School of Medicine at the University of Virginia
The University of Virginia School of Medicine has a long tradition of excellence in a highly collaborative atmosphere within the School, the Health System, across the grounds, and throughout the Commonwealth and beyond.
We at the UVa School of Medicine are serving as a national model for excellence through innovation and collaboration. We find innovative ways to improve health by building on the firmest of foundations: the pyramid of education, research, patient care, and service to the community.
The structure is so strong because each part of the pyramid contributes to the other: we teach students in the health professions at all levels, including our colleagues, and at the same time learn from all of them, making patient care better.
We advance knowledge through research at the fundamental level and translate that research for the benefit of our patients. We treat each of our patients with compassion and respect, and we not only make the community healthier, we also serve as volunteers and advisers to the Commonwealth and the nation.
We are creating models in a number of areas such as translational research, superior patient service access and care, distributed networks serving patients at a distance, use of electronic data for the most effective and efficient care, optimal education based upon what the learner needs to know and how best to teach, as well as models for policy.
In the words of Thomas Jefferson about the University he founded: "A blessing to my state, and not unuseful to some others."