Larry D. Keith Recruitment Fair

2018 Larry D. Keith Health Professions Recruitment Fair

June 23, 2018

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC

Schedule | Participation | Registration | Shipping | Accommodations


The 2017 Larry D. Keith Area Health Professions Recruitment Fair will be sponsored by Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. The local hosts will also include the NC AHEC Programs and Carolina Higher Education Opportunity Programs (CHEOP). Students and advisers will be invited from various institutions. Based on past seminars, the audience will represent 15-20 states and 40-50 health professional colleges and universities.

The purpose of the recruitment fair is to enable a group of summer program participants to expand their horizons on the professional school opportunities available to them, to enrich their understanding of the pre-professional planning process, and to meet personally with important professional school representatives. Approximately 300 minority and/or disadvantaged students -- mostly college juniors, seniors, and post-graduates -- will attend. These students attending the fair will come from the following summer programs:


    The Recruitment Fair begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday morning. The agenda for the day will include an introduction of the professional school representatives, as well as the summer program participants. Representatives will be able to participate on a panel discussing their program/school and will be asked to give an overview of their programs as well as discuss topics such as:

    • The admissions process
    • Pre-professional planning
    • Alternative health career pathways and options
    • Financial aid
    • Support systems
    • The gap year
    • Life in professional/graduate school

    Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner will be served during the Recruitment Fair.  Breakfast  and lunch will tentatively start at 7:30 AM  and 12:00 PM, respectively.  Dinner will begin at 6:00 PM and feature a speech by our Keynote speaker. Our annual talent show showcasing our students' talents from the various programs will start after dinner.  Sessions will conclude at 5:30 PM on Saturday, prior to the dinner with keynote speaker.  Complimentary snacks will be available throughout the program except during meals. 


    Panels: For those unfamiliar with our past conference, we invite our visitors to participate actively as members of the panels. The response form includes a space to indicate if you are willing to serve as a resource person. We will make every effort to assign you to a panel if you so desire. Please see list of discussion topics above.

    Mock interview: Friday morning will begin with a mock interview. We will need volunteers to serve on the mock admissions committee. Roles will be assigned prior to the session. You may also indicate your willingness to serve on this panel by checking the appropriate topic on the response form. Roles will be assigned prior to the session.

    Recruitment Fair: The recruitment fair will occur throughout in conjunction with the program of events.  However, there will be at least two hours during the day that is devoted exclusively to the recruitment fair.  Recruiters will also be able to begin set up early in the morning prior to the start of the program. 


      • Full table with two seats for the recruitment fair
      • All meals for up to two representatives 
      • Quarter page ad space in the booklet; quarter page is 3.25" (width) X 4.5" (height)

    If you would like to purchase additional ad space, please select the option on the registration page for Silver Registration: Bronze Registration + Half(1/2) Page (Horizontal) Ad ($375) or Gold Registration: Bronze Registration + Full Page Ad ($475).


    Please click here to register. You will have the option to pay by credit card through the registration system. If paying by check, please write it to UNC School of Medicine and send to the following address by Friday, June 22, 2018:

    Office of Special Programs
    c/o Larry D. Keith Recruitment Fair
    505 Berryhill Hall
    CB #7530
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

    Advertisement Space

    If you plan to send in an advertisement to include in the program booklet, please send it as an attachment to  by Monday, June 18th, 2017. JPEG images are preferred. PDFs are acceptable. 

    Quarter page: 3.25" (width) X 4.5" (height)

    Half (1/2) page: 6.50" (width) X 4.5" (height)

    Full page: 6.50" (width) X 9.0" (height)

    Shipping Information

    If you need to ship your recruitment material ahead of time, please send to the address provided below.  Duke University serves as host for the even numbered years and UNC Chapel Hill serves as the host for the odd numbered years.  Please make sure your materials arrive no earlier than Monday, June 18th, 2018.

    c/o Larry D. Keith Health Professions Recruitment Fair
    Address TBD
    c/o Larry D. Keith Health Professions Recruitment Fair
    100 Friday Center Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599


    Hotel: On odd numbered years we have reserved a block of rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott ( The hotel is walking distance to the Friday Center as well as several local dining options.  On even numbered years we have reserved a block of rooms at a hotel near Duke that will be determined at a different date.

    The rooms reserved have been discounted for our group from $169.00 down to $129.00 per night (rates are available until Friday, May 26, 2018). PLEASE HAVE PEOPLE ASK FOR THE Larry D. Keith Recruitment Fair BLOCK WHEN THEY CALL IN.  Hotel check-in time is after 3:00 PM on the day of arrival.  Check-out time is before 12:00 PM on the day of departure. 

    Please note, these are the only hotels we have an exclusive agreement with.   The only one within walking distance of the Friday Center, so if you are unable to reserve a room at the Marriott, you will have to arrange transportation for yourself to and from your respective hotel to the Friday Center. We are no longer able to provide shuttle transportation.

    Please use the links below to reserve your room:

    1) Click on the link given below. You will find the special rates for the event pre-loaded in the appropriate field.

    Book your group rate for Larry D Keith Recruitment Fair


    Start date: 7/21/2018

    End date: 7/23/2018

    Last day to book: 5/30/2018

    2) Use the contact phone numbers below to reserve rooms using the "Larry D. Keith Recruitment Fair" to receive the discounted rate.
    Courtyard by Marriot: Call hotel directly at 1-919-883-0700 or Toll Free at 1-800-321-2211.
    Duke Hotel: TBD

    Directions to the William and Ida Friday Center are listed on their website:

    Parking: Parking is free and available at the Friday center.

    Have any questions? Please contact:

    Lisa Long - Assistant Director and Recruiter