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Every day College of Health Professions students, alumni, faculty and staff do extraordinary things. Read more about our latest achievements below.

College of Health Professions Alumni Spotlight: Evangeline Yoder, PT, MS, DHSC

Evangeline Yoder was first introduced to the physical therapy profession as a child while being treated by an orthopaedic surgeon in Richmond named Dr. Thomas Wheeldon. Yoder had adolescent idiopathic scoliosis – an abnormal curvature of the spine that appears in late childhood or adolescence. Wheeldon received accreditation in 1931 from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) to establish the first physical therapy school “in the south” at Richmond Professional Institute, the forerunner of the Medical College of Virginia’s (MCV) physical therapy program.

Who will lead this year's food drive?

In a couple of weeks, the College will launch the annual fall food drive to benefit the Ram Pantry. This special program provides food to VCU students in need. Once again, the food drive will be a competition among CHP units. Last year, the Department of Health Administration collected over 450 pounds of food, and was named winner of the “Cream of the Crop” trophy. As a College, we successfully collected nearly 740 pounds for the Ram Pantry.

Nurse Anesthesia events drive excellence through continuing education and diversity

The College of Health Professions Department of Nurse Anesthesia recently hosted the inaugural Nurse Anesthesia Faculty Associates (NAFA) RVA conference. The four-day event featured continuing education activities on diverse and clinically-relevant anesthesia topics. At the culmination of the conference, faculty participants had the opportunity to engage with students, alumni and CRNAs.

National Grief Awareness Day

National Grief Awareness Day takes place every year on Aug. 30. It’s a day dedicated to the different ways individuals cope with loss while offering resources and support to those who are grieving. Whether someone is struggling with the loss of a loved one or undergoing significant life changes, Grief Awareness Day has shown that grief affects every person in its own distinct manner.

VCU Takes Top Honors at the VCU-Marquette Challenge

The ‘VCU-Marquette Challenge’ is a national competition in which physical therapy students compete to raise the most money to support APTA’s Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR). VCU Physical Therapy students came out on top again this year, and were awarded the coveted first place among 79 participating programs in the country. This marks three years in a row that VCU students have won the competition signaling their clear and unwavering passion and dedication to support physical therapy research. Congratulations to Shawne Soper, who supported the PT student leaders in developing and implementing a year-long fundraising campaign that raised just $23,053.72.

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