Eastern Virginia Medical School, located in Norfolk, Virginia, is a public-private medical school whose campus includes the Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, the Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, and a wide array of research centers, libraries and student housing options. Founded in 1973, EVMS aims to advance the field of health care in eastern Virginia, especially the Hampton Roads community, one of the commonwealth's most populous regions, which includes the cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. Students are able to manage their busy lifestyles with help from an Eastern Virginia Medical School dormitory, university apartment, or off campus housing.
Currently, nearly 800 students, including master's degree candidates, doctoral students and a handful of undergraduates participate in student living at EVMS. However, in 2008, the Commonwealth of Virginia approved the appropriation of funds to the institution, allowing the medical school to increase doctoral student enrollment by 30 percent, and enrollment in its physician assistant program by 60 percent. Eastern Virginia Medical School is expecting it's total enrollment to rise above 1,000 students in the coming years.
The institution offers a wide array of academic programs, which range from a Bachelor's of Science or certificate in Ophthalmic Technology, to a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Doctor of Medicine degree. Other concentrations include Biomedical Sciences, Graduate Art Therapy, Master of Physician Assistant and Clinical Embryology and Andrology. The school's position near two large hospitals helps students gain the practical skills necessary to practice medicine. In particular, EVMS and its affiliated hospitals have developed a reputation for excelling in reproductive medicine and research in pediatrics, geriatrics, diabetes and cancer.
Students at Eastern Virgina Medical School typically find a university apartment in Norfolk, near the city's downtown district, and the historic Ghent neighborhood.
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