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MD Program Admissions

VCU School of Medicine is seeking to enroll and graduate a class representing many dimensions of diversity. Exposure to a variety of experiences, perspectives and interests prepares students to become competent physicians with a commitment for learning and a passion to serve others in all walks of life.

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine! The Office of Admissions is dedicated to selecting a diverse, multidimensional class of capable and promising medical students each year, and we are here to provide guidance along the way.

As the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts daily life, VCU School of Medicine (SOM) remains committed to its mission of providing pre-eminent education for emerging physicians and scientists through innovative scholarly activity. We know you have questions about how this public health crisis will impact your application and admission process, and we will continue to assess the situation and keep you, our incoming and prospective medical students, informed.

Please check back for regular updates as the situation evolves email us somume@vcuhealth.org with any questions. We will navigate this challenging time together, and we look forward to assisting you in your journey to becoming physicians.

Please see our FAQ's on the Covid-19 pandemic

MD Admissions Journey

The Medschool admissions journey starts long before you actually submit your medical school application

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The journey to medical school admissions journey starts long before you submit your application.

Applying to medical school is a multistep process, and we’re here to provide support and guidance along the way. The resources below provide an overview of the steps you’ll take in learning about VCU SOM, preparing to apply and submitting your materials through the AAMC.

As the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic continues to evolve and impact our daily lives, we remain committed to helping you keep your future on track. Please check back regularly for updates on timelines, deadlines and other details that may change during the spring and summer.

Step 1. Our Mission

Virginia Commonwealth University 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.

Step 2. Aspiring Docs

Aspiring Docs provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine. Learn how to get medically related experience, prepare for the application process, and get inspired by personal stories from medical students, residents, and physicians.

Step 3. Future Applicant

The information and advice on this page will assist you with planning and preparation for medical school. Please visit the pages within our website to learn more about us and the application process. We also recommend you visit the AAMC’s Considering a Career in Medicine site to help you while preparing to apply to medical school.  We strongly encourage students to meet with their premedical advisor as they prepare to apply to medical school. Premedical advisors are familiar with the admissions requirements of most medical schools.

Step 4. AMCAS Application

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the AAMC’s centralized medical school application processing service. This site has great resources to help you prepare for medical school, MCAT preparation, understanding the application process in addition to AMCAS video series for an overview the sections of the AMCAS application, and important dates and information.

The Office of Student Outreach Programs was created to enhance the mission of the VCU School of Medicine through recruitment, retention, and programming efforts targeting students from populations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Racial/ethnic minority backgrounds
  • First generation college students or consider themselves as disadvantaged
  • Populations underrepresented in medicine
  • Those from rural backgrounds
  • Persons considered non-traditional students

Our services are available for medical students, current and future and undergraduate, post baccalaureate and non-traditional students with an interest in careers as physicians. Students will be encouraged through step by step guidance, support, mentoring, and advocacy.

Please visit www.medschool.vcu.edu for additional information about the Admissions Requirements and Future Applicant.

Telephone and in-person appointments may be made by contacting the Student Outreach Office at 804-828-9630.

VCU Division of Health Sciences Diversity (DHSD).
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VCU Division of Health Sciences Diversity (DHSD)

The VCU Division for Health Sciences Diversity encourages students from all backgrounds to pursue a career in the health sciences - and provides the resources to make it happen.

National Association of Minority Medical Educators.
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National Association of Minority Medical Educators

NAMME is a national organization dedicated to developing and sustaining productive relationships as well as action-oriented programs among national, state, and community stakeholders working to ensure racial and ethnic diversity in all of the health

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).
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American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)

The Association of American Medical Colleges is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through innovative medical education, cutting-edge patient care, and groundbreaking medical research

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National Association of Advisors

The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) is an organization of over 1200 health professions advisors at colleges and universities.

MD Admissions Contacts

Contact the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Physical Address: McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 East Marshall Street, 1st Floor, Room 1-200
Mailing Address: Box 980565 Richmond, Virginia 23298-0565
P: 804-828-9629, F: 804-828-1246

Admissions Contacts

  • Pre-requisite Questions:Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook [E-mail]
  • Advising: Dr. Keith Baker [E-mail]
  • Oversee Management of Orientation and MMI Process and Advising: Candace Dungee [E-mail]
  • Orientation Questions and Interview Rescheduling: Algenor Johnson [E-mail]
  • Supplemental & Matriculation Fee, Reimbursements & Proof of Enrollment Letter: Shenia Tyler [E-mail]
  • Proof of Permanent Resident (GREEN CARD) Submissions: Gail Steele [E-mail]
  • Office of Student Outreach Programs, Campus Visits: Natalia O'Brien [E-mail]
  • Oversee Management of Office of Student Outreach Programs, Status Updates and Questions and Advising: Dr. Donna Jackson [E-mail]
  • For general questions, please email one of our staff members below:
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Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

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Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Admissions

Phone: 804-828-9629

Email: michelle.whitehurst-cook@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor

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Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Keith D. Baker, PhD [View Image]

Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: keith.baker@vcuhealth.org

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Candace Dungee

Admissions Coordinator

Candace Dungee [View Image]

Candace Dungee

Admissions Coordinator

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: candace.dungee@vcuhealth.org

Shenia Tyler White [View Image]

Shenia Tyler White

Office Manager

Shenia Tyler White [View Image]

Shenia Tyler White

Office Manager

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: shenia.tyler@vcuhealth.org

Algenor Johnson [View Image]

Algenor Johnson

Admissions Program Coordinator

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Algenor Johnson

Admissions Program Coordinator

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: algenor.johnson@vcuhealth.org

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Gail Steele

Office Assistant

Gail Steele [View Image]

Gail Steele

Office Assistant

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: gail.steele@vcuhealth.org

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Donna H. Jackson, Ed.D.

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Donna H. Jackson, Ed.D.

Office of Student Outreach Programs

Assistant Dean for Admissions
Director of Student Outreach

Phone: 804-828-9630

Fax: 804-828-1246

Email: donna.jackson@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Physical Address: 1201 E. Marshall St., Room 1-306Mailing Address: Box 980565 Richmond, VA 23298

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Natalia O'Brien

Student Outreach Coordinator

Natalia O'Brien [View Image]

Natalia O'Brien

Student Outreach Coordinator

Admissions Office

Email: natalia.obrien@vcuhealth.org

Applicant Portal

VCU School of Medicine Applicant Portal

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Advisory Letter

You are at an exciting point in your life where you can choose many different career paths. Although the medical school application process is almost as challenging as medical school itself, there are a number of things you can do to prepare.

Get Exposure. A good way to get experience before medical school is to spend time shadowing physicians or volunteering in a setting that has close patient contact, such as an emergency room or nursing home. Volunteering is also a good way to learn your strengths and weaknesses, while still providing a service to others.

Work Hard. Take challenging courses that will show you have the perseverance needed to tackle the rigors of medical school.

Stay Focused. Don’t let anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine, if this is your true desire. Yes, medical school is expensive, but don’t let the cost prevent you from realizing your dream.

Policies

Below are the VCU School of Medicine MD Program Admissions Office of policies

Ask a Student

Welcome Class of 2024! Congratulations, your hard work and perseverance have paid off

[View Image]Before submitting an email, please see Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

Please send an email message for a current student if you have questions or want specific information about the student experience at VCU's School of Medicine. If you have submitted a question and have not yet received an answer, please submit it again. Due to technical difficulties, your message may not have been delivered.

This email inbox is managed by the student Tour Guides from the School of Medicine. Questions will either be answered immediately by the student or will be forwarded to the appropriate person for a response. Please be aware that there may be a delay in response to your question if it is detailed or requires input from someone who is difficult to contact.

To help provide a more complete response to your question please include the following information: current year in school (major and school name), planned date to sit for the MCAT, and extracurricular activities.

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Admissions Committee

Access the Admissions Committee page, forms, and documents here!Admissions Committee page

Self-Guided Tour

This self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information about the VCU School of Medicine.

School of Medicine Campus [View Image]This self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information regarding the VCU School of Medicine. View the Self-Guided Tour PDF for a printable version. Although this tour is similar to the one given to medical school interviewees, you may want to include or exclude certain things. A map of the MCV campus is included in this guide to help you visualize an overall layout of the campus.

Visit http://www.maps.vcu.edu/mcv/ for an online version of the MCV campus map.

To learn more about the VCU School of Medicine campus, visit https://medschool.vcu.edu/about.




FAQ's

Still have questions? Visit our FAQ page to learn more about program admissionsRead our FAQ's

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