August 19-24, 2018


School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) Dean's Office

Tel: (202) 687-8941

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CURA is a pre-orientation program for first-year students who wish to pursue any career in the healthcare field. CURA seeks to provide students with the opportunity to begin an educational journey in health care systems through a variety of activities, such as speaking engagements, clinician panels, direct service, community engagement, and clinical shadowing, through a variety of medical clinicals sponsored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. Student participants will be exposed to a variety of public health issues and healthcare disparities through their work within the community. CURA will also stress the incorporation of Georgetown’s Jesuit values in public service. CURA will challenge students’ world view by providing opportunities to engage in social justice work and participate in conversations around such topics as social determinants of health, physical health, and wellbeing. Furthermore, the pre-orientation program aids students in the transition to Georgetown while also allowing participants to build lasting relationships with their peers. CURA strives to empower and educate incoming students by virtue of Georgetown’s Jesuit identity, resulting in transformative experiences in the healthcare setting through immersion, dialogue, and reflection.

CURA provides housing and meals for all participants at no cost. Previous experience with healthcare, social justice work, or community service is not a requisite to apply. We hope that regardless of prior experience, CURA will be an opportunity for development as a future healthcare professional. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.


There is no fee for CURA; meals and housing will be provided.


The 2018 Pre-Orientation Application will open on May 1, and applications will be due by June 12. Students will be notified of their application decision by June 28. We encourage students to wait until a decision has been communicated before making final travel arrangements.

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