VCU School of Medicine

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Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Medicine
MottoIn the tradition of the
Medical College of Virginia
TypePublic university
Established1838; 185 years ago (1838)
DeanDavid Chelmow
Academic staff
1,175 full time faculty
Students759 - M.D.
165 - Masters
281 - Ph. D.
123 - Certificate
Location, ,

37°32′25″N 77°25′45″W / 37.540341°N 77.429152°W / 37.540341; -77.429152Coordinates: 37°32′25″N 77°25′45″W / 37.540341°N 77.429152°W / 37.540341; -77.429152
CampusMCV Campus
MCV Students in front of the Egyptian Building

The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is the medical school of Virginia Commonwealth University, a public research university in Richmond, Virginia. It is the largest and oldest continuously operating medical school in Virginia. The school traces its beginnings to the 1838 opening of the medical department of Hampden–Sydney College, which in 1854 became an independent institution known as the Medical College of Virginia (MCV). In 1968, MCV joined with the Richmond Professional Institute to form Virginia Commonwealth University.[1] The School of Medicine is one of five schools within the VCU Medical Center and Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Located on VCU's MCV Campus in Richmond, the medical school offers dozens of master's, doctoral and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. degree, postdoctoral research and residency training opportunities.[2] Third- and fourth-year School of Medicine students may elect to train at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia,[3] and the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park in Richmond gives faculty and students an incubator to grow bioscience companies and research programs.

With more than 300 basic science investigators, the School of Medicine accounts for more than half of VCU's sponsored research awards and more than 85 percent of the university's National Institutes of Health funding.[4]

The medical school provides educational expertise and clinical services to the patients of the VCU Medical Center. The medical center offers comprehensive contemporary medical services including the region's Level 1 Trauma Center, a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive-Care Unit, a translational research center,[5] a comprehensive organ transplantation center, a research and rehabilitation center, a children's mental health facility, a burn care center, with a teaching hospital with 779 beds and 650 physicians.[6] Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center is one of 35 designated Ebola centers.[7] VCU faculty staff the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and VCU faculty serve as national Veterans Administration directors for rehabilitation medicine, radiation oncology, primary care and residency education.[8]


Educational programs include medical undergraduate,[9] graduate,[10] masters[11] and PhD pathways.[12][13] Additionally, a Premedical Graduate Certificate Program delivers a one-year, intensive graduate-level program for students to enhance their qualifications for admission into professional school, including medical, dental and veterinary school.[14]


Critical Care Hospital

The Critical Care Hospital, a $184 million 15-level, 367,000-square-foot (34,100 m2) facility with 232 adult patient beds, opened in October 2008.[15][16]

The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center

West Hospital

The $158.6 million, James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center was built through a public-private partnership, with $70 million provided by funds from the Commonwealth of Virginia. VCU and private funds supported the remaining cost.[17] The building is named for James and Frances McGlothlin who donated $25 million to the project on April 11, 2011.[18] The facility was completed in spring 2013.

Molecular Medicine Research Building

The eight-story, 125,000-square-foot (11,600 m2) Molecular Medicine Research Building was completed in 2009[19] and houses 48 principal investigators and their staffs. The research facility includes a 75-seat auditorium with teleconference facilities, a multipurpose seminar space and state-of-the-art research labs.

Sanger Hall

Opened in 1968, Sanger Hall is a 12-story structure named for Dr. William T. Sanger, the third President of MCV. Sanger houses the School of Medicine's administrative offices, a number of departmental offices and wet labs, as well classrooms and large lecture halls.[20]

West Hospital West Hospital is an art deco inspired structure that opened as a clinical care facility in 1941. The 18 story structure houses both School of Medicine and School of Allied Health Professions units.

Egyptian Building

The Egyptian Building, a National Historic Landmark, is an Egyptian Revival style building completed in 1845. It was the first permanent home of the Medical Department of Hampden–Sydney College which became the VCU School of Medicine. The building has a large lecture hall, smaller classroom and simulation facilities, and an academic unit.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni include:[21]


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  3. ^ "Inova Campus - VCU School of Medicine". 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  4. ^ "Research - VCU School of Medicine". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  5. ^ "About Us - VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research".
  6. ^ "About Us - Virginia Commonwealth University Health System". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  7. ^ 35 Hospitals Designated as Ebola treatment centers. USA Today. December 3, 2014 [1]
  8. ^ VA Web Solutions (2013-06-12). "Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Locations". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  9. ^ "VCU Bulletins :: Professional study". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
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  12. ^ "Ph.D. Programs - Graduate Programs - Education - VCU School of Medicine". 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  13. ^ "Ph.D. Programs - Graduate Programs - Education - VCU School of Medicine". 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  14. ^ "Premedical Graduate Certificate Program - Graduate Programs - Education - VCU School of Medicine". 2013-08-01. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  15. ^ "Improvements noted at VCU's Critical Care Hospital - Richmond Times-Dispatch: Metro Richmond Arts, Entertainment & Lifestyle". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  16. ^ "VCU News". 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  17. ^ "VCU News". 2009-12-14. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  18. ^ "A new home for the medical school". Retrieved 26 Feb 2013.
  19. ^ "VCU dedicates new Molecular Medicine Research Building - Richmond Times-Dispatch: News, Crime & Politics For Richmond Metro Area". Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  20. ^ "Sanger Hall". Retrieved 26 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Previous Honors - Honors - Alumni - Giving - VCU School of Medicine". 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2013-10-25.
  22. ^ Medicine, VCU. "History - History - VCU School of Medicine".
  23. ^ "Full List of Annual Meetings and Presidents". Retrieved 2013-10-25.

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