The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health at the VCU School of Medicine has a long history of excellence in medical student education. In our interactions with medical students, our faculty and staff are always committed to the following core values:
The department has a demonstrated commitment to medical education. Faculty lead a 4 year School of Medicine longitudinal course focused on population health, evidence-based medicine, and patient relationships. We continue to coordinate a month-long required family medicine clerkship in the third year which is highly regarded by VCU students and graduates and also recognized as exceptional compared to other clerkships at this school and nationally. Family Medicine faculty also direct the International/Inner City/Rural Preceptorship program and a variety of student electives. Our latest innovation is the creation of the fmSTAT - Scholars Track program: the Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admissions Track.
We have an outstanding Student Family Medicine Association that has received multiple national awards for excellence from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Our global health programs continue to grow and include several trips throughout the year to Honduras and the Dominican Republic. In addition, two of our faculty serve on the Board of Directors for the School of Medicine’s HOMBRE group.
All of our activities are designed to provide the best possible training for all medical students regarding the nature and scope of family medicine. In addition, we strive to cultivate and nurture student interest in and commitment to family medicine as a rewarding and challenging career. Students are always welcome!
We pride ourselves on our nurturing environment, our innovative programs and our positive energy!