Thomas Jefferson established the University of
Virginia in 1819. As one of the 8 original schools, the
School of Medicine was established in 1900 with a full
4-year instructional plan. The School of Medicine and
the University of Virginia Hospital are both located on
the same campus in Charlottesville. Its location is
within driving distance of Richmond and Washington,
D.C. The university ranks high in published surveys.
4-year modern. The curriculum is divided into 4 major
components. Basic sciences: (18 months) Provides a
basic knowledge, both psychological and physical, of
the structure of the normal and diseased human.
Clinical clerkships: (11 months) Provides a learning
experience by direct contact with patients. Electives:
(8 months) Offers clinical rotations, graduate courses,
or research activities.
Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program. It also offers a Summer Enrichment
Program for senior college students and graduates and
applicants who have been accepted for admission.
Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD degree
programs are offered in the basic sciences and jointly
with other departments of the Graduate School or
School of Engineering.
The basic premedical science courses are required.
Preference is given to residents. A minimum 3 years of
college is required, as is taking the MCAT. Choice of a
major is optional but gaining a broad educational background is encouraged. Selection is determined by
evaluation of academic performance, extracurricular
volunteer and work experience, letters of recommendation, and interview performance. Interviews are granted
by invitation only and take place only on campus.
Transfer and advanced standing: State residents receive
preference for transfer into the third year if any vacancies exist.
A Pass/Fail grading system is used except in the third
year. Students who have satisfactorily completed all the
work of the session are eligible for promotion. Those
who have incurred deficiencies that can be reasonably
removed by the opening of the next session may be
provisionally promoted. Students with serious deficiencies may be required to repeat the session’s work.
Students who are not considered competent to continue
training in medicine may be required to withdraw.
Students must record a passing total score on USMLE
Step 1 and Step 2 to graduate.
Teaching: Students join faculty members in conducting
basic and clinical research to help solve some of today’s
medical problems. They are aided by special facilities,
including the central electron microscope facility, lymphocyte culture center, and protein and nucleic acid
sequencing center. Many of these facilities are located
in Harvey E. Jordan Hall, which also houses classrooms
and laboratories for the 5 basic sciences. Other: Other
facilities include several vivarium sites and research
buildings in the Medical Center complex, adjacent to
historic Central Grounds, and the University of Virginia
Hospitals, licensed for 900 beds, including the main
hospital, Blue Ridge Hospital, and Children’s
Rehabilitation Center. Students also receive clinical
training at other hospitals in Virginia. Library: The
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library contains
140,000 volumes and receives approximately 3000
publications. Housing: Limited housing is available for
married students who may or may not have children.