Searching for Healthcare Opportunities

September 9th, 2021 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Looking for healthcare volunteering and shadowing can be difficult. These kinds of opportunities can provide you with the ability to practice and improve your communication, management, and leadership skills while making a positive difference in the world. Attendees will hear about tips and strategies for finding opportunities, as well as methods for tracking various experiences.Register on using the Zoom link:

Play Therapy and the Therapeutic Power of Play

Wednesday, Sep. 15, 2021 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Join Jan Williamson, LCSW, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor, to learn about the therapeutic power of play and how it is used.  An overview will be included and information will be shared about the VCU Play Therapy Training Program. VCU is an approved continuing education provider by the Association for Play Therapy. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education at or (804) 828-1322 or visit

TeleShadowing is offering clinical shadowing experiences weekly that will leave lasting impressions.

TeleShadowing intends to encourage and inspire students to explore the multifaceted world of medicine through our two-hour weekly Zoom sessions, in which they will have the opportunity to interact with health professionals as they walk them through real-life case studies and their path to medicine. Through the program, students will also be offered immediate certification of their hours for applications after having taken a quiz on the content prepared.

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Across the Rainbow: Moving from Disparities to Equity in LGBTQ+ Health

Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The Health Equity Series hosted by VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research will continue with a community conversation on LGBTQ+ health care and research. The discussion will include advances, gaps and shared resources in the LGBTQ+ community and the efforts that are being established to close the gaps. The event will be open to all. Speakers will include Karen Legato, executive director of Health Brigade; Bill Harrison, president and executive director of Diversity Richmond; and Zakia McKensey, executive director of Nationz Foundation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at or visit

A faculty member at the School of Nursing has created a new course for fall 2021 about mental illness and how it is conceptualized in Western culture!


Applications Open for VCU P.R.I.M.E. Executive Board and Track Liaison

VCU P.R.I.M.E. (Professional Health and Related Interests Mentoring Experiences) is seeking new executive board members and track liaisons for the next academic year. New members will be brought onto the executive board in Fall 2021 and spend the first two semesters shadowing, learning from the current executive board and actively participating in P.R.I.M.E. duties. Track liaisons will be responsible for communicating the needs of the students within their pre-health track/major with the executive board to ensure that P.R.I.M.E. serves all the group’s members. For more information, contact VCU P.R.I.M.E. at or visit

Emerging Roles of MicroRNAs in Cancer

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 from noon to 1 p.m.

Mario Acunzo, Ph.D., VCU KL2 Scholar, Massey Cancer Center researcher and an assistant professor in VCU’s Department of Internal Medicine, will give a presentation on the role of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) in lung cancer. The talk will be hosted by VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Rob DiRenzo at or visit

The Army Medical Department is hosting a virtual career fair on May 12, 2021 from 12-9PM.  The fair will feature Scholarships and fully-funded professional education and financial aid options for:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Occupational & Physical Therapy
  • Dietetics
  • Biomedical Science & Engineering
  • Other allied health career fields, including Optometry, Audiology, Pharmacy, and many more!

Registration is open May 3, 2021 to May 12, 2021 at the following link:

Anyone who registers for the career fair will be automatically entered into a drawing to win an Apple Watch Series 6 GPS.

Risky Pregnancies: Health Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Understanding the connections between a mother’s health and that of her newborn is crucial for addressing maternal and infant mortality and morbidity. Kenesha Smith Barber, Ph.D., Va. Dept. of Health, and Amy Paulson, M.P.H., Eastern Virginia Medical School, will discuss current maternal and child health research and statewide initiatives that improve the health delivery system for mothers and their children. The event will be hosted by VCU’s C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Lauren Harris at or visit

Sanger Series: The Institutionalization of Gender Disparities in Science

Tuesday, Apr. 27, 2021 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cassidy R. Sugimoto, Ph.D., will examine data to develop an objective picture of gender disparities in the sciences and suggest ways in which institutions can improve equity. Sugimoto is informatics graduate director and professor of informatics at the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University–Bloomington. This Sanger Series lecture will be hosted by VCU Libraries and the VCU Office of Research and Innovation. Register at the following URL. For more information, contact Gregory Kimbrell at or (804) 393-2951 or visit