Governor’s School for Medicine and Health Sciences (GSMHS)

Eligibility requirements

Virginia students in grades 10 and 11 who are interested in pursuing medicine and health science careers. Applicants must be nominated by their schools in order to apply. Participants will be required to provide immunization records in order to attend.

Program description

GSMHS is a four-week summer program where participants explore medicine and health science careers through a systems-based, problem-solving approach that utilizes case studies, laboratory investigations and real-world shadowing experiences. Participants see the connections among the patient, the community and the health professional. 

Transportation and parking are not provided by the program.

Housing, primary meals and any other materials required to participate in the program will be provided. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.


June 28 - July 25, 2020


VCU Health Campus and various locations in Richmond. 

Contact information

Jeanne Minetree at

Governor’s School Summer Residential programs provide gifted high school rising juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, medicine and health sciences, or engineering. Each program focuses on one special area of interest. A director and a student-life staff provide supervision of students 24 hours a day, throughout the program.

GSMHS is a collaboration between the VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).