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President's Welcome

Welcome from the President & Provost, Dean of the School of Medicine

Welcome to Eastern Virginia Medical School. In the late 1960s, the community recognized the need for high-quality specialty care in Hampton Roads. So, its leaders banded together and raised the money to start a medical school in 1973.

Since that time, we have graduated more than 5,000 health professionals. Our students tell us time and again that they come to EVMS for the collegiality among their peers and their ready access to faculty. They also love our strong spirit of service. In fact, nearly three-quarters of our student body participated in community outreach activities last year. Our vision is to become the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the country and you can be a part of that effort.

Our students benefit from the latest in medical modeling and simulation technology and our pioneering standardized patient programs. In addition to our MD curriculum, we offer 10 other degree and certificate programs through our School of Health Professions. Nearly 350 resident physicians continue their training in 38 residency, fellowship and internship programs supporting clinical practices, our hospital partners and the region's patients. More than 150 full-time EVMS physicians and surgeons care for more than 1,500 people every day at practices throughout the area — including the region's only Level 1 trauma center. Our world-renowned faculty also conduct cutting-edge research focused on Hampton Roads' most pressing health needs.

The EVMS impact is felt throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Nearly 3,500 alumni practice around the state. Last year, more than 17,000 health professionals took advantage of our continuing medical education programs to learn more about the latest treatments and maintain their licensure. All told, EVMS has an estimated $824 million annual impact on the regional economy. And our impact will grow. In the face of the looming physician shortage, EVMS has committed to increasing its MD and Physician Assistant class sizes to train more high-quality health-care providers.

Thank you for your interest in EVMS. I invite you to browse our website to learn more about our programs, our hospital partners and the excellent faculty, staff and students who make EVMS the community asset it is today.

Richard V. Homan, MD
President & Provost, Dean of the School of Medicine