Summer Academic Enrichment Program

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Sciences and Health Careers Pipeline is excited to announce a new, interdisciplinary program, Summer Academic Enrichment Program (SAEP), for upper level undergraduate students! Highlights of SAEP include challenging course work in the biological sciences, discipline specific instruction, and engaging summer workshops. Full details for the program are listed below.

Visit us online at for more information and the online application. Please also view the attached flyer. Questions can be sent to, or 804-827-0982.

Program Description:

The Summer Academic Enrichment Program is an intensive, six-week inter-professional academic enrichment program designed to enhance the admissions profiles of junior and senior undergraduate students, and post-baccalaureate students, actively pursuing enrollment in a health professions school. The curriculum is designed around an inter-professional framework that provides:

· Three core courses

· Discipline specific instruction time (dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy)

· Learning skills and test-taking workshops

· Seminars featuring topics on health disparities

· Professionalism

· Group and individual counseling

· Social and networking events

Participants are provided housing and a stipend to cover program expenses.

Program highlights include:

Biological science development: All participants will attend courses in biochemistry, microbiology, and pharmacology. Students will gain a perspective of the rigor at which these courses are taught. Students will be evaluated through tests, and submit self-evaluations.

Discipline specific concentration: Participants will have focused time in one of the discipline specific concentrations. Each respective school will provide additional course work, discipline specific seminars, or clinical exposure during this time.

Learning skills and test-taking strategies: This component will assist participants in understanding how to take standardized tests and help them develop methods for self-study in preparing for the examination.

Mock interviews: Participants will participate in group-based mock interview sessions. During these sessions, faculty from VCU health professions admissions offices will review successful interviewing strategies and pitfalls to avoid. Participants will also have the opportunity to schedule individual mock interviews with faculty and staff members of the respective schools.

Saturday Education and Learning Time (SEAL-TIME): Mandatory Saturday sessions are designed for participants to solidify and exhibit understanding of the core course topics, as well as practice peer-to-peer learning skills.

Application Details and Eligibility:

Students will apply to one of four tracks — dentistry (RAMpS), medicine, pharmacy or physical therapy — and this will determine their discipline specific concentration if they are selected to participate in the program. Upon completion of the program, participants will have the tools that will help them to assess their strengths and weaknesses in regards to successful application and matriculation into a health professions school.

Requirements for admission to the program include:

· Completed three years of college course work, including organic chemistry (note: organic chemistry not required for physical therapy track)

· Cumulative GPA of 2.75

· Two letters of reference

· Personal Statement

· Transcript

· Strong interest in attending health professions graduate school at VCU

Preference is given to those of a disadvantaged (educational, social or economic) background.

Application Dates: November 15, 2011 – March 1, 2012

Program Dates: May 29, 2012 – July 6, 2012

Logan Vetrovec, M.Ed. Director of Recruitment Division for Health Sciences Diversity Virginia Commonwealth University P.O. Box 980006 Richmond, VA 23298 (804)827-2074 (phone) (804)828-1085 (fax)

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