Eastern Virginia Medical School holds an honored position in American history as the only school of medicine founded by a grassroots effort of the local community.
Fundraising for the proposed medical school began in 1970, as a group of community leaders launched a $15 million campaign. By the time EVMS matriculated its first class in 1973, the EVMS Foundation had attracted $17 million in gifts and pledges.
EVMS has put the region on the map internationally for biomedical research. Reproductive medicine and research in pediatrics, geriatrics, diabetes, and cancer are among the areas where EVMS excels.