Breaking ground ceremony for the new Children's Pavilion
Breaking ground ceremony for the new Children's Pavilion

Year in review

As we look back at 2012, the VCU Medical Center has much to be proud of. We made great strides in research, rolled out advancements in patient care and provided a new generation of students with the knowledge, tools and experience they’ll need to become top-notch health care professionals and researchers.

We invite you to explore a timeline highlighting just some of our newsworthy accomplishments and breakthroughs from 2012. To view a comprehensive list of 2012 news stories, visit the VCU News Center archives.













  1. January

    Michelle Obama visits VCU
    to announce national “Joining Forces” initiative

    Michelle Obama speaking at VCU

    A new initiative asks the country’s top medical colleges and universities to work together to ensure that servicemen and servicewomen receive the medical care they deserve.

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  2. VCU School of Pharmacy announces
    new satellite campus

    Students at the new VCU School of Pharmacy satellite campus at the University of Virginia

    A new satellite location at the University of Virginia will help alleviate the shortage of pharmacists in Central Virginia.

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  3. February

    VCU School of Nursing announces
    Ph.D. hybrid format

    Ann Hamric, associate dean of academic programs at the VCU School of Nursing, talking to students

    The VCU School of Nursing is making a Ph.D. degree more convenient for nurses who want to continue working while pursuing a doctorate.

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  4. April

    VCU moves into
    top 100 in NSF research rankings

    Researcher in the lab

    VCU showed a significant increase in research and development expenditures in both federal and total spending categories.

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  5. June

    VCU Medical Center trains its
    1,000th Special Operations Combat Medic

    The VCU Medical Center is one of only three civilian institutions in the country to participate in the U.S. military’s SOCM training program.

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  6. July

    U.S.News & World Report ranks VCU Medical Center
    No. 1 hospital in Virginia
    and the Richmond metro area

    VCU President Michael Rao speaking at event to celebrate VCU Medical Center's ranking as No. 1 hospital in Virginia

    The rankings reflect four programs — nephrology, pulmonology, orthopaedics and urology — in the top 50 in the nation.

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  7. August

    VCU awarded grant from
    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

    The three-year grant will support research on the benefits of memory and problem-solving training compared to supportive therapy in people with Parkinson’s disease.

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  8. September

    Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU breaks ground on
    new Children’s Pavilion

    Breaking ground ceremony for the new Children's Pavilion

    New Children’s Pavilion will be the largest and most advanced outpatient facility dedicated to children in the region.

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  9. October

    Study investigates whether
    iPods can assist workers with autism

    Hand holding an iPod

    Researchers find that people with autism may benefit from the support of an iPod Touch in performing job duties.

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  10. November

    Study finds that
    25 percent more primary care physicians
    are needed by 2025 following passage of the Affordable Care Act

    Researchers project that nearly 33,000 additional primary care physicians will be required to care for a growing population, with an additional 10,000 physicians needed to care for the elderly.

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  11. Dentistry@VCU recognized as
    first NCOHF University Affiliate Oral Health Zone

    The Dentistry@VCU tooth fairy with Rodney the Ram

    Dental hygienists, dental students and residents provide free oral health education and patient screenings to organizations, schools and community groups in the Greater Richmond area.

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  12. December

    Massey Cancer Center scientists
    discover mechanism that could reduce obesity

    Scientists successfully reverse obesity by manipulating the production of an enzyme known as tyrosine-protein kinase-2 (Tyk2).

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