Diversity and Inclusion

EVMS attracts students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and experiences to drive our collective commitment to excellence.

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Embracing diversity

Recruiting women, traditionally underrepresented minorities in medicine and the health professions, veterans and those who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds is important to us. We understand diversity is an evolving concept, and we continually strive to be inclusive of individuals and groups in the broadest possible manner.

Why choose EVMS?

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Inclusive

We are committed to creating and fostering a diverse and cohesive faculty, professional staff and student body.

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Health-Equity Focus

EVMS programs integrate social determinants of health, health disparities and cultural competency content into the curriculum.

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Support

Our advising and mentorship programs promote resilience and provide the individualized support needed for success.

Meet our students

At EVMS we believe that a mixture of ethnic, racial and cultural backgrounds as well as vibrant life experiences are critical to a successful teaching, research and patient-care environment. Fostering an environment where all are welcomed, valued and supported to fulfill their potential is a priority at EVMS. But don't just take our word for it. Hear from people on our campus.

 

Addressing issues that matter

Unconscious bias training

How do you fight bias if you don't even know it's there? The phenomenon known as "unconscious bias" is the focus of a new institution-wide training at EVMS. Hear about this eye-opening experience.

Unconscious bias training

Campus-Wide Unconscious Bias Training: This effort to raise awareness of unconscious bias is required training for EVMS faculty, staff, students and the school's Board of Visitors.

Women in leadership

When it comes to academic medicine, women are entering the field in large numbers at the level of instructor, but the pipeline to leadership has leaks.

Women in leadership

In 2018, female students made up half of our entering MD class. Women also are gaining ground in all EVMS residency specialties, including traditionally male-dominated areas like surgery, ophthalmology and radiology. Over in the School of Health Professions, female students dominate programs like Surgical Assisting and Physician Assistant and are entering typically male-led fields, like biomedical sciences, at all-time highs.

EVMS has placed a strong emphasis on increasing access to opportunities for development and advancement, especially for female faculty. Read more about our efforts in the Wonder Women edition of EVMS Digital Magazine.

A black and white issue

The national statistics are stark. During the last 40 years, black male enrollment in medical schools has remained virtually unchanged nationwide. We want to do something about that.

A black and white issue

EVMS partners with local high schools and undergraduate institutions to develop a "pyramid of mentoring." We are also revising our admissions criteria to include a more holistic approach for evaluating potential students; strengthening our BS/MD program, a relationship with several undergraduate institutions where students can earn guaranteed acceptance into EVMS as a college sophomore; and developing a pre-matriculation program so that students arrive at EVMS before classes begin to help them acclimate to the campus. Read more in the EVMS Digital Magazine's Black and White Issue.

Unconscious bias training

How do you fight bias if you don't even know it's there? The phenomenon known as "unconscious bias" is the focus of a new institution-wide training at EVMS. Hear about this eye-opening experience.

Women in leadership

When it comes to academic medicine, women are entering the field in large numbers at the level of instructor, but the pipeline to leadership has leaks.

Unconscious bias training

Campus-Wide Unconscious Bias Training: This effort to raise awareness of unconscious bias is required training for EVMS faculty, staff, students and the school's Board of Visitors.

A black and white issue

The national statistics are stark. During the last 40 years, black male enrollment in medical schools has remained virtually unchanged nationwide. We want to do something about that.

Unconscious bias training

How do you fight bias if you don't even know it's there? The phenomenon known as "unconscious bias" is the focus of a new institution-wide training at EVMS. Hear about this eye-opening experience.

Women in leadership

When it comes to academic medicine, women are entering the field in large numbers at the level of instructor, but the pipeline to leadership has leaks.

A black and white issue

The national statistics are stark. During the last 40 years, black male enrollment in medical schools has remained virtually unchanged nationwide. We want to do something about that.

Unconscious bias training

Campus-Wide Unconscious Bias Training: This effort to raise awareness of unconscious bias is required training for EVMS faculty, staff, students and the school's Board of Visitors.

Women in leadership

In 2018, female students made up half of our entering MD class. Women also are gaining ground in all EVMS residency specialties, including traditionally male-dominated areas like surgery, ophthalmology and radiology. Over in the School of Health Professions, female students dominate programs like Surgical Assisting and Physician Assistant and are entering typically male-led fields, like biomedical sciences, at all-time highs.

EVMS has placed a strong emphasis on increasing access to opportunities for development and advancement, especially for female faculty. Read more about our efforts in the Wonder Women edition of EVMS Digital Magazine.

A black and white issue

EVMS partners with local high schools and undergraduate institutions to develop a "pyramid of mentoring." We are also revising our admissions criteria to include a more holistic approach for evaluating potential students; strengthening our BS/MD program, a relationship with several undergraduate institutions where students can earn guaranteed acceptance into EVMS as a college sophomore; and developing a pre-matriculation program so that students arrive at EVMS before classes begin to help them acclimate to the campus. Read more in the EVMS Digital Magazine's Black and White Issue.

Faculty and leadership

Diversity and inclusion is important at every level and rank in our institution. That's why each leadership search at EVMS begins with a committee orientation on our diversity recruitment policy and a learning session on unconscious bias. This ensures that the search process for faculty and leadership produces a disparate candidate pool and decreases unconscious bias in the selection process. 

In addition, our office collaborates with EVMS Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in integrating diversity and inclusion as part of the professional development process for all faculty and leaders.