Student Outreach Programs
The Office of Student Outreach Programs was created to enhance the mission of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine through recruitment, retention and programming efforts targeting students from populations that include, but are not limited to:
- Populations underrepresented in medicine
- Those from rural backgrounds
- Persons considered non-traditional students
Our services are available for medical students, current and future applicants and undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and non-traditional students with an interest in careers as physicians.
The following services are offered to students by appointment:
Telephone or in-person appointments may be made by contacting the Student Outreach Office at 804-828-9630.
- Project ACEe (Academic, Career and Educational experiences)
Project ACEe, a program sponsored by the School of Medicine, is designed to expose disadvantaged high school students to the medical profession by providing them with workshops and mentoring opportunities. Preference is given to students attending Richmond Public Schools, however, students from Chesterfield, Henrico and Hanover county school systems are welcome to submit applications for consideridation.
Project ACEe is a pipeline program that hopes to increase the number of disadvantaged health care practitioners who will practice in the state of Virginia.
- Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium
The Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium is a joint project with the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) that gives college and post-baccalureate students interested in health careers beneficial information and hands-on demonstrations so that they may become competitive medical school applicants.
The Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium is held in the fall of each year, usually in October.
- Historically Black Colleges and Universites (HBCU) Recruitment and Advising Visits
HBCU recruitment and advising visits are designed to build relationships with pre-medical advisors and students at historically black colleges and universities in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, by visiting campuses to talk with student groups or for day-long individual counseling sessions.
To arrange for a visit, contact the Office of Student Outreach at 804-828-9630.
- Second Look
Second Look is an opportunity, in the spring semester, for selected students to come back and visit the VCU campus a second time for a more informal meeting with students, administrators and faculty.
- Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)
The Summer Academic Enrichment Program is an intensive, six-week interprofessional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the academic preparation of junior and senior undergraduate students, as well as post-baccalaureate students, who are actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. Students may choose a concentration from among four disciplines: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.The curriculum is designed around an interprofessional framework that provides:
- Three core courses
- Discipline-specific instruction time
- Learning skills and test-taking workshops
- Seminars featuring topics on health disparities
- Group and individual counseling
- Social and networking events