Medical Education Symposium

First Author Information

Carolyn Peel, MD, Assistant Professor, VCU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

Additional Author(s) Information

Judy Gary, MEd, Assistant Professor, VCU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

Steven Crossman, MD, Associate Professor, VCU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

Sharon Kaufer Flores, MS, Assistant Professor, VCU School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Population Health

Presentation Format

Poster

Type of Activity

Innovation

Original Presentation Date

2017

Date of Submission

May 2017

Abstract/Short Description

There is a shortage of primary care physicians both nationally and in Virginia. This problem is multi-factorial and in large part beyond the control of our department. However, in order to address some of the local cultural issues that contribute to this, we developed the fmSTAT program. At VCU SOM and most other academic medical centers, family medicine interested students receive little support and sometimes direct challenge regarding career choice. fmSTAT is VCU's initiative to promote a supportive culture to attract and produce family physician graduates.

Purpose/Research Question

To develop a program to attract, support and retain family medicine committed students to our school.

Objectives

To identify and select family medicine committed students through the VCU School of Medicine admissions process.

To provide specialized relevant curriculum and experiences.

To create a culture of support and mentorship for fmScholars.

To evaluate the potential impact of this intervention on overall VCU FM match rates.

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