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From our beginnings in 1838 until today, as part of a thriving urban comprehensive academic medical center, the VCU School of Medicine has maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and health care.

Our tradition of excellence provides a foundation for innovation in the 21st century.

Our mission

For the better part of two centuries, the mission of the VCU School of Medicine has balanced teaching, research and patient care.

In recent years, we have defined our mission as “the constant improvement of the quality of health care for citizens of Virginia using innovative, scholarly activity to create new knowledge, to provide better systems of medical education and to develop more effective healthcare methods.”

Our teaching

More than 700 students from around the world come to the VCU School of Medicine to pursue their M.D. and learn from our renowned faculty — many of whom are nationally and internationally recognized — who represent more than 200 specialty areas. 

The school also offers a number of master’s, doctoral, and interdisciplinary programs that can be pursued in combination with M.D. degrees.

Some of these programs connect VCU to partner universities in Italy, India and England. Closer to home, 48 third- and fourth-year students train at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia, while the Virginia BioTechnology Research Park gives faculty and students an incubator to grow bioscience companies as well as research programs.

Our research

The VCU School of Medicine accounts for almost half of VCU’s sponsored research awards and for 87 percent of the university’s National Institutes of Health funding. The school’s $300 million-plus research strategic plan calls for an infusion of human capital and physical infrastructure that will invigorate a culture of scientific discovery.

Our care

As part of the VCU Medical Center, we provide innovative care to patients from across Virginia as well as neighboring states. The largest single provider of indigent health care in the commonwealth, the medical center is the site for the region’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and is recognized internationally for care in organ transplantation, head and spinal cord trauma, burn healing and cancer treatment.

For more information, please visit the VCU School of Medicine website.