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Eastern Virginia Medical School

EVMS serves the region of southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads, a community that consistently ranks high in independent quality of living surveys. One of the most populous regions of Virginia, Hampton Roads' largest cities include Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. The main campus is located in Norfolk, Virginia.

EVMS operates under charter from the Commonwealth of Virginia as a public instrumentality to advance health care in eastern Virginia.

The governing body is the Board of Visitors, which is comprised of 11 members appointed by the city councils of Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) and six members appointed by the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, the fundraising organization for EVMS.

The main campus is part of the Eastern Virginia Medical Center (map), which also includes Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region's primary tertiary care center, and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, a full-service, acute care facility which serves as the regional referral center for pediatrics.

Campus facilities include:

Lewis Hall – Named for Richmond philanthropists and early EVMS supporters Frances and Sydney Lewis, this is Eastern Virginia’s primary education and research facility. It was dedicated in 1978.

Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library - The Brickell Medical Sciences Library is a state-of-the-art facility with an advanced information infrastructure allowing access to a host of digital resources. The Library opened in March 2000, and houses the original Moorman Memorial Library collection, a computer lab, a computer classroom, historical collections, archives, and group and individual study seating.

Hofheimer Hall – Named in honor of Elise and Henry Clay Hofheimer II, this building includes the Office of the President and various clinical offices for members of EVMS Health Services. It was built in 1985.

Fairfax Hall – This building houses a variety of clinical, educational, and administrative offices, including Ghent Family Practice and the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center.

The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine – Opened in 1992, this building brought together in one location the 150 physicians, scientists, and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's renowned division of reproductive medicine.

South Campus Building – This facility is home to the Center for Pediatric Research (a joint program with Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters) and the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, also known as the Leonard R. Strelitz Diabetes Institutes.

Smith-Rogers Hall – Originally part of Leigh Memorial Hospital, this building served in the early 1970s as the temporary home for EVMS while Lewis Hall was being constructed. Today it houses EVMS administrative offices, including the Human Resources Department and the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Teaching Hospitals - EVMS does not own a teaching hospital. Instead, EVMS works in partnership with hospitals, physicians, and clinics throughout the region, providing students and residents with a broad base of clinical experience. For the region as a whole, these educational partnerships spread the benefits of an academic medical center throughout the region, improving the quality of life and the quality of health care for the entire community.

Eastern Virginia Medical School is dedicated to medical and health education, biomedical research, and the enhancement of health care in the Hampton Roads region.

Our primary goal is the education of compassionate, skillful physicians to serve in a variety of health care and academic settings.

Excellence in patient care requires a firm foundation in the medical sciences and clinical skills, combined with an empathetic attitude and the ability to apply scientific methods to the solution of medical problems.

Affiliated with over 30 health care facilities across the Hampton Roads area, EVMS provides medical services for more than one-quarter of the Virginia population and adjacent segments of northeastern North Carolina. EVMS is highly committed to providing a community-based education focusing on community health needs which will equip students with the experiences most relevant to practicing medicine in the twenty-first century.

Three hundred sixteen full-time faculty, 68 part-time faculty, and 1,157 community faculty offer a diversity of resources to provide students with access to a broad range of clinical experiences and methods for the delivery of medical care.

The mission of the M.D. Program is to educate medical students who will be noted for their excellence in practice, human values, collegiality, and scientific curiosity and rigor.

The curriculum is designed to educate compassionate, skillful physician-scientists, with an emphasis on preparation of physicians for residency training in the primary care disciplines. Excellence in patient care requires a firm foundation in the medical sciences and clinical skills, combined with an empathetic attitude and the ability to apply the scientific method to the solution of medical problems. The logical continuum of educational experiences leads to graduation of physicians who have the knowledge and skills to advise patients on the maintenance of good health, to diagnose and treat illness, and to appreciate how illness affects their patients.

To meet the challenges created by the rapid development of new technologies and new understanding in medical science, the physician of the future will need not only accurate current information but the ability to obtain, evaluate, and assimilate the rapid advances in medicine. Essential to this ability is a habit of critical scientific inquiry. With the increasing complexity of medicine, deductive reasoning and problem-solving become increasingly important.

School name:Eastern Virginia Medical School
Address:700 W. Olney Road
Zip & city:VA 23501-1980 Virginia

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The first year at EVMS is designed to introduce students early to the art of medicine by including the patient and the community as organizing themes. Students participate in the practices of community generalist physicians approximately two half-days each month during 18 months of the first two years.
The learning plan for this experience is integrated with the Introduction to the Patient course, and includes:
* medical interviewing and communication skills
* physical diagnosis
* health behaviors
* personal and professional development

On Becoming a Doctor further introduces students to the profession, with a curriculum of biomedical ethics and professionalism. Promotion of health and well-being is a longitudinal theme. The development of clinical skills is nurtured and documented through small groups and the use of standardized patients and physical teaching associates.

Medical molecular biology introduces students to a common language of basic sciences, while anatomy, biochemistry, histology, physiology, and human development provide students with a firm foundation in the normal structure and function of the human. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects, assist in providing medical care in free clinics or rural and underserved areas, or participate in other education programs during the summer recess between the first and second years.


* Gross Anatomy / Embryology
* Histology
* Introduction to the Patient I
* Medical Molecular and Cell Biology
* Physiology
* Biochemistry
* Human Development
* Longitudinal Generalist Mentorship I
* Neuroscience


The second year introduces students to human structural and functional abnormalities and the various therapeutic interventions used in the treatment of these disorders.


* Epidemiology / Biostatistics
* Introduction to the Patient II
* Longitudinal Generalist Mentorship II
* Microbiology / Immunology
* Pathology
* Pathophysiology
* Pharmacology
* Psychopathology


After an interdisciplinary orientation, third year students begin their core clerkships with a solid background in clinical experience. The students participate in a combined core series of didactic experience and are involved in patient care in a variety of settings reflecting a realistic balance between inpatient and ambulatory care.Students must complete an advanced cardiac life support course by the end of their third year.


* Family Medicine Clerkship.
* Internal Medicine Clerkship.
* Obstetrics / Gynecology Clerkship
* Pediatrics Clerkship
* Psychiatry Clerkship
* Surgery Clerkship


In their final year, medical students further develop their clinical skills through rotations in surgical subspecialties, in an acting internship, in substance abuse, in geriatrics, and in electives in both clinical and basic sciences. The longitudinal continuum of community medicine is available by selecting from among a variety of month-long or longitudinal ambulatory rotations with special populations, along with the opportunity to elect a primary care project.
The elective program at EVMS is designed to provides students with an opportunity to plan a significant part of their educational experience. Electives are chosen by the student with the assistance and approval of a faculty advisor. Students may choose electives to strengthen their knowledge in areas in which they feel deficient, to explore areas of particular interest, or to add new dimensions to their base of knowledge and experience.


* Geriatrics
* Surgical Specialties
* Ambulatory Care Selective
* Acting Internship Selective
* Basic Science Selective
* Substance Abuse
* Electives

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