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Benedict College 1st in nation to participate in health care academy

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Benedict College has become the first in the nation to agree to participate in the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ Veteran Health Administration Health Care Talent Academy.

Benedict undergraduates interested in health care careers will take part in the learning and development program created under the Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020. The pilot program aims to increase awareness and knowledge of and empathy for future health conditions common in veterans, according to a news release from the college.

Students will participate in 20-40 hours of clinical observation and shadowing at the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia in four-month sessions. The program’s first orientation session took place May 2.

A memorandum of agreement between the VA and Benedict College was signed by Roslyn Clark Artis, president and CEO of Benedict College, and Steven L. Lieberman, Deputy Under Secretary for Health, performing the delegable duties of the Under Secretary for Health.

Reach Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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