Virginia Tech’s Summer Program Seeks to Increase Diversity at Its Medical School

Hampton University students Kenya Swilling, at left, and Kaia Amoah at Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke.

Virginia Tech’s Carilion School of Medicine in Roanoke has enrolled the first two rising junior students from Hampton University in Virginia in its summer internship program. Students selected for the internship program receive guaranteed admission to the medical school so long as they graduate from Hampton with honors and achieve a threshold score on the Medical College Admission Test.

This summer Kenya Swilling and Kaia Amoah of Hampton University spent 10 weeks on the medical college campus and worked in the laboratories and in the emergency room at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. They participated in research with medical school faculty mentors and presented their findings at a recent symposium.

Lauren Wiley, the medical school’s student recruitment coordinator said that “we’re looking for students who are competitive academically. Hampton University is known for supplying a significant number of underrepresented students to medical schools each year. Their pre-med program made it easy for us to find students who were interested in both science and medicine.”

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