Jun 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Resources

Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library

The EVMS Brickell Medical Sciences Library provides information resources and services to EVMS students, faculty, clinicians and staff and to members of the Hampton Roads community. The Brickell Library is open to the public during staffed hours, and all of our information resources can be used by members of the community from within the library. Please come by for assistance.

The Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library has Wi-Fi throughout the facility, which can be accessed by EVMS faculty, students, and staff with EVMS Novell passwords. Before devices can connect to EVMS Wi-Fi, they must be configured by the Network Information Center (NIC). Please visit the NIC in Lewis Hall, Suite 1003. If you need assistance after hours or on the weekend, the NIC has self-serve information on configuring Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and student wireless (see Student Software section) at their myPortal site (access with your EVMS Novell password).

For network security reasons, the EVMS Library cannot provide Wi-Fi to members of the general public.

Print jobs can be sent wirelessly to the EVMS Library’s network-enabled printers.

Computer Lab

A popular resource that is open 24/7, the EVMS Library’s Computer Lab offers PCs as well as two scanners for use by those with EVMS Novell passwords. Lab PCs connect to several printer options, which EVMS students may use with their annual allotment of free printing.

For security reasons, no guest log-ins are allowed. Guests may use the public access PCs that are available when the library is staffed. For more information, see below.


The Computer Lab offers and supports word processing, spreadsheet, graphic, and computer-assisted instruction software. During library hours, staff will do their best to assist patrons in using the software packages installed in the Lab and Classroom. EVMS staff may not be able to answer all questions about specialized software.

Because of software licensing limitations, not all computers are set up identically. If you are looking for a specific software package, please consult with the Lab Manager.

The following are not allowed: Installing programs; copying licensed software; using software that will circumvent licensing or harm the computer, the network, or people. For a more complete list of EVMS policies, procedures, and possible disciplinary actions, please sign in to EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/Policies & Procedures.

Storage of Data

Files stored on Lab computers are deleted at logout. Save files to a flash drive, email files to yourself using EVMS Sendit, or use your EVMS Home Drive. Each EVMS Novell account is given a “Home Drive.” This storage is only available while on the EVMS wired network (Lab and Classroom). Using Home Drive storage ONLY is not recommended. You are strongly encouraged to back up your work.

If you are uncertain about the location of your stored data, Lab staff can assist you. Lab staff can also verify that your data is on your storage device.

The Computer Lab assumes no responsibility for lost, damaged, or deleted data.

Computer Viruses

All computers in the Lab are equipped with software designed to protect computers from viruses. Viruses can corrupt or delete data and make it unrecoverable. Please report messages indicating the presence of a virus to Lab staff immediately.

Faculty, staff, and residents may download free home-use copies of McAfee Antivirus that the EVMS Network Information Center has licensed for your protection. Sign into EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/SoftwareDownload, to download this software for your computer.

Library Classroom PCs

The EVMS Library’s Classroom is a well-used resource. It is used for testing, classes, training, and much more. There is a daily schedule of activities posted outside the Classroom door every morning. Those with EVMS Novell passwords are welcome to use the Classroom PCs when there are no activities scheduled.

The Classroom may be reserved using the Computer Classroom Reservation Form by faculty members for:

  • EVMS credit courses (receive priority)
  • EVMS-sponsored non-credit formal instruction

The Classroom is equipped with:

  • 30 networked PCs and an instructor PC
  • Multimedia projector & screen
  • Digital white board
  • 3D document camera
  • Wireless Microphone

For information about additional equipment that is available through EVMS Media Services, please see the library staff or log in to EVMS myPortal/Information Technology/Media & Audio Visual Technical Services (MAVTS)

Library Public PCs

These computers have been set up for medical information searching only and have no additional software installed.

Use of Online Public Access Computer (OPAC)Stations

The Edward E. Brickell Medical Sciences Library has three (3) workstations available for use by the general public. These computers, with access to Brickell Library and other specified web resources, are provided to further the educational, research, and health information needs of public clients. Signing the log-in sheet constitutes an agreement to abide by the policies stated below.

Patrons must abide by the following use policies as set forth by EVMS and Brickell Library:

  • Identification: All public clients are required to present Circulation staff with a valid government, school, or employer issued picture ID. No exceptions will be made.
  • Priority: Any public client may sign up to use an OPAC workstation (EVMS faculty, staff, and students with Novell Network accounts may not use these stations, and are directed to the stations in the computer lab and classroom); priority of use is given to EVMS community faculty without a Novell Network account, area health care providers, patients and family members of patients at local area hospitals, and students/faculty/staff at local colleges and universities.
  • Time Limit: OPAC workstations are only available during the hours that the library Circulation desk is staffed. OPAC stations automatically shut down 30 minutes before the end of the library’s staffed hours.
  • Appropriate Use: OPAC workstations are to be used only for biomedical or health care related research. All other uses are strictly prohibited. Accessible biomedical and health care related Internet sites are determined in conjunction with the Network Information Center.

Inappropriate Use

Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:

  • Endeavoring to circumvent security or otherwise gain unauthorized access to computers, software, or networks.
  • Intentionally or unintentionally damaging equipment.
  • Breaking local, state, or federal regulations including, but not limited to copyright violations, identity fraud, cyber harassment, etc.
  • Installing/downloading/uploading software, documents, or graphic images onto any of the workstations.
  • Using proxy websites to send anonymous emails or to otherwise attempt to mask the identity of a machine or account.
  • Perpetrating identity fraud in any way including trying to use a computer account the person is not authorized to use.
  • Inappropriate use will ultimately be determined by a library staff member. Clients found to be inappropriately using the OPAC workstations will be asked to leave the library and further action may be taken depending on the severity of the offense.
  • Printing: A reasonable amount of free printing from the OPAC workstations is allowed to clients. Library staff determines what is excessive printing and will instruct the client to terminate printing.
  • Minors: Clients fourteen (14) years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the OPAC workstation; these clients cannot be left unsupervised. Please note that it is not the responsibility of the Library to serve in loco parentis (in place of a parent) and cannot be responsible for the well being of unsupervised minors.
  • Notification: Clients must notify staff members when they are ready to leave; staff will log off the user and terminate the session.

Information Technology

Information Technology provides excellence in technology equipment and services, supporting faculty, staff, students and community clients on the Eastern Virginia Medical Center campus.

  • The Business Service Center provides information technology support to the administrative and academic management functions of EVMS.
  • The Database Center maintains academic and research data, as well as gives access to information technology resources by audience.
  • Media Services serves the EVMS community with the latest in audio-visual technology not only in the classroom, but in the simulation, distance education and video production settings.
  • The Network Information Center supports a wide range of services, including enterprise applications, desktop computing, server configuration and maintenance, network accounts and network communication devices.

Academic Development

Academic Development helps learners in the EVMS Community develop and enhance their range of academic skills, strategies and behaviors needed to perform in competitive academic, and dynamic professional environments.

  • Services and Resources: Academic Development provides resources and services for students to promote academic success and to balance the demands of academics, research, clinical activities, personal life commitments, and service to their community through:
    • Academic Counseling: Academic Counseling helps learners in the EVMS Community acquire more effective and efficient academic skills.
    • Peer Tutoring: Content-specific peer tutoring is coordinated through Academic Development with authorization by the Course Director.

Student Disability Services

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) recognizes its ethical and legal responsibility to provide equal opportunities for qualified students with disabilities and is committed to providing resources for such. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act require institutions to provide certain reasonable accommodations to qualified students, when necessary, to provide an equal learning opportunity. A “qualified student” is a person with or without a disability who meets the academic and technical standards requisite to admission or participation in the recipient’s education program or activity.

Academic and Technical Standards

All students must meet both academic and technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations, in order to progress through EVMS and graduate. Academic standards refer to acceptable demonstrations of mastery in various disciplines, before matriculation and after, as judged by faculty members, examinations, and other measurements of performance. Technical standards refer to the essential aptitudes and abilities that allow students to perform in the vast array of requisite ways that are extremely important in the medical field.

All graduates of EVMS must have the knowledge, skills and other competencies to function in a variety of clinical situations and to render a wide spectrum of patient care. Without the essential capacities, students cannot fulfill the requirements of all the courses at EVMS. All students with or without a disability must acknowledge and certify that he or she has read, understands and is able to meet the technical standards of the program in which he or she wishes to enroll. Meeting the EVMS technical standards for ones particular course is, therefore, required for 1) matriculation, 2) subsequent promotion from term to term, and 3) graduation from EVMS.

Accommodations are put in place to help a student with a disability to fulfill the technical standards set forth by their degree program. Before requesting accommodation, the student should refer to their program’s website for technical standards as these cannot be waived.

Reasonable Accommodation

Reasonable accommodations are individually determined after a student requests accommodation and submits original documentation to support the accommodation request. The accommodations are intended to provide a student with an equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of each course/activity. Such accommodations, however, are not intended to waive the essential requirements of a program or its technical standards and do not guarantee success. Matriculation into an EVMS program assumes a certain level of cognitive and technical skill. Students with disabilities will be held to the same fundamental standards as their non-disabled peers.

Although not all students should be expected to gain the same level of all technical skills, mastery of some skills is so essential that it must be achieved. Thus, reasonable accommodations will be provided to assist in learning, performing and satisfying the fundamental standards where it does not compromise EVMS programs or interfere with the rights of other students and/or patients. Qualified students with documented disabilities will be provided with reasonable accommodations at EVMS and those accommodations may sometimes involve an intermediary or an auxiliary aid. However, no disability can be reasonably accommodated at EVMS with an auxiliary aid or intermediary that provides cognitive support or medical knowledge, substitutes for essential clinical skills, or supplements clinical and ethical judgment. In other words, accommodations cannot eliminate essential program elements. To ensure the recommended accommodations are provided, it is necessary that the student understand his/her role and carry out his/her responsibilities in arranging reasonable accommodations during their course of study.

Duties of Students

Students are responsible for disclosing the presence of a disability, providing adequate disability documentation, requesting accommodations in a timely manner and abiding by the accommodation procedures.

Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL)

The Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning (SCSIL) is a full service simulation center offering a full complement of simulation tools and techniques to meet your educational needs. These tools and techniques are used to teach and assess a variety of clinical, communication, and team-based skills. SCSIL provides its services to all disciplines within the healthcare industry as well as non-healthcare related industries. SCSIL offers off-the-shelf curriculum and has the capability to adapt activities to your specific needs.

The simulation methods SCSIL uses include: Standardized Patients (SPs), Physical Teaching Associates (PTAs), Genitourinary Teaching Associates (GTAs), manikin-based simulators, partial task trainers, virtual and immersive environments, computer based simulators, and other educational technologies to meet the outcomes and objectives established by a broad range of clients.

Title IX Coordinators

In accordance with the EVMS Policy on Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment, any student or applicant for admission, employee or applicant for employment, or any other member of the EVMS community, whether guest or otherwise, who believes that they have been discriminated against on the basis of sex or the subject of sexual harassment (including sexual assault) may, in addition to seeking redress through any other available avenues, file a report or complaint to the institution by contacting any  Senior Deputy Coordinator  or Institutional Title IX Coordinator as follows: 

Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students:


Melissa Scott, M.Ed

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Lewis Hall

700 W. Olney Rd., Room 1172

Norfolk, VA 23507



Senior Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees:


Matthew Schenk, PHR

Executive Director of Human Resources

Smith Rogers Hall

358 Mowbray Arch, Ste. 201

Norfolk, VA 23507



Institutional Title IX Coordinator:


Josephine Wiley

Institutional Title IX Coordinator

Andrew’s Hall

721 Fairfax Avenue, Suite 509

Norfolk, VA 23507