Clinical and Research Opportunities

Clinical Opportunities

Clinically, we care for our patients within a number of locations both in and around the University. Since 2002, The Department of Family Medicine’s International Family Medicine Clinic has worked in conjunction with the International Refugee Committee to provide healthcare in a culturally sensitive environment as a first contact with this population. The Charlottesville Free Clinic, established in 1992 by two medical residents, Mohan Nadkarni and Paul DeMarko, is a clinic that now serves low income and uninsured individuals. Staffed by volunteer medical students, residents, university and community physicians, nurses and pharmacists, it offers myriad services ranging from free dentistry to primary and subspecialty care, with an on-site pharmacy which offers free medications. The Remote Area Medicine experience is an opportunity offered to students in the summer and fall. Students work side by side with residents and clinicians providing free evaluation, treatment and screening services such as mammography as well as Optometry and Dentistry to individuals in Southwest Virginia (Wise and Grundy Counties). Approximately 1,000 patients are cared for over 2 day period. Our Center for Telemedicine affords continuity of care and outreach website for telemedicine. This is a multi-level telehealth resource center for the Mid-Atlantic region serving Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. Our course Social Issues in Medicine (SIM) requires 30 hours of community activity for all medical students during the first year of class. This is one of the ways that students are introduced to issues such as healthcare disparities and vulnerable populations.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities Abound – Approximately (70%) of our students elect to do research their first summer. Some choose to go to the NIH, others remain at UVA or travel abroad. A central clearinghouse at UVA links researchers to students.

In the summer of 2009, The Carter Harrison Research Building, with 102,000 square feet of research space opened its doors. It is devoted to vaccine therapy, immunology, infectious diseases, and cancer. The new building houses 60 lead researchers and 240 of their colleagues in biomedical research focused on improving treatments for patients.

Two research parks are located close to campus. Northfork Research Park is home to UVA’s Center for Addiction Research and Education (UVA CARE), while Fontaine Research Park houses state-of-the-art imaging for research and clinical care. The Center for Global Health offers research and clinical opportunities abroad; the International Studies Office can help students with opportunities abroad.

Inova Research Opportunities

Across from the flagship hospital at Inova Fairfax is a 117 acre research park currently being built in partnership with UVA School of Medicine.  This partnership will develop

  • The Global Genomics and Bioinformatics Research Institute – located at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Fairfax. The institute will recruit researchers, scientists and investigators who will engage in collaborative research focused on genomics, functional biology, bioinformatics, biologically driven engineering, precision medicine, translational research, development of targeted therapeutics and commercialization of new discoveries.
  • A cancer research partnership between the Inova Schar Cancer Institute and UVA Cancer Center, including efforts to achieve designation by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center.
  • A regional campus of the UVA School of Medicine at Inova, which would enable UVA medical students to complete their clerkship and post-clerkship education in Northern Virginia at Inova facilities, with an opportunity for a differentiated medical education experience during the post-clerkship phase.

Other Reseach Opportunities

Full details are available on the Office of Research website. Several programs are available for medical students to do research. One program consists of opportunities for a research project in the summer after the first year of medical school. Summer stipends are available for students who do research through this program if they do the work at UVA. This program/project may be extended into free time in the post-clerkship period of years three and four. Credit for up to three months of elective time spent on the project in year four will be awarded subject to approval by the Electives Committee and completion of an acceptable report to the Office for Research.