2023 Health Sciences Academy students

High school students from Chesapeake, Northampton and Portsmouth arrived on campus July 24 to learn about a broad spectrum of careers in medicine through the EVMS Health Sciences Academy.

The two-week, tuition-free program includes lectures, workshops and hands-on activities. Participants are also able to interact with physicians and other healthcare professionals through group-shadowing experiences.

Among the topics they will cover are human anatomy, suturing, ultrasound, art therapy, nuclear science, dentistry, nutrition and sports medicine, nursing and public health, speech pathology and audiology.

This is the first year students from Chesapeake Public Schools are participating, thanks in large part to a generous gift from The Beazley Foundation.

“We are excited about this wonderful opportunity for our students to explore first-hand diverse career paths in healthcare,” says Lori Martin, EdD, Supervisor of Career and Technical Education for Chesapeake Public Schools. "We are grateful to EVMS and The Beazley Foundation for providing this amazing experience to our students.”

This year’s program will run from July 24 to Aug. 4. Upon completion, each student will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

The Health Sciences Academy would not be possible without the generous support of donors, including: The Beazley Foundation; the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation; The John and Harriet Malbon Family Fund of the Hampton Roads Community Foundation; PNC Bank; Kurt McCammon, MD, Devine Chair in Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgery and Professor of Urology, and Carol McCammon, MD, MPH (MPH '12), Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; and Drs. Betty B. Bibbins, MD (MD ’82), and Paul E. Bibbins, Jr., PhD (PhD ’86).

To support the Health Sciences Academy, please contact EVMS Development at 757.965.8500 or visit evms.edu/hsagiving.