Welcome from the Director

We are thrilled to launch the VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) Family Medicine Residency Program. This new rural track program combines the experience of a growing community-based hospital with VCU’s Department of Family Medicine, dedicated to excellence in family medicine education, clinical practice and research for over 50 years. We will welcome our first class of three residents on July 1, 2024 and build to a 3-3-3 program over the first three years.

As part of the VCU Health system, this rurally located family medicine residency program will be directly supported by the VCU School of Medicine graduate medical education system and VCU’s tertiary academic medical system in nearby Richmond, Va. This infrastructure and support will provide immense opportunity for high quality training and positively impact the health of the areas we serve.

As the founding program director, I am committed to an innovative program with strong resident and community voices. Our curriculum responds to the health challenges facing our nation, and creates leaders in healthcare that will transform systems to realize meaningful progress. This will require a diverse family medicine workforce, both in personal characteristics and career choice within the discipline. We maximize personal training plans to give the breadth of experience needed to be an excellent family medicine physician and in-depth opportunities in individual areas of interest. We have a wide range of faculty and resources to support your career interests from independent rural practice to academic research.

A community voice has been at the heart of our program development. The Hayes E. Willis Health Center (HWHC) opened in a neighborhood of South Richmond in October 1993 to remove South Richmond barriers to primary healthcare services. Our residency clinic is embedded in the VCU Health Hayes E. Willis Health Center for the first year of training. VCU works with the surrounding community to incorporate wrap around services needed to break down barriers to care such as on-site pharmacy, social work and behavioral health.

Community Memorial Hospital, our primary training site, was founded “by the community, for the community” in 1954. The Chamber of Commerce, local school system, local businesses, and the providers and staff at VCU Health CMH have been working directly with us to create this residency program. This sense of community and support makes this residency program special and provides education beyond the walls of the clinics and hospitals. Our program embraces all aspects of our patients’ lives that impact their health. The South Hill community is as excited as I am to welcome our residents and make sure they feel valued and at home for their time with us.

With dedicated faculty mentors, diverse clinical training and a focus on addressing health disparities, we are committed to preparing the next generation of physicians for successful and fulfilling careers in family medicine.

If you are ready to broaden your horizons, develop profound connections with the patients and communities you serve, and help create the next generation of family medicine training, you will be met with a team of family physicians and educators who are eager to work and learn alongside you.

Lori Landes, M.D., Ph.D.
Residency Program Director
VCU Health-Community Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
VCU School of Medicine

About the Program: Investing in Communities

Our residency was founded with a simple vision: Every person in every community deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest, happiest, longest life possible. We believe the best way to achieve this vision is to center our training within the communities that need us most. This new program is designed to train adaptable residents that come away from residency with a broad range of skills and the confidence to create a future practice that best meets the needs of their communities and themselves. Our robust curriculum prepares residents to meet these goals by providing training in diverse settings including rural, urban underserved, a community-based hospital, an academic medical center, and global health. 

Residents will spend their first year in the Richmond area, where they will rotate through a wide spectrum of inpatient and outpatient specialties to build a strong clinical foundation and gain experience at the regional referral center for the South Hill community.  Every week during PGY-1, residents will treat patients at the Hayes E. Willis Health Center, an urban underserved community clinic that cares for a diverse patient population. 

The second and third years of the program take place in South Hill, a burgeoning small town in rural Virginia about 80 miles southwest of Richmond. Residents will work alongside attendings and other health care professionals at VCU Health’s Community Memorial Hospital, a state-of-the-art facility built in 2018 to bring comprehensive and compassionate care to South Hill and the surrounding areas.

 

Our mission is to produce community-centered family medicine physicians trained to meet the broad scope of medical needs in rural and underserved communities of Virginia and beyond through real-world learning that promotes diversity, civic engagement, discovery and innovation.

Training Sites

Rotations and Curriculum

Our Communities

South Hill

A vibrant community in Southside Virginia, South Hill is known for its outdoor activities, forestry, agriculture and tech industry. As a growing food hub, it offers new restaurants, year-round farmers market, wineries and brewpubs. Its location about 80 miles from both Richmond and Raleigh allows for convenient air travel, and brand-new schools and parks make it a family-friendly place to live.

Explore South Hill

Living and Working in the Community

Richmond

A mid-sized city with easy access to Washington, D.C., the beach and the mountains, Richmond is one of the oldest cities in the U.S. Distinct and diverse neighborhoods offer art galleries, urban murals, museums, music venues, restaurants and breweries. For the outdoor enthusiast, waterfront parks on the James River and urban wilderness areas provide activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and music festivals.

Learn about Richmond

Global Health

We live and work in a global society, and our program sees global health as relevant to all patients, whether we are working in our family medicine residency clinics, participating in community events or providing care abroad.

At both of our primary training sites, we care for people who have lived in or traveled to areas across the globe. We believe that when we understand where they have been, where they are and where they will be going, our patients receive better care. Because of this, our curriculum weaves global health throughout all three years of training, with regular didactic sessions, local community experiences and two dedicated opportunities to participate in international or local global health rotations.

Scholarship

We believe we need family medicine and primary care involved at all levels of research and health policy change to improve health outcomes in the U.S. and to help define the future of primary care. In addition to faculty engaged in scholarship at the local, state national, and international levels, we host multiple research-focused groups including the Virginia Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN) and the Center on Society and Health.

Our residency program provides training that exposes residents to the range of possibilities of family medicine scholarship and we develop a personalized resident scholarship plan that meets each residents’ scholarship career goals. Whether it be effectively using quality improvement (QI) to improve your clinical practice or pursuing a physician-scientist career, our program will provide training and family medicine mentorship to meet your goals.

Our scholarship curriculum is longitudinal across all three years of training and, in alignment with our mission, focuses on community engagement. We provide protected time for scholarship and support conference attendance for presenting scholarship work. Included in our scholarship curriculum is:

How to Apply

The VCU Department of Family Medicine participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and prospective residents can apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity, either as an independent practitioner or as a trainee.

Requirements

  • Completed ERAS application submitted to the VCU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
  • Official medical school transcripts and letter from the dean of your institution
  • At least three letters of recommendation from faculty who have worked closely with you in medical school

Faculty

Ahmad Ali, MD

Ahmad Ali, MD

Ahmad Ali, MD

Ahmad Ali, MD

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

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Sandra Balmoria, M.D.

Sandra Balmoria, M.D.

Core Faculty, VCU Health-CMH Family Medicine Residency

Sandra Balmoria, M.D.

Sandra Balmoria, M.D.

Core Faculty, VCU Health-CMH Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine & Population Health

Assistant Professor

Email: sandra.balmoria@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
C.A.R.E. Building
1755 N. Mecklenburg Avenue
South Hill, VA 23970

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Kelly Barbour, MD

Kelly Barbour, MD

Kelly Barbour, MD

Kelly Barbour, MD

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

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Melissa K. Bradner, M.D., MSHA

Melissa K. Bradner, M.D., MSHA

Interim Vice Chair, Family Medicine Medical Education

Melissa K. Bradner, M.D., MSHA

Melissa K. Bradner, M.D., MSHA

Interim Vice Chair, Family Medicine Medical Education

Family Medicine & Population Health

Associate Professor

Phone: (804) 827-0704

Email: melissa.bradner@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-106
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Jacqueline B. Britz, M.D., MSPH

Jacqueline B. Britz, M.D., MSPH

Co-director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN)

Jacqueline B. Britz, M.D., MSPH

Jacqueline B. Britz, M.D., MSPH

Co-director, Ambulatory Care Outcomes Research Network (ACORN)

Family Medicine & Population Health

Assistant Professor;
Clinician Researcher

Phone: (804) 230-7777

Email: jacqueline.britz@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
One Capitol Square, 6th Floor, room 621
830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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Douglas Cutter, MD

Douglas Cutter, MD

Douglas Cutter, MD

Douglas Cutter, MD

Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics

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Binyam A Dessie, MD

Binyam A Dessie, MD

Binyam A Dessie, MD

Binyam A Dessie, MD

VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital

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Dr. Suzanne Giunta

Dr. Suzanne Giunta

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Dr. Suzanne Giunta

Dr. Suzanne Giunta

Hayes E. Willis Health Center

Physician; HEWHC Medical Director

Phone: (804) 230-7777

https://www.vcuhealth.org/find-a-provider/suzanne-giunta

Lori Landes, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP

Lori Landes, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP

Program Director, VCU Health-CMH Family Medicine Residency

Lori Landes, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP

Lori Landes, M.D., Ph.D., FAAFP

Program Director, VCU Health-CMH Family Medicine Residency

Family Medicine & Population Health

Assistant Professor

Phone: (804) 828-9779

Fax: (804) 828-5856

Email: lori.landes@vcuhealth.org

Address/Location:
West Hospital, 14th Floor, North Wing, Room 14-111
1200 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23298

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Contact Us

Erin Van Vleet
Residency Program Coordinator
Department of Family Medicine and Population Health
Box 980251
Richmond, VA 23298
804-628-1046
Erin.Vanvleet@vcuhealth.org