Sophomore Nancy Kelly, a biology major from Phoenix, Maryland, was recently accepted into Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) following graduation from Virginia Wesleyan. Through the College’s Joint Program in Medicine with EVMS, pre-med students like Kelly have the opportunity to apply for early admission to EVMS during the fall semester of their sophomore year. The joint program, overseen by Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Deirdre Gonsalves-Jackson, is highly competitive and selective. In order to apply, students must meet certain academic criteria, including an SAT score of at least 1250, an overall GPA from Virginia Wesleyan of 3.25 at the time of application, and the completion of at least 24 credit hours during their freshmen year. Not only does Kelly not have to worry about applying for medical schools, but she is also exempt from taking the Medical Colleges Admissions Test (MCAT), a standardized test that most medical schools require students to submit. Kelly, who plays forward and center for VWC’s Women’s Basketball team, says she is excited to watch her future unfold before her: “It's a big relief to know that my hard work is paying off. This is a big honor and I am very proud to accept it.” She is the College’s second pre-med student to be accepted into the program. Travis DeGraphenried ’12 was the first to be accepted 2010.