About

The Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT) is a unique program with two components:

1. The dual admissions process is designed to identify and select individuals who come to medical school intending to be family physicians.

2. The four-year curricular track provides participants with tailored experiences that nurture, develop, and support this select group of medical students toward their family medicine career goal.

Benefits

  • Preferential placement with specially chosen family physician teachers
  • Interaction with like-minded and committed peers for selected experiences
  • 1:1 family physician mentor throughout the four-year experience
  • Core family medicine content through semi-annual retreat and seminar sessions
  • Optional summer learning experience between first and second year
  • Eligibility for support to participate in state and national level conferences
  • Considered for Family Medicine scholarships
  • fmScholars' designation in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's) letter
  • A departmental letter of recommendation for residency upon request

Expectations

  • Successful completion of general School of Medicine requirements
  • Attend annual required fmSTAT learning activities
  • Engage in a scholarly project and present it in 4th year
  • Complete a family medicine acting internship and a 4th year advance family medicine elective
  • Apply to match in a Family Medicine residency

fmSTAT is a dual admission program to the VCU School of Medicine.  The admissions component of fmSTAT is designed to identify and select individuals who are committed to a career in family medicine upon matriculation.

Sydney's Admissions Experience

Sydney fmScholar

Class of 2018

Sydney talks about her admissions experience!

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Applying to fmSTAT The opportunity to apply to fmSTAT is automatically extended to a select group of VCU School of Medicine applicants during the supplemental application process.

Applying to fmSTAT

The opportunity to apply to fmSTAT is automatically extended to a select group of VCU School of Medicine applicants during the supplemental application process.

Those who receive offers, and wish to apply, complete the online fmSTAT application. The School of Medicine and fmSTAT applications are reviewed by family physicians who participate in the admissions process.

If recommended, the fmSTAT Educational Director will call applicants with an invitation to interview. In addition to the standard School of Medicine interviews, fmSTAT candidates, attend an information session to learn more about the program and a separate one-on-one 30 minute interview regarding their family medicine interest. The information session and fmSTAT interview occur either on the same day at the School of Medicine interviews or the prior afternoon.

fmSTAT emulates the School of Medicine process with rolling admissions and offer dates. 8-10 fmScholars are selected each academic year from those accepted to VCU School of Medicine.


fmSTAT Co-directors provide ongoing support for participants. With input from other faculty and fmScholars, they develop the curriculum, plan and evaluate all program events and hand-select mentors and preceptors to work with each enrollee.

Judy S. Gary, MEd

Judy S. Gary, MEd

Family Medicine

Judy S. Gary, MEd

Judy S. Gary, MEd

Family Medicine

Family Medicine Medical Education Programs

Judy Gary, MEd,
Assistant Director, Medical Education

Phone: (804) 828-5685

Email: judy.gary@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-103
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Carolyn Peel, MD

Carolyn Peel, MD

Carolyn Peel, MD

Carolyn Peel, MD

Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Associate Professor
Medical Director, fmSTAT Program
Medical Director, VCU Nelson Family Medicine Clinic

Phone: (804) 827-4167

Email: carolyn.peel@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-103
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Steve Crossman, MD

Steve Crossman, MD

Steve Crossman, MD

Steve Crossman, MD

Department of Family Medicine & Population Health

Associate Professor,
Vice Chair for Family Medicine Education & Clinical Operations

Phone: (804) 828-9779

Email: steven.crossman@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-109
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Family Physician Preceptors

The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health involves nearly 200 family physicians across the Commonwealth of Virginia to help train VCU medical students.  Since its founding in 1970, the department has intentionally selected community family physicians (preceptors) -- many who are alumni, to serve as teachers and role models allowing students to experience family medicine where it is practiced most often. As a benefit of the fmSTAT program, fmScholars are preferentially placed with preceptors with the students' particular interests and needs in mind for all of their clinical experiences.

Mentors

Each fmScholar has a specifically selected family physician mentor who supports his/her scholars' personal and professional development. Though many mentors teach medical students, care is taken to avoid having a mentor directly teach or evaluate his or her mentee. See Mentorship section for more information.

Meet our fmScholars

Class of 2020

Danielle

Danielle

Virginia

Danielle

Danielle

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biology

Hannah

Hannah

Virginia

Hannah

Hannah

Virginia

Washington and Lee University

Neuroscience

Email: rakhp@vcu.edu

Justin

Justin

Colorado

Justin

Justin

Colorado

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Biology

Email: riedererjw@mymail.vcu.edu

Michael

Michael

California

Michael

Michael

California

University of Virginia

Email: crowgeymd@mymail.vcu.edu

Molly

Molly

Wisconsin

Molly

Molly

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Email: favourmc@vcu.edu

Patrick

Patrick

Washington

Patrick

Patrick

Washington

University of Washington

Ecenomics, Biology

Email: ufkesp@vcu.edu

Paula

Paula

California

Paula

Paula

California

UCLA

Molecular Biology

Email: nguyenpa@vcu.edu

Soumya

Soumya

Washington

Soumya

Soumya

Washington

Occidental College

Cognitive Science

Email: choudhurys2@mymail.vcu.edu

Meet our fmScholars

Class of 2021

Agnijita

Agnijita

California

Agnijita

Agnijita

California

University of California, Los Angeles

Psychobiology

Email: kumara35@mymail.vcu.edu

Angelica

Angelica

California

Angelica

Angelica

California

University of Berkley

Molecular Biology

Email: tengcya@mymail.vcu.edu

Brian

Brian

New York

Brian

Brian

New York

Boston University

Neuroscience

Email: gambardellab@mymail.vcu.edu

Daniel

Daniel

Washington DC

Daniel

Daniel

Washington DC

Bates College

Biology

Email: jardand3@vcu.edu

Keianne

Keianne

California

Keianne

Keianne

California

University of San Diego

Human Biology

Email: yamadakd@vcu.edu

Paulius

Paulius

Massachusetts

Paulius

Paulius

Massachusetts

Boston University

Economics

Email: muip@mymail.vcu.edu

Scott

Scott

Virginia

Scott

Scott

Virginia

College of Charleston

Political Science

Email: esteps@mymail.vcu.edu

Meet our fmScholars

Class of 2022

Angela

Angela

New York

Angela

Angela

New York

University of Chicago

Biological Sciences, Specialization in Neuroscience

Email: liuac@mymail.vcu.edu

Charlotte

Charlotte

Virginia

Charlotte

Charlotte

Virginia

Brown University

Psychology

Email: criderc@mymail.vcu.edu

Jessi

Jessi

Virginia

Jessi

Jessi

Virginia

Rice University

Psychology

Email: litmanjb@mymail.vcu.edu

Molly

Molly

North Carolina

Molly

Molly

North Carolina

Furman University

Health Sciences

Email: vernonmr@mymail.vcu.edu

Rachel

Rachel

Arizona

Rachel

Rachel

Arizona

University of Arizona, Nutritional Sciences

Nutritional Sciences

Email: smithrm24@mymail.vcu.edu

Sarah Beth

Sarah Beth

Virginia

Sarah Beth

Sarah Beth

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biomedical Engineering

Email: nealse@mymail.vcu.edu

Sett

Sett

Maryland

Sett

Sett

Maryland

University of Maryland

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

Email: naingsh@mymail.vcu.edu

Meet our fmScholars

Class of 2023

Aaron

Aaron

California

Aaron

Aaron

California

University of California-Irvine

Neurobiology

Email: changa7@mymail.vcu.edu

Abie

Abie

Virginia

Abie

Abie

Virginia

North Greenville University

Biology

Email: hewitta2@vcu.edu

Caitlyn

Caitlyn

Virginia

Caitlyn

Caitlyn

Virginia

University of Virginia

Environmental Science |
Bio Minor

Email: syptakcm@vcu.edu

Chris

Chris

North Carolina

Chris

Chris

North Carolina

East Carolina University - Biology and Philosophy

North Carolina State University - Physiology

Email: leec10@mymail.vcu.edu

Gaby

Gaby

Virginia

Gaby

Gaby

Virginia

American University

Biology

Email: obedozaga@mymail.vcu.edu

Gerald

Gerald

California

Gerald

Gerald

California

University of Virginia

Foreign Language

Email: changa7@mymail.vcu.edu

Lola

Lola

Florida

Lola

Lola

Florida

Florida Atlantic University

Nursing

Email: adelakunl@mymail.vcu.edu

Maggie

Maggie

Massachusetts

Maggie

Maggie

Massachusetts

Saint Louis University

Public Health

Email: rossanom@mymail.vcu.edu

Melissa

Melissa

Virginia

Melissa

Melissa

Virginia

University of Virginia

Biology

Email: lem3@vcu.edu

Rachel

Rachel

Virginia

Rachel

Rachel

Virginia

University of Richmond

Liberal Arts

Email: easterre@vcu.edu

Sarah

Sarah

North Carolina

Sarah

Sarah

North Carolina

Duke University

Global Health and Biology

Email: beaversons@mymail.vcu.edu

Tiffany

Tiffany

Virginia

Tiffany

Tiffany

Virginia

Cornell University

Human Biology, Health & Society

Email: tsayt@vcu.edu

Victoria

Victoria

Virginia

Victoria

Victoria

Virginia

University of Virginia

Biochemistry

Email: ngovm2@vcu.edu

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The greatest benefit of fmSTAT is the community of students who share similar goals. fmScholars have a variety of personal interests and envision doing a myriad or combination of things, but all aspire to be family physicians taking care of individuals, families and communities!

Our fmScholar's career interests:

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  • Be a community leader and active advocate of public and preventative health
  • Work in a progressive and comprehensive patient-centered clinic
  • Live and work in a rural community
  • Concentrate on global health
  • Focus on sports medicine
  • Serve military families
  • Join a suburban group practice with a focus on adolescents and women
  • Work with low income families, underserved care, refugees, underserved minorities, recent immigrants
  • Provide women's health & FM/OB care
  • Be a medical educator/work in academics
  • Provide chronic disease and geriatric care
  • Practice in an outpatient setting
  • Start a direct primary care practice
  • Be a medical director/physician at a community health center

Donate

While fmSTAT 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.

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Judy Gary, M.Ed.
judy.gary@vcuhealth.org
(804)828-5685

VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population health
Box 980-251
Richmond, VA 23298-0251

West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, 14-103
1200 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298-0251