Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track (fmSTAT)

About

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.

Benefits

  • Deliberate placement with specially selected family physician teachers
  • Community of peers with shared values
  • 1:1 family physician mentor throughout the four-year experience
  • Core family medicine content through semi-annual retreat and seminar sessions
  • Optional paid summer research between first and second year
  • Professional development: potential for funded participation in state/national conferences, networking assistance, letters of support for personal/professional opportunities 
  • Financial scholarships
  • fmScholars' designation in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean's) letter for residency application

Expectations

  • Successful completion of general School of Medicine requirements
  • Attend annual required fmSTAT learning activities
  • Engage in a scholarly project and presentation in 4th year
  • Complete a family medicine 4th year elective
  • Apply to match in a Family Medicine residency

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Family Medicine Scholars Training and Admission Track


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.

Brandon's Admissions Experience

Brandon, fmScholar, talks about his admissions experienceWatch this video on Vimeo

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applying to fmSTAT

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 School of Medicine admissions process.

If recommended, the fmSTAT Educational Director will call applicants with an invitation to interview. In addition to the standard School of Medicine interview, fmSTAT candidates, have an information session to learn more about the program and separate one-on-one interviews regarding their family medicine interest. 

fmSTAT emulates the School of Medicine admissions process with rolling offer dates. 8-10 fmScholars are selected each academic year from those accepted to VCU School of Medicine.


 

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 fmSTAT peers at all levels of training.

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

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

Retreats 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.

“The practice models teamwork and seminar was a great opportunity to interact and work with other fmSTAT students from all across the years.”

“The pre-seminar was a lot of fun; it taught me a lot about the nuances of navigating the pharmacy section at my local grocery store. I think it made a large part of the seminar itself more understandable/relatable; I think it was my favorite part of the entire event.”


 

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.

Alana's Mentorship Experience

Alana, fmScholar, talks about her mentor relationship.Watch this video on Vimeo

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supporting students through mentorship

 

Program Directors

fmSTAT Co-directors, Judy Gary, M.Ed.and Carolyn Peel, M.D., provide ongoing support for participants. With input from other faculty and  students, they develop the curriculum, plan and evaluate all program events and hand-select mentors and preceptors to work with each fmScholar.

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“We quickly discovered that the relationship aspects of fmSTAT were the most important part of the program.  Witnessing the support that students demonstrate for one another and the sense of community are inspiring.” 

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.

Mentors

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.


Class of 2022

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Angela

New York

Angela

New York

University of Chicago

Biological Sciences, Specialization in Neuroscience

Email: liuac@mymail.vcu.edu

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Charlotte

Virginia

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Charlotte

Virginia

Brown University

Psychology

Email: criderc@mymail.vcu.edu

Jessi

Virginia

Jessi

Virginia

Rice University

Psychology

Email: litmanjb@mymail.vcu.edu

Molly

North Carolina

Molly

North Carolina

Furman University

Health Sciences

Email: vernonmr@mymail.vcu.edu

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Sarah Beth

Virginia

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Sarah Beth

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biomedical Engineering

Email: nealse@mymail.vcu.edu

Sett

Maryland

Sett

Maryland

University of Maryland

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics

Email: naingsh@mymail.vcu.edu


Class of 2023

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Abie

Virginia

Abie

Virginia

North Greenville University

Biology

Email: hewitta2@vcu.edu

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Caitlyn

Virginia

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Caitlyn

Virginia

University of Virginia

Environmental Science |
Bio Minor

Email: syptakcm@vcu.edu

Gaby

Virginia

Gaby

Virginia

American University

Biology

Email: obedozaga@mymail.vcu.edu

Gerald

California

Gerald

California

University of Virginia

Foreign Language

Email: coronadogm@vcu.edu

Lola

Florida

Lola

Florida

Florida Atlantic University

Nursing

Email: adelakunl@mymail.vcu.edu

Maggie

Massachusetts

Maggie

Massachusetts

Saint Louis University

Public Health

Email: rossanom@mymail.vcu.edu

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Melissa

Virginia

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Melissa

Virginia

University of Virginia

Biology

Email: lem3@vcu.edu

Rachel

Virginia

Rachel

Virginia

University of Richmond

Liberal Arts

Email: easterre@vcu.edu

Sarah

North Carolina

Sarah

North Carolina

Duke University

Global Health and Biology

Email: beaversons@mymail.vcu.edu

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Tiffany

Virginia

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Tiffany

Virginia

Cornell University

Human Biology, Health & Society

Email: tsayt@vcu.edu

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Victoria

Virginia

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Victoria

Virginia

University of Virginia

Biochemistry

Email: ngovm2@vcu.edu


Class of 2024

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Aaron

California

Aaron

California

University of California-Irvine

Neurobiology

Email: changa7@mymail.vcu.edu

Alana

California

Alana

California

University of California Irvine

Human Biology

Email: poratat@vcu.edu

Ally

Virginia

Ally

Virginia

College of William and Mary

Neuroscience

Email: ledwithag@mymail.vcu.edu

Amelie

Maryland

Amelie

Maryland

Johns Hopkins University

Anthropology

Email: nkodoaf@mymail.vcu.edu

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Brandon

North Carolina

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Brandon

North Carolina

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Biology

Email: yeattsbl@mymail.vcu.edu

Chris

North Carolina

Chris

North Carolina

East Carolina University - Biology and Philosophy

North Carolina State University - Physiology

Email: leec10@mymail.vcu.edu

Jehwoo

Connecticut

Jehwoo

Connecticut

Bowdoin College

Biology

Email: ahnj6@vcu.edu

Meghan

Virginia

Meghan

Virginia

University of Virginia

Psychology

Email: ellwoodmc@mymail.vcu.edu

Noelle

Virginia

Noelle

Virginia

College of William and Mary

Biology

Email: varneyna@mymail.vcu.edu

Yasmin

Virginia

Yasmin

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biology

Email: Johnye@vcu.edu


 

Class of 2025

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Akshaya [View Image]

Akshaya

California

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Akshaya

California

University of Chicago

Comparative Human Development

Email: sekharanav@vcu.edu

Alec

Virginia

Alec

Virginia

William & Mary

Biology

Email: friedmanaj@vcu.edu

Ashley

District of Columbia

Ashley

District of Columbia

California State University-Fullerton

Biochemistry

Email: lephamae@vcu.edu

Austin

North Dakota

Austin

North Dakota

Montana State University

Nutrition Science

Email: barnhardtam@vcu.edu

Jeremy

Utah

Jeremy

Utah

Brigham Young University

Spanish

Email: allredjg2@vcu.edu

Joseph

Virginia

Joseph

Virginia

Davidson College

Religious Studies

Email: gallagherjh@vcu.edu

Louisa

North Carolina

Louisa

North Carolina

Davidson College

Latin American Studies

Email: boswelllr@vcu.edu

Maddy

Pennsylvania

Maddy

Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

Email: fritchmr@vcu.edu

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Rebecca

Massachusetts

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Rebecca

Massachusetts

Boston University

Molecular Biology

Email: reganrj@vcu.edu

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Ronston

Virginia

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Ronston

Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Biology/Psychology

Email: jackmanrl@mymail.vcu.edu

Sarah

Virginia

Sarah

Virginia

University of Virgnia

Drama/Psychology

Email: edwardsse@vcu.edu


 

Tiffany's professional development experience

Tiffany, fmScholar, talks about how VCU and fmSTAT support her professional growthWatch this video on Vimeo

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nurturing professional growth

 

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!

Our fmScholars' career interests:

  • 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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Donate

Gifts to the fmSTAT Scholarship fund  provide fmScholars with tuition support to attract and retain these aspiring family physicians.  The benefits of your support are exponential as program graduates join our specialty and ultimately serve patients, families and communities.Click to Donate!



 

Judy Gary, M.Ed.
judy.gary@vcuhealth.org
(804)828-5685

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

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

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