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School of Medicine Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Medical Center

About the school

Dr. Strauss in an interview.From our beginnings in 1838 to today, as part of a thriving urban comprehensive academic medical center, the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine has maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and health care.

Our tradition of excellence provides a foundation for innovation as we move into the 21st century.

Our Mission

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.

Our Strategic Plan

The strategic plan articulates the School's overreaching objectives to continue to lead our students, faculty and staff to excellence in the framework of a growing, dynamic, intellectually stimulating, creative, innovative, supportive and inclusive community. The plan reaffirms our vision of a strong and ongoing commitment to our mission and core values that will ensure diversity, equity and excellence in teaching, research, patient care and community engagement.

View the Strategic Plan for Excellence, Equity and Diversity. [PDF]

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 dozens 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.