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Eastern Virginia Medical School

Medical School

Mailing Address
825 Fairfax Ave
Norfolk, Virginia 23507
Phone
(757) 446-5600
Email address
hpadmissions@evms.edu
School Information
"At EVMS, we are dedicated to serving the community that created us. We educate the next generation of exceptional medical and healthcare professionals. We provide outstanding patient care for the residents of our region. We conduct research to improve healthcare outcomes for our local community and communities the world over. Our graduates, investigators and physicians are expanding our global influence." "EVMS started with just 27 students and now has more than 1,400 enrolled in 21 programs." (Source: https://www.evms.edu/about_evms/)
General Information
EVMS has released several anti-racism statements, including one condemning its most notable alumnus former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, MD for his racist photos in the 1984 student yearbook. In March 2019, EVMS received national recognition for its efforts to "[promote] a strong culture of inclusion", earning the Institutional Excellence Award from the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Resources
  • EVMS has a Pediatric DEI Committee, which is a committee of residents and program leaders dedicated to the continued enrichment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the medical school. The committee focuses on education, mentorship, recruitment, LGBTQIA+, and community engagement.
  • EVMS has several education-related DEI initiatives. First, the school has three "quality improvement projects": 1) "What Do You MEAN?" is "scenario-based small group discussions emphasizing mindfulness, discussing bias, and building skills for encountering micro-aggressions within the health care setting"; 2) “TAKE ACTION” uses a visual aid to "promote discussion to encourage diversity and acknowledge microaggressions"; 3) Limited English Proficiency (LEP) QI improves quality and equity of care for the Spanish-speaking patient population around EVMS through the introduction of the LEP form, a method of "tracking appropriate interpreter use." Second, EVMS offers a "Diversity Lecture Series" focused on "inclusive excellence in medicine". The seven categories included are: 1) race, ethnicity and culture: key terminology and language; 2) cultivating courageous conversations: 'Care-frontation--How do I say what I mean, mean what I say?'; 3) how to be an anti-racist: key lessons, goals and actions; 4) addressing microaggressions: disarming individual and systemic bias; 5) advancing allyship, inclusion and creating safe spaces; 6) creating a climate of inclusivity: embracing authenticity and uniqueness within diversity; 7) addressing healthcare inequities and social determinants of health: moving from inequity to equity.
  • As part of its mentorship and recruitment DEI initiatives, EVMS offers "Diversity Dinners" and "Diversity Happy Hours" to provide minority students with networking opportunities.
  • On April 5th, 2021, EVMS hosted a book discussion on "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibrahim Kendi.
Symbolic Actions
  • Following the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, East Virginian Medical School (EVMS) released an antiracism statement.
  • Soon after George Floyd's death, EVMS created a virtual Unity and Solidarity Message Board as a "visible demonstration of support to all people of color" within the school community. The message board allows people to post a message of unity and support for community members.
Last updated November 22nd, 2022
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