VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

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Welcome

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Welcome

At VCU, we are passionate about family medicine. Our residents receive superb training at diverse and dynamic programs throughout Virginia, where our faculty physicians emphasize teamwork as well as the development of the individual. The VCU Family Medicine Graduate Program is a system of five community-based residencies located in urban, suburban and rural settings, co-sponsored by some of the best health care systems in Virginia.

Family Medicine Education Programs

Mission

The Department of Family Medicine was established in 1970 by the governor and General Assembly of the commonwealth and charged with the mission of preparing competent family physicians for the people of Virginia, while contributing to the knowledge that improves the quality of care they receive. We have had tremendous success: We have helped train thousands of medical students and approximately 1,400 family medicine residents. Today, almost 1,300 of these individuals are practicing in rural, suburban, and urban Virginia communities and provide care for an estimated 2 million Virginians. Read our Mission.

Our Vision & Values

The VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health seeks to be a leader in helping the people of Virginia and beyond achieve improved access to health care, improved health equity, and improved health outcomes. Our vision is a world where all people are able to live healthier and happier lives through access to the best, most appropriate primary care and public health services that are grounded in the science of both family medicine and epidemiology.

The VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health is a mission-driven department comprised of passionate people. Collectively we value the opinion and voice of everyone in our Department, the diversity of our department members, our learners, and our patients, the benefit of effective cooperation and collaboration across multiple disciplines and professions, service to our learner, patients, peers, and the people of Virginia, and continuous professional growth and development.

Research

Our research teams represent multi-disciplinary approaches to research. Family Medicine focuses on improving quality in primary care settings, and Epidemiology faculty conduct research in aging, cancer prevention and control, mental health, and maternal and child health. 

Discover Our Research
Study led by VCU finds that life expectancy among working-age Americans is falling
Life Expectancy and Mortality Rates in the United States, 1959-2017

Study led by VCU finds that life expectancy among working-age Americans is falling

December 4, 2019 Read more
Dr. Suzanne Giunta becomes newest family physician at Hayes E. Willis Health Center
Faculty Profile: Dr. Suzanne Giunta

Dr. Suzanne Giunta becomes newest family physician at Hayes E. Willis Health Center

December 4, 2019 Read more
Family Medicine and Epidemiology Faculty members honored by VCU SOM
Congratulations, Drs. Crossman, Prom-Wormley, and Pierantoni!

Family Medicine and Epidemiology Faculty members honored by VCU SOM

December 3, 2019 Read more
Work by Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley featured by NIAAA
Is There an Association between Social Support and Substance Use in College Students?

Work by Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley featured by NIAAA

September 24, 2019 Read more
Remembering Ed Peeples
In memory of Dr. Ed Peeples

Remembering Ed Peeples

September 13, 2019 Read more
fmSTAT alumna elected to STFM Board
This is the second time in recent years that a VCU graduate has held this position.

fmSTAT alumna elected to STFM Board

August 12, 2019 Read more
I2CRP student strives to improve care for underserved populations
"I knew I wanted to become a doctor and provide care to all people, regardless of their background or insurance status."

I2CRP student strives to improve care for underserved populations

August 12, 2019 Read more
VCU Research Team highlighted by AHRQ for work on patient engagement
Alex Krist, H ’99, and a VCU research team were the subject of a recent profile by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

VCU Research Team highlighted by AHRQ for work on patient engagement

August 7, 2019 Read more
Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook honored by Virginia Academy of Family Physicians
“For years she has worked with underserved populations throughout the state to decrease health disparity and increase health equity,” - Matt Schulte

Dr. Michelle Whitehurst-Cook honored by Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

July 29, 2019 Read more
MPH Alumna Celebrates the Connection between Art and History in Jackson Ward
MPH Alumna Starts Her Own Business

MPH Alumna Celebrates the Connection between Art and History in Jackson Ward

November 30, 2018 Read more