Roughly five decades ago, a group of dedicated physicians and community leaders decided to improve the quality of health care in southeastern Virginia. The idea of a medical school in Hampton Roads gained momentum in 1964 when local citizens — concerned about the shortage of physicians and scarcity of specialized care in the region — persuaded the Virginia General Assembly to create a medical authority charged with starting a school. In 1973, Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) welcomed its first class of students.
Today, EVMS holds an honored position in American history as one of the only schools of medicine founded and funded by a grassroots effort of the local community. Over the years, EVMS has more than satisfied its original purpose, both educating health-care providers and serving as a magnet to attract much-needed medical specialists to a region where many basic services were lacking. It also has remained active in the Hampton Roads community it calls home.
Given that Eastern Virginia Medical School was founded by the community for the community, it is no surprise that EVMS has a long history of community service — aimed at improving the health of our region. Our service projects, faculty and staff have earned numerous awards for their impact. At a national level, we have been a finalist for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2002, 2003, 2006 and 2007.
EVMS has applied for that prestigious award again in 2016. We share our application and supporting information here as a means of reminding ourselves and our community of our deep interconnections.
Without the support of our community, we could not achieve our vision: Eastern Virginia Medical School will be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.
For more information about any of the initiatives, programs and efforts referenced in our 2016 award application, click the links below.
EVMS Timeline (History)
- Underserved & Health Disparities
- Geriatric and Chronically Ill
- First Responder
Medical and Health Specialties Program (Maury High School)
Consortium for Infant and Child Health (CINCH)
Eastern Shore Healthy Communities (ESHC)
Respiratory Health Initiatives
- Allergic Asthma
- Teens & Vaping
- Smoking and Air Quality
Diabetes and Obesity
- Obesity Prevention
- Healthy Portsmouth
- CHKD Healthy You Program
Women’s Health Initiative
EVMS-Sentara Healthcare Analytics and Delivery Science Institute