Overview

Inova Fairfax Hospital has been a teaching hospital for more than 45 years. Currently, there are 150 residents and approximately 110 medical students rotating through many of the hospital departments each month.

Building on this strong educational foundation, in 2005, the hospital expanded its educational offerings through a strategic partnership with Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, developing the first regional branch medical campus in Northern Virginia.

31 third-year and 31 fourth-year medical students attend the branch school located on Inova Fairfax Hospital’s campus. The combination of a diverse patient population, state-of-the-art hospital facilities and a committed teaching faculty has created an exceptional learning environment for medical students.

Mission

Our mission is to provide quality care and to improve the health of the diverse communities we serve in an academic environment.

  • Our commitment includes sustaining a reputation of clinical quality and service excellence, the continuing education and advancement of our medical staff, growing health services to meet regional and community needs, and maintaining solid, durable relationships with our physicians.
  • Our vision is to be among the premier institutions in the United States that educate medical students, residents and fellows to master the skills and systems required to become excellent clinicians, achieving the highest quality clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction for a diverse patient population.
  • Because we are a community hospital, our students receive a unique, innovative educational experience in small, personal environments. Our faculty is comprised of national and international experts especially qualified to sculpt our students into the physicians they strive to become.

Curriculum

The VCU School of Medicine Inova Campus is a clinical branch campus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, Virginia.

The Inova Campus takes twenty-four third year and twenty-four fourth year medical students each academic year. The smaller class size and extensive faculty provide students with a unique clinical education experience. Graduates from the Inova Campus cite the excellent small group teaching methods and the opportunity to work with the diverse Northern Virginia community patient population as major factors influencing their campus choice. Students may choose this Northern Virginia campus as an option for their third and fourth years during their M1 year enrollment period.

The third year curriculum follows the same academic calendar and format on both campuses. The year consists of seven clerkships: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. The fourth year experience for students includes their choice of electives on both the Inova and Richmond campuses, as well as opportunities for domestic, international and independent project electives.

See Faculty for a list of Clerkship Directors.

Curricular Innovations and Opportunities
M3 Clerkships
M4 Electives

Facilities

The VCU School of Medicine – Inova Campus is located in the Claude Moore Health Education & Research Center on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus.

The VCU School of Medicine – Inova Campus is located in the Claude Moore Health Education & Research Center on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus; Inova’s flagship hospital. As part of our educational vision, we established the Claude Moore Health Education & Research Center, which features 11,000 square feet of modern space dedicated to the educational needs of our highly valued VCU students.

Lecture rooms are equipped with video conference technology allowing students’ access to the Richmond Campus in the areas of team based learning plus the entire spectrum of student affairs and student life issues. Students have 24 hour access to computer labs and a study lounge area. The center is proud to offer high-tech information technology that allows traveling students who may live outside of the region to receive a seamless medical education from anywhere in Virginia.

Education Through Simulation
Simulation Lab
Lecture Rooms
Conference Room
Computer Study Lab
Student Lounge

Match Results

Class of 2016
Class of 2015
Class of 2014
Class of 2013
Class of 2012
Class of 2011
Class of 2010
Class of 2009
Class of 2008
Class of 2007

Research

VCU School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Program

Eligibility: VCU medical students between the M1 and M2 years

  1. Eligibility and requirements for students and sponsors

    a. Students in the School of Medicine may do research with any faculty member in the school but must register through this website.
    b. Students can receive a stipend ($2,500) funded by the Dean’s Office but must apply to the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training for a summer research fellowship using the School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Application form. The fellowships are limited and are, therefore, very competitive.
    c. Fellowships are for a period of two months and are offered between the M1 and M2 years.
    d. A faculty member may sponsor only one fellowship-funded student application per year.
  2. Application procedures

    a. Applicants must complete the School of Medicine Student Summer Research Fellowship Applicationform by March 15, 2016.  NOTE: Submission of this online application form certifies that you will not be working another job during the period of time that you will be involved in this research project.
    b. The applicant’s prospective research mentor must prepare a letter agreeing to be their adviser for the summer and to be present for at least six weeks of the research period. The applicant should submit this letter to Sandra Sorrell at sandra.sorrell@vcuhealth.org.
    c. Applications will be judged on the quality and suitability of the project, the student’s academic achievement at the VCU School of Medicine and the suitability of the sponsor. Evaluation will be conducted by a faculty advisory committee appointed by the Senior Associate Dean for Research and Research Training. Notification of awards will be made during the month of April 2016.
  3. Obligations of the School of Medicine student summer fellow

    a. The student will devote full time to the research project throughout the time devoted to the fellowship and will not hold other jobs during this period.
    b. It is mandatory that students submit a poster of their research for presentation at Student Honors Day, which is usually held in May of the following year. About half of the submitted research summaries are accepted for presentation and the best presentations are awarded prizes: 1st prize gets $1,000, 2nd $500 and 3rd $250.
    c. Any publication resulting from this research should acknowledge support by the School of Medicine.

Questions concerning these fellowships and guidelines may be directed to Ms. Sandra Sorrell, (804) 828-0673, Sandra.Sorrell@vcuhealth.org, Sanger Hall room 1-055D.

Student Life

We offer our students...

GPS Student Wellness (Getting Progressively Stronger)
Personalized Attention
World-Class Hospital Environment
Opportunities to Excel
World-Class Teaching Facilities
Best Location for Your Studies

Upcoming Events

Calendars and Schedules

Office Address

Office Address information for VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

VCU School of Medicine—Inova Campus
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Address: 3300 Gallows Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042-3300
Phone: 703-776-6699
Fax: 703-776-2114
E-mail: VCUMEDINFO@inova.org

Please fax confidential info to 703-776-4395.

Craig Cheifetz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Craig Cheifetz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Assoc. Dean for Medical Education at Inova Campus

Craig Cheifetz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Craig Cheifetz, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Assoc. Dean for Medical Education at Inova Campus

Office of Undergraduate Medical Education

Phone: 703-776-3720

Fax: 703-776-4395

Email: craig.cheifetz@inova.org

Address/Location:
Inova campus, Inova Fairfax Hospital, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA

Alicia Freedy, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Alicia Freedy, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Assistant Dean for Curriculum

Alicia Freedy, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Alicia Freedy, M.D., F.A.A.P.

Assistant Dean for Curriculum

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-6190

Samantha Buery-Joyner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Samantha Buery-Joyner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Samantha Buery-Joyner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Samantha Buery-Joyner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-3080

Alyssa Thurman

Alyssa Thurman

Curriculum Office Manager

Alyssa Thurman

Alyssa Thurman

Curriculum Office Manager

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-2729

Fax: 703-776-4395

Email: alyssa.thurman@inova.org

Amy Unger

Amy Unger

Student Services Manager

Amy Unger

Amy Unger

Student Services Manager

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-3249

Email: amy.unger@inova.org

Sarina Petrocelly

Sarina Petrocelly

Faculty Affairs & Academic Research Coordinator

Sarina Petrocelly

Sarina Petrocelly

Faculty Affairs & Academic Research Coordinator

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-4485

Email: sarina.petrocelly@inova.org

Gregory Trimble, M.D.

Gregory Trimble, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Faculty

Gregory Trimble, M.D.

Gregory Trimble, M.D.

Assistant Dean for Faculty

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-2327

Kristi Fitzpatrick

Kristi Fitzpatrick

Administrative Manager

Kristi Fitzpatrick

Kristi Fitzpatrick

Administrative Manager

VCU School of Medicine INOVA campus

Phone: 703-776-3153

Email: kristi.fitzpatrick@inova.org

INOVA Faculty

A listing of Clerkship Directors is below.

Ambulatory

Carolyn F. Davis, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Ambulatory
Phone: 703-776-6699

Family Medicine

Samuel M. Jones, M.D.
Chairman, Department of
Family Medicine
Phone: 703-391-2020

Marjorie Hermes, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Family Medicine
Phone: 703-391-2020

Internal Medicine

Zobair M. Younossi, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Internal Medicine
Inova Health System 
Phone: 703-776-2580

Homan Wai, M.D., FACP
Clerkship Director
Internal Medicine
Phone: 703-776-3582

Dr. Meena Raj, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director
Internal Medicine
Phone: 703-776-3582

Neurology

James M. Ecklund, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Chairman, Department of 
Neurology
Phone: 703-776-7998

Andrew "Drew" Falconer, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Neurology
Phone: 703-845-1500

Aanchal Jain
Associate Clerkship Director
Neurology
Phone: 703-845-1500

OBGYN

George L. Maxwell, M.D.
Chairman, Department of 
OB/GYN
Phone: 703-776-6040

Emily Marko M.D, F.A.C.O.G.
Clerkship Director
OB/GYN
Admissions Committee Liaison
Phone: 703-776-4094

Francine McLeod, M.D.
Clerkship Director
OB/GYN
Phone: 703-531-3000

Pediatrics

David P. Ascher, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.P.
Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
Inova Health System 
Phone: 703-776-6041

Natalie G. McKnight, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Pediatrics
Phone: 703-776-6545

Komal Bajaj, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director
Pediatrics
Phone: 703-776-6545

Meredith Carter, M.D., F.A.A.P.
M4 Director
Pediatrics
Phone: 703-776-6545

Darshita P. Bhatia, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director
Pediatrics
Phone: 703-776-6567

Psychiatry

Thomas N. Wise, M.D.
Chairman, Department of
Psychiatry
Inova Health System
Phone: 703-776-3626

Carol B. Perez, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Psychiatry
Phone: 703-969-0781

Surgery

John J. Moynihan, M.D.
Interim Chairman,
Department of Surgery
Inova Health System 
Phone: 703-359-8640

Sharon Bachman, M.D.
Clerkship Director
Surgery
Phone: 703-776-3427

Hani Seoudi, M.D.
Associate Clerkship Director
Surgery
Phone: 703-776-2274