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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 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:

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 jodi.smith@vcuhealth.org