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.
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
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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