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From burnout to balance

From burnout to balance

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Stress, anxiety and panic attacks were drowning David Taylor.


The Night Shift

Tips for how to make your sleep more productive.

#1 Be Consistent

Maintaining a regular sleep schedule helps to develop your body’s internal clock and ultimately makes for a more restful night of sleep.

#2: Power Down

It’s important to set the mood for your slumber by turning down the lights and other devices that can be a light source like televisions, computers and cell phones.

#3 Cut Caffeine

The stimulating effects of that late in the day soda, tea or coffee can actually take hours to wear off, wreaking havoc on your sleep.

#4 Exercise

Adding light to moderate exercise to your daily routine can help you to sleep better at night.

Vision Quest

“It has made a great impact on our students”

Students’ passion evolves into service-learning program

Children at the Young at Heart club


EVMS scientist mixes music and microscopes

Spin Doctor

Tap the play button to hear the song.

Words of wisdom

Graduating students share their guidance.

Keep in mind the reason you wanted to be a doctor, and when times get hard, rely on that. Trust me, it’s worth it!

Make sure to connect with your classmates early. Not only are they a great resource for studying and school help, they will become some of your best friends. The friendships I made with classmates are some of the most important in my life.

Throughout your journey at EVMS, despite the trials and challenges of coursework, strive to always remember the most important reason for pursuing a higher education in the healthcare field: the patients and individuals you will one day care for and the potential to positively impact their lives with the knowledge gained here.

Learn to ask for help. Let people support you. Success doesn't happen in isolation, especially not in medicine, and it takes a village. Every bit of where I am today is because of the people who supported me. And when that success comes, don't forget to thank them for it!

Rather than frantically worrying about studying and exams, follow your patients closely and participate in any procedures that they may be having that day. It will be a much more rewarding learning experience!

Lean on the people around you. Everyone at EVMS wants to see you succeed. From faculty to support staff, everyone is here to help you. You just have to reach out and ask. You will not find a more open and supportive environment anywhere!

Behind the Scenes: A glimpse at on-the-job training for new physicians

After speaking by radio with an EMT, Brian Allen, MD, a third-year emergency medicine resident, records the critical information so his colleagues can prepare to treat the stabbing victim.

Caregivers coordinate care from a nerve center that serves as home base for Dr. Allen and his colleagues.

Among Dr. Allen’s first patients is a man complaining of abdominal pain. Before examining him, Dr. Allen talks with the man to better understand his condition.

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is one of the busiest hospitals in the region and an ideal training ground for new emergency physicians.

Dr. Allen talks through his medical findings with scribe Delanie Edwards as they walk from one patient room to another.

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Class Notes

Jody (Jackson) Adams, MPA, PA-C
(MPA ’07), recently received a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She practices at Mid-Atlantic Cardiothoracic Surgeons in Norfolk.
Noelle Gabriel, MD
(MD ’06, Pediatrics Residency ’09), was named a YWCA of Hampton Roads 2017 Woman of Distinction.
Reuben Garrison, MPA, PA-C
(MPA ’12), recently received a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Emergency Medicine. He practices at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton.
Barbara Geraghty, MPH
(MPH ’15), Captain (Ret.) U.S. Navy, was named a YWCA of Hampton Roads 2017 Woman of Distinction.
Aaron Lambert, MPH
(MPH ’07), has been selected to serve as president of Amerigroup Louisiana’s Medicaid health plan.
Cynthia Romero, MD
(MD ’93), Director of the M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at EVMS, an EVMS/Sentara Endowed Chair for Academic Leadership Advancement and Associate Professor of Family and Community Medicine, was elected to the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Board of Directors.
Ryan (Smith) Sykes, MPA, PA-C
(MPA ’09), recently received a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Emergency Medicine. She practices at Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton.
Carl Wentzel, MD
(MD ’89), was recently honored for his service as a past president of the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians.
“I want all students to secure a match and ideally for them to obtain their first choice.” Ronald Flenner, MD
EVMS old school, est. 1973

Getting Oriented

In 1983, EVMS welcomed 114 new students in Lewis Hall’s McCombs Auditorium for EVMS Student Orientation. That year, students enrolled in four programs: Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Psychology, Biomedical Sciences and Art Therapy. Today, EVMS’ 21 programs will welcome nearly 500 new students to campus.