According to Thomas Jefferson, medical education was to become
part of the curriculum and of the general education at the University of Virginia.
A "School of Anatomy and Medicine" was one of the original eight schools
authorized by an Act of the General Assembly, passed January 25, 1819, and opened
on March 7, 1825.
Unlike many other medical schools of that era, the Medical
School was always an integral part of the University, and the professors received
full-time appointments. During the early years, the curriculum for the medical
degree consisted of a graduated course entailing the most thorough theoretical
instruction, except for the anatomical lessons of the dissecting room. Consequently,
many medical students took additional degrees in schools in large cities where
they obtained the necessary clinical training. The bias against clinical instruction
was based, in part, on a Jeffersonian concept which stressed the teaching of
medicine from a cultural rather than from a practical point of view.
Today, the University of Virginia Health System serves as one
of the major acute-care referral institutions in central and western Virginia.
The Health System comprises all of the direct patient care areas and the educational
enterprise. The newest component is the University Hospital, which opened in
1990. The hospital and its adjoining Primary Care Center are linked to the old
hospital, called the West Complex, located just across the street.
The University of Virginia Hospital has come a long way since
its beginnings as a 25-bed facility. Today, the Medical Center is the centerpiece
of the Health System, which also includes a school of nursing, a major health
sciences library, and a highly rated school of medicine.
The Health System also includes the Childrens Medical
Center, the Kluge Childrens Rehabilitation Center, the Private Clinics
Building, and the affiliated Virginia Ambulatory Surgery Center. The Center
also operates a number of other local clinics and treatment centers. Preventative
and family care are available, along with the leading specialists associated
with a major medical center.
School of Medicine Admissions
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University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22908-0725
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Facilities and Research Centers
Teaching Facilities At the heart of the 140,000 square
feet of School of Medicine teaching space is Jordan Hall, a seven-story structure
that houses the lecture halls and laboratory facilities for the preclinical
phase of the curriculum. The first floor of Jordan Hall contains two lecture
auditoriums, each seating 152 students, as well as a smaller seminar room. The
second floor houses additional student laboratories designed for both individual
exercises in histology and pathology as well as group experiments and teaching
sessions in microbiology. The rest of the second floor contains basic science
research laboratories. Third through seventh floors of Jordan Hall are occupied
by the academic offices and research laboratories of the departments of Cell
Biology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and
Microbiology. The newest addition to Jordan Hall is a full-equipped conference
center, consisting of a 170-seat auditorium and six adjoining conference rooms.
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library The Claude Moore
Health Sciences Library serves the faculty, students, and staff of the University
of Virginia Health System, which includes the Schools of Medicine and Nursing,
the hospital, and the clinics. The Librarys resources are also available
to the University community and to health practitioners throughout Virginia.
The Library is a modern, fully networked facility with small group study rooms,
computer classrooms, a computer lab, and photocopying machines. Free self-service
searching of journal and full text databases, such as MEDLINE, is available.
All basic services of the Library are computerized for in-house and remote access.
The Library maintains well-developed collections of books,
journals, and audiovisuals in medicine, nursing, and related areas. The Library
offers numerous databases related to health care for easy citation retrieval
and increasing numbers of full-text online journals and textbooks. Documents
from the collection or from other libraries on Grounds can be delivered for
a fee. A reserve collection contains basic medical and nursing texts, as well
as items put on temporary reserve by course instructors. The reference collection
includes directories, dictionaries, indexes, statistical sources, and other
The Learning Resources Center, on the first floor of the Library
maintains a collection of videocassettes and other computer software. A variety
of players, projectors, recorders, monitors, and computers is available. A state-of-the-art
computer classroom is available for use in computer-based instruction.
The Librarys services, resources, and policies are all
accessible from an extensive website at: www.med.virginia.edu/hs-library.
Research Facilities The research facilities of the School
of Medicine include laboratories located in the old Medical School Building,
Cobb Hall, Stacey Hall, Jordan Hall, and the Medical Research Buildings, and
represent more than 500,000 square feet of dedicated space. Each of the five
upper floors of Jordan Hall houses the offices and laboratories of one of the
basic science departments. Components of the Cancer Center, the Diabetes Center,
and several research service core labs occupy parts of the first and second
floors of Jordan Hall. Clinical departments have their research labs in the
old Medical School Building, Cobb Hall, the Medical Research Buildings, and
the first two floors of Jordan Hall. In addition, the new Bioengineering and
Medical Sciences Building houses research labs of the Departments of Pathology,
Biomedical Engineering, and the Cardiovascular Research Center.
Medical Student Research Programs Medical students participate
to an increasing extent in the research programs of the School of Medicine.
There is an active summer research program following the first year of medical
school, and further research activities are encouraged thereafter during elective
periods. Medical students may also elect to extend their medical education to
include a year of basic science or clinical research without an additional years
tuition. The student will prepare a research proposal outlining the hypothesis
for the project, methods, and a time schedule that must be approved by the students
research supervisory committee. To complete the program, the student will present
the initial proposal and a final report in the format of a scientific paper.
Recognition for the research year will appear on the students transcript.