VCU School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Health Sciences Division Review
The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is a 4-year MD-granting program that traces its roots back to the Hampden-Sydney College in 1838. The curriculum has four parts: Scientific Foundations, Applied Medical Sciences, Core Clinical Rotations, and Advanced Clinical Concentrations. The Advanced Clinical Concentrations section requires acting internships, urgent care, and a teaching requirement. VCU has a special program called Project ACEe, which exposes disadvantaged students to the medical profession. In addition to Project ACEe, students participate in HOMBRE, Caritas Clinic, and others. There is a 4-year longitudinal career advising course to help students match into their desired residency. To serve as a reminder to heal with empathy, VCU has a Project Heart program that reaffirms these values.
The mission of the School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, it is our mission to develop more effective health care practices to address the needs of the diverse populations we serve, and to provide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine and science.
Dual Degree Programs:
The VCU School of Medicine will build on its excellence in the basic, clinical and behavioral sciences to improve human health by advancing the
prevention and treatment of diseases. Training programs will incorporate commitment to diversity and the advancement of healthcare yielding a
quality diverse workforce in a welcoming and accepting environment.
Cost of Living Index:
- Annual High Temp: 69.5°F
- Annual Low Temp: 48°F
- Av. Annual Rainfall: 43.32 inch
*US average index is 100
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- USMLE Step 1 Prep
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- Professor Support and Mentorship
- Administration Responsiveness
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- Residency Match Support
- Diverse and Inclusive Environment
- Values Balance and Wellness
- Community Service Opportunity
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