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One of the unique and exciting features of family medicine at VCU is that our programs are not attached to our large tertiary medical center, but are unique and individualized sites around the state of Virginia. Each program trains its graduates to practice across the full spectrum of potential practice sites, but we have programs that appeal to a wide variety of students with individual personal interests. Do you want to be a rural doctor with the joys associated with life in a small town? Then the Shenandoah residency or the St. Francis-Blackstone rural residency track is the place for you. Are you looking for a suburban practice close to a major metropolitan area? Our Fairfax and Riverside programs fit the bill. In addition, residents in the St. Francis program enjoy a suburban southern community just outside the state capital. All of our programs provide strong academics, committed faculty and exciting colleagues, and each has a unique personality and setting.
Please spend time on each of the individual sites, linked below, so that you can appreciate the differences in our programs, get to know the faculty, learn about resident life, and consider applying to all that appeal to you.
If we can be of any assistance in the central office, feel free to contact our department chair, Dr. Scott Strayer, at any time.
The Fairfax Family Medicine Residency was launched in 1972 and is nationally recognized for its innovative, longitudinal curriculum and exceptional on-site resources in behavioral medicine and clinical research. The program offers extensive afternoon didactic instruction covering the full spectrum of family medicine, as well as daily academic midday conferences.
The program is sponsored by Inova Health System with inpatient experience at Inova-Fairfax and Inova-Fair Oaks hospitals. Located minutes from Washington, D.C., and offering easy access to seaside and mountain retreats, Fairfax is an ideal place to live and work.
The Riverside Family Medicine Residency was founded in 1971 and has produced more than one-third of VCU’s family medicine residents. The program offers a blend of advanced technology, a supportive environment and great training in family medicine. More than 100 faculty members with a full range of specialties provide excellent one-on-one teaching.
The program is sponsored by the Riverside Health System with inpatient experience at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, VA. The nearby beaches and easy access to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown make the surrounding area a comfortable and interesting place to live and work.
The Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency serves Northern Virginia and portions of West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania with award-winning patient- and family-centered hospitals, home health and extended-care facilities.
The Shenandoah Valley Family Medicine Residency is housed in a new 18,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art ambulatory care facility in Front Royal. The Shenandoah Valley Health System also includes Winchester Medical Center, a large regional medical center, and two small community hospitals — Warren Memorial Hospital near the ambulatory care facility in Front Royal, and Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, VA. These facilities all rank among the top-100 hospitals in the nation in cardiovascular medicine and information systems.
The VCU-affiliated St. Francis Family Medicine Residency Program first opened its doors to train family physicians in the art and science of family medicine in July 2005. The growing medical practice works in collaboration with VCU’s established residency program to create a new family medicine residency that offers a mixture of rural- and suburban-based medical practice.
The program is sponsored by the Bon Secours Richmond Health System and features core rotations at St. Francis Medical Center, a new state-of-the-art hospital. Full accreditation for the program was received from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.