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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.


  • 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


  • 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.

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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.

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.

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The scholars' training component of fmSTAT is a 4 year longitudinal program designed to explore key concepts "through a family medicine lens" with personal values and core values of the specialty of family medicine in mind.  This is accomplished in part by required participation in two seminars and two retreats each academic year.  Learning activities are designed ‌to be engaging (e.g. panels, debates, group work, etc.) and relevant.  Each session includes good food, enthusiastic faculty, and time to connect with other fmScholars.  Foundational to fmSTAT is having seminars and retreats with fellow fmScholars at all levels of training.  

Curricular themes rotate annually to ensure exposure to all material over the course of four years. 

Animated infographic that describes the fmSTAT curriculumRetreats are weekend activities held off campus once each semester.  The fall retreat includes an overnight stay; the spring retreat is a day-long event.  These events enable participants to "dig deeper" into the core content, provide time for meaningful connection with other fmScholars through team building and casual social time together.

Participation in one dinner seminar each semester, each year is also required.  Topics focus on the the particular year’s curricular theme.  Seminars are typically preceded by an optional social where fmScholars can socialize and share their current experiences.


"I think the dinner was an important opportunity for all of the classes to catch up with each other as well as to see to members of classes above/below. It was cool to get everyone together in an informal setting like that, especially in the middle of the year, and just to see how much the program has grown over the past 4 years. I've done a lot of traveling here recently and I am floored by people I meet on the [interviewing] trail who come from schools that don't even have a family clerkship! fmSTAT has been a total game changer and re-centering program for me over the past 4 years and for sure one of the reasons I'm pumped for a FM career."  - Suzanne, 2016 Class


Mentorship is a cornerstone of fmSTAT.  Each fmScholar is paired with a family physician whose role is to support and nurture the student through medical school.  Mentors are very carefully selected and oriented to the program structure and expectations.  The "matching" of fmScholars to mentors is based on getting to know students through the fmSTAT interview process and a pre-matriculation survey.  Mentors and mentees meet each other during the first weeks of medical school with the intent of developing a relationship over the course of training.  


While there are some optional occasions for groups, the mentorship is designed as a 1:1 relationship initiated by mentor and student with the support of the program directors. 









fmScholars are supported in many ways...

Program Faculty

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.

headshot of Judy GaryJudy Gary, MEd, Assistant Professor

Judy has been a medical educator in the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health for nearly 25 years.  She focuses on the teaching and development needs of students and faculty.  She advises the family medicine interest group, recruits and develops faculty, serves as Assistant Director for Medical Education in the department and provides educational expertise for the fmSTAT program.


headshot of Carolyn PeelCarolyn Peel, MD, Assistant Professor

Carolyn is a family physician.  She has been a clinician educator for 17 years in the VCU Department of Family Medicine.  She serves as the Director of the VCU Nelson Family Medicine Clinic and as Chair of the VCU School of Medicine Admissions Committee.  Among other responsibilities, she advises students and provides clinical expertise for the fmSTAT program.


Steve Crossman Steve Crossman, MD, Associate Professor, Vice Chair

Steve Crossman, MD, Vice Chair, is a family physician.  Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Crossman also serves as the H.E.A.R.T. group leader for all fmScholars.  As such he is the designated academic advisor for all fmScholars unless a student chooses another or additional advisor later in training.  In this role, he provides ongoing guidance regarding academic and professional development.


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.



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.

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Rachel, Class of 2022

University of Arizona, Nutritional Sciences



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Michael, Class of 2020

University of Virginia


Rochelle, Class of 2019

UC Irvine



Paula, Class of 2020


Molecular Biology

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John, Class of 2019

University of California San Diego


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Agnijita, Class of 2021

University of California, Los Angeles



Angelica, Class of 2021

University of Berkley

Molecular Biology

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Keianne, Class of 2021

University of San Diego

Human Biology


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Daniel, Class of 2021

Bates College



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Justin, Class of 2020

University of Wisconsin - Madison



Sett, Class of 2022

University of Maryland, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics




Paulius, Class of 2021

Boston University



North Carolina

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Kathryn, Class of 2019

Columbia University: Political Science

New York Medical College: Master of Science degree

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Eli, Class of 2019

University of North Carolina at Greensboro



Stephen, Class of 2021

Union University


Molly, Class of 2022

Furman University, Health Sciences



New Jersey

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Michelle, Class of 2019

Cornell University: Human Biology, Health & Society

Columbia University: Metabolic Biology & Human Nutrition

New York

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Brian, Class of 2021

Boston University


Angela, Class of 2022

University of Chicago, Biological Sciences, Specialization in Neuroscience




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David, Class of 2019

James Madison University: B.S. Biology and B.A. Spanish

Universidad de Alcala de Henares: Bilingual & Multicultural Education 

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Danielle, Class of 2020

Virginia Commonwealth University


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Ifechukwude "Iffie", Class of 2019

Cornell University

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Hannah, Class of 2020

Washington and Lee University


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Scott, Class of 2021

College of Charleston

Political Science

Charlotte, Class of 2022

Brown University, Psychology


Jessi, Class of 2022

Rice University, Psychology


Sarah Beth, Class of 2022

Virgina Commonwealth University, Biomedical Engineering



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Laura, Class of 2019

Gonzaga University

Biology and Psychology 

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Soumya, Class of 2020

Occidental College

Cognitive Science


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Patrick, Class of 2020

University of Washington

Economics, Biology


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Mitchell, Class of 2019

University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Chemistry with Business Emphasis

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Molly, Class of 2020

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Pharmacology and Toxicology



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!

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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

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Our 2018 fmScholar Graduates

Sydney Davis
University of Colorado SOM – Denver, CO

Zach McRae
Fort Belvoir-VA

Alfred Tanglao
Jackson Memorial Hospital – FL

Alexandra “Lex” Tee
Kaiser Permanente-San Jose – CA

Margaret “Maggie” Woodward
Mountain AHEC, NC

Graduates 2017

Our 2017 fmScholar Graduates

Rachel Ehrman-Dupre
Thomas Jefferson University, Family Medicine, PA

Andrew Lyell
Scott Air Force Base, Family Medicine, IL

Yeri Park
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Family Medicine, MA

Erica Pritchard Peak
VCU Internal Medicine / Pediatric Residency, VA

Adam Sadik
Advocate IL Masonic Med Center, Family Medicine, IL

Grant Woodfin
Self Regional Healthcare, Family Medicine SC

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Our 2016 fmScholar Graduates

Andaleeb Rahman
VCU Fairfax Family Medicine Residency, VA

Suzanne Giunta
Swedish Medical Center, Family Medicine, WA

Sheerin Habibullah
Columbia Presbyterian Family Medicine Residency, NY

Erin McLaughlin
Valley Medical Center, Family Medicine, WA

Shaheen "Sha" Ali
VCU Psychiatry Residency, VA

For more information regarding fmSTAT, contact:

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

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

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

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. Click to Donate!

Michelle Baer Dr OzLessons learned from Dr. Oz internship: M4 Michelle Baer aims to use communication to help patients lead healthier lives

Michelle Baer, a part time fitness instructor and nutrition coach, took the opportunity to intern with Dr. Oz for four weeks to help with the production and researching food safety, nutrition, & health trends for the show as well as to learn how to communicate vital information in a short span of time to those who need it. Baer says, “I was really interested in finding out how he shares his information so that I can one day incorporate that into my own practice. We have all this knowledge as health care providers, but how do we best relay it all in a 10- to 15-minute appointment?” Baer holds a bachelor’s degree in human biology, health and society from Cornell University, a master’s from Columbia University in human nutrition and metabolic biology, and is also enrolled in fmSTAT, the medical school’s that’s designed to develop and nurture students interested in family medicine careers. Learn more by reading the full article.



Kathryn GouthrofmScholar Kathryn Gouthro’s Rotation in Yellowstone

M4 Kathryn Gouthro, a scholar in the fmSTAT track program, recently completed one of the more unconventional medical rotations when she spent a month at the clinics in Yellowstone National Park. For Gouthro, the president of the Class of 2019, it was a homecoming; she grew up inside the park and visited those same clinics for her own medical care. Seeing firsthand how the doctor was a vital part of the Yellowstone community itself spurred her interest in family medicine. It seems a perfect fit, as her supervising physician and Yellowstone medical director Luanne Freer, M’88 noted, “She has this way of connecting with people.” Once she completes a seven-year commitment with the Army after graduation, Gouthro hopes to makes these connections even stronger. “I would love to be a rural family doctor. When you are it – when you are the only person available – you have the opportunity to really become a resource for the people there. You become part of the community, which is really a special thing.” To read more about Kathryn’s time in Yellowstone, please see the article here.



Paulius Mui

fmScholar Paulius Mui’s Interest in Rural Medicine Guides His Research

M2 Paulius Mui, a scholar in the fmSTAT track program, wants to know what happens when rural communities lose a physician. To dig deeper into this question, he is conducting a microresearch project through a grant from RuralPREP – Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice. As part of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health regional meeting this summer, Rural PREP’s Design and Dissemination Studio (DDS) connected community stakeholders with medical students like Paulius, in an effort to offer guidance on research projects and create opportunities for collaborating on shared interests in rural health and family medicine. Dr. Davis Patterson, Rural PREP project director, noted, “Paulius is a very motivated, passionate student who wants to make a difference. He wants to do that not only in providing good care for his patients, but also by helping address some of the problems that rural communities face in providing care to patients. This opportunity through microresearch allowed him to deepen the understanding of what he can do as a leader in his community and in a larger sense as well.” For more information about the work Paulius and other students are doing with Rural PREP, please click the read more link below.



When a family doctor leaves a small townWhen a family doctor leaves a small town

VCU student Paulius Mui is speaking with residents throughout rural Virginia about what happens when small communities lose their doctors. “Some people are losing their best friend,” he said.



fmSTAT: Encouraging Medical Students to Pursue Careers in Family MedicinefmSTAT: Encouraging Medical Students to Pursue Careers in Family Medicine

After more than 40 years serving his community, 1972 VCU School of Medicine graduate Don Sanders is still practicing family medicine in Central Virginia.



Restoring the joy in family medicine12th & Marshall - Spring 2018: Restoring the joy in Family Medicine

Read the 12th & Marshall Spring 2018 article about Restoring the joy in Family Medicine.



M3 Yeri Park one of five students chosen for national family medicine networkM3 Yeri Park one of five students chosen for national family medicine network

The Class of 2017’s Yeri Park enjoyed her trips to the pediatrician when she was a little girl in Korea. But after her family moved to the United States when she was in the fourth grade, they didn’t have health insurance. She watched her mother suffer with migraines and wondered why she didn’t go to the doctor.




Why I want to be a doctor: Suzanne Giunta's storyWhy I want to be a doctor: Suzanne Giunta's story

For two years before coming to medical school, I was in Mabaruma, Guyana. I was there as a teacher with the non-profit WorldTeach, but I quickly began spending every free minute after school in the hospital.




Medical student Lex Tee one of 30 nationwide to be selected for AAFP leadership programMedical student Lex Tee one of 30 nationwide to be selected for AAFP leadership program

The Class of 2018’s Alexandra “Lex” Tee is part of the inaugural class of the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation’s Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. She was one of 30 students selected for the program, which is designed to give leadership opportunities to family medicine-minded medical students and residents who demonstrate leadership potential.