Students Seeking Health, Science, Engineering Careers Invited to OHSU

03/10/08  Portland, Ore.

Day-long event hopes to encourage diverse array of students to consider health careers

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 other health or science professional can visit Oregon Health & Science University on Friday, April 18, for the eighth annual Health, Science & Engineering Careers Conference. The event is hosted by the OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Library Auditorium, Marquam Hill campus.

"The conference's objectives go hand-in-hand with OHSU's overall mission of community service. Our goal is to introduce students to the possibility of a health care career. In doing so we also hope to increase the number of diverse health care providers and  meet the future health care workforce needs of our state," said Leslie Garcia, director of the OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs.

The conference particularly hopes to serve underrepresented minorities and diverse students by increasing their awareness of OHSU's admission requirements, faculty, resources and campus life.

The interactive conference will give students an opportunity to explore many health careers in the OHSU Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Science & Engineering and the College of Pharmacy, which is a joint program with Oregon State University. OHSU Allied Health programs, such as dietetics, paramedic training and radiation therapy will also be represented.

This year’s keynote speaker is Maria Elena Ruiz, Ph.D., C.F.N.P., R.N., OHSU School of Nursing, assistant professor of nursing. Ruiz is a member of the Center for Health Disparities Research, Oregon Master Public Health Program and president of National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Oregon chapter.

The registration deadline is Monday, March 24. Registration is free, but capacity is limited. For more information or to register for this event, contact the OHSU Center for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at 503 494-5657 or, or register online at

About OHSU
Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and Oregon’s only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), with 12,400 employees. OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.