BA, Emory University '09
MS, Eastern Virginia Medical School – Medical Master's Program ‘12
MD Candidate, Eastern Virginia Medical School ‘16
I chose EVMS' Medical Master's program because I found that the school cared about me and wanted to help me succeed. EVMS students help each other learn in a collaborative way to a degree that I have yet to find elsewhere. They study together, make practice practical exams, share study guides, and answer each other's questions on Facebook. The faculty go out of their way to hold review sessions, meet with students, elicit feedback, and provide ancillary materials. As one professor says, "If a student fails a class, we as a faculty have failed." The first year medical students are incredibly supportive and friendly, and they treat the medical master's students with the same respect and support that they give their classmates. All of these factors combine to explain why EVMS' Medical Master's program students have a phenomenal rate of matriculation into medical school.
I also learned from the program, and my fellow students, the best study techniques for medical students, and as a consequence I'm flourishing in my training. My performance as a Medical Master's student allowed me to place out of several classes as a first year, and my new study skills further have decreased the time burden of being a first year student. This increase in free time has allowed me become significantly involved in the leadership of the HOPES Clinic, travel to Haiti as part of a medical mission, and conduct clinical research. I cannot recommend the Medical Master's Program at EVMS highly enough.
Natalie Marie Walck
BS, The College of William and Mary ‘10
MS, Eastern Virginia Medical School- Medical Master’s Program ‘11
MD Candidate, Eastern Virginia Medical School ‘15
The EVMS medical master’s program was an obvious choice for me. I was unable to get into medical school directly from undergrad and the program allowed me to prove my ability and enhance my AMCAS application. Compared to other medical master’s programs, the EVMS program allows master’s students to be almost completely immersed in the M1 curriculum. You take all but 3 M1 classes with the M1 students, which allow you to really see if you can handle medical school. Many other master’s programs separate the master’s students from the M1 classes and there is little interaction between the programs. EVMS does a wonderful job of integrating the two programs and making the master’s students feel like a part of the school instead of split off or “unimportant” compared to the medical students.
The EVMS medical master’s program really made me hungry for medical school. It gave me the motivation I needed to prove that I belonged to be in those same seats as the medical students. My determination and drive that was created by the master’s program has continued into my second year of medical school and I am excelling academically. Looking back, I would have done the medical master’s program even if I had gotten into medical school. I don’t think I would appreciate my position as a medical student or have half the drive I have now without it.
BA, New York University '05
MS, Eastern Virginia Medical School – Medical Master's Program ‘09
MD Candidate, Eastern Virginia Medical School ‘13
The Medical Master's program at Eastern Virginia Medical School was the key to a career I had always envisioned for myself. As a nontraditional applicant, it not only provided me with the foundation for acquiring the study skills and the basic science knowledge I would need to propel through four years of medical school, but it allowed me to meet an incredible group of driven individuals with the ambition, intelligence, and enthusiasm with whom I could share the journey. Today, having matched into a residency program in my home state of New York, I can officially call myself a resident physician and having shared this transition with the other “Medical Master's” makes the process even more worth it.