Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Institutional Information

Mission Statement

Eastern Virginia Medical School is an academic health center dedicated to achieving excellence in medical and health professions education, research and patient care. We value creating and fostering a diverse and cohesive faculty, professional staff and student body as the surest way to achieve our mission. Adhering to the highest ethical standards, we will strive to improve the health of our community and to be recognized as a national center of intellectual and clinical strength in medicine and Health Professions. Our commitment to ensuring institutional effectiveness is demonstrated by the continuous assessment processes we use to improve program performance and student learning outcomes.


Eastern Virginia Medical School will be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.


Three core values drive our daily efforts:

  • Excellence: We determine with our stakeholders what is valuable and hold ourselves to high performance standards that fulfill our promises.
  • Collegiality: We serve our community and one another, building strong and mutually supportive relationships. We work as a cooperative, united team to further our purposes of education, research and patient care.
  • Integrity: We strive to maintain the highest ethical standards and accept accountability for all we do and say.


To fulfill our mission and vision, we must be strategically focused on the areas that provide the greatest leverage for effecting change in our academic health center and our greater community. To that end, EVMS has identified seven long-term goals:

  • Cultural Alignment: Strengthen our entire organization’s collective pursuit of our mission, vision, and values.
  • Education: Maintain the highest professional standards for our residential and distance learning programs to prepare graduates to excel in their chosen profession and to respond to societal healthcare needs.
  • Research: Enhance and strengthen our research enterprise in order to improve community and national health.
  • Patient Care: Enhance our clinical enterprise to provide the highest quality patient care distinguished by our research and academic clinicians.
  • Affiliates: Strengthen relationships with our affiliates by determining and delivering value.
  • Finances and Funding: Ensure ongoing financial stability.
  • Marketing: Strengthen our brand awareness and reputation to increase preference and support from students, patients, physicians and the community.

Diversity Statement

The education, research and patient care mission of Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) is shaped by many considerations: the demographics of the surrounding communities, the significant presence of military personnel, retirees and their families, the rural and underserved communities of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the broader national and global need to address gaps in the health workforce and the accessibility of health care.

Eastern Virginia Medical School has a unique history as one of the few institutions in the United States established by the local community to serve the local community. Indeed, its vision is to be the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the nation. In fulfilling that vision, EVMS strives to attract talented students, trainees, faculty, staff and leaders who bring diverse attributes and experience to drive our collective commitment to excellence.

Eastern Virginia Medical School embraces diversity broadly defined, but places a special emphasis on recruitment of women, traditionally underrepresented minorities in medicine and the health professions (African Americans, Latinos, American Indians and Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders), veterans and individuals who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. Acknowledging that diversity is a fluid and evolving concept, we will continually strive to be inclusive of individuals and groups in the broadest possible manner.


For more than four decades, EVMS has been the place for aspiring physicians and health professionals, passionate educators and medical pioneers.

In the 1960s, civic leaders in Hampton Roads sought to improve care in the region and created a bold dream to build a medical school. Thanks to determination and community commitment, EVMS opened its doors in 1973, forever transforming the landscape of health care in Hampton Roads.

Today, EVMS holds an honored position in American history as one of the only schools of medicine and health professions in the nation to be founded by a grassroots effort. The institution’s steady growth from just 23 medical students to an organization with a more than $1.2 billion annual economic impact is an inspiring testament to what vision, community commitment and innovation can accomplish.

Campus Facilities

EVMS Facilities provides a safe, clean, functional, comfortable and sustainable environment for our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We design, construct, operate, maintain, service, and enhance our infrastructure, grounds and environment with a strong commitment to excellence, collegiality, and integrity.

EVMS Facilities is responsible for Building Operations and Maintenance, Campus Housing, Groundskeeping, Housekeeping, Pest Control, Telecommunications, Vehicle Maintenance, renovations to existing buildings and new construction on the Eastern Virginia Medical Center campus.

EVMS Campus Safety & Alerts

EVMS Police and Public Safety offers enhanced services to EVMS emergency notification system users. We have partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide the EVMS Rave Alert notification system, which delivers messages to your mobile phone and email address in the event of an emergency.

EVMS Rave Alert subscribers are able to manage emergency services in one online location and choose features that include the EVMS “Rave Guardian” service, which transforms a mobile phone into a personal alarm beacon that allows EVMS Police to respond more quickly when help is needed. EVMS employees, staff, students and residents are automatically enrolled in the system to receive EVMS email alerts. When they provide a mobile phone number they are also automatically enrolled in the mobile text alerts system as well.

We encourage each member of the EVMS community to log in to the EVMS Rave Alert website to confirm contact information.

Police and Public Safety

Eastern Virginia Medical School Police & Public Safety is a certifed law-enforcement agency through the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and dedicated to enhancing safety, security and emergency management for the EVMS community. The department’s services are available 24/7 with offices in Lewis Hall and the Staff Garage. Our communications center can be reached at 757.446.5199.

The mission is to create and maintain a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors. We do this through active patrols, security and fire/life safety assessments, staffing posts in campus facilities, training and professional development, oversight of building access control, alarm systems and building cooperative relationships with other law-enforcement and security agencies.

In addiction to regular police, security and safety services, the department also provides other services for students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors. These services include:

  • Vehicle assistance with jump starts, lock-outs, flat tires, and other minor vehicle problems
  • After-hour escorts
  • Lost and Found property management
  • Conducting self-awareness level training and seminars for students, faculty and staff
  • Oversight of the Emergency Operations Plan and the Continuity of Operations Plan
  • Maintaining the “Rave Guardian” Electronic Escort System
  • Fire & Life Safety Training

EVMS complies with the Department of Education’s Jeanne Clery Act and collects, maintains and publishes crime and safety information that is available to the public. The department publishes the Annual Security/Fire Safety Report each Oct 1. This report contains crime statistics for the campus community for a three-year running period and information about EVMS Police & Public Safety; EVMS emergency and security policies; crime reporting and prevention; sexual assault; fire safety at EVMS’ campus housing, Hague Club Apartments; and other security/safety topics of concern to the EVMS community. A CSA (Campus Security Authority) needs to file a report with EVMS Police when he or she becomes aware of information that a crime incident is occurring or may have occurred on campus or in a non-campus location. If the incident is happening and constitutes an emergency, dial 911 or 757.446.5911 immediately. If it is information about a crime that is not currently in progress, contact EVMS Police at 757.446.5911, provide as much information as possible (approximate date and time of occurrence, location and individuals involved). To obtain a paper copy of the Annual Security/Fire Safety Report, email Police & Public Safety. Please take time to view the 2019 Annual Security/Fire Safety Report for a comprehensive overview of related services, policies and data. Students residing in the Hague Club Apartments can designate a confidential emergency contact in the event they are reported missing. To do so, please fill out the Confidential Contact Form.