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The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health is committed to providing our patients with the best possible care, to training the next generation of physicians, and to creating new knowledge that improves our educational, clinical, and research programs.
From medical education and residency programs that take learners across the Commonwealth of Virginia and throughout the world, to research initiatives that challenge existing practice methods and develop better ways of providing care, the department has a track record of innovation in serving our patients and our students. However, this creativity isn't possible without the support of our alumni and friends.
The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health benefits from the generosity of the alumni and friends who have made philanthropic gifts to funds that support student scholarships, lectureships, and endowed chairs.
Current Funding Priorities
The department maintains numerous endowments that provide short- and long-term financial support to which gifts of all sizes are welcomed, including:
Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT) Scholarship Fund
Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT) is a dual admission program to the VCU School of Medicine. Established in 2012, it is designed for individuals who are certain upon matriculation of their goal to be family physicians. The program is designed to nurture,develop, and support selected fmScholars in their pursuit of a family medicine career. As members of this unique program, fmScholars are expected to engage above and beyond the typical rigors of medical school. However they are given special opportunities to learn among a more intimate group of students and faculty with shared values and interests. They receive 1:1 mentorship with a family physician throughout their time in the program, preferential placements for clinical training, support for participation in state and national conferences, and specialized curriculum to better poise them for their future roles. As they apply for residency, fmSTAT scholars receive a letter of recommendation from the Department Chair.
While this program is beneficial to its students, its influence reaches further. As Dr. Jerome Strauss, former Dean of the VCU School of Medicine, said, "The fmSTAT program reflects the innovative thinking of our faculty and the School of Medicine's strong commitment to meeting the primary care workforce needs of Virginia and the Nation."
Gifts to the fmSTAT Scholarship fund will build an endowment to provide future fmScholars the equivalent of one year’s tuition disbursed in a manner to both attract and retain students who will become family physicians. Download (PDF): fmSTAT Fund pledge card
Paul J. Munson Faculty Development Endowment Fund
This fund was created to honor Paul J. Munson, EdD’s distinguished career as an educator who promoted educational and leadership development, especially among physicians. The purpose of the fund is to help faculty enhance their teaching, educational design or leadership skills. In addition to providing faculty members with support, the funds may also be used for programming and engagement of mentors or facilitators to assist learners in pursuit of educational or leadership excellence. All efforts supported by this fund will be designed to honor Dr. Munson’s legacy of designing and teaching others how to create experiences that promote meaningful learning. It is the goal of Department of Family Medicine and Population Health to grow this fund so that it may substantially support the next generation of leading educators in Family Medicine. Through this opportunity individuals may gain understanding regarding their interests, abilities, and motivations toward greater professional and personal growth.
Dr. Saba Masho Endowed Scholarship in Epidemiology
This scholarship fund was initiated in 2018 by a contribution from Dr. Abraham Teklu in loving memory of his wife, Saba W. Masho, MD, MPH, DrPH. Since then, interested friends, colleagues, and alumni have started making contributions toward the scholarship fund to provide substantial and meaningful support for PhD and MPH students. We encourage you to join in making contributions of any amount online as described below. The endowed scholarship honors the impact and legacy of Dr. Masho’s outstanding contributions to public health through her many years of dedicated teaching, mentoring, and research at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Additional Family Medicine Giving Opportunities
While the fmSTAT, Munson, and Masho funds represent our current funding priorities, we have many other funds that provide vital support to our department, including:
Upon reaching the $1 million requirement, this Chair will be named for Dr. David W. Marsland, who joined the Department in 1972 and led it for 15 years, until his retirement. He added significantly to the Department's reputation for excellence in education and research and maintained a clear focus on mission success. This endowment will support innovation in research programs that help create healthcare that is more just, safe, equitable, effective, and efficient. Click to make a gift.
On the donation page, click on the drop-down menu (that reads “School of Medicine”) and select “Search for other funds.” Then enter "Marsland" in the “Search for a fund” box that appears, in order to identify the David W. Marsland Chair in Family Practice, and proceed to make your donation.
Frances and James Harris Scholarship Fund
The Frances and James Harris Scholarship fund was established by the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health in memory of James “Jimmy” Harris who was an alumnus of Hampden-Sydney and the VCU School of Medicine, and a founding faculty member of the rural VCU Blackstone Family Medicine Residency program. Many of the students and residents who trained at Blackstone are now serving in rural communities in Southside, Virginia and throughout Virginia.
This fund will provide scholarships for deserving VCU School of Medicine graduates who enter the field of family medicine and who commit to serving in a rural community in Southside, Virginia or elsewhere in the state.
The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health has created a special track for students interested in careers in rural family medicine and the School of Medicine has provided new permanent funds to ensure the continued success of that program. These students will be given preferential consideration for the Harris Scholarship. Click to make a gift.
On the donation page, click on the drop-down menu (that reads “School of Medicine”) and select “Search for other funds.” Then enter "James Harris" in the “Search for a fund” box that appears, in order to identify the Frances and James Harris Scholarship, and proceed to make your donation.
The Harris-Mayo Chair is named in honor of Dr. A. Epes Harris, founding Director of the VCU Blackstone Family Medicine Program, and Dr. Fitzhugh Mayo, founding Chairman of the Department. In the late 1960s, they saw a crisis developing in the public's access to primary health care. Together, they worked tirelessly to develop Family Medicine in Virginia, and were instrumental in generating public support for training programs. The endowment allows the Department Chair to stimulate innovations across the spectrum of our educational and research programs. Click to make a gift.
On the donation page, click on the drop-down menu (that reads “School of Medicine”) and select “Search for other funds.” Then enter "Mayo" in the “Search for a fund” box that appears, in order to identify the Harris-Mayo Chair in Family Medicine, and proceed to make your donation.
You can make your gift to these or to any other existing fund at the MCV Foundation in a number of ways:
- through a secure online form
- outright gifts by check or credit card
- gifts of appreciated securities
- planned gifts
We invite you to learn more about how you can make your gift. If you would like to talk to someone about your gift, please contact Jodi T. Smith with the School of Medicine Development Office at (804) 628-2248 or email@example.com