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Community Engagement

Acceleration 3

The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Acceleration Program was started in 2005 to provide career support for incoming disadvantaged and underrepresented minority (URM) students who expressed an interest in health science (not medicine specifically). In an effort to increase student interest in a career in medicine, Acceleration Program students have participated in clinical teaching sessions with VCU medical and pharmacy students at the Goochland Free Clinic since 2012. The program, called Acceleration3, has continued since that time with 4 students each semester including 4 students over the summer break. The Acceleration3 students have learned how to take patient vital signs and a social history. The Acceleration student work is repeated and corroborated by the medical and pharmacy students and then ultimately discussed with the attending physician and attending pharmacist. The program has been successful in increasing the number of Acceleration students applying to medical school.