For 40 years, EVMS has been the place for aspiring physicians and health professionals, passionate educators and medical pioneers.
In the 1960s, civic leaders in Hampton Roads sought to improve care in the region and created a bold dream to build a medical school. Thanks to determination and community commitment, EVMS opened its doors in 1973, forever transforming the landscape of health care in Hampton Roads.
Today, EVMS holds an honored position in American history as one of the only schools of medicine and health professionals in the nation to be founded by a grassroots community effort. The institution's steady growth from just 23 medical students to an organization with a more than $800 million annual economic impact is an inspiring testament of what vision, community commitment and innovation can accomplish.