Let's face it, grad school is difficult, no matter which field you are entering in to. For us, it is no different. We work hard to ensure that we are well prepared for a lifelong physical therapy career ahead of us. But of course, this is no surprise, other universities also pride themselves on having excellent students all striving to achieve their professional aspirations. The difference with us is that the academic learning only scratches the surface of what we achieve here at VCU...
This past summer, we accomplished a monumental milestone in the history of the PT program at VCU. Each year, we participate in the Marquette Challenge, a fundraising event where PT schools nationwide raise money for the Foundation for Physical Therapy, a nonprofit organization whose funds support the research to optimize physical therapy practice. This past year, we raised over $51,000 dollars and because of our efforts, won the Marquette Challenge. As a result, the Challenge is now named the VCU-Marquette Challenge. This is first for our program, and it is an accomplishment we will never forget.
Aside from raising money for the Foundation, we also strive to give back to the community. Not everyone can afford Physical Therapy services, despite the fact that it might be the one service that can help them enjoy a higher quality of life. We were determined to find a solution to this, and this past summer, we opened the CARES Clinic at VCU, a pro bono clinic aimed at providing care to the underinsured and uninsured members of the Richmond community. People can come in either through Direct Access or with a physician's prescription, and access physical therapy services that they may not have been able to obtain otherwise.
All of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the sincere support from the PT Department faculty, and the help from the Richmond community. We thank everyone for all the support they have provided, and look forward to what the future has in store for our organization.