Quick Facts about EVMS
Eastern Virginia Medical School has provided education in medicine (MD), biomedical sciences (PhD and master's) and other health professions (e.g., physician assistants, surgical assistants and art therapists) in southeastern Virginia since 1973.
EVMS serves the region of southeastern Virginia known as Hampton Roads, a community that consistently ranks high in independent quality of living surveys. One of the most populous regions of Virginia, Hampton Roads' largest cities include Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. The main campus is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Governance
EVMS operates under charter from the Commonwealth of Virginia as a public instrumentality to advance health care in eastern Virginia.
The governing body is the Board of Visitors, which is comprised of 17 members appointed by the city councils of Hampton Roads (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach) and six members appointed by the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation, the fundraising organization for EVMS.
The main campus is part of the Eastern Virginia Medical Center (map), which also includes Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the region's primary tertiary care center, and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, a full-service, acute care facility which serves as the regional referral center for pediatrics.
Campus facilities include:
Lewis Hall - Named for Richmond philanthropists and early EVMS supporters Frances and Sydney Lewis, this is Eastern Virginia's primary education and research facility. It was dedicated in 1978.
Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library - The Brickell Medical Sciences Library is a state-of-the-art facility with an advanced information infrastructure allowing access to a host of digital resources. The Library opened in March 2000, and houses the original Moorman Memorial Library collection, a computer lab, a computer classroom, historical collections, archives, and group and individual study seating.
Brickell Medical Sciences Library
Hofheimer Hall - Named in honor of Elise and Henry Clay Hofheimer II, this building contains various clinical offices. It was built in 1985.
Andrews Hall - This building houses a variety of educational and administrative offices, including the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center and the Office of Research.
The Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine- Opened in 1992, this building brought together in one location the physicians, scientists, and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology's renowned division of reproductive medicine.
South Campus Building - This facility is home to the Pediatric Research facilities and the Department of Internal Medicine's Strelitz Diabetes Center.
Smith-Rogers Hall - Originally part of the old Leigh Memorial Hospital, this building served in the early 1970s as the temporary home for EVMS while Lewis Hall was being constructed. Today it houses EVMS administrative offices, including the Human Resources Department.
Teaching Hospitals - EVMS does not own a teaching hospital. Instead, EVMS works in partnership with hospitals, physicians, and clinics throughout the region, providing students and residents with a broad base of clinical experience. For the region as a whole, these educational partnerships spread the benefits of an academic medical center throughout the region, improving the quality of life and the quality of health care for the entire community.
About the Community
Eastern Virginia Medical School serves the southeastern region of Virginia known as Hampton Roads. Located approximately 90 miles southeast of Richmond (the state capital), the region includes seven major cities: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.
The region's total population exceeds one and a half million people. Winters are mild, while the autumn and spring seasons are delightful. Summers are warm but tempered by ocean and bay breezes.
The community takes its name from the central harbor that has shaped the region's history and culture. The largest natural harbor in the world, Hampton Roads has played a prominent role in American history ever since Captain John Smith and 100 other settlers arrived here in 1607, establishing at Jamestown the oldest permanent English settlement in the New World. The harbor was originally named in honor of the 17th century English Earl of Southampton (Henry Wriothesley) by the first royal governor, Lord de la Ware.
The region abounds in history. During the Revolutionary War, many battles were fought here, ending with Cornwallis' surrender at Yorktown. In addition, the harbor was the site of the famous Civil War battle between the ironclads, the Union Monitor and the ConfederateVirginia, commonly known as the Merrimac. In more modern times, the region's large military presence and shipbuilding industries have continued to play a major role in American history and defense.
Consistently earning high ranks in various "quality of life" surveys, Hampton Roads abounds in cultural, educational, and economic opportunity. Educational opportunities in the area are enriched by seven colleges and universities as well as two community college systems. International trade, shipbuilding, healthcare, tourism, military bases, and agriculture provide a diverse economic base with a wide range of employment possibilities.
State and city parks, public beaches, and other recreational facilities are open to the public for camping, boating, surfing, fishing, hiking, swimming, tennis, and golf. University sports, professional hockey, professional soccer, and AAA minor league baseball are available, and Hampton Roads is one of the most active yachting areas in the nation. History buffs can visit the restored villages of Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Foodies will enjoy the many fine and casual restaurants and cafes throughout the area that offer a wide variety of local and ethnic cuisines.
Many seasonal festivals are available, including the Virginia Arts Festival (along the entire Virginia waterfront), Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show, Hampton Bay Days, the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival, the Norfolk Azalea Festival, the Suffolk Peanut Festival, Chesapeake's Jubilee, Portsmouth's TodiMusicFest, Norfolk's Harborfest, Octoberfest, holiday Grand Illumination in Norfolk/Portsmouth and in Williamsburg, and the Portsmouth Seawall Arts Festival. Near the EVMS campus, on the downtown waterfront, special events are presented most weekends, sometimes including fireworks and boat parades. Several tour boats set sail nightly throughout the year, providing tours of the waterfront.
Hampton Roads also offers many opportunities for weekend getaways. The cultural attractions of Washington, D.C., the windswept beaches of North Carolina's Outer Banks, and the scenic beauty and ski resorts of the Blue Ridge Mountains are only a few hours' drive away.
Eastern Virginia Medical School holds an honored position in American history as the only school of medicine founded by a grassroots effort of the local community.
Even though EVMS was brand new, it already had deep roots and a strong sense of identity. Planning for the medical school started in the early 1960s as the region turned its attention to improving the quality of care in the region.
The idea of a medical school in Hampton Roads gained momentum in 1964 when local citizens persuaded the Virginia General Assembly to create a medical authority charged with starting a school.
Fundraising for the proposed medical school began in 1970, as a group of community leaders launched a $15 million campaign. By the time EVMS matriculated its first class in 1973, the EVMS Foundation had attracted $17 million in gifts and pledges.
The school also had attracted much-needed medical specialists to a region where many basic services were lacking.
Today, 2,300 physicians hold degrees from EVMS, including 500 who practice in Hampton Roads and 300 who practice in other regions of Virginia. In addition, the school has a growing health professions program, with programs in biomedical sciences, public health, and other specialties.
Approximately 180,000 people received medical care from physicians and health professionals at EVMS.
Besides boosting the Hampton Roads economy annually by more than half a billion dollars and creating more than 10,500 jobs, EVMS has put the region on the map internationally for biomedical research. Reproductive medicine and research in pediatrics, geriatrics, diabetes, and cancer are among the areas where EVMS excels.
EVMS - 2010 PA White Coat Ceremony
Eastern Virginia Medical School welcomed it's newest class of aspiring health professionals Friday, Jan. 8, with a ceremony that marked their entrance to the medical field.
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