Community Volunteer Service

The Department of Medicine recognizes that faculty and staff want to serve the greater community and have fun doing it. Over the last several years, we have taken on projects to tackle together and invite the participation of all.

Students from Buford Middle School Invited by Department of Medicine to Tour The School of Nursing
  • Students from Buford Middle School toured UVA Nursing School to encourage an exploration into possible future nursing careers.

  • A Buford Middle School student listens to the "heartbeat" of one of the UVA Medical Simulation Center's manikin-based patient simulators.

  • James Nisley talks to middle school students about careers in nursing.

  • James Nisley demonstrates how blood pressure is taken to middle school students at UVA School of Nursing.

  • James Nisley demonstrates how blood pressure is taken to middle school students at UVA School of Nursing.

  • A Buford Middle School teacher and student try using equipment while exploring future career possibilities at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • A Buford Middle School student takes his temperature in a nursing school classroom at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • A Buford Middle School student takes her pulse in a nursing school classroom at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • A Buford Middle School student takes her pulse in a nursing school classroom at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • A Buford Middle School students takes their pulse in a nursing school classroom at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • Middle school students in a nursing school classroom at the UVA School of Nursing.

  • Middle school students get an explanation as to how a CT scan is performed.

  • Middle school students get an explanation as to how a CT scan is performed.

  • Middle school students get an explanation as to how a CT scan is performed.

  • Middle school students learn about radiology.

  • Middle school students ask questions about the Pegasus helicopter on the helipad, which affords the highest view of Charlottesville in the city.

  • Middle school students ask questions about the Pegasus helicopter on the helipad, which affords the highest view of Charlottesville in the city.

  • Buford Middle School students receive a parting gift from UVA Department of Medicine.

  • Students from Buford Middle School toured UVA Nursing School to encourage an exploration into possible future nursing careers.

  • Buford Middle School students receive a parting gift from UVA Department of Medicine.

  • Students from Buford Middle School on the helipad.

  • Students from Buford Middle School on the helipad.

  • Students from Buford Middle School on the helipad.

  • Students from Buford Middle School on the helipad.

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine who toured middle school students through UVA Nursing School, radiology, and the helipad. Pictured from left front: Javanov Barksdale, Debra Burleigh, Jessica Proffitt, Terri Washington, Lisa Mackey, From left back: Patty Dabney, Janet Tillage, Stacey White, Leslie Stewart, Monte Parsons, Cheryl Etelvari, Brandon Kemp, Ruth Aldridge, Glenn Glover, Sonja Spradlin, Martha Burner, Kristine Olson

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine. Pictured from left front: Terri Washington, Cheryl Etelvari, Jaimi Cannata, Jessica Proffitt, From left back: Martha Burner, Kristine Olson, Brandon Kemp, Monte Parsons, Tammy Eubank, Amanda Powell

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine. Pictured from left: Leslie Stewart, Javanov Barksdale, Monte Parsons, Lisa Mackey, Cheryl Etelvari

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine. Pictured from left: Shubha Dighe, Jessica Proffitt

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine. Pictured from left: Leslie Stewart, Lisa Mackey, Javanov Barksdale, Cheryl Etelvari

  • Employees from UVA Department of Medicine. Pictured from left: Amanda Powell, Ruth Aldridge, Jessica Proffitt, Sonja Spradlin, Debra Burleigh

  • Brandon Kemp, Terri Washington, Leslie Stewart, Sonja Spradlin

  • View of the Rotunda from the UVA helipad.

  • View of Charlottesville from the UVA helipad.

  • View of Charlottesville from the UVA helipad.

UVA Cystic Fibrosis Team

The UVA Cystic Fibrosis team is a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) accredited program and is participating in multiple charitable activities, QI activities,and clinical trials. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. More than 10 million Americans are unknowing, symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. Cystic Fibrosis requires many people with the disease to spend hours a day on inhaled treatments and take hundreds of pills per week. Nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of the DF Foundations support. We would love for members of the community to participate, just click on the “Join our Team” button, UVA’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis team, “CF Trailblazers”. From there, you can make a donation and start fundraising, be sure to share via Facebook/LinkedIn. Great Strides is a fun event that provides a fantastic opportunity for family, friends, students, and colleagues to come together to make a difference in the lives of people with CF. JOIN OUR TEAM!

United Way Day of Caring

A team from the Department of Medicine’s Human Resources (right) work at Jackson-Via Elementary School for a United Way Day of Caring. Team members Brian Gittens, Kristen Crawford, Christina Hamill, Gail Hundley, A.J. Leo, and Ally Mawyer hauled lumber for the school’s fence and shed, primed its kiosk, and cut back weeds.

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Department of Medicine volunteers at a Habitat for Humanity work site.

DOM’S Habitat for Humanity Volunteers Help Partner Families Reach Their Dream

DOM sponsors volunteer workdays for the Greater Charlottesville Region Habitat for Humanity organization. DOM work crews spackle and paint, hang drywall, and perform a variety of other tasks to help complete the homes of Habitat partner families. A recent project helped to “transform a long-time City dumping ground into a pedestrian-oriented, sustainably built, 46-unit neighborhood in the heart of Charlottesville,” according to Habitat.

DOM & SOM Host Poster Contest, Conference for Charlottesville Middle School and High School Students

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UVA staff members talk with a Charlottesville High School student.

The Office for Diversity at the School of Medicine, in partnership with the Department of Medicine, hosts an annual poster symposium for Charlottesville High School students in the spring. UVA med students and SOM faculty provide mentorship and assistance to CHS students as they research and develop their posters

SOM’s Office of Diversity and DOM also team up to host an annual “Inside UVA Medicine” event for Charlottesville middle-schoolers. Seventh graders experience the “in-the-round” classroom where UVA medical students learn, visit the Medical Simulation Center, go up to the hospital’s Pegasus helipad, among other activities.

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CHS student poster winners (left to right) Alli Durrer, Douglas Melendez, Justice Howard, Bria Williams, Inanna Pickering, Jane Scott, and Rachel Jones.

Other Projects

  • Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC)
  • Mud Warrior Race

Mud Warriors from the Department of MUDicine participated in this challenging fund-raising event to benefit Charlottesville’s Hope Community Center. A lovely day was shared and money was raised for this worthy cause.