The 2024 Summer Residential Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences at Radford University’s Roanoke campus is set to relaunch after a four-year hiatus. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to explore the field of medicine and health sciences during the four-week program.
The program will provide students with hands-on experiences while they live in Radford University dormitory housing in Roanoke. Students will be involved in critical thinking exercises with real-world scenarios, participate in a white coat ceremony, and study in the hospital, all while being taught by working professionals. The program will run from June 23 to July 20.
Nancy Loosle, Radford Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Program Director, said that the program offers unique opportunities for students. “We have our nursing, our occupational therapy, our vital lab. So, all of these labs are able to get into and experience that hands-on experience. But even looking at the research side, I think what’s unique about Radford is we do a lot of undergraduate research.”
This year’s program is a collaboration between Radford University, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), and the Blue Ridge Partnership for Health Science Careers. The VDOE stated that the program is structured so that students can attend for free, with the VDOE and school divisions splitting the cost of tuition.
The final date for applications is Feb. 23, but students should check with their guidance counselors or their local school systems to determine their regional deadlines and eligibility. Public, private and homeschooled students may apply at vdoe.prod.govaccess.org/teaching-learning-assessment/specialized-instruction/governor-s-schools/summer-residential-governor