EVMS offers employees a choice of several health plans, as well as a dental and vision plan. You may include your family under the policy by contributing the required cost of such additional coverage. It shall be your responsibility to request and obtain the coverage.

Employees are not able to drop or make changes to the plan until the annual Open Enrollment period unless an approved status change occurs (i.e., marriage, divorce, new child).

Employee coverage takes effect the second month following the date of hire: i.e., if hired July 1, coverage will be effective Sept. 1.

EVMS reserves the right to amend, modify, change or terminate any of the plans offered at any time, including any contribution percentages.

Short-Term Disability/Long-Term Disability

EVMS provides Short-Term Disability to its full-time benefits-eligible employees in the event that they become temporarily disabled and cannot work. Classified staff will receive 50% of base pay, and unclassified staff/faculty will receive 100% of base, less deductions. This plan is provided by EVMS at no cost to the employee.

EVMS provides its full-time benefits-eligible employees with a Long-Term Disability plan at no cost to them. The plan helps to protect our employees' income should they become disabled and unable to work.

Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment

EVMS provides its full-time benefits-eligible employees with a Basic Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D) plan. This insurance is furnished by EVMS at no cost to employees.

Basic Life Insurance provides your designated beneficiary monetary benefits in the event of your death.

The company also provides its full-time employees with Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance in the event that the employee is killed in an accident or becomes disabled due to a serious injury such as the loss of a limb or loss of sight.

EVMS is sensitive to the personal issues that affect our employees. That is why we are happy to provide employees with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefit that can assist you and your family with work-life concerns. This benefit is provided to you and your dependents at no cost.

Employees can find login information in myPortal.

A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows you to be reimbursed using pre-tax savings for out-of-pocket medical expenses that you incur for yourself or your covered dependents. These expenses can include the costs of medical, dental or vision products or services, or certain prescription drugs, as eligible.

EVMS provides its employees with the option of participating in an FSA and a Dependent Care FSA. The dependent care plan covers child care and care for dependents of any age who are mentally or physically incapable of self-care.

Employees are required to elect an amount each plan year. This plan does not automatically roll over.

Legal Resources is a voluntary benefit plan that covers subscribers and their dependents at 100% of attorney fees for certain legal matters. The plan also provides a discount of up to 25% of attorney fees for other legal matters. For this coverage, you pay a small fixed premium that is automatically deducted from your paychecks. A legal matter must arise after you have enrolled in the plan in order to be covered. The attorney must participate in the Legal Resources network.

Eastern Virginia Medical School offers several healthcare programs for medical coverage. Plans include:

  • Optima Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP)
    • Includes a Health Savings Account opened on your behalf; amount must be elected each plan year
  • Optima Point of Service (POS)
  • Optima Vantage HMO

In addition to medical coverage, EVMS offers a comprehensive Anthem Dental Plan and a comprehensive EyeMed Vision Care plan. The employee premiums for these plans are paid on a pre-tax basis.

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EVMS offers several retirement plans, which can provide a defined employer contribution, the amount of which is based on the employee's status. Employees can contribute their own money (up to applicable IRS limits), and employee contributions may be changed or discontinued at any time. Options include plans for:

  • 403(b)
  • Roth 403(b)
  • 457(b)

Employees can visit the TIAA website or the EVMS myPortal for more plan details.


Full-time and part-time employees who are at least 21 years of age are eligible upon date of hire to contribute their own monies.

EVMS Contributions

Full-time employees who are over age 21 and have at least one year of service are eligible for a company contribution to their retirement account. The one-year waiting period is waived if you have participated in a 403(b) or 401(a) within the last 5 years.

As a medical school, EVMS cares about promoting not only the wellness of the public but also the wellness of its employees. The EVMS Wellness Works program (which is a component of EVMS’ comprehensive Institutional Wellness Program) aims to encourage employees' personal and professional productivity, as well as their physical and mental well-being, while fostering a culture that supports anyone's desire to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Currently, Wellness Works provides:

  • Wellness Center for all Faculty, Staff, and Residents
  • A smoking cessation program
  • Wellness services through Health Advocate
    • Employees can access Health Advocate through myPortal.
  • Discounted gym memberships
  • Self-defense classes
  • Flu shots for employees

Faculty, staff, residents, fellows and students can obtain detailed information regarding benefits and enrollment in EVMS myPortal.