Featured Associate: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Eastern Virginia Medical School initiated a plan to develop a Physician Assistant Program in 1995 at a time when no programs existed in Virginia. By 1998, it was approved to offer a master’s degree education program and was awarded provisional accreditation. Our program became the 109th accredited PA program in the United States and one of only 15 PA Programs operating within a medical school. The inaugural class of 27 students matriculated in January 1999. As the demands for PAs increased and the number of qualified candidates expanded over the years, the class size was gradually increased to 80 students in January 2013. As of May 2018, 940 students have graduated from the EVMS PA program.

Our students enjoy the benefits a medical school’s classroom and laboratory settings, including a full cadaver dissection lab. They develop their clinical skills through EVMS’ nationally renowned Sentara Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning, which uses standardized patients in a controlled environment to teach clinical history taking and physical exam skills.

EVMS’ vision is to be recognized as the most community-oriented school of medicine and health professions in the United States.  Our curriculum includes a Service Learning Practicum that provides the opportunity for our students to volunteer with a community, health related agency during their clinical year. Each class participates in Community Impact Day, a service event in a subsidized housing community. In addition, our students help run and work in the HOPES (Health Outreach Partnership of EVMS Students) student-run free clinic that operates two evenings a week. It provides primary and specialty care services for uninsured adults who reside in Norfolk and Portsmouth.

Visit our website for more information about Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Master of Physician Assistant Program.