Clinical & Research Opportunities
The University of Virginia School of Medicine is immersed in a vibrant and diverse community. We are the home of the International Rescue Committee, which supports the resettlement of refugees in the local area. Our community also includes a large Latinx population. This affords students numerous experiences and exposure to many languages and cultures.
Unique 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 a 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 abound at both our Charlottesville and Inova campuses. 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.
Learn more about research opportunities at our Office for Research.