Eastern Virginia Medical School is located in Norfolk, VA, which is one of the cities included in the Hampton Roads Metropolitan area, a region of the southeast Virginia composed of eight cities surrounded by the Elizabeth River, Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Most of the residents live near the hospital, either downtown or in a historic neighborhood around the hospital called Ghent. We regularly plan dinners and nights out. The residency provides opportunities throughout the year for formal dinners and backyard BBQ's. Our residency program of 16 allows for a family type of environment. Being surrounded by water allows for frequent beach trips, fishing and boating. The large metropolitan community offers a variety of guest speakers, comedians, concerts, festivals and other often free events.
The program is based on the campus of Eastern Virginia Medical School, located west of downtown Norfolk in an upscale urban neighborhood called Ghent. Shopping, theaters, nightlife, and housing are within easy walking distance. There are many excellent local housing choices, including Virginia Beach and many fine suburban neighborhoods. The Norfolk metropolitan area was selected as the best large southeastern city in which to live by Money Magazine in 2005. Delta Sky Magazine recently featured an article about the excellence of Norfolk restaurants.
Norfolk is perhaps the main city for business, sports, and cultural events in the larger region known as Hampton Roads. The Virginia Symphony, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, and the Virginia Opera Association all have regular production seasons. Neighboring Virginia Beach is the largest city in Virginia (~440,000) and has been named one of America's safest large cities. The area is home to two large amphitheaters and many small venues, attracting a variety of musical acts which would appeal to anyone.
The coastal Virginia area is in the same climate zone as cities much farther south. This mild climate, tempered by the ocean, has four distinct seasons, but the winter is very short. Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis can be comfortably played about 10 months per year. Many of our residents have also been sailing, windsurfing, or fishing enthusiasts. The Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean are readily available for these activities.
Less than an hour's drive from Norfolk is the historic triangle of Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Some attractions in Williamsburg include Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Another historic Virginia area, the Shenandoah Valley, is a leisurely four-hour drive away, home to scenic vistas such as Skyline Drive and Luray Caverns. Opportunities for hiking and camping abound in the region. The Outer Banks of North Carolina, the Eastern Shore of Virginia/Maryland, Wintergreen Ski Resort, and Washington, D.C. all offer nearby weekend recreation opportunities.