Practice of Clinical Medicine

Thanks to our alumni and community physicians, pre-clinical students have the chance to interact with patients-putting newly gained knowledge to use in the clinical setting.

Practice of Clinical Medicine

Thanks to our alumni and community physicians, pre-clinical students have the chance to interact with patients-putting newly gained knowledge to use in the clinical setting.

The school's Practice of Clinical Medicine (PCM ) course pairs each second-year student with a preceptor either at VCU or in the community two afternoons a month. Of the approximately 200 preceptors who participate in the PCM course, many are alumini of the medical school or it's residency programs. Read below to learn more about this program.

Welcome

Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

[View Image]Dear First-Year Medical Student,

Welcome to the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine!

Throughout your first 18 months of medical school, you will participate in the Practice of Clinical Medicine (PCM) course. The PCM course teaches basic clinical skills such as professionalism, medical interviewing, physical diagnosis, and clinical reasoning. The course is designed to correlate with your basic science course work and consists of hands-on small group learning, simulated patient workshops, and a community preceptorship.

Small group learning

Your small group will consist of approximately 6-8 students who meet on campus approximately 1-2 afternoons per month. Each small group is led by a physician and a fourth-year medical student. On weeks opposite small group, students will attend simulated patient workshops.

One-on-one preceptorship

During the M2 semester, you will meet with your preceptor 7 times during the semester. Your preceptor will be a medical provider who teaches medical students in the practice setting, providing opportunities to reinforce and practice clinical skills.

The PCM staff looks forward to working with you! We hope you will find the course to be an exciting introduction to the practice of medicine.

Contact Us

VCU School of Medicine Practice of Clinical Medicine contacts

Office Address

Practice of Clinical Medicine
VCU School of Medicine
Physical address: 1201 E. Marshall Street, Suite 5-306
Mailing address: Box 980311
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0311
Phone: (804) 828-6791
Fax: (804) 828-6792

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D. [View Image]

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Course Director

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D. [View Image]

Kimberly A. Pedram, M.D.

Course Director

Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-6791

Email: kimberly.pedram@vcuhealth.org

Alice Wong, M.D. [View Image]

Alice Wong, M.D.

Course Director

Alice Wong, M.D. [View Image]

Alice Wong, M.D.

Course Director

Internal Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-6791

Email: alice.wong@vcuhealth.org

Denny Henson [View Image]

Denny Henson

Education Administrator

Denny Henson [View Image]

Denny Henson

Education Administrator

Practice of Clinical

Phone: (804) 828-5525

Email: dennis.henson@vcuhealth.org

Geovany Chavarria [View Image]

Geovany Chavarria

Education Specialist

Geovany Chavarria [View Image]

Geovany Chavarria

Education Specialist

Practice of Clinical Medicine

Judy Gary, M.Ed. [View Image]

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Family Medicine Prec

Judy Gary, M.Ed. [View Image]

Judy Gary, M.Ed.

Family Medicine Prec

Family Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-5685

Email: judy.gary@vcuhealth.org

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