Welcome

We hope you find the information on the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine (SOM) Office of Admissions website helpful. Our goal is to select the most capable students to attend our school by using AAMC Holistic Review Project E-A-M Model of evaluating Experiences, Attributes and Metrics to determine how the applicant might contribute to VCU School of Medicine learning environment as well as to the medical profession as a future physician. VCU School of Medicine is seeking to enroll and graduate a class representing many dimensions of diversity.

Exposure to a variety of experiences, perspectives and interests prepares students to become competent physicians with a commitment for learning and a passion to serve others in all walks of life. If you have questions not addressed on the website we please contact us. We look forward to assisting you. 

MD Admissions Journey

The Medschool admissions journey starts long before you actually submit your medical school application

White Coat Ceremony 2016As most prospective medical school applicants probably already know, the Medschool admissions journey starts long before you actually submit your medical school application. This section of our website outlines the various steps of which our medical school applicants should take prior to actually applying to our school.

First, we invite you to learn more about the history and mission of our school, VCU School of Medicine, by clicking the Go button on the Our Mission section below. Once you’ve read about our history and mission, hover over the next yellow folded section and visit the Aspiring Docs website. After reviewing the Aspiring Docs website, continue on to the next step in your MD Admissions journey by hovering over the green folded section and review the information provided on the Future Applicant page. Finally, after you’ve completed the previous steps in the MD Admissions Journey, hover over the last yellow folded section and begin the AMCAS medical school application on the AMCAS website. 

Step 1. Our Mission

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is to provide preeminent education to physicians and scientists in order to improve the quality of health care for humanity. Through innovative, scholarly activity and a diverse educational context, the School seeks to create and apply new knowledge, and to provide and continuously improve systems of medical and science education. Furthermore, it is our mission to develop more effective health care practices to address the needs of the diverse populations we serve, and to provide distinguished leadership in the advancement of medicine and science.

Step 2. Aspiring Docs

Aspiring Docs provides resources and inspiration to help you get started on your path to medicine. Learn how to get medically related experience, prepare for the application process, and get inspired by personal stories from medical students, residents, and physicians.

Step 3. Future Applicant

The information and advice on this page will assist you with planning and preparation for medical school. Please visit the pages within our website to learn more about us and the application process. We also recommend you visit the AAMC’s Considering a Career in Medicine site to help you while preparing to apply to medical school.  We strongly encourage students to meet with their premedical advisor as they prepare to apply to medical school. Premedical advisors are familiar with the admissions requirements of most medical schools.

Step 4. AMCAS Application

The American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) is the AAMC’s centralized medical school application processing service. This site has great resources to help you prepare for medical school, MCAT preparation, understanding the application process in addition to AMCAS video series for an overview the sections of the AMCAS application, and important dates and information.

The Office of Student Outreach Programs was created to enhance the mission of the VCU School of Medicine through recruitment, retention, and programming efforts targeting students from populations that include, but are not limited to:

  • Racial/ethnic minority backgrounds
  • First generation college students or consider themselves as disadvantaged
  • Populations underrepresented in medicine
  • Those from rural backgrounds
  • Persons considered non-traditional students

Our services are available for medical students, current and future and undergraduate, post baccalaureate and non-traditional students with an interest in careers as physicians. Students will be encouraged through step by step guidance, support, mentoring, and advocacy.

Please visit www.medschool.vcu.edu for additional information about the Admissions Requirements and Future Applicant.

Telephone and in-person appointments may be made by contacting the Student Outreach Office at 804-828-9630.

MD Admissions Contacts

Contact the Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Office of the Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Physical Address: McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1201 East Marshall Street, 1st Floor, Room 1-200
Mailing Address: Box 980565 Richmond, Virginia 23298-0565
P: 804-828-9629, F: 804-828-1246

Admissions Contacts

  • Pre-requisite Questions:Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook [E-mail]
  • Advising: Dr. Keith Baker [E-mail]
  • Oversee Management of Orientation and MMI Process and Advising: Candace Dungee [E-mail]
  • Orientation Questions and Interview Rescheduling: Algenor Johnson [E-mail]
  • Supplemental & Matriculation Fee, Reimbursements & Proof of Enrollment Letter: Shenia Tyler [E-mail]
  • Proof of Permanent Resident (GREEN CARD) Submissions: Gail Steele [E-mail]
  • Office of Student Outreach Programs, Campus Visits: Natalia O'Brien [E-mail]
  • Oversee Management of Office of Student Outreach Programs, Status Updates and Questions and Advising: Dr. Donna Jackson [E-mail]
  • For general questions, please email one of our staff members below:
Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Michelle Y. Whitehurst-Cook, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean for Admissions

Admissions

Phone: 804-828-9629

Email: michelle.whitehurst-cook@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
McGlothlin Medical Education Center, 1st floor

Dr. Keith D. Baker, PhD

Dr. Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Dr. Keith D. Baker, PhD

Dr. Keith D. Baker, PhD

Assistant Dean for Admissions

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: keith.baker@vcuhealth.org

Candace Dungee

Candace Dungee

Admissions Coordinator

Candace Dungee

Candace Dungee

Admissions Coordinator

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: candace.dungee@vcuhealth.org

Shenia Tyler White

Shenia Tyler White

Office Manager

Shenia Tyler White

Shenia Tyler White

Office Manager

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: shenia.tyler@vcuhealth.org

Algenor Johnson

Algenor Johnson

Admissions Program Coordinator

Algenor Johnson

Algenor Johnson

Admissions Program Coordinator

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: algenor.johnson@vcuhealth.org

Gail Steele

Gail Steele

Office Assistant

Gail Steele

Gail Steele

Office Assistant

Office of the Associate Dean for Admissions

Email: gail.steele@vcuhealth.org

Donna H. Jackson

Donna H. Jackson

Assis Dean for Admissions, Dir of Student Outreach

Donna H. Jackson

Donna H. Jackson

Assis Dean for Admissions, Dir of Student Outreach

Office of Student Outreach Programs

Phone: 804-828-9630

Fax: 804-828-1246

Email: donna.jackson@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
Physical Address: 1201 E. Marshall St., Room 1-306Mailing Address: Box 980565 Richmond, VA 23298

Natalia O'Brien

Natalia O'Brien

Student Outreach Coordinator

Natalia O'Brien

Natalia O'Brien

Student Outreach Coordinator

Admissions Office

Email: natalia.obrien@vcuhealth.org

Applicant Portal

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Advisory Letter

You are at an exciting point in your life where you can choose many different career paths. Although the medical school application process is almost as challenging as medical school itself, there are a number of things you can do to prepare.

Get Exposure. A good way to get experience before medical school is to spend time shadowing physicians or volunteering in a setting that has close patient contact, such as an emergency room or nursing home. Volunteering is also a good way to learn your strengths and weaknesses, while still providing a service to others.

Work Hard. Take challenging courses that will show you have the perseverance needed to tackle the rigors of medical school.

Stay Focused. Don’t let anyone discourage you from pursuing medicine, if this is your true desire. Yes, medical school is expensive, but don’t let the cost prevent you from realizing your dream.

Policies

Below are the VCU School of Medicine MD Program Admissions Office of policies

Ask a Student

Welcome Class of 2022! Congratulations, your hard work and perseverance have paid off

Before submitting an email, please see Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.

Please send an email message for a current student if you have questions or want specific information about the student experience at VCU's School of Medicine. If you have submitted a question and have not yet received an answer, please submit it again. Due to technical difficulties, your message may not have been delivered.

This email inbox is managed by the student Tour Guides from the School of Medicine. Questions will either be answered immediately by the student or will be forwarded to the appropriate person for a response. Please be aware that there may be a delay in response to your question if it is detailed or requires input from someone who is difficult to contact.

To help provide a more complete response to your question please include the following information: current year in school (major and school name), planned date to sit for the MCAT, and extracurricular activities.

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Admissions Committee

Access the Admissions Committee page, forms, and documents here!

Admissions Committee page

Self-Guided Tour

This self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information about the VCU School of Medicine.

School of Medicine CampusThis self-guided tour is intended to provide a spatial overview of the campus as well as some general information regarding the VCU School of Medicine. View the Self-Guided Tour PDF for a printable version. Although this tour is similar to the one given to medical school interviewees, you may want to include or exclude certain things. A map of the MCV campus is included in this guide to help you visualize an overall layout of the campus.

Visit http://www.maps.vcu.edu/mcv/ for an online version of the MCV campus map.

To learn more about the VCU School of Medicine campus, visit https://medschool.vcu.edu/about.