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Virginia Adams O'Connell


Virginia Adams O'Connell

Associate Professor of Sociology


  • B.A., Haverford College
  • M.A. & Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Phone: 610-625-7756
Office: PPHAC, Room 315

Areas of Research and/or Expertise

Medical sociology (with a concentration on the profession of medicine, medical education, and bioethics), Research Methods (focusing on the dialogue between quantitative and qualitative methodologies), Survey Development, Research Ethics, the Sociology of Law, and Demography. Dr. Adams O’Connell has served on the American Sociological Association (ASA) Ethics Committee and currently serves on the ASA Sociology of Law Undergraduate Paper Committee. She also serves on the Greenville Hospital System’s (Greenville, South Carolina) MedEx Academy Development Committee. She is the author of the book Getting Cut: Failing to Survive Surgical Residency Training (University Press of America), and has also authored several book chapters, articles in peer-reviewed journals and conference presentations. Current projects include a multi-institutional study of the training and practice expectations of premedical students, and a study on the unmet medical needs of the clientele of an urban food bank.