EVMS has joint BS/MD programs with several universities in Virginia, including the historically black universities in the area, Hampton University and Norfolk State University. EVMS also has partnered with the Virginia-Nebraska Alliance, an initiative founded by Louis Sullivan, MD, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and author of the groundbreaking Sullivan report Missing Persons: Minorities in the Health Professions, to address the national need to diversify the health-care workforce.

K-12 Initiatives: Medical and Health Specialties Program at Maury High School

During the mid-'80s, Norfolk Public Schools (NPS) and EVMS recognized that women and minorities were underrepresented in the medical and health-science professions. In a special collaboration, the NPS/EVMS Magnet School for the Science and Health Professions (now the Medical and Health Specialties Program at Maury High School) was formed in 1986 to initiate early preparation for high school students, particularly minorities and females, for careers in the health professions through innovative biomedical curriculum and mentoring.

EVMS Diversity and Inclusion, in partnership with the program director, has enhanced the Medical and Health Specialties Program to include innovative mentoring, matching ninth-graders with first-year medical students in a longitudinal mentoring program to improve retention and development of students. A more robust tracking system also has been established to follow the students through college, along with graduate and professional education in the health professions.

Mentoring and Support

EVMS Diversity and Inclusion offers advising and support to all students through coordinated efforts with EVMS Education and Student Affairs. The office also advises and works on diversity and inclusion goals with the EVMS Pan Student Council and a number of EVMS student interest groups, including the Student National Medical Association, the LGBT Alliance and military-interest groups.