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Student Family Medicine Association

SFMA PhotoFor students interested in learning more about family medicine, the family medicine interest group known on campus as SFMA (Student Family Medicine Association) provides educational, professional, and social opportunities to interact with on-campus, residency, and community family physician faculty., SFMA is one of the oldest, largest, and most robust medical student organizations at VCU and among Virginia medical schools.  SFMA is a very frequent recipient of the Program of Excellence Award from the national American Academy of Family Physicians! 

Programs and activities

Each semester the SFMA sponsors a variety of programs, both educational and social. Through its efforts, students learn about important topics facing family physicians, the broad diversity of practice options available to family doctors, and the anticipated improvements in financing primary care. Furthermore, the SFMA organizes specific highly popular skills workshops for students, such as sports medicine, mental health, ultrasound, office-based dermatology, which are taught by our residency and medical student education faculty. The club also provides  information about family medicine to the general student body.

The SFMA Planning Committee, a group of eight to 12 students, meets regularly throughout the academic year to design, organize and implement the programs for the club. In serving on the planning group, students have the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships and gain important experience in leadership and program development. Opportunities are also available to serve on national and state committees. Funding for VCU SFMA programs comes from the Dean’s Fund, Virginia Academy of Family Physicians (VAFP), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), and the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Population Health. 


Student membership covers all four years of training.  The $15 membership fee is paid by the VAFP.  It includes a subscription to the American Family Physician journal. As SFMA members, students are also automatically members of the AAFP, and the VAFP.

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