From Jump Rope to Stethoscope

From Jump Rope to Stethoscope

Program dates: June 18-22, 2018

Application available: February 1, 2018

Rolling admissions; apply early 


Eligibility Requirements

From Jump Rope to Stethoscope (FJR2S) is offered to middle school students in the Greater Richmond Area who are interested in exploring a career in health care.

From Jump Rope to Stethoscope is a community outreach program offered through the VCU Health System Human Resources’ Office of Workforce Development and Strategy. It’s designed to reach children in kindergarten through 12th grade to increase the awareness of health care professions.

Students are introduced to the health care field through many diverse programs including nursing camps, school career days, hospital tours, health care clubs and courses offered at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School.

The goal of this program is to increase the diversity within the health care workforce and to create the VCU Medical Center workforce of the future.

Program Description

MEM Health Career Camp

Mary Elizabeth Mahoney (MEM) was the first African-American nurse in the U.S., and was known for a long and successful career composed of hard work, advocacy and dedication. This summer camp invites rising seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade students to explore nursing as a potential career. The camp also discusses shortages in other health care professions areas as well.

Application Requirements

The application process to the camp is competitive. To be considered, students are required to complete an online application, personal statement and FRJS Teacher Recommendation Form. If accepted to the program, students must submit proof of current immunizations, a screening test for tuberculosis (PPD) and a program fee (price TBD).  Rolling admissions; the application will close as the program reaches capacity.

Program Contact Information

Karen Hill, R.N., at (804) 827-1702 or 
Theresa  A. Erichsen RN BSN LCCE FACCE IBCLC, at (804) 628-0249 or

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