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The program for the M.D. degree is divided into four phases. The curriculum is viewed as a dynamic and evolving entity, and course titles, content or duration of emphasis may be subject to modification for the sake of improving the learning experience.
The program for the M.D. degree is divided into four phases.
[View Image]M1, The Scientific Foundations of Medicine, occupies the first year of Medical School from August until May. This emphasizes foundational knowledge required to be able to understand the structure, function and pathophysiology of the different organ systems. In the second semester, students will study Hematology Oncology, the Musculoskeletal Systems,Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism, Endocrine and Reproduction Systems.
The second phase, M2, occupies the second and third semesters of medical school and is called the Applied Medical Sciences. This is a multidisciplinary integrated curriculum in which students will learn the normal structure and function of each organ system integrated with the pathophysiology of disease and treatment strategies. Following a summer break, students return for the M2 phase which includes the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems and Mind, Brain and Behavior (Behavioral Science and Neuroscience). The next phase is the Core Clinical Concentrations in which students will rotate through the various clerkships of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. This phase will run from April until the following May. The final phase lasting from May until graduation is the Advanced Clinical Concentrations which includes Acting Internships, an Urgent Care elective, a teaching requirement and an integrated Clinical Care experience. The remainder is open for electives at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center and its affiliated sites and at approved medical schools elsewhere in the USA and abroad.
The curriculum is viewed as a dynamic and evolving entity, and course titles, content or duration of emphasis may be subject to modification for the sake of improving the learning experience.
Each course in M1 and M2 is designed and implemented by a faculty committee, and each phase of the curriculum is supervised by a faculty coordinator.
M1, The Scientific Foundations of Medicine, occupies the first year of Medical School from August until May. This emphasizes foundational knowledge required to be able to understand the structure, function and pathophysiology of the different organ systems. In the second semester, students will study Hematology Oncology, the Musculoskeletal Systems,Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism, Endocrine and Reproduction Systems.
The second phase, M2, occupies the second and third semesters of medical school and is called the Applied Medical Sciences. This is a multidisciplinary integrated curriculum in which students will learn the normal structure and function of each organ system integrated with the pathophysiology of disease and treatment strategies. Following a summer break, students return for the M2 phase which includes the Cardiovascular, Pulmonary and Renal Systems and Mind, Brain and Behavior (Behavioral Science and Neuroscience).
During the third year, students receive clinical training by rotating through the various hospitals and ambulatory services. This clinical experience is supplemented by didactic presentations on practice related topics. All students participate in the following clerkships:
M4 is an elective year, with 232 electives offered. Each elective is four weeks long.
The School of Medicine, in an effort to serve best the needs and goals of the individual student, offers M4 students the option of choosing electives during the majority of their senior year. The elective curriculum has been arranged primarily to allow those students who have definite goals to pursue them logically without adherence to a required curriculum. At the same time, it allows those who have not yet defined their goals an adequate assortment of electives with which to explore career options. Where standard elective choices seem too limiting, students are encouraged to approach individual faculty members to develop courses that more closely approach individual needs.
The year is divided into eleven four-week periods.
The electives catalog is available on the Web.
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Medical Education Curriculum Office
VCU School of Medicine
Physical Address: McGlothlin Medical Education Center (MMEC), 1201 E Marshall St., 4th Floor
Mailing Address: Box 980565
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0565
Christopher Woleben, M.D.
Interim Sr. Assoc. Dean for Med. Education & S.A.
Susan DiGiovanni, M.D.
Assoc. Dean for Quality Improvement & LCME Stds.
Linda Costanzo, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Dean of Medicine
Full-time MD Program Students can apply for financial aid
Contact the VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office for information on financial aid.VCU School of Medicine Financial Aid Office
The School of Medicine seeks to recognize the academic and personal achievement of medical students.
The annual Kinloch Nelson, M.D. Student Honors Day provides a forum to honor students in all classes for their exemplary work in courses and clerkships. Additionally, student recipients of scholarships and the generous donors are recognized at this event, as well as new members of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
In 1968, Kinloch Nelson, M.D., the Dean of the School of Medicine, combined the programs of the American Medical Student Association and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society with the presentation of honors to students for academic achievements. Today, our program honors students in all classes for academic and personal achievement. Additionally, we honor both student recipients and the generous donors who provide important scholarship support and recognize Alpha Omega Alpha inductees.
Molecular Basis of Health and Disease | Mariya Husain
Principles of Physiology | Moon-Jun Brian Kim
Principles of Autonomics and Pharmacology | Gurjas S. Bajaj
Immunity and Infection - Aubrey H. Straus Award | Gurjas S. Bajaj
Foundations of Disease | Eric E. Curtis
Physician, Patient, and Society | Sean M. Aubuchon
Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine | Davis Y. Kim
Practice of Clinical Medicine | Gurjas S. Bajaj
Coleman Brantley Scholarship | Gurjas S. Bajaj
Cardiovascular | Noopur S. Tripathi
Pulmonary | Saahil Sanon
Renal | Armita Kabirpour
Mind, Brain, and Behavior | Matthew T. Carr
Marrow | Hameeda A. Naimi
Movement | Malcolm E. Vaught
Gastrointestinal and Metabolism | Matthew T. Carr
Endocrine | Matthew T. Carr
Reproduction | Matthew T. Carr
Physician, Patient, and Society | Debolina Banerjee
Population Health and Evidence-Based Medicine | Michael A. Klemm
Practice of Clinical Medicine | Matthew T. Carr
A.D. Williams Award | Matthew T. Carr
Edith E. and Hugo R. Seibel Award for Excellence in Gross Anatomy | Megan A. Barrett
Family Medicine Excellence Award | Scott A. Muffly
Internal Medicine - William Branch Porter Award | Joseph A. Wiener
Neurology | Austin M. Oberlin
Obstetrics/Gynecology - Daniel Crooks Award | Kelli M. McFarling
Obstetrics/Gynecology - Eric Schelin Award | Amanda W. Hayes
Pediatrics - Elizabeth Joanne Harbison Memorial Award | Michelle D. Wagner-Merrion
Pediatrics - Lee Sutton Award | Stephanie C. DeMasi
Psychiatry | Kelli M. McFarling
Surgery | Amanda W. Hayes
A.D. Williams Award | Rakhi Melvani
Practice of Clinical Medicine M4 Co-Leader Teaching Award for Class of 2020 | Christina M. Page & Luke C. Spangler
Practice of Clinical Medicine M4 Co-Leader Teaching Award for Class of 2021 | Rebecca F. Clemo & Janina Vaitkus
Merck Manual Award | Ameya A. Chumble, Emily K. Datyner, Kelli M. McFarling, & Ashley E. Rogers
Dr. Sidney B. Barham Scholarship | Joseph A. Wiener
Dr. Rosemarie Teresa Greyson-Fleg and Dr. Jerome Louis Fleg Fund | Sydney L. Davis
Michael M. Kannan Pediatrician Teaching Award and Student Scholarship | Ariel P. Nash
Eleanor and Paul Kent Scholarship | Margaret G. Woodward
Dr. Nancy B. King Memorial Fund | Elliot W.A. Morgan
Dr. Henry Clay Smith Memorial Award | Courtney D. Dawson
Frank S. Trani Memorial School of Medicine Scholarship Fund | Margaret S. Barton
Dr. Elbert P. Whited Scholarship | Thomas W. Neal & Jennifer L. Ware
William Winston, M.D. Scholarship | Catherine DeTeresa
Hertzberg Scholarship | Angie M. Molina
Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Pre-Doctoral Research | Ashlee A. Moore
Lindon J. Eaves Award for Excellence in Post-Doctoral Research | Lance M. Rappaport
I2CRP Award | Kelli M. McFarling, Alisa M. Olmsted, Adam A. Robinson, Alexandre D. Schloe
James D. Popp Summer Research Fellowship | Kelly McCoy
Robert C. Bryan Prize in Pathology | Ameya A. Chumble
MCV Alumni Association of the VCU Award | C. Trammel Cox
Susan DiGiovanni, M.D., Councilor | William M. Cregar, President | Olga Mutter, Vice-President
Dr. Emma Fields
Dr. Robin Foster
Dr. Eiman Nabi
Dr. Derek Leiner
Dr. Jonathan DeAntonio
Dr. Gerald Feldman
Course Directors and Coordinators
Assistant Dean for Medical Education M1/M2 | Dr. Diane Biskobing | Phone: 804-827-8436 | Room Number: MMEC 4-220
Assistant Dean for Medical Education M3/M4 | Dr. Michael Ryan | Phone: 804-828-4589 | Room Number: MMEC 4-216
Interim Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs | Dr. Susan DiGiovanni | Phone: 804-827-1743 | Room Number: MMEC 4-220
Associate Dean for Student Affairs | Dr. Christopher Woleben | Phone: 804-828-9791 | Room Number: MMEC 4-218
Assistant Dean for Curriculum | Dr. Lelia Brinegar | Phone: 804-828-9790 | Room Number: MMEC 4-227
Scientific Foundations of Medicine | Dr. John Bigbee | Phone: 804-828-0948
Molecular Basis of Health & Disease | Dr. Robert Diegelmann | Phone: 804-828-9677
Ms. Virginia Pallante | Phone: 804-628-4079 x129
Principles of Physiology | Dr. Clive Baumgarten | Phone: 804-828-4773
Principles of Autonomics & Pharmacology | Dr. Edward Ishac | Phone: 804-828-2127
Infection & Immunity | Dr. Kim Jefferson | Phone: 804-828-9699
Foundations of Disease | Dr. Kimberly Sanford | Phone: 804-828-2745
Marrow & Movement | Dr. Susan Roseff | Phone: 804-828-0255
Hematology-Oncology | Dr. Susan Roseff | Phone: 804-828-0255
| Dr. Christian Barrett | Phone: 804-828-9723
Musculoskeletal | Dr. Beth Rubinstein | Phone: 804-828-3355
Glands & Guts | Dr. Diane Biskobing | Phone: 804-827-8436
Gastrointestinal & Metabolism | Dr. George Smallfield | Phone: 804-828-9159
| Dr. Scott Matherly | Phone: 804-828-9170
Endocrine | Dr. Diane Biskobing | Phone: 804-827-8436
| Dr. Cynthia Yazbeck | Phone: 804-628-5513
Reproduction | Dr. Sarah Milton | Phone: 804-628-7023
| Dr. Nathan Webb | Phone:804-828-1809
Circulation, Respiration & Excretion | Dr. Clive Baumgarten | Phone: 804-828-4773
Cardiovascular | Dr. Edward Lesnefsky | Phone: 804-828-8885
Respiratory | Dr. Marjolein de Wit | Phone: 804-828-9071
Renal | Dr. Anna Vinnikova | Phone: 804-828-2328
Mind, Brain & Behavior | Dr. Jozef Bledowski | Phone: 804-828-4570
| Dr. Raymond Colello | Phone: 804-828-2262
| Dr. Elizabeth Waterhouse | Phone: 804-828-9583
Practice of Clinical Medicine | Dr. Kimberly Pedram | Phone: 804-828-6791
| Dr. Alice Wong | Phone: 804-828-6791
Physician, Patient & Society | Dr. Mark Ryan | Phone: 804-628-3239
Population Health | Dr. Marjolein de Wit | Phone: 804-828-9071
Family Medicine | Clerkship Director: Dr. Melissa Bradner | Phone: 804-828-9626
| Coordinator: Ms. Erin Van Vleet-Jester | Phone: 804-827-3555
Medicine | Clerkship Director: Dr. Steven Bishop | Phone: 804-828-9726
| Coordinator: Ms. Gilda Harris-Howard | Phone: 804-628-3260
Neurology | Clerkship Director: Dr. Elizabeth Waterhouse | Phone: 804-828-9940
| Coordinator: Ms. Terrolyn Hughs | Phone: 804-828-9940
OB/GYN | Clerkship Director: Dr. Fidelma Rigby | Phone: 804-828-1809
| Coordinator: Ms. Marta Vincente | Phone: 804-828-1809
Pediatrics | Clerkship Director: Dr. Clifton Lee | Phone: 804-828-9603
| Dr. Marieka Helou | Phone: 804-828-9605
| Coordinator: Ms. Dawn Landschoot | Phone: 804-828-9603
Psychiatry | Clerkship Director: Dr. Cheryl Al-Mateen | Phone: 804-828-3296
| Coordinator: Ms. Kim Bertram | Phone: 804-828-1453
Surgery | Clerkship Director: Dr. Gretchen Aquilina | Phone: 804-827-1032
| Dr. Santosh Kale |
| Coordinator: Ms. Salem Glenn | Phone: 804-827-1032
Ambulatory Care | Clerkship Director: Dr. Bennett Lee | Phone: 804-828-5162
| Coordinator: Ms. Katedra Mitchell | Phone: 804-827-1270
The eCurriculum web site offers centralized medical school resources for students, faculty and staff. Logging in with their eID gives users access to course lectures, schedules, the system for grades and evaluations (SRS), M3 tools like the Passport and Hourglass, Student White Pages, student pager system and a new electronic bulletin board. Interactive learning tools, including quizzes and self-assessments, are under development as well.
New students will be able to access the eCurriculum during Orientation Week.
The online Student Handbook provides a description of the policies and procedures of the School of Medicine and the roles and responsibilities of those who participate in the School of Medicine undergraduate curriculum (M.D. Program). It is intended to be a useful guide for faculty and medical students.
Comments and proposed modifications are always welcome.
There are a number of medical students who have had significant research experience in college and/or the years before attending medical school. Many of them are interested in careers in academic medicine but do not want to participate in the M.D./Ph.D. Program. In addition, many students are interested in clinical and translational research rather than in pure basic science. In response to these needs, the School of Medicine has created a program in which a medical student can take a year off from medical school after either the M2 or M3 year and do research. At the end of this time a Master's Degree will be awarded. The details are as follows:
A full year of time dedicated to research under the mentorship of research-active faculty
Student would receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research, participate in journal clubs, develop presentation and writing skills and take limited appropriate coursework
The year would take the form of existing master's degree programs in the basic sciences or the proposed master's degree in Clinical Research. The student cohort would enroll as full-time graduate students in the appropriate M.S. program
One student will be chosen each year and the process will be competitive and highly selective. Students would apply at the end of either the M2 (more focused on basic science research) or the M3 (focus on clinical research) year and return to M.D. training at the normal start of M3 or M4 respectively. Elective time in M4 might be used to complete M.S. degree requirements.
The School of Medicine would provide a stipend of $15,000 and pay applicable fees and tuition. Full-time enrollment in the graduate school ensures that loan payback deferrals remain in place.
In lieu of preparing a formal thesis, students will write up their year's work as a manuscript suitable for submission to an appropriate journal. A degree will not be awarded until this requirement has been fulfilled to the satisfaction of the faculty mentor/advisor.
All students interested in applying to the program should fill out the application and either e-mail it to Georgia Straton or bring it to her in Sanger Hall, Room 1-055D. All applications must be submitted by March 15 of the spring before the year-out will take place. A panel will consider all of the applications and inform those who have been accepted by April 1.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Research Scholars Program (MRSP) is a comprehensive, year-long research enrichment program designed to attract talented medical, dental, and veterinary students to the intramural campus of the NIH in Bethesda, MD to engage in a mentored basic, clinical, or translational research project that matches their professional interests and career goals. For questions, contact us at MRSP@mail.nih.gov