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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.

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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 program (fmSTAT) Scholarship Fund

Gifts to the fmSTAT Scholarship Fund continue to build an endowment to provide fmScholars the equivalent of one year’s tuition disbursed in a manner to both attract and retain students who will become family physicians.

Established in 2012, the Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission program (fmSTAT) is a dual admission program unique to VCU. It is designed for selected individuals who upon matriculation intend to become family physicians. Thanks to the innovative thinking of our faculty and the School of Medicine’s strong commitment, VCU continues to strive to meet the primary care workforce needs of Virginia and the nation.

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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.

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David W. Marsland Chair for Research in Family Medicine

We are a national leader in research that improves the care for patients, and much of that success is the result of the outstanding work and leadership of Dr. David Marsland, a US Army veteran who served the Department from 1972 until his retirement in 2006. Dr. Marsland was the leader of the Virginia Study – a comprehensive analysis of the content of Family Medicine – and developed innovative ways to do research in primary care practices. He identified and recruited world-class investigators whose talent and commitment are essential for our mission of continuously improving the primary care received by patients.

To continue this record of excellence, we are working to establish the David W. Marsland Chair Endowment for Research in Family Medicine. Our goal is to build a fund in the MCV Foundation of at least one million dollars, whose annual investment income will support the salary of an exceptional investigator and thereby help ensure continuing research to improve the primary care of Virginians and all people in the US.

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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

Gifts in Action: Encouraging Careers in Family Medicine through fmSTAT

“For students who are interested in family medicine or choosing between family medicine and another specialty, I think a scholarship gives them the extra support they need and validates what they want to do in the future,” David Killeen, M'19 and fmSTAT alumnus said.

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Gifts in Action: Encouraging Careers in Family Medicine through fmSTAT
working to inspire students to pursue a specialty that improves the health and lives of individuals, families and communities through relationships between physicians and their patients