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Pipeline and Outreach Special Programs

Welcome to Pipeline and Outreach Special Programs

Pipeline and outreach programs are designed to prepare and inspire students to pursue careers in medicine and medical research.


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 consideration.

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. For more information, click here.

Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium

The Academic and Clinical Skills Symposium is designed to provide pre-med and post-baccalaureate students interested in health careers the information necessary to become competitive professional school applicants.

The daylong symposium also provides additional insight into the clinical side of health careers by exposing students to basic clinical skills through hands-on demonstrations. Students will be able to choose three clinical sessions during the afternoon portion of the symposium. The symposium is held in the fall each year, usually in October. Students must be invited to apply. For more information, click here.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)

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 day-long individual counseling sessions.

To arrange a visit, contact the Office of Student Outreach at 804-828-9630.


Second Look is an opportunity, in the spring semester, for selected students to come back and visit the VCU campus a second time for more informal meeting with students, administrators and faculty.

Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP)

SAEP is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program located on the VCU Health Campus in Richmond, Va. The primary focus of SAEP is to provide students with an academically rigorous experience that simulates the first year of health professional school. Students may choose a concentration from among four disciplines: dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy.

For more information, click here.

Health Sciences Academy

Developed in 2008, the Health Sciences Academy (HSA) helps high school students make informed choices about the health professions they wish to pursue while providing resources to pursue their chosen careers. The program offers a health sciences exploration course that includes interactive lectures from health care workers, a mentoring program with VCU undergraduates and field trips to the Monroe Park and VCU Health campuses. For more information, click here.