Medical School Debuts Academy to Encourage Careers

The School of Medicine and Health Sciences launched a new program this month aiming to spark high school students’ interest in the medical field.

The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy – which was first announced last fall – will allow students from disadvantaged backgrounds at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. to participate in a dual-enrollment magnet program educating students about medicine and giving them the opportunity to earn college credit. Officials said the academy, which has secured funding for at least five years, could help address health care shortages in D.C. and foster a more diverse community of students entering the medical field.

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