from the President

You may have heard the expression, "Life is about the journey, not the destination." This edition of EVMS Magazine focuses on the roles we play in some of life's journeys, from protecting our community's children to embarking on new careers to discussing the serious decisions we face as we approach the end of our path.

Illustrating how EVMS experts are helping Hampton Roads youth, in this issue learn how our pediatrics researchers are collaborating with Virginia public schools to safeguard children in cars.

Moving forward on life's journey, five of our medical and health professions students — taking their first steps toward new careers — share their unique stories. Meet these students in print and on video.

Also, we introduce you to the medical editor of the American Academy of Dermatology's magazine, who also is the first female chair of the National Psoriasis Foundation board — and now the new leader of EVMS Dermatology.

Farther along the path, in our feature story, we add our voice to the unfolding dialogue about issues surrounding end-of-life health care, with guidance on where to find resources that might be helpful for your family.

From opening in 1973 with only one doctoral program and one graduate medical program to the 18 diverse programs we now offer, EVMS has expanded — with your help — to care for the needs of our community at every stage of life. On behalf of our faculty, staff, residents and students, thank you for including us on your journey.


Richard V. Homan, MD