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This school originated when Hampden-Sydney College created a medical department in Richmond in 1837, which in 1854 became the Medical College of Virginia. In 1893 the College of Physicians and Surgeons was established, which consolidated with Medical College of Virginia in 1913.


4-year semimodern. First and second years: The basic sciences are covered in the first 2 years. The body is divided into organ systems to permit integration of the basic science disciplines with one another and with the clinical aspects. Behavioral science, preventive medicine, pathogenesis, foundations of medicine, and ethics are also taught during this interval. Third year: This year is devoted to rotation through the major clinical specialties. Also included are courses in community practice and in neurology. Fourth year: Consists of 4 weeks devoted to clinical rotation in emergency room, and 4 weeks in an acting internship. A 3-week update course in clinical science is offered at the end of the year. The balance of the year consists of 4-week rotations in various electives. The purpose of allotting two-thirds of the senior year of electives is to allow those students who have definite goals to pursue them flexibly. This option also permits those who have not yet defined their goals adequate choices to explore possible career pathways. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from individual faculty members, should they wish to design courses of special interest.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The Director of the Student Outreach Program and the director of the college’s Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) are actively involved in recruitment of minority students. The college also offers a Pre-Admissions Study Skills Workshop and a Summer Institute. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in a variety of disciplines including biometry, biophysics, and genetics. The school also offers coordinated MDMPH and MD-MHA degree programs.


Requirements include the basic premedical science courses, 1 year of mathematics, and 1 year of English. Preference is given to those with baccalaureate degrees; residents preferred. Transfer and advanced standing: Transfer students are considered only into the third year when vacancies occur. Residents are given preference.


Grades of Honors/High Pass/Pass Marginal/Fail are determined by the faculty. Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE must be taken to record a score. Teaching: Classrooms and laboratories for the basic medical sciences are in Sanger Hall, Medical Sciences Building, and the Egyptian Building. Clinical teaching is done at the Medical Center, which consists of the West, Main, and North Hospitals, at theA. D. Williams Memorial Clinic and at the VA Hospital and for 24 selected students at the Inova Fairfax Hospital in northern Virginia. Other: Students in their third year spend a month in 1 of 5 community hospitals. Library: The comprehensive collections of the Tompkins-McCaw Library support study and research needs. Housing: Cabaniss Hall, a 432-bed dormitory, and 4 residence halls provide for student housing needs.

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Richmond, VA 23298

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