Medical school programs
As part of our commitment to lifetime care, the Family Medicine Clinical, Education, and Research Programs strive to provide an advanced, hands-on education that prepares the next generation of family medicine physicians, beginning with our medical school programs. The Department has a long history of teaching in the medical school curriculum, from both clinical and population health perspectives.
Training for family medicine residents is based at unique practice sites around the Commonwealth of Virginia rather than exclusively at our large, tertiary medical center, thus offering the opportunity to experience a variety of practice settings, from major metropolitan area to suburbs to rural regions. Residents train in each type of environment and may focus on the practice setting best suited to their preferences while benefitting from a committed, experienced faculty who provide strong academics and personal mentoring.
Our graduate education programs in the Division of Epidemiology prepare students for careers in academic and applied public health and epidemiology. The Epidemiology PhD Program trains its graduates to become independent scientists capable of leading epidemiological research teams in critical research designed to provide understanding of the psychosocial and biological factors influencing health outcomes. The fully accredited Master of Public Health Program, the oldest in Virginia, has produced graduates who work in federal, state, and local public health agencies; health systems; academic research institutions, private consulting firms, and locally to internationally known non-profit organizations.
Integral to student training in the Division of Epidemiology is full immersion of students in their chosen career path as early as possible. The Division provides a collegial and energetic atmosphere in which students work with faculty in a variety of experiential learning situations. We actively work to create opportunities for students to collaborate across degree programs, across years in training, with other VCU schools and programs, and with the community. Through service-learning, practicum, internships, seminars and journal clubs, students from varied backgrounds come together as teams to achieve their educational goals.