Real-world readiness

‌EVMS MD graduates excel in the fast-paced and intense world of medicine, placing them ahead of the learning curve.

Hear what some of our graduates have to say:

“Several faculty at other institutions remarked I was out-performing their interns,” says Jason Coben, MD (MD ’13), now a family medicine intern himself at Spartanburg Regional Health System in South Carolina, who says his clinical skills set him apart from the crowd while on his away rotations during his fourth-year. He has received similar compliments in his current role.

 

“Almost immediately I realized that my clinical skills were as good, if not better, than most people there,” says Mike Silverman, MD (MD ’94), now Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, of his time as a first-year resident at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine . “EVMS gave me the foundation necessary to be a successful resident in a competitive program.”

 

“I was inspired by my faculty, and through my rotations, I found mentors in medicine with whom I still interact,” says Winston Gwathmey, MD (MD ’07), who went on to complete a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at Harvard Medical School. He’s now an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and an athletic-team physician at UVa and James Madison University. “I attribute all of the successes that I’ve had thus far in my pursuit of a career in orthopedic surgery to EVMS. The curriculum cultivated my enthusiasm for medicine and established the foundation upon which I have built my career.”

 

“I felt that the faculty and administration were interested in seeing me achieve my goals as a person,” says John Levine, MD (MD ’89), now Director of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the University of Michigan. “I never felt that I didn’t have someone to turn to for help or advice.” He credits an opportunity to participate in a cancer research project while at EVMS with helping launch his career.

 

“A lot of people here are Harvard bred,” says Hanna Gaggin, MD, MPH (MD ’03), a cardiologist, educator and clinical research scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. “But I have been able to accomplish things that they couldn’t because I think outside of the box. I learned that kind of autonomy and creativity from EVMS. That’s where things started for me.”

 

Read the full story in EVMS Magazine.