles Wisconsin
Morgridge Center for Public Service
National Ski Patrol
Oakwood Village
OutReach LGBT Community Center
Peace Corps
RESULTS
Schools of Hope AmeriCorps Project
Teach For America
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County
UW Carbone Cancer Center
UW Health HIV/AIDS Comprehensive Care Program
UW Health Volunteering and Pathways Programs
UW Stevens Point School of Health Care Professions
Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association
Wisconsin AHEC

Financial Support Resources
US Navy Healthcare Representatives
Office of Student Financial Aid

Campus Resources
Career Exploration Center
CALS Career Services
Center for Pre-Health Advising
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science
UW-Madison School of Education Career Center
UW-Madison School of Human Ecology

Health Professional Student Panelists


Mariana Pasturczak, MPH program (UW-Madison)

pasturczak@wisc.edu

In addition to being a graduate student, Mariana works at the Wisconsin Division of Public Health in the Bureau of Communicable Diseases with both the Immunization Program and also with the Communicable Diseases Epidemiology Section. After graduating, Mariana hopes to continue working in governmental public health.

 

Moe Lucre’, DPT program (UW-Madison)
lucre@wisc.edu

Moe has a wide range of interests within the physical therapy profession that include sports, acute care, and physical therapy within the realm of public health. He became interested in physical therapy after a high school football injury that required two operations and substantial rehab. During college, Moe held summer internships at both Froedtert and Aurora Sports Health in their rehabilitation departments.

 

Jessica Vargas, DDS program (Marquette University School of Dentistry)
jessica.vargas@marquette.edu

Jessica is a first generation college student and is currently a D4 at Marquette School of Dentistry. She plans to specialize in pediatric dentistry and will begin her residency in July at UCLA.

 

Desiree Taylor, MSOT program (UW-Madison)
dmtaylor4@wisc.edu

In addition to being a student, Desiree also serves as a project assistant for the WIDA organization at the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research (WCER), a research assistant in the Motor and Brain Development Lab, a trainee in the Wisconsin Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities program at the Waisman Center, and a personal care/respite worker.

 

Lakita Maulson, MD program (UW SMPH)
maulson@wisc.edu

Lakita was a PEOPLE scholar, worked in a research lab after undergrad, and is currently an M4 at UW SMPH. She is originally from the Lac du Flambeau tribal reservation in Northern Wisconsin and plans to apply to Family Medicine residencies in Fall 2020. Her interests include American Indian/Alaskan Native health, reading, hiking, and spending time with family/friends.

 

Cierra Brewer, PharmD program (UW-Madison)
cbrewer3@wisc.edu

Cierra is a third year pharmacy student. She studied chemistry at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and chose pharmacy because she loves chemistry and her community. She wanted a career in which she would be able to use her education and what she is good at to benefit the Black community. After graduation she hopes to secure a pharmacy residency in Pharmacy Administration and later to work for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

 

Health Professional Panelists


Alex Cummings, Genetic Counselor (UW Health)
acummings2@uwhealth.org

Alex is a Wisconsin native, graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison  in 2012, majoring in Genetics and Philosophy. He worked briefly for the clinical genetic testing company Prevention Genetics in Marshfield, WI before attending the University of Minnesota Master of Science in Genetic Counseling program. After graduating from the program in 2016, he became the first pediatric genetic counselor at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville, TN, and helped establish their Genetics Center. He returned to Wisconsin in early 2019, where he currently works as a laboratory and inpatient genetic counselor at UW Health. He is also a former Ian’s Pizza Eating Contest Champion (2009).

 

Brian Hodgson, DDS (Marquette University School of Dentistry)
brian.hodgson@marquette.wisc

Brian received his dental degree from Marquette University in 1987 and a Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in 1993. He became Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2001 and serves on the Oral Examination Committee for the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Hodgson has been an instructor in the Pediatric Dentistry Residency Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin since July 1993 and an Associate Professor for the Program in Pediatric Dentistry at Marquette University School of Dentistry since March 2003. He also provides hospital dental services to healthy children and children and adults with special health care needs. His clinical research focuses on the prevention and treatment of cancer therapy-related oral mucositis, and also investigates oral health-related findings in patients with SHCN. He previously maintained a private practice in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from May 1996 through September 2013, and recently retired after a 32 year career in the US Navy Dental Corps.

 

Janice Block Banks, Sanitarian (Dane County Public Health Deptartment)
jblockbanks@publichealthmdc.com

Janice currently works for Public Health Madison Dane County as a sanitarian. She has over 25 years of experience in environmental health. This include working as a sanitarian, industrial hygienist, and occupational safety and health specialist. Her experience in various areas of environmental health has assisted the department, and she looks at difficult situations as an opportunity to create growth, and accept change for future generations.

 

Emily Fong, Pharmacist (William S. Middleton VA)
emily.fong@va.gov

Emily graduated from UW-Madison in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology. She then proceeded to pharmacy school at UW-Madison, where she was involved with the Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students, Student Ambassadors, and mentoring students in the undergraduate Exploring Pharmacy FIG. She graduated with a PharmD degree in 2019 and is currently completing her residency at the William S. Middleton VA focusing on ambulatory care. She interacts with patients in primary care clinic as well as specialty clinics such as tobacco treatment, rheumatology, anticoagulation, and geriatrics (among others). Her interest areas include primary care, transitions of care, and mentorship.

 

Lola Awoyinka, Epidemiologist (WI Department of Health Services)

Lola is an epidemiologist and program coordinator for the Minority Health Program within the Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, and also serves as co-chair of the Division’s health equity initiative and the state Minority Health contact for Wisconsin. In her work, Lola leads efforts related to analyzing health disparity and minority health data and efforts towards building internal capacity to apply a health equity lens to public health practice. When not working Lola enjoys coaching soccer and hanging with her pack of 3 dogs and one dog-like cat.

 

Harpreet Singh, DVM (VCA Veterinary Emergency Service & Specialty Care Center)
hsingh.dvm@gmail.com

Harpreet is a 2011 graduate of the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his residency in Small Animal Surgery at Tufts University- Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. Dr. Singh has performed thousands of surgeries including oral maxillofacial, thoracic, abdominal, orthopedic, and neurosurgeries. He has collaborated with human surgeons to treat complex cases and has utilized cutting edge technology to advance the field of veterinary medicine. He also plays an integral role in the veterinary community by participating in and helping host workshops held by internationally known organizations. He has given research-based lectures at local and national conferences and has served on several committees, including a presidency term for the Dane County Veterinary Medical Association. His hobbies include tennis, golfing, kayaking, hiking, and working more.

In Spring 2020, the Career Exploration Center held a career exploration studio for students and alumni to explore interest in healthcare fields.

At the Career Exploration Studio, CEC staff led participants in short activities that helped cultivate reflection on the skills, interests, and values leading students and alumni to want to learn more about careers in healthcare. CEC staff also adept at pointing to resources for experiences during your time at UW and beyond that will foster professional exploration and development.

 

The Career Exploration Studio ran for a full hour during the expo. People were free to stop in any time while it was running to gather information, complete the guided activities, or just to chat with a career advisor from the CEC. They are a great resource — and not only were they available for conversations at the expo. You can meet with them throughout the year as a UW-Madison student!

Professional Programs
Rush University Colleges of Health Sciences
UW-Madison Athletic Training Program
UW-Madison Biotechnology Program
UW-Madison Cytotechnology Program
UW-Madison Dietetics & Nutritional Sciences Program
UW-Madison Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
UW-Madison Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program
UW-Madison Kinesiology Program
UW-Madison Graduate Nursing Program
UW-Madison Master of Genetic Counselor Studies
UW-Madison Master of Public Health Program
UW-Madison Occupational Therapy Program
UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program
UW-Madison Rehabilitation Counseling Program
UW-Madison School of Nursing
UW-Madison School of Pharmacy
UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine
UW School of Medicine and Public Health Office of MD Admissions
Wisconsin School of Professional Psychology

Service, Patient Care Training & Opportunities, and Gap/Experiential Year Experiences
Caravel Autism Health
Communication Innovations
Covance
Dane County Maternal Child Health Navigator Program
Oak Street Health
Ortho Molecular
Peace Corps
Teach For America

Financial Support Resources
US Navy Healthcare Representatives

Campus Resources
Career Exploration Center
Center for Pre-Health Advising
SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science

If you have any questions about this event that are not listed below, please let us know! You can contact Emily Chaltry, CPHA Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships and Healthcare Expo Coordinator, directly at echaltry@wisc.edu.

What is it?

UW-Madison students and alumni are invited to the second annual Healthcare Expo offered by CPHA. The event will provide opportunities to explore careers in healthcare and identify next steps in a healthcare career path. Come, explore, and learn from representatives of professional programs, gap year opportunities, meaningful service experiences, patient care opportunities, and more. Select breakout sessions on health career exploration, a health graduate student panel, and a health professionals panel.

Who can attend?

All UW-Madison students and alumni are welcome to attend! The event is free, and there is no need to register in advance.

When should I come?

Please come when you can. The event will run from 4-7 pm. The resource fair will be open for the duration of the event. There will also be three breakout sessions. The first is an open-house format (4-4:45 pm), and the second two are panel discussions. Come and go to the first breakout session as you want to, but do be in a seat for the other two when they are scheduled to begin: Professional Student Panel (5-5:45 pm) and Health Professionals Panel (6-6:45 pm).

How do I win a free set of Kaplan test prep books?

To win, come and collect raffle tickets from tablers, put your name/email on each ticket, and drop the tickets you collect into a raffle ticket basket on your way out. CPHA will contact the two winners the following week.

What should I bring?

Just yourself and your Student ID. Have your Student ID ready to expedite the Check-In.

Who will I meet at the resource fair?

You’ll meet representatives of professional programs, gap year opportunities, meaningful service experiences, patient care opportunities, and more at the resource fair.

What should I wear?

The Healthcare Expo is not a career fair, so you don’t need to wear a suit or other dress clothes. You may decide to dress business casually though because you’ll have the opportunity to interact with professional programs and other community organizations.

Thank you for your interest in the Healthcare Expo! If you have any questions about this event and/or would like to be involved in a future expo, please reach out to Emily Chaltry, CPHA Lead for Career Exploration Partnerships and Healthcare Expo Coordinator, at echaltry@wisc.edu.

Please also check back in January 2021 for resources that can be shared with students and alumni for the 2021 Healthcare Expo!